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Inside the weirdest McDonald’s restaurants around the world from a converted plane to a ‘UFO’ in Roswell


FROM a converted plane to a mock Roswell UFO craft – here are some of weirdest and wackiest McDonald’s restaurants around the world.

The fast food chain – which has more than 35,000 stores worldwide – has undergone massive changes since it’s first restaurant in San Bernardino, California, in 1955.

This disused plane in Taupo, New Zealand, seats 20 customers

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This disused plane in Taupo, New Zealand, seats 20 customersCredit: Alamy

AIR-MAZING

Forget the drive thru – in Taupo, New Zealand, there’s a ‘fly thru’ Maccies inside a decommissioned plane.

The grounded DC-3 was converted into a 20-seat diner in 2014, and painted in the fast food giant’s signature red colour.

The disused aircraft had sat next to the already-established Maccies branch for 24 years, before the franchise owners decided to extend their seating by converting the plane.

Diners can eat inside the converted plane

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Diners can eat inside the converted planeCredit: Rex

OUT OF THIS WORLD

The small town of Roswell, USA, was made famous after a “UFO sighting” in 1947.

This New Mexico chain is cashing in on the alien loving tourists who visit the town every year.

The restaurant is in the shape of a spaceship but there haven’t been any aliens spotted eating there – yet

Roswell is famous for its alien activity - and its Maccies is in the shape of a UFO

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Roswell is famous for its alien activity – and its Maccies is in the shape of a UFOCredit: Getty

THE ORIGINAL

The McDonald’s in Downey, California is the oldest and looks just like they did when the franchise first opened in 1955.

It’s so old there’s no drive-thru and has Speedee, a chef with a hamburger head, above the original McDonald’s sign of two interlocking golden arches.

Speedee was the fast food brand’s first mascot.

This McDonald's on Downey, California is what the diners looked like when they first opened in 1955

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This McDonald’s on Downey, California is what the diners looked like when they first opened in 1955Credit: Getty
Speedee -  a chef with a hamburger head - was McDonald's first mascot

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Speedee – a chef with a hamburger head – was McDonald’s first mascotCredit: Getty

THE CONTROVERSIAL ONE

In what could be interpreted as a snub to Taiwan, this McDonald’s store is located in Hangzhou, China, inside a 90-year-old villa that was once home to Chiang Ching-kuo, a former Taiwanese leader.

Before its latest makeover, the building was known as a cultural relic and Ching-kuo’s home for one month during the 1940s.

It’s been dubbed “the most controversial McDonald’s outlet in the world”, according to Business Insider, because locals opposed plans to develop the building into a fast food restaurant.

Many saw it as a prime example of Western commercialisation invading Chinese culture, the outlet claims.

The restaurant has become a tourist attraction since it opened in 2015 and has welcomed visitors from all over the world.

Chiang Ching-kuo lived in the villa for a month before being forced to live in Taiwan in the 1940s

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Chiang Ching-kuo lived in the villa for a month before being forced to live in Taiwan in the 1940sCredit: Alamy

SNOW JOKE

The snow resort of Lindavallen, Sweden, is home to the world’s first ski thru restaurant.

If you’re enough of a pro to ski and eat simultaneously, you can skate off and enjoy your Big Mac on the go.

The restaurant is called McSki, for obvious reasons.

Lindavallen, Sweden, is home to the world's only McSki restaurant

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Lindavallen, Sweden, is home to the world’s only McSki restaurantCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk

IN THE MONEY

This beautiful building in Kristiansand, Norway, used to be a bank – but now only small change passes hands, as it’s become a Maccies.

The impressive pillars draw in hungry passers-by.

The original main doors are still in tact – but customers have to use the side entrance these days.

This Maccies in Kristiansand, Norway, is housed in a former bank

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This Maccies in Kristiansand, Norway, is housed in a former bankCredit: Alamy

BRIGHT LIGHTS

This art deco McDonald’s in Melbourne, Australia, looks like fairly normal during the day.

But at night the building, which used to be the United Kingdom Hotel, is hard to miss – thanks to its impressive neon lights.

This Maccies in Melbourne, Australia, lights up at night

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This Maccies in Melbourne, Australia, lights up at nightCredit: Getty – Contributor

MAKE A HOUSE A HOME

This restaurant in Maine, USA, is a very classy affair.

It used to be a ship captain’s mansion, and the cosy dining room has a huge fireplace.

This restaurant in Maine, USA, was once a ship captain's mansion

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This restaurant in Maine, USA, was once a ship captain’s mansionCredit: Getty – Contributor

FLOATING ABOUT

This McDonald’s store was moored on the Mississippi River and was the first ever to open as a river boat.

It was open for 20 years before closing in 2000.

The riverboat restaurant was open for 20 years before closing in 2000

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The riverboat restaurant was open for 20 years before closing in 2000

A VERY HAPPY MEAL

This chain in Dallas, Texas, is built in the shape of a McDonald’s Happy Meal box.

Its colourful artwork means the building is sure to attract attention from passing drivers.

This McDonald's in Dallas, Texas, is in the shape of a Happy Meal

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This McDonald’s in Dallas, Texas, is in the shape of a Happy Meal

FIRST OF ITS KIND

McDonald's entrance in Batumi, Georgia

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McDonald’s entrance in Batumi, GeorgiaCredit: Alamy

This McDonald’s in Batumi, Georgia, is known to stop people in their tracks.

The behemoth building stands out because of its reflective glass exterior.

Customers can eat inside and are treated to views of a breath-taking labyrinth of water and manicured grass surroundings.

This show-stopper was built in 2013 and won the award for The Best Commercial Building in 2014 by the architecture website, ArchDaily.

Just some of the views McDonald's customers get inside the Batumi restaurant

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Just some of the views McDonald’s customers get inside the Batumi restaurant
The building won The Best Commercial Building award in 2014

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The building won The Best Commercial Building award in 2014

MCFANCY

Customers at this McDonald’s in Independence, Ohio, are treated to one of the fanciest fast-food restaurants in the US.

One Tripadvisor visitor wrote after visiting the site: “The building is unique to any I have ever seen and it is a joy to take a break and walk to the second floor and enjoy the view while I enjoy breakfast or lunch.”

One of the fanciest McDonald's in the world can be found in Ohio, USA

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One of the fanciest McDonald’s in the world can be found in Ohio, USA





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