'Disneyland of McDonald's' in Merseyside that people travel miles to visit

A Merseyside fast food restaurant dubbed the "Disneyland of McDonald's" is attracting diners from far and wide.

Formby McDonald's is the the UK's biggest Drive-Thru restaurant. The McDonald's is based at the site on Altcar Road which was previously occupied by MJ's Steakhouse.

It opened in April 2019 and boasts "the latest innovations from McDonald's". But, it's the size of the restaurant that has caught people's attention.

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The Formby McDonald's has 279 seats, an outside patio seating area, a soft play area, space just for arts and crafts and a barista coffee area. It also incorporates the franchise group's regional office and staff training centre.

At the time of its opening, franchisee Mark Blundell, dubbed the "Maccies King of Merseyside", had no idea it would break records. Speaking to the ECHO, Mark said: "It was an empty and existing restaurant building which we converted into a McDonalds rather than replace with one of our traditional buildings.

Inside McDonald's in Formby
Inside McDonald's in Formby -Credit:Reach plc

"We think the Formby store is a fantastic looking and unique building...the Formby site had taken over the previous site of a drive-thru independent diner, which was massive.

"There is a lot to benefit from such a big welcoming atmosphere and our customers can enjoy a light, airy space with no shortage of available seats."

As previously reported, some TikTok users are travelling miles to visit the restaurant, with some even going as far as to call it the "Disneyland of all McDonald's".

Mark isn't surprised by its popularity. Speaking to the ECHO last year he said: "It is fantastic to be such a destination for not just our local customers but to customers around the country. The site is a unique site that people are intrigued by."

In fact, Formby McDonald's now has its own TikTok account, which has amassed more than 400 million views. Mark said: "Our staff love to make the content at quieter times and it’s a great opportunity for them to work creatively as a team while giving our customers a window into how things work and what we’ve been up to."

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