McDonald’s New Happy Meal Toys—So Good, Even Adults Want In

Wondering what makes McDonald's Happy Meals so happy? Although chicken nuggets and fries are loved by most kids, it's not just the food that kids get so excited about—it's those fantastic toys inside the box! That's why we want to keep you informed on all of the latest Happy Meal toys that you can expect to find on your next trip to McDonald's.

Over the years, McDonald's has come up with some pretty special Happy Meal toys. Some highlights include Hot Wheels, Barbie or Beanie Baby prizes. They even had tiny little Build-a-Bear toys at one point. Basically, whatever is most popular with kids tends to get miniaturized and put in a Happy Meal. And if there's a big family movie coming to theaters in the near future, you can bet there will be a McDonald's Happy Meal toy to commemorate it too. It's always exciting to see what McDonald's will come up with next.

Just like it was when we were kids, each new release of Happy Meal toys is only available for a limited time. They're not gone forever, per se; you can always find missed favorites on eBay. Typically, each Happy Meal toy launch lasts for about one month. Throughout the month, a different toy in that particular theme will be given out. So, you have the entire month to try and collect the whole set.

And if you're feeling a little nostalgic (and maybe a little envious?) about McDonald's Happy Meals, just wait till you see the newest Happy Meal toy release. It'll hit on one of your favorite Disney classics and make you want a makeshift adult Happy Meal STAT!

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How Did McDonald's Happy Meal Toys Get Their Start?

It may seem like Happy Meals have been around since the time McDonald's first went into business back in 1940, but that's not the case. The Happy Meal wasn't introduced until 1979, almost 40 years later.

The first Happy Meal had a circus theme on its box and included fries, cookies, a soft drink and a toy (not much nutrition there!). At that time, the toys were little stencils, bracelets, erasers, wrist wallets, spinning tops and puzzles.

Through the years, the Happy Meal has had a wide assortment of themes, but one thing that hasn't changed is how popular they have been with kids. And the toys that come in the Happy Meals have grown progressively more sophisticated to go along with the times. They have even incorporated technology to allow the toys to work with an app for more play options!

What Is the McDonald's Collectors Club?

Like anything that has a limited supply, people like to search, find and collect vintage items that are hard to find. McDonald's Happy Meal toys are no exception. Once they are no longer available, people start to look for them on eBay or in antique stores. Because of all of the interest, there are now various collectors clubs. The official club is on eBay where you can list or purchase Happy Meal toys. And there are other ones on Facebook where you can show off your collections.

Some of the McDonald's toys—like the mini beanie babies—are more popular to collect than others, and see a high increase in value. With more and more popular brands and movies teaming up with McDonald's, it is expected that there will be even more valuable reasons to collect.

Disney Happy Meal Toys May 2023

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Starting the week of May 21, McDonald's is dropping their newest Happy Meal toys to celebrate and promote the premiere of Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

When Disney teams up with McDonald's, it's always a good thing! This time, the Disney toys are cartoon-ified versions of the new versions of iconic The Little Mermaid characters, like Triton, Ursula, Prince Eric, Sebastian and, of course, Ariel. Halle Bailey's turn in the Little Mermaid role has so many people hyped for this movie, and the cute Happy Meal toys only add to the excitement.

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Disney's The Little Mermaid McDonald's Happy Meal Toys

There will be eight Happy Meal toys dedicated to The Little Mermaid movie in total. The different characters also have little movements they can do—for example, Ariel can spin around.

  1. Ariel, The Little Mermaid

  2. King Triton

  3. Scuttle

  4. Sebastian

  5. Prince Eric

  6. Flounder

  7. Ursula

  8. Max, Prince Eric's Dog

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What's extra fun about these "Under the Sea" toys is that they can unlock fun surprises on an online game you can access via the McDonald's Happy Meal website. While there, you can also find downloadable Little Mermaid coloring sheets for free!

But these aren't just for kids. Adults all over TikTok can't wait to get their hands on these The Little Mermaid toys since they're so cute and honestly iconic. So if you have kids, make sure to head to McDonald's over the next couple of weeks before they run out or stop. And if you're an adult that wants one, who's stopping you?

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