Comparing the Menu and Prices to Twenty years ago
By Rob Cockerham |
The McDonald's Menu has changed a lot in the last 20 years. In 2001 it was made of chunky white letters on a black background with a few food photos next to the eight value meals. They included an ad for a movie promotion and their own rigged Monopoly contest. Drinks came in four sizes. This photo was taken in July 2001.
The Menu in 2020 is presented on video screens. Breakfast has a completely different menu presentation on both screens. All the soft drinks are $1. All the fries are $2.89. The $1, $2 $3 Dollar menu has options and includes a "two for $3.50" category. It is going to be difficult to compare prices because so much has changed on the menus.
Look at all of these burger options. They have a few chicken choices on here too, including the 20 piece chicken nuggets for $4.99.
2001 Burger Prices
The video board lets the restaurant put a lot more information onto this screen, and they don't let it go to waste. There are like 1,000 words on this screen. There are four kinds of Quarter Pounders now. The burger prices have doubled, except for the 20 piece chicken nuggets, which are still $5.
2020 Burger Prices
The combos in 2001. My favorite is that Filet-o-fish combo for $3.64! You know the filet o fish is more than that now, just by itself!
2001 Combo Prices
I believe McDonalds was far ahead of every other fast food restaurant with their Extra Value meals. By 2020 they have been renamed to the "combo meals", and the menu has a disclaimer that the combo meals might not be the best value. The most expensive combo at McDonalds 2020 is $9.19. Compare this to $11.69 for expensive combos at Carl's Jr.
2020 Combo Prices
Look at all of these crazy drink prices. This category used to be quite complicated at McDonalds, with four shake sizes and prices and three sizes of orange juice.
2001 Drink Prices
Here's the craziest thing on all of these fast food menus. McDonalds struck their soft drink price at $1 per drink. Small? $1. Medium? $1. Extra Large? $1. All of their drinks are $1, which means that these prices are lower than they were 20 years ago. Also, the shake machine is broken.
2020 Drink Prices
French Fries are the only side dish available at McDonalds, unless you count chicken nuggets. There are no salads or onion rings, apple slices, carrots or any other side dishes on their menu.
2001 Fries and Sides Prices
Did you know that McDonalds has adopted the In N Out model for french fry sales? They only have one size: medium.
2020 Fries Price
This looks like a million options for breakfast. Much like the burger menu, there have been a lot of changes between 2001 and 2020.
2001 Breakfast Prices
Breakfast at McDonalds 2020 also has a $1, $2 and two for $3.50 bargain menu. They dropped the breakfast bagels and began offering McGriddles, oatmeal and a range of McCafe drinks.
2020 Breakfast Prices