- The very first Happy Meal was served in Kansas City in June of 1979. It was the original Circus Wagon Happy Meal, a collectible item to this day.
- The virst Happy Meal to be tied in with a movie came in December of 1979. It was for the first Star Trek movie, and contained a little comic strip of parts of the movie on the boxes.
- The original Happy Meal included a small bag of McDonald’s cookies.
- By sheer numbers, the most popular toy given away with Happy Meals has been the Ty Beanie Babies.
- The Happy Meal goes by different names in different countries. For example, in Germany it was called Juniortute, which translates roughly as Bag for Juniors, until the late 1990s.
- Dick Brams, an advertising manager, was the creator of what would eventuall be called the Happy Meal in 1977. His original name for the meal was the McDonaldland Fun-to-Go.
- The original happy meal from 1979 only costs $1 and it included a burger, cookies, a small drink, a toy and french fries.
- In 2004, the 25th anniversary of the Happy Meal, McDonald’s began offering healthier choices for the famous kids’ meal. Apple slices, juice and low-fat milk are just a few of the newer options.
- The toys available in the very first Happy Meal were an identification bracelet, a McWrist wallet, a puzzle book, a stencil and pencil erasers shaped like McDonaldland characters.
In 1992, Happy Meal toys for the Batman Returns movie were withdrawn from McDonald’s restaurants apparently because a number of parents had complained the movie was too adult for children.