I'm Loving It, Ronald McDonald visits Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2005


  Peninsula McDonald owners Scott & Dena Cunningham welcome Ronald McDonald and Grimace to the Kenai store.

Peninsula McDonald owners Scott & Dena Cunningham welcome Ronald McDonald and Grimace to the Kenai store.

One of the most well known celebrities of the new century visited the Kenai Peninsula last week, none other than Ronald McDonald himself. Hundreds of youngsters of all ages from Homer to Kenai came by the Kenai and Homer stores to enjoy a burger with Ronald and get autographs and pictures with the brilliant red haired magician. Ronald and his sidekick Grimace delighted their fans with magic tricks and miles of smiles. When asked what his favorite menu item was Ronald quickly responded, "Why the Happy Meal of course, and I really like the chicken McNuggets." Ronald is especially proud of the fact that he personally helped to create the Happy Meal, "The Happy Meal was my idea, and it took us years to develop it. First I said maybe it should be the sad meal for people who needed to be happy, but they said no, then I came up with the Silly meal, but that didn't seem to work either, so we finally settled on the Happy Meal and the rest is McDonald 's happy history," said Ronald.

Ronald hails from McDonaldland where he says he had aspired to his present position since he was knee-high to a McNugget. The purpose of his visit to Kenai and Homer was to meet as many of the great kids in Alaska as possible. According to Ronald the best part about being Ronald McDonald is the kids "Getting to visit kids, especially the kids in need at Ronald McDonald house or the kids that are having to stay at hospitals is a real heart warming part of what I get to do. All kids everywhere want to have fun and play and that's why I'm in Alaska to give kids the opportunity to play and laugh, sing and dance around and be wowed at my magic tricks. Anytime a kid laughs it makes me happy. This is what I was born to do," said Ronald.

The McDonald's entrepreneurs on the Kenai Peninsula, Scott and Dena Cunningham, were very pleased at the turn out of families that came to meet Ronald McDonald, "We were too busy to keep count, but at least 250 to 300 kids must have shown up in Kenai, we took a lot of pictures with the kids and Ronald and we've displayed them at the Kenai and Homer stores, anyone is welcome to come in and take their picture if they see it," said Cunningham.

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