LAKE BUENA VISTA, Calif. -- Will that be a Disney vacation package
with your Big Mac and fries?
That order is on hold for now, according to a spokeswoman for
the Walt Disney Travel Co., which she said has had no discussions
with the McDonald's Corp. about the possibility of selling travel
packages through the fast-food chain's thousands of locations
around the country.
News reports recently quoted McDonald's executives as saying
that the chain is considering using its restaurants to sell
products besides Big Macs and fries, leading to some speculation
that McDonald's and Disney could expand their marketing alliance to
the sale of travel products.
"It would not be surprising that they may be contemplating it
(travel product sales) considering that other retail businesses
such as Costco, Walmart and some banks are doing it," said the
Disney spokeswoman. "But we have had no discussions with them."
McDonald's and Disney have long had a partnership in which they
pushed each other's products. Earlier this year, McDonald's
launched a campaign promoting commemorative drinking glasses and
Happy Meals based on Disney's "100 Years of Magic" event at Walt
Disney World theme parks.