McDonald's Create Your Taste Experience

A New Create Your Taste McDonald’s Opens in Lakeland, FL

DISCLAIMER: Tampa area bloggers were invited to try the Create a Taste experience so we could share our experiences with all of you. We received a free meal, as well as items and coupons to give away on our blogs. Any opinions are my own, personal, and honest opinions.


McD-CYTsignCreate Your Taste in Lakeland, FL

McDonald’s has just opened a new location in Lakeland, FL that is designed especially to offer the Create Your Taste experience. Stop by 4220 Clubhouse Road and design a burger just for you.

In case you haven’t heard, Create Your Taste is a dine-in experience that gives you – the customer – complete control to create the exact burger you want. Choose from a range of 30 toppings – including bacon, guacamole, chipotle sauce, natural cheeses, and tortilla strips – to build your burger masterpiece. Individual orders are delivered to your table by a McDonald’s crew member, allowing your and your children to relax and enjoy.

The Benefits of the Create Your Taste Experience
When you arrive, choose either to order the traditional way – at the counter – or at one of the kiosks, where you are prompted through the selection process. Kids can participate in the ordering process using the touch board. Order kids meals and traditional McDonald’s favorites right along with special-order Create Your Taste burgers. Then simply head to a table and settle in.

McDonald’s has added staff to oversee the dining room, cleaning tables, asking how guests are doing, refilling drinks, and helping to throw out trash if help is needed. This is the perfect set-up for parents because you don’t ever have to leave your kids alone at the table.

McD-gamesDon’t worry that ordering kiosks are eliminating staff because we’re assured that is not the case. There is still staff at the counter as well as at the kiosks, and now staff is available to see to guests in the dining rooms, too. What the kiosks add are additional order points for a quicker, more efficient – and interactive – ordering experience.

Fun Right at Your Table
This McDonald’s location also has computer monitors mounted at three of the tables, on which families can play a variety of games together. We played many of them while we were there. My daughter actually didn’t want to leave because she was having fun!


My Burger, My Way GIVEAWAY
McDonald's Create Your Taste Sirloin BurgerAs soon as you place your Create Your Taste burger order, your burger goes on the designated custom burger grill – not before! The kitchen at the Lakeland, FL McDonald’s has been designed especially to offer the Create Your Taste experience, with a stainless steel grill dedicated to these special-order, gourmet burgers.

I ordered McDonald’s new 1/3 lb sirloin burger (a more substantial and beefy burger) on a ciabatta roll with guacamole, pepper jack and cheddar cheeses (you can pick up to 2!), tomato and leaf lettuce – that’s my way.

How will you order your burger?

McDonald's Prize Pack Giveaway


A McDonald’s of Tampa Bay “Create Your Taste” Prize Pack, including:

– One (1) Apron
– One (1) Mini Fry Basket
– One (1) Water Bottle
– One (1) Can Koozie
– One (1) Coupon for a FREE Egg McMuffin Sandwich (exp. 12/31/15)
– One (1) Coupon for a FREE Small McCafé Coffee (exp. 12/31/15)
– One (1) Coupon for a FREE Small Order of Fries (exp. 12/31/15)

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IMPORTANT: These coupons are only valid in the following counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands, Hardee, DeSoto, Sumter and Charlotte Counties, FL. Please be sure you live in or near one of these counties BEFORE entering the contest.

Fine Print: Only one entrant per mailing address. Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Gift Card Pack. No purchase is necessary to enter. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in or around the Tampa Bay area. The contest period ends on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random. Only one coupon can be used per person per visit. The prize will be mailed by What’s Doing? Tampa Bay. No P.O. Boxes please. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.


McDonald’s Grand Opening Event
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Location: McDonald’s at 4220 Clubhouse Drive
Cost: The activities are FREE. Food available at menu prices.

What’s Doing?
Bring the whole family for a fun day! Meet and greet with Ronald McDonald, get your face painted, spin the Wheel of Prizes, enter to win a grand prize giveaway, and more.

McDonalds (Clubhouse Drive in Lakeland FL) Grand Opening Flyer

4220 Clubhouse Drive
Lakeland, FL 33812


McDonald's SmilePlan a McDonald’s Play Date

Did You Know? The new Lakeland, FL McDonald’s offers play date opportunities for Mom’s Groups/Play Groups. Bring the kids for a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour! Moms/dads and their kids will get to go behind the counter to see where shakes and McFlurries are made and fries are cooked, watch a Create Your Taste burger being grilled, step into the frigid refrigerator, and more! I’m told there could even be an opportunity to make something. And the kids get something just for participating. Speak with a Manager about planning up a McDonald’s Play Date.


McD-CYTRewardCardGet Rewarded

When you order a Create Your Taste burger, you’ll receive a Create Your Taste Burger Reward Card. (If you don’t receive one automatically, just ask for one.) After 5 Create Your Taste burgers, you’ll get one for FREE!


Find a Create Your Taste McDonald’s Near You

If Lakeland, FL isn’t close to you, visit a Tampa Bay area Create Your Taste McDonald’s that is!

27643 State Road 54 West
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

1988 Lecanto Highway
Lecanto, FL 34461

1250 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL 33770

1500 Belcher Road South
Clearwater, FL 33764


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