Wide shot image of the new restaurant

Take a look inside McDonald’s first global flagship Net Zero Energy-designed restaurant that will serve as a learning hub to test sustainable solutions.

July 10, 2020

Our new global flagship restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort is the first of its kind

McDonald’s Editors | Chicago, Illinois, USA


On-site renewable energy design aims to cover 100% of the restaurant’s energy needs – plus it’s stunning.

We’re thrilled to introduce our newest flagship in Orlando, Florida: the first quick-service restaurant designed to be Net Zero Energy in the U.S. This McDonalds’s combines modern architecture with technology to create enough renewable energy on-site to cover its energy needs on a net annual basis. Scroll down to see just some of what makes this new restaurant unique.

Wide shot image of the restaurant at nighttime.

The 8,024 square-foot restaurant features an expansive, v-shaped solar-paneled roof and photovoltaic glass panels integrated throughout the building.

Close-up of plant-covered walls.

Green, plant-covered walls absorb CO2, promoting biodiversity and retaining water.

Close-up of exterior louvered walls.

Louvers open and close automatically ‘inhaling” cool air in and “exhaling” warm air out.

Wide shot image of the restaurant and parking lot with solar lights.

Solar parking lot lights help offset more than 9,000 kWh per year.

To solidify the restaurant’s Net Zero Energy status, we will pursue the International Living Future Institute’s Zero Energy Certification over the next year. Data and learnings from the restaurant will also inform McDonald’s global sustainability efforts, including progressing toward the company’s science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36% in restaurants and offices by 2030 compared to a 2015 base year. 

Learn more about the restaurant here.