The Start Date For McDonald's Monopoly Has Just Been Announced

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McDonald’s Monopoly is the highlight of the year for a lot of British people. Forget Christmas. Who cares about Valentine’s Day? Easter? Pffft. It’s all about winning those prizes on McDonald’s Monopoly.

So, imagine our disappointment last year when it was cancelled because of everything that was going on in 2020 (eurgh - what a year, eh?). To say we were gutted would be an understatement, but we get it.

But the great news is, McDonald's Monopoly is officially back for 2021!

McDonald's Monopoly 2021

McDonald's shared a teaser a while on its social media channels, which featured the silhouette of someone who looks very familiar with the words, "Coming summer 2021".

EEK!

And now we have more solid information on what it will look like this year

When will McDonald’s Monopoly start?

It usually starts in March, but this year it'll kick off on 25 August.

Why was McDonald's Monopoly 2020 cancelled?

In a statement from McDonald's last year, it said that it had cancelled it due to the level of excitement it brings, which would have put too much pressure on staff at an already difficult time.

"We took the decision to close our restaurants shortly before this year's Monopoly promotion was due to launch," McDonald's said in a press release last year.

"We know many of you enjoy this promotion, which has run since 2005 in the UK. To enable safe working and social distancing inside our restaurants and to minimise the pressure on our employees, we have decided to cancel this year's Monopoly VIP campaign.

"It creates a great deal of excitement inside our restaurants and relies heavily upon menu items we cannot safely reintroduce yet."

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

How to play McDonald’s Monopoly

This year, things are slightly different with the introduction of the first ever UK McDonald’s VIP Gold Card!

The 1000 winners of these Gold Cards will receive the ultimate VIP treatment will be able to claim a free medium meal every week from their local restaurant for a whole year.

But this is an important update that you need to know about: due to the postponement of McDonald's Monopoly mid-production, packaging with over 200 million Monopoly game pieces had already been printed and dated. McDonald’s, however, has repurposed this packaging with the outdated game pieces to ensure the Monopoly promotion could return for customers as soon as it was safe to do so in August.

As the game pieces will include the incorrect expiry dates, McDonald’s is urging customers to check the dates on the McDonald’s website so they don’t lose out on the chance to win one of the extraordinary prizes

McDonald’s Monopoly prizes

We have no official word on what prizes will be up for grabs in 2021, but judging by the past few year’s, we’re expecting big things again.

McDonald’s Monopoly prizes usually range from free McFlurries and free fries to cars!

The list of McDonald’s Monopoly biggest prizes from past years consist of:

  • Four lots of £100,000 cash prizes.

  • 20 Mini Coopers.

  • 50 sets of £2,000 holiday spending money.

  • 650 PS4 games consoles.

  • 400 lots of any mobile phone with a one-year contracts.

  • 18,000 £50 boohoo vouchers.

  • 2 million medium McDonald's meals.

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