This faux McDonalds is only friendly and inviting in ads and movies.
They don’t shut down a real working McDonald’s Restaurant when they need to shoot a commercial or a film. Instead, advertisers and filmmakers go to the McDonald’s Production Studio at 17030 Green Drive, in City of Industry, CA.
It’s mentioned in RoadsideAmerica, which touts itself as "a caramel-coated-nutbag-full of odd and hilarious travel destinations":
Fake TV McDonald’s
This is a fake McDonald’s built for their commercials and movies (just about any commercial you see, and every movie, that has a Mickey D’s as a location, this will be it). Really a weird site, tucked in the far end of an industrial park it has a few Mickey D’s signs on wheels w/adjustable height (for those crane shots), and out front are those big 45 foot cargo containers holding EVERY possible McDonald’s uniform in every size from around the world(for their international ads) and a basement with McDonald’s furniture in every style and color combination the chain allows (so it looks like different McD’s from spot-to-spot). [Anon., 09/09/2000]
– Roadside America>>
– From Google Maps, but partly obscured by camera shooting into sun>>
– Photo by Luke Sams, McDonald’s aficionado, at flickr>>