Kirstin Payne

Don't panic folks the aliens have not landed

DESPITE the green antennae mass protruding from McDonald's Warwick, operations manager Daine Reid insists aliens haven't invaded.

Instead the restaurant has opened its one-of-a-kind PlayLand, "It's the only one like it in Australia," Mr Reid said.

Dubbed the "big caterpillar," the much-anticipated multi-level playground opened Saturday, just in time for school holiday travellers.

"Parents love the playgrounds, it gives the kids a chance to stretch their legs and get their energy out before they are back in the car," Mr Reid said.

The playground, equipped with every trimming a child could desire, weaves in and out of the now-undercover play area, through the walls and onto the roof of the restaurant.

"We feel it's really exciting for kids, they can climb up and look out over all of Warwick," Mr Reid said.

The 22-year-old said he was so excited about the equipment he had personally tested it himself.

"I made sure I got to check it out," the operations manager laughed.

Despite what cautious parents may presume, no-one has been stuck in the PlayLand.

"No-one has been stuck to my knowledge, sometimes they get scared but not stuck," he said.

"We always have someone who can go up and retrieve them if need be".

The modern design of the PlayLand will coincide with the rest of the upgrades, which are set to be finished in the coming weeks.

Part of the second phase of the $500,000 project that began in 2006 has included an expanded indoor seating area, suited for the Warwick winter and an exclusive party room.

So far the "big caterpillar," has been a huge hit, with children from Warwick and interstate testing the new equipment.

"We chose to stop here especially because the kids wanted to try the playground," mother-of-two Sue Bailey said.



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