After we left the Georgia Aquarium we headed across the lawn to the “new” World of Coke. I say new because it used to be housed in a building down near Underground Atlanta. It was a pretty cool multilevel building but then a couple of years ago they built this new building across from the Aquarium to house all things Coca Cola.
In fact, according to their website: http://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/
“The World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place celebrated its Grand Opening on May 24, 2007. It’s the only place where you can explore the complete story—past, present and future—of the world’s best-known brand.
With 60,000 square feet for you to explore, the World of Coca-Cola features more than 1,200 artifacts from around the world that, until now, have never been displayed to the public before.
Around every corner you’ll experience something new and inviting. You’ll see great interactive exhibits such as a thrilling, multi-sensory 4-D movie (3D glasses with moving seats) and a fully functioning bottling line. You can even give our 7-foot Coca-Cola Polar Bear a big hug! And of course, a World of CocaCola favorite—the tasting experience, will give you a refreshing opportunity to sample over 60 different products from around the world. All this and much more make the World of CocaCola a unique and must-see Atlanta experience! A visit of the entire attraction is estimated to last an average of 90 minutes.”
For those of you who don’t know it, Coca Cola was created/invented in Atlanta in 1886 by John S. Pemberton, a pharmacist. It was originally used medicinally. Originally the only way you could get it was it had to be “mixed” at the soda fountains of pharmacies. I found this tidbit very interesting: Pemberton’s 1886 Coca-Cola recipe contained a highly addictive stimulant extracted from coca leaves. (The same thing used to make cocaine) That recipe was replaced in 1905 with one more similar to the modern beverage, which is distributed in 200 countries worldwide. You can read more about this at: Pemberton, John S – nutrition, body, health http://www.faqs.org/nutrition/Biographies/Pemberton-John-S.html#ixzz14YPI7eNu
We got to see a cute little 4D movie, yes, I said 4D…. it is more “interactive” than your “run of the mill” 3D and it was really cute. We got to listen to the guide explain the Coke artifacts including billboards and some of the first Coke machines. She kept telling everyone to make sure they tried the Beverley beverage from Italy. I was smart enough that I have been down that road before and I KNEW not to try it.
They have a whole room set up with a screen that has commercials from around the world and through the years that is very interesting. I didn’t go see it this time but I have seen it in the past and it’s quite entertaining.
They have a little mini assembly line set up where you can watch the process of bottling Coca Cola. It really is interesting. We got to take our pictures with the 7 foot Coke Polar Bear. And at the end of your tour through the museum you get to sample Coke products from all over the world. Seriously, I had no idea that they had that many different Coke Beverages. And if you ever get to come to World of Coke, I’m gonna tell it to you straight. I don’t care WHAT that girl tells you…. DON’T try the Beverley from Italy. The best I can equate it to would be eating a persimmon. It’s very bitter and tastes awful. Apparently they like it in Italy though. My cousin was getting ready to try it and I very sarcastically said “Yeah, go ahead and try it if you’re so brave!” And she did. Then she wanted to kick my butt. Then she wanted to go find the little girl who told her to try it and kick her butt too! I told her I thought that she knew I was being sarcastic. Apparently not! Then Danny came over and I told him NOT to try it and he immediately tried it. Here’s his face after he tried it:
Here’s me laughing my butt off at him after he tried it:
Right before you leave the tour you get to take one of the bottles of Coke that they bottle there in the building. I think it’s like one of those 6 oz bottles. Pretty cool. Then of course you have to wade through the gift shop before you can exit. But if you want it they have about every piece of merchandise you can think of with some sort of Coke logo on it. PJ’s and glasses and coffee cups and tank tops and shorts and shirts and jackets and chairs and key chains and just about anything you could possibly want or need.
So if you come to Atlanta, this is another item you can add to your list of things to do. And it’s almost next door to the Olympic Rings Fountain which is pretty cool. We were gonna walk over there after but about the time that we got done in the World of Coke the bottom fell out of the sky and we had to wait about 15 minutes to make a run for it across the lawn to the parking deck. Of course I wasn’t doing too much running. I had on slide sandals (it was hot that day) and they got wet of course so my feet kept slipping around in them so I took them off and walked barefoot to the parking deck which probably wasn’t real smart (might be why I have a cold now?) but if I hadn’t I think I would have ended up hurting myself worse by sliding around in my shoes.
Then we were off to our next adventure…. Rush hour traffic in downtown Atlanta!