Day 2, Monday, January 22, 2018 (morning)
In the morning, I went over to the World of Coca-Cola Museum. I had heard good things about this place online, and hoped it was worth the kind of steep price tag of $17 for admission. It is possible to drink your weight (or at least $17 worth) in Coca-Cola there though, so there’s that. On the walk from my hotel, I walked through Centennial Olympic Park, which was one of the sites from the 1996 Olympic Games. There is a fountain/spray park with a timed musical show, and some statues to see there, along with a little garden.
The docent leads you in and goes through the canned spiel, showing some Coca-Cola artifacts. Note: there are a lot of Coca-Cola artifacts out there in the world! Once she gives the spiel, you get spit out into a theater, to watch the Coca-Cola movie. It’s actually a pretty well done movie, that gives you all the Coca-Cola feels. Who knew a soft drink could make you fall in love? Apparently I have not been drinking enough of this stuff lately, if this is the secret to a lasting and satisfying relationship!
After the movie, you are free to wander around at your leisure; exhibits include an area on the “secret formula,” how it is guarded, who gets to know, what rumors have circulated about the formula, etc. I found it to be directed more towards children. One exhibit shows a ton of memorabilia and historic Coca-Cola stuff, including a replica of an old fashioned soda fountain.
The museum also has a replica bottling line, that shows you just how bottles of Coke are filled. It has factoids printed on the windows, so you can see how much water the process uses, how many bottles can be filled each minute, and information of the like. That was really interesting and I enjoyed watching the bottling line. I found no one in this area, so I guess I am the only one who found this fascinating. It was one of my favorite parts of the museum.
There are exhibits on Olympic torches too, which have really become high tech over the years! Upstairs, there is an area with Coca-Cola artwork. Artists have tried their hand at decorating giant Coca-Cola bottles; some are very well done.
In the tasting room area, there are spigots dispensing over 160 Coca-Cola products from all over the world. You can try as many as you like. Not all are sodas; many are juices, and it is interesting to see what becomes a juice in other countries. Some of them were really good, but I probably don’t need that much sugar!
So, my verdict. Interesting, but not really worth the price, and don’t expect it to keep you entertained for long. I think I only spent an hour there, and I was kind of trying to go slow…
I had lunch at Baja Fresh and had the Blackened Shrimp Salad – for fast food it was super delicious! They did run out of avocado though, so I didn’t get to have that on my salad; to make up for it he gave me extra shrimp! And they had guacamole in the condiment bar, so I had that on top and it was pretty close to being like avocado. YUM!!
Cost: $17.00 for general admission, free with the Atlanta City Pass