My original reason for heading out to Atlanta was to check out the World Of Coca-Cola. I am a gigantic Coke fan, not the fanatic who collects items (OK, maybe a little) but one who is obsessed with drinking it. You’d think this would be some sort of Shangri-la for me and part of it was.
The first room we entered after the holding area was full of Coke memorabilia. We were forced to stand through some tired old routine and even worse, some junior high kids screaming “Pepsi” as their favorite drink as if it was the most original idea ever.
Next we are marched into a theater where we watch “The Happiness Factory”. It’s an animated film about what happens when you deposit a quarter into a Coke vending machine (I’d rather watch a film about who came up with this horrible idea). The entire time my friend is whispering in my ear how much he hates me for forcing him to sit through this. He needn’t worry, I hate myself for it also.
The 2 best areas were the bottling area and the tasting area (attractions 7 and 11 for those of you following along). The bottling was not really all that big but gave you an idea of how the machines that bottle do their jobs. At the end was a quality control area for some reason, I’m not buying it.
Some of the “attractions” here are very reminiscent of the ones that were previously located at World Of Coca-Cola in Las Vegas (that attraction is closed but I believe the store there is still open). The last area, “Taste It!” allows you to sample over 60 different drinks that Coca-Cola sells throughout the world.
If you’ve ever wondered what the worst possible soft drink is, look no further. It can been found at the World Of Coca-Cola. Beverly from Italy has to be the worst drink ever created. I don’t see how any one can like this. I think this clip sums it all up nicely:
If you’re in Atlanta, check out the World Of Coca-Cola but even better, when you’re there trick your friend into drinking Beverly by telling them how great it is. Trust me, it worked on me.
World Of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313