Drinking Too Much Soda at the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta

If there was one thing I wanted to do in Atlanta Georgia, it was to visit the World of Coca-Cola. Sometimes there’s nothing like an icy cool glass of coke on a hot day, and Atlanta was pretty damn hot and humid.

Armed with my Atlanta CityPASS, I hopped on the MARTA and got off at Peachtree Center. However as I was walking along the street to get my bearings, I noticed something was different.

There were crowds of people lining the streets, and there were barriers keeping them off the roads. There were vans, police and security everywhere.

I asked a lady what was going on. As it turned out, President Obama was in Atlanta giving a speech at the Westin hotel. I contemplated waiting to catch a glimpse of Obama leaving the hotel, but figured it might be a while. I also imagined he would probably be ushered into a blacked out car and whisked away anyways.

The people of Atlanta seemed pretty excited that Obama was in town; one bystander was holding a sign that said “Welcome President Obama 2012. Yes you did!”

President Obama in Atlanta

I thought it was pretty incredible how large the President’s entourage actually is. How all this security is required to protect one man.

I walked for blocks and blocks trying to find the World of Coca-Cola, and on every street there were police cars, police on bikes, police walking the streets, security vehicles…

It turns out I wasn’t the only one heading in the direction of  the World of Coke- I bumped into a girl who was trying to find the Aquarium, which is right next door. We got to chatting and I found out her name was Jessica and she had missed her connecting flight to Columbus, so she was stuck in Atlanta for the rest of the day and thought she’d do some sightseeing.

We ended up visiting the World of Coca-Cola together, followed by the Georgia Aquarium. That’s what I love about traveling- you can meet people and instantly become friends.

The World of Coca-Cola

After passing through security checks we entered The Lobby, which features 6 giant coke bottles with different designs. Here we waited for a few minutes for our  timed entry to the World of Coca-Cola.

World of Coca Cola Lobby Coke Bottles

It began with the Coca-Cola Loft; a treasure trove of Coca-Cola artefacts, including posters and adverts from over the years. We then entered the Happiness Factory Theater, where we watched a short animated film to see a glimpse of the magic that goes into every bottle of Coke.

From there we went to the Vault of the Secret Formula. The cool thing about Coke is the mystery that surrounds the recipe. For decades scientists have performed tests on Coca-Cola, trying to unlock the secret to its unique taste.

Coca Cola Secret Formula at World of Coca-Cola Atlanta

I liked this rumour: “Rumour has it only two people know the secret. Their identities are never revealed. They can’t travel together. Each person only knows 1/2 the formula.”

Coca Cola Rumour

Finally we go to see the Vault where the secret formula is secured. They say the formula is in there, but I wouldn’t be so sure…

Vault of the Secret Formula at World of Coca Cola, Atlanta


Drinking too much soda…

Anyway enough of the sightseeing…what we really wanted to do was taste some Coca-Cola. At the World of Coca-Cola you have the opportunity to taste over 60 different sodas and soft drinks that Coca-Cola sells around the globe. The beverages are divided into stations for different continents and regions- so you just grab a cup and taste your way around the world.

Coca Cola Tasting at World of Coca Cola in Atlanta

The best ones I tasted were Ice from Korea, and Nestea Ice Rush from China. They were delicious! The worst one that Coca-Cola makes was definitely Beverley from Italy! It was pretty funny to watch everyone screw their faces up in disgust when they tried that soda!

Beverly from Italy at World of Coca Cola

After trying all of them, we realised we had drunk way too much soda. Sugar rush!

On your way out towards the gift shop you receive a free bottle of Coke to take home. I definitely needed a few hours before I was ready to drink any more soda!

Token Coke Bottle from the World of Coca Cola

I received a Complimentary CityPASS to explore Atlanta and the World of Coca-Cola. The CityPASS is a booklet of admission tickets to Atlanta’s 5 best attractions, allowing you to skip most ticket lines. The booklet gets you timed-entry general admission to the World of Coca-Cola and admission to the 4-D theater, plus a complimentary keepsake bottle from the museum.

5 thoughts on “Drinking Too Much Soda at the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta”

  1. Where all did you visit in during your summer trip in America? Is your trip over? I am very close to Atlanta, in Charleston, South Carolina which is about a 4 hour drive. I recently wen to Atlanta but didnt have the time to stop into the coke museum.. I will be back soon to see it!

    Have you posted all of your blog entries from this trip yet?

    1. I haven’t posted all my blog entries yet, still some from Texas and Memphis to post. In total I visited Las Vegas, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans and Austin! I have never been to Charleston…definitely go to the World of Coke if you’re in Atlanta.

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