Activity: World of Coca Cola, Atlanta, USA

This post is one chapter on our trip to Atlanta, Georgia on United Airlines and Air Canada. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: The World of Coca Cola, Atlanta Georgia, United States

On my second day in Atlanta, being on Pacific Standard Time instead of Central Time Zone, I slept in a little. I picked up the last of the breakfast at the hotel while MrsWT73 finished up the last day of her work events. We set out in the afternoon to experience some of the attractions that Atlanta had to offer.

The city of Atlanta is the home to many multi national companies, of which Coca Coca is one of the most globally recognized. Coca Cola has set up a very large attraction esque “World of Coca Cola”. It’s mostly for kids, but as a business major in university, I couldn’t help myself to visit to understand the strategy behind the business model. The attraction has a statute of John Pemberton (inventor of Coca Cola) almost right out front.

The whole experience started with a sample of Coca Cola from the “bar”. Needless to say, you won’t mistake this for a classy elegant experience (laughing).

As followed by some slick marketing and Coca Cola memorabilia…

The experience followed several Coca Cola history pieces, along with old bars, delivery trucks, retired refrigerators and other relics of the business’ progression.

The tour included a sample bottling line, in case you needed this to round out your experience.

Followed by a trip through the “vault” (for the Coca Cola secret) and an opportunity to take a photo with the Coca Cola polar bear. 

To close the tour, visitors were able to sample among 100 different cola varieties from all parts of the world. For travelers, this was probably the most interesting part. The ability to link the memories of Inca Cola (Peru) or a Stoney Ginger Beer (Tanzania) in a plastic sample cup was a funny memory. They also had industrial floor cleaners roaming through the area on a regular basis.

Happy Hour on the Roof Top of the Glenn Hotel:

After that experience, MrsWT73 was needing a real drink. We headed back to the Glenn Hotel. MrsWT73 had learned that the hotel happy hour was also offered on the hotels roof top bar. We headed up to the space to enjoy the view over Centennial Park and CNN across the street.

Overall, not a bad way to spend a day in Atlanta but certainly not worth a trip all on it’s own just to see.


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