Atlanta's most famous invention is also the world's most popular soft drink and nowhere is this more clear than at this ... More
World of Coca Cola
Atlanta's most famous invention is also the world's most popular soft drink and nowhere is this more clear than at this unique downtown museum. The new 20-acre (eight-hectare) complex features a 4D cinematic experience, and the largest collection of Coke memorabilia ever assembled, including a pop-culture gallery. The museum draws many visitors and features an exhaustive look at the history, manufacturing and distribution of Coca-Cola. Perhaps the most popular phase of the tour is the final stop, where guests are invited to sample vast and various recipes of Coke as it is marketed throughout the world. Tickets may be purchased through their website.
It would have been really nice if the review from November 2011 about the better tour of the bottling plant had told us how to find it...even the internet isn't yielding an info...awful lot of in formation about when is best to visit but how do I get there and, well...you didn't tell us much that was useful
I've been to the World of Coke more than once (the new one) at different times of the year on different days and at different times of day. I'm an Atlantan native and it's relatively cheap, so it's a cool thing to do with friends and with relatives who are in town. I've been there a lot and really enjoy it. Here are some things that I think really affect how your visit will be:
1) Please remember that this is mostly a huge Coca-Cola commercial. It can’t really be much else. The history of the brand is a fascinating history of hugely successful advertising. That being said, there is a Bottling Plant that is really cool and the Taste-It room is a little less advertise-y. It is indeed a commercial, but it can be a really fun one if you just keep that in mind and know it going in.
2) The time of day and day of the week will DEFINITELY affect how your visit goes. Obviously, summers are crowded. Afternoons (1:00-4:00) are crowded. Weekends especially are crowded. If you must go in the summer on the weekend, GO IN THE MORNING. You will beat the lines. If you go at 2:00 pm on a Saturday in July, you have a large chance that your visit might not be enjoyable just because the crowds are too large for the attraction to handle. The crowds do get really unmanageably large on those summer weekends. The attraction was built small for the crowds it receives on days like that. Go in the morning. Go on a weekday if possible. If you don't go in the summer or the holiday season (think week between Christmas and New Years) those guidelines don't apply so much.
3) The intro part of the attraction is as good as your tour guide. The intro part is really information-y, but can be fun. I've had tour guides who made it the dullest thing ever. I've also had guides who were a BLAST and my favorite part of my visit. Don't give up on it. If you want, stay in the first part and wait for another tour guide if you don't like the first one (they rotate). They'll let you do that.
4) Sometimes they over-crowd the intro part of the attraction. If they do that, kindly ask to speak to a manager. I found this out, too: the workers in the actual tour guide/movie part do not do the counting. I was really irritated at one of them once and realized they didn't do it. The outside team counts. So, tell the manager to tell the outside team to count better (your complaint will be more effective if you know exactly what went wrong, lol). They've messed up on that more than once, so be cognizant of that.
5) The first movie you watch is geared towards kids. Know that and just have fun with it. It's really cute and there's a cool surprise after it that is maybe one of the coolest things I've ever seen in an attraction.
6) Not the most stroller friendly place. The staff don't mind them or anything, but the theaters are poorly equipped to handle them. You'll be asked to park your stroller and leave it with staff more than once. Might be better to leave the stroller in the car.
7) If you're strapped for time, here's what I would see: The intro part (takes about 15 mins. Takes less time and gives you more information than the museum inside), the bottling plant, the 4-D movie, and TASTE IT.
I know some of the stuff up there may sound a little negative, but it's really in response to some of the reviews here. I read them and thought I could probably help you plan the best visit possible and avoid some of the problems that people came across. I really recommend the attraction. I've visited it many times and it has kept me coming back. The staff are really friendly and seem to love what they do, the attraction is impeccably clean and really pretty, they have some really cool things to see, and you even get a free souvenir when you leave (a glass bottle of Coke!). I would definitely give it a chance if you’re in the Atlanta area. Hope this helps and hope you enjoy your visit! :)
I took my family to the coca cola in Atlanta on May 2. I gave them my charge card and the lady said "sorry it won't go through" I thought that strange so my husband gave them his card. The $108.00 Charge did go through, as a matter of fact it went through twice. I called discovery (both charges on a discover card with different names) I just got a notice from discover that the charge is being put back on because Coca Cola won't respond to the dispute. Coca Cola you need to get on the ball here. Anyone would realized that I would not have made the charges twice in a matter of minutes and the exact amount. I am not done yet. I shouldn't have to fight for money when the lady who sold the tickets messed up
Coca-Cola are marketing geniuses, I still can't believe I paid $15 to see the world’s largest Coca-Cola Advertisement. After viewing the aquarium next door , with thousands of live exotic marine animals, including whale sharks, mantas, and all the Indo Pacific Reef Fish paying to see a Coke ad was a huge disappointment. The world of Coke should be free with an Aquarium ticket stub!
I guess "There's a sucker born every minute."
Okay, I will say up front that the lines and the introduction to the entire attraction is a real pain. We purchased tickets in advance but that did not seem to give us any advantage whatsoever, still had to wait out in the 100-degree heat for about 30 mins. The traffic flow once inside is pretty lame. The "holding area" was hosted by a staff member who did his best to do a monologue and chat up the crowd ("Where is your family from?", "Does anyone know how many bottles of Coke are produced per day?") And the initial film is bizarre and pointless; I would skip it altogether. BUT, once through that part, the attraction opens up and becomes more self-guided and MUCH more fun. There is a treasure trove of information and things to do. My teenager and I tried all of the sodas that Coke produces from around the world (apple soda from China, raspberry soda from Zimbabwe, etc.) and we could concoct our own mixes. We loved the theatre that showed the zillions of Coke TV ads over the years from around the world (the Mean Joe Green commercial is shown in its entirety ---- big emotional points from me). An exhibit showing the visual art of Coke is very well-done. And my son loved seeing the Olympic torches from the Games of the past, the Red Sox World Series 2004 ring (Coke is a big sponsor of the Games and the Sox). The history of Coke exhibit shows a mockup of the first soda fountain in Atlanta and you walk through the expansion of the company and how it became what we know today. The bottling plant is interesting and the gift shop is expansive.
So, I would implore the staff to make some adjustments to the front end of the attraction, but honestly, the initial bad taste quickly faded once inside the main part of this fascinating place. Our weekend in Atlanta was definitely better because we made this a stop on our tour.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!
First and last time we will attend the World of Coca Cola. Paid too much money for what we got......really, the flow of the "museum" is HORRIBLE!
First of all, we purchased our tickets in advance but we still had to wait in line for almost 40 minutes just to get into the door. Did I mention that each person had to have their bag(s) checked and walk thru a metal detector?
Then, after waiting another 6 min for a "tour guide" to explain some memorabilia we had to sit thru a "movie" which was nothing more than a 6 min commercial!
Finally, we got to explore the "museum" right? Wrong......the flow of the building was so horrible that we could not even take the time to look at the various rooms because people were constantly bumping, pushing, etc.
And let's not mention the Tasting Room - so crowded you could not move from one station to another. You had to shout just to communicate with your family members. I was so excited to taste the various drinks, but the space was so tight that you could not enjoy it.
Finally, just to leave, you had to weave your way thru the gift shop.....but there was no room to walk! For those of us who did not want to purchase anything, we had to stand behind everyone who kept stopping to look at overpriced items.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!
Coke - with all the money you are making, I expected more......I did not learn a thing about your history......very disappointing.
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