The revitalization of downtown Atlanta probably began with the building of Centennial Park for the 1996 Olympic Games. Parts of the original park remain and is a nice central spot in the middle of the urban landscape for Atlanta residents to enjoy a little greenery.
I spent quite a long time watching the Fountain of Rings and those who gathered around it on my last day in Atlanta. Although the air was cold, the sun shined the entire day, so it was perfect weather to just sit and enjoy the outdoors.
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave West N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591
I admit it. I’m an addict. A Coca-cola addict. Regular, not diet. As a self-professing addict, I absolutely had to go to the marketing extravaganza that is the WORLD OF COCA-COLA!! I wasn’t completely convinced that I should go after reading reviews, but I managed to convince myself that the Tasting Room alone would be worth the $15 admission charge.
|Exterior of the building|
|Welcomed by giant Coca-Cola bottles|
The tour begins in a room that contains the largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia and represents advertising from all over the world.
Next, we watched a short film called “Inside the Happiness Factory,” which was a cartoon documenting what goes on inside a Coke machine. It was a little too cutesy for me. Little puppies kiss the bottles to give the drink “love”, the bottles go through a snow storm to get chilled. Blahblahblah….
The rest of the experience is self-guided and starts off with a history of Coca-Cola: how it was invented and then went on to become a global commodity. There was also a gallery of pop culture art that shows pieces of artwork made from or featuring Coke products. They had some of the pieces that are very common in South Africa, the cars made from Coke cans and the like! We also watched a horrible “4-D” film with 3-D glasses and moving seats and terrible acting.
In addition, there was a fully-functioning bottling line, but I don’t think it was functioning when I went through.
Finally, I reached the piece de resistance: The Tasting Room! I thought that what we would be tasting is different formulas of Coca-Cola from around the world, but really it was different Coca-Cola products from around the world. My favorite was the Apple Kiwi Fanta from Thailand.
At the end of the tour, we were given a souvenir bottle of Coke, which was subsequently confiscated by airport security. Le sigh…
World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker Street NW