A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Conversations with Coca-Cola Conference. Given that I’m a self-proclaimed Diet Coke addict, I was super excited to get this invite and talk to some of the key members behind my favorite beverage. I learned so much and had an amazing time with my fellow bloggers. While we were there, we were treated to a special excursion to The World of Coca-Cola.
I was enamored with all the vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia. All the signage, machines and who could pass up taking a picture of the Norman Rockwell painting worth about, oh, ONE MILLION DOLLARS!
The World of Coca-Cola is pretty vast in size and offers so much history of the 125 year old company. From the Coca-Cola Loft, to Bottle Works to the Vault of the Secret Formula, there is so much to see and learn.
During the tour of Bottle Works, we saw a working system of how a bottle of Coke is made and bottled. It was fascinating to see the system working and watching as each machine did its job to make sure each bottle was filled and capped properly.
When the Coke formula was sold, Candler paid $2,300 to acquire the formula and ALL rights to Coca-Cola. When Candler sold the company, he sold for a whopping $25 million!
Being the Diet Coke fan that I am, being incredibly close to the vault that holds the secret formula was such a geek moment for me. We weren’t allowed to come to close because an alarm would sound, but it didn’t make the urge to touch it go away. Because I didn’t want to be hauled off to jail, I refrained.
The final stop on our tour was getting the opportunity to try drinks from all around the world. This was pretty fun, but be careful which drinks you try. Some aren’t as good as others.
The tour of The World of Coca-Cola was really a neat experience and if you are in or around the Atlanta area, I highly recommend you give it a try.
Jenn @therebelchick says
I love Coca Cola! What a fun trip!
Notorious Spinks says
I love the history of Coca Cola! Looks like fun!
The Mom Jen says
What a great experience, thanks for sharing!
Carrie with Children says
That Norman Rockwell painting is fantastic! It must have been really neat to see all that history in one place – especially THE vault!
I have trays of Santa Holding a Coke from the 70’s. They are so awesome and a treasure! Cool that you got to see The World of Coca Cola!
Apryl @ Christian Clippers says
I’m not a fan of Coca Cola but the trip looks amazing!
Cool, I love the unique Coke bottles.
Anne - Mommy Has to Work says
What a neat event! I love Coke!
sounds really, really cool. love the polar bear- we always love the holiday commercials
Shelly from Momfiles says
I am a huge Coca-Cola fan and I think you went to my dream event~! Looks like it was filled with some good information. Did you get to hug the Polar Bear? 😉
I didn’t hug the polar bear but I had a picture taken with him 😉
Tricia Nightowlmama says
what a great tour. I’m a Pepsi drinker and I think I would even enjoy that especially the end part trying them from around the world.. The coke in Mexico actually is pretty good. (I needed the caffeine)
Thanks for the tour and the great photos. To think someone could of spent 2300 for a company that is worth millions today. WOW!! Wtg!
What a great opp. Regular Coke is my all time favorite soda
How fun! 1 million for a painting good gracious!
How fun!! And you got to “meet” the adorable Coke Polar Bear! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!!
Not So Average Mama says
How fun! Coke is one thing I am guilty of drinking! I love getting a Coke from Sonic…yum!!!!
Sounds like a super fun trip!
Emily @FamilyNLifeLV says
What a cool trip to such an iconic company!!
Beeb Ashcroft says
That sounds like a fun tour!
Wow! That looks amazing!
Marcie W. says
How super neat to see all of the old school Coca Cola items! Could you imagine how much the formula would sell for today?
Caryn B says
How FUN! I love your photos…what a neat place to visit!
Zippy Sandler says
Love those cool coke bottles!
Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired says
I loved the World of Coke too! It was so fun trying out all of the different flavors from around the world.
Did you try the really nasty one? I just couldn’t make myself do it.
The vault cracks me up! That’s so great! I am a sucker for Coke memorabilia so I be that would be a fun place to visit if I make it back up to Atlanta.
The vault was super huge. I felt so small standing by it.
Shell Fruscione says
How fun! We have one of these in Vegas but I haven’t been in YEARS. &I have definitely been sorry to try some of those Around-The-World flavors- blah!
I know, some of them are just wrong LOL!
Toni @ A Daily Dose says
That would have been a fun event for me being the Coca-Cola addict that I am. I am sure you learned tons. It’s amazing to see how the bottles/cans have transformed over the years.
Lori Pace says
Oh my goodness, your photos are AWESOME! What a great reflection on a really neat place! 🙂
Awww, thanks Lori! You are free to use any of them, if you want.
Kasandria Reasoner says
Looks like so much fun! My mother in law would have gone nuts. Her whole kitchen is Coke memorabilia.
This looks like a blast!
It was so great to finally meet you! I loved learning about Coca Cola. This was a great experience!
Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins says
That sounds like a fun experience!
Wow so cool!! I’ve actually been craving a can of Cherry Coke for like a week now!
Sounds cool, you are one travelin’ lady!
I got to visit here as a child. Would love to go back with my kids.
Sounds like a fun trip! Definitely would love to take my boys 🙂
Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
Well, you KNOW how much I would have appreciated that trip!
I Love Coca-Cola! What a fun trip! The vault is crazy!
That looked like an awesome trip. I love old Coke memorabilia.
Rachel @ Following In My Shoes says
That tour was so much fun — I loved all of the memorabilia!
Meghan @JaMonkey says
I went to this conference too. I don’t remember if we were at the same one though!!!
Anne - Mommy Has to Work says
What an awesome trip!!
April Golightly says
This is so cool! I want to go.
That is a great place to visit. I like to see the history of America’s classic soda.
This place looks like a lot of fun, I’ve been meaning to get there to visit.