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Farewell to the Old World (of Coca Cola): The venerable shrine to a carbonated beverage, the World of Coca-Cola, closes forever on April 7, 2007. The new facility, next to the Georgia Aquarium at Centennial Olympic Park, opens on Memorial Day weekend. It's twice the size of the original (as are many consumers of Coca-Cola products) and will feature a 27-foot-tall Coke bottle as an exterior attention-grabber.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/06/2007]
- 121 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA
- On the corner of Baker St. and Centennial Olympic Park Drive. SOUTHBOUND: I-75/85 exit 249-C onto Williams St. Turn right onto Ivan Allen Jr Blvd. The parking garage is on the left at the second traffic light. NORTHBOUND: I-75/85 exit 249-D onto Spring St./W. Peachtree. Turn right onto the Spring St. ramp toward Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Bear right onto Centennial Olympic Park Drive, then take a quick left at the traffic light onto Ivan Allen Jr Blvd. The parking garage is on the left at the second traffic light.
- M-F 9-6, Sat 9-7, Sun 10-6. (Call to verify)
- Adults $16.
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- Atlanta, Georgia - World of Coca-Cola
At the World of Coca-Cola, there IS a New Coke exhibit, if you can call it that... there's a can and an ad. They're described as "Ad for new formulation of Coke" (or something like that). It's in the 80s section of the room called "The Real Thing," with the big polar bear in it and before the soda-drinking part. IMO they put them in an inconspicuous place, you kinda have to look for it.[Deka, 08/08/2005]
World of Coca-Cola has plans for big expansion
An expansion plan is underway that will double the size of the World of Coca Cola by 2006 (the attraction, not the company's market share). Atlanta, Georgia's popular destination promises more changing exhibits, interactive experiences, and presentation gimmicks to wake up a thrill-jaded public. While the museum will undergo a complete revamping, classics like the Tastes of the World will be kept and updated (with even more wacky foreign beverages).
April 2005: The Atlanta Development Authority will kick in up to $5.4 million to help Coca Cola expand its museum, scheduled to open in April of 2007.[06/24/2004]
- Atlanta, Georgia - Pagan Storyteller: Buckman
After the park renovation, the statue of the Pagan Storyteller, by Frank Flemming, was placed in front of the Buckhead branch of the Fulton County Library in 2016. He's telling stories at the library now.[Laura, 04/12/2017]
Buck Man was originally posed as if telling stories to woodland creatures, but they were given away to rich people by the son of the rich man who kicked Buck Man out of the park. Now Buck Man's audience is just a couple of dogs.
- 269 Buckhead Ave NE, Atlanta, GA
- The statue stands between the parking lot and outside wall of the Buckhead Library, which is on the south side of Buckhead Ave NE between Boiling Way NE and N. Fulton Drive NE.
- Atlanta, Georgia - Pagan Storyteller: Buck Man
I just called the fishing supply store across from the park and the guy who answered said the deer-headed man has been gone for a year. The new park is done.[wishdog, 03/15/2016]
The park was officially reopened in April 2015. Its $2.5 million redevelopment was paid for by a local property owner and -- surprise -- the statue of the deer-headed man was replaced with a statue of the property owner.