Did you know there’s a mini Coca-Cola museum in Disneyland? – DePaoli on DeParks

After visiting Disneyland regularly for over a decade at this point, it’s pretty rare for me to be shown something I haven’t noticed that has been in plain sight the entire time. But that’s exactly what happened to me recently when taking the Walt’s Main Street Story guided tour. My tour guide showed me the small Coca-Cola museum displayed on Main Street U.S.A. and I was shocked by this revelation.

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Photos by Jeff DePaoli

There are so many little secrets and tributes to find inside Disneyland. Examples include Hidden Mickeys all over the park, a nametag on the ticket taker at the Main Street Cinema noting she’s from Walt’s boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri, the Little Man of Disneyland’s home over in Adventureland, and countless others.

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Inside Disneyland’s Refreshment Corner

At Main Street U.S.A.’s Refreshment Corner, known to fans as Coke Corner, sits this little museum dedicated to the popular soda that dominates the global market. If you are walking on Main Street U.S.A. in the direction as if you are exiting Disneyland, Refreshment Corner sits on your right side. On the corner of the building stands its main entrance. This is the doorway featuring the iconic half red half white light bulb to fix the alternating color dilemma. On each side of the main doorway entrance sits window displays of Coca-Cola bottles and other memorabilia from different decades and locations throughout the company’s history.

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Note the window displays on each side of the doorway

Below are photos of the Coca-Cola history you can find as part of the current display.

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Left to right: Commemorative bottle produced for Cola Clan convention 1977, Gold bottle to celebrate 50th anniversary of U.S. bottling plants, Soda water bottle with star design 1920s-1940s
disneyland coca cola museum
Left to right: Hebrew language contour bottle and Japanese contour bottle
disneyland coca cola museum
Top left to right: Hutchinson bottle 1899-1905 and Straight-sided bottle 1900-1915
Bottom left to right: Prototype contour bottle 1915, Contour bottle with applied color label 1955-present, and Contour bottle 1915-1955
disneyland coca cola museum
disneyland coca cola museum

The next time you’re visiting Disneyland, take a moment to appreciate this mini-museum dedicated to one of the most popular refreshments in the world, displayed in a fitting turn of the century Main Street U.S.A. I was told that it’s not uncommon for the Coca-Cola bottle display to be changed and updated, so keep your eyes peeled for new additions. And if you’re looking for a unique Coca-Cola bottle to collect yourself, don’t forget about the “thermal detonator” Coke bottles for sale in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Did you know about this hidden gem in Disneyland? Do you have a favorite little secret inside Disneyland Park? Leave a comment and let me know.

Jeff DePaoli is a producer and voiceover artist living in Los Angeles.

Jeff DePaoli is a producer and voiceover artist living in Los Angeles. He can be heard as the voice of Disney Trivia on Alexa as well as the host of “Dizney Coast to Coast,” the ultimate, unofficial Disney fan podcast. Get your FREE gifts of “America’s Hidden Mickeys,” “On the Rohde Again,” “Theme Park Comfort Kit” and more at DizneyCoastToCoast.com. DePaoli’s opinions are his own and do not necessarily represent Attractions Magazine.


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