If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be on the inside of a coke bottle, just head to the new Club Cool at EPCOT. The design on the main door features a giant window that evokes the iconic Coca-Cola bottle and a fizzy red and white display elements.
Of course, that’s not the big reason to visit Club Cool, it’s to sample flavors made by Coca-Cola and sold in different countries around the world. You can also pick up a little Coca-Cola branded merchandise as well, if that’s your thing. (And really, who are we to judge.)
One of the first locations of the multi-year transformation of EPCOT to open, Club Cool is located adjacent to the new Creations Shop, which will be in the Creations Neighborhood, one of three neighborhoods being carved out of the old Future World.
Inside a coke bottle.
The interior design of the space features a lot of the iconic Coca-Cola red and white, fizzy bubbles, international logos, pricey merchandise, and a couple counters at which you can buy your wares and various special concoctions, like frozen Coca-Cola drinks.
We were also entertained by the lighting package, which slowly changes hues over time adding to the vaguely retro-mod mood.
Yes, free samples are still available as are the little sample cups. Instead of placing the soda dispensers in the center of the space, the fountains are all lined up along one wall.
Yes. Beverly, the flavor from Italy that every loves to hate, is back. But all the other flavors were new. They will change them out from time to time. I won’t list them here, but you can see them in the video up above. Let’s just say I have a new least favorite flavor. I’ll let you figure out which one it is.
Due to COVID-19, only one party is allowed at each dispenser. A cast member was cleaning each unit between groups.
We were there on opening night and the line to try the free samples started outside and wound its way into the store.
There was a fair mix of interesting merchandise, but the prices seemed high to us. It was a little disappointing that the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge bottles weren’t on sale, nor was the Coca-Cola t-shirt with the logo written in aurebesh (the primary written language of Star Wars).
We did like the mannequins with reflective metallic faces, clearly a homage to the former crew of Disney’s The Black Hole (1978).
Ice Station Cool and the frozen caveman may be long gone, but Club Cool is back at EPCOT. Will you stop by on your next visit? Are you brave enough to try Beverly? Let us know in the comments below.