Wayfinding Wednesday: Two Cokes, Please

It’s 1865, and the American Civil War has only recently come to an end. Thousands of soldiers returned home, many of them wounded and addicted to morphine.

World Showcase Outpost (Mouse on the Mind)One such soldier, John Pemberton, began experimenting with ways to curtail that addiction, mixing coca (a mild stimulant), kola nut (a caffeine-containing fruit) and damiana (known for its relaxing qualities).

Eventually, Pemberton’s experiments became known as Coca Cola, a non-alcoholic beverage that was touted as a cure-all and “valuable brain tonic.” Today, we know it as the first (and still the best) cola soft drink.

What does any of this have to do with Disney? Well, in the World Showcase, between China and Germany, there is a small collection of huts known as the Outpost. This African-themed refreshment stop is a great spot to grab a cold drink, pick up a cute souvenir or sit a spell.

Scattered throughout the pavilion are several burlap sacks:

Epcot's Outpost (Mouse on the Mind)
Coca and Kola Nuts.

The kola nut is the fruit of the kola tree, which is native to the tropical rainforests of Africa. The caffeine-containing fruit is chewed in many West African cultures and is sometimes used as a flavoring ingredient in cola beverages.

You know, like the ones you get at the Outpost.

What’s your favorite place around the World Showcase to get a Coke? Let us know! 

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