Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Where Is Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory?


Willy Wonka's chocolate factory must be heaven on earth for those with sweet tooth, i.e. all of us during dessert time. Not counting the 1971 and 2005 movie adaptations, no one has transmuted such a place into reality yet.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl admitted his book was inspired by the heated rivalry between chocolate makers Cadbury and Rowntree's during his childhood. Give it to Cadbury for taking a hint in turn.

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In 1990, Cadbury pulled a Willy Wonka and opened a visitor center in Birmingham in the UK. Called Cadbury World, this attraction has welcomed half a million visitors since; Willy looks stingy in comparison, only welcoming five children to his fabled chocolate factory.

Find here the 'biggest Cadbury shop in the world':

World's biggest Cadbury store in Cadbury World. Via My Thought Bubbles

In 2003, the second Cadbury World opened in Dunedin, New Zealand. Unlike its predecessor, this includes a tour through an operational chocolate factory.

via Dunedin is for lovers

Either way, these two attractions give you many saccharine opportunities for eating. Cadbury chocolates are sold at factory prices here, if not given away.

Not to be outdone, Hershey's has its own attraction in Pennsylvania. Set in the same complex as Hersheypark, Hershey's Chocolate World features a pumped-up version of its 1973 factory tour.


Steel yourself for 3D presentations; singing trolley conductors; an indoor cocoa forest; and several opportunities to make food based on Hershey's products.

Shops inside Hershey's Chocolate World. Via insidethemagic

Meanwhile, British theme park Alton Towers opened a replica of Willy Wonka's factory in 2006. No need for a golden ticket to enter this.
This world managed to advance the way it has due to the efforts of business emperors in making childhood fantasies real. In his prison of paper and ebook, Willy Wonka has truly lived vicariously through Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and the many others who have given us our 'just desserts.'

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