World of Chocolate Museum and Café: Mixing Education and Fun

Lisa Fritscher June 6, 2014 No Comments


The World of Chocolate Cafe draws visitors into the experience.

World of Chocolate Logo

The Orlando area is well-known for its theme parks, but many people are unaware of the smaller local attractions in the region. Relatively quiet, uncrowded and inexpensive, the lesser-known things to do provide a more personalized and often educational experience. I love to explore, and wherever I go, I make it a mission to seek out the hidden gems. As huge fans of anything chocolate, Dad and I knew we had to check out the World of Chocolate Museum and Café.

About the World of Chocolate
Opened in October 2013, the World of Chocolate Museum and Café is the latest contender in the crowded Orlando landscape. The concept was born in Austria in 2005, and it is the only venue of its kind anywhere in the world. Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last tour departing at 7:00, it is an excellent place to spend a rainy afternoon or a quiet down day between theme park visits. As of 2014, adult admission is $16.95, while children ages 4 through 12 pay $12.95. Kids ages 3 and under are free. Parking is free, and admission is not charged to visit the café. If you do not have a car, simply take the I-RIDE Trolley to stop #37A.

Our Experience

Tour Guide Jonathan

Jonathan, our tour guide, was fun and professional.

It was Dad’s birthday, so we invited a friend to join us. We arrived around 1:45 p.m. Guided tours are given on the hour, so we had just enough time to check out the gift shop. Our first impression was excellent. The place is immaculately clean, the staff is friendly and the prices are reasonable. On walking in the door, our first view was of a lavishly stocked case of gourmet chocolates from around the world. The gift shop offers T-shirts and other souvenirs that celebrate chocolate, along with a vast array of flavored chocolate bars.

Our tour, guided by the highly knowledgeable Jonathan, started right on time. The small group included an outspoken group of older women on a “girls day out,” along with a family with a baby in a stroller. The first stop was a small room with video monitors, where we watched a short but engaging video that gave a brief history of chocolate and a bit of information on how it is processed.

The video definitely set the stage for the experience, but it was Jonathan that brought the history of chocolate to life. Highly detailed sets took us around the globe as we walked through the discovery of cacao beans, the establishment of liquid chocolate as the Spanish equivalent of British high tea, and into the global processing of today. Our group was full of questions, and Jonathan was highly skilled at tailoring his answers to the audience.

Chocolate Sculptures

The chocolate sculptures were highly detailed and incredibly impressive!

A major highlight was the eye-popping collection of chocolate sculptures. From the Eiffel Tower to Mt. Rushmore, and the Great Wall of China to the white chocolate Taj Mahal, the hand-crafted Austrian creations were simply breathtaking. The level of detail was easily as good as any representation I have ever seen in any medium.

Of course, we were all eager to experience the tasting room. Included in the price of the tour, the tasting room is packed with samples of chocolate bars in a stunning collection of flavors. What I found particularly interesting was the range of dark chocolates, categorized by the amount of cacao contained within. I liked even the relatively bitter 85% cacao variety, but the overall consensus of the group was that the 70% variety provided the best balance of taste, sweetness and depth of flavor. For those with allergies, the tour guide explains the major additives in each sample, such as fruits or nuts, and each sample is also well-marked with signs.

After the one-hour tour, we enjoyed a snack at the café. We all agreed that it has a relaxed, upscale coffeehouse feel. The coffee drinks are delicately layered and the menu runs the gamut from individual chocolate candies to Panini Gelato, which packs Italian ice cream into a sweet golden bun.

Spanish Set

The detailed sets helped us connect to the history that Jonathan explained.

Tips for Parents
Many places advertise that they are fun for the entire family, but relatively few are actually able to deliver on that promise. The World of Chocolate is one of the rare attractions that is equally fun for all. History buffs will appreciate the educational nature of the tour. Art lovers will enjoy the detailed chocolate sculptures. Those with a sweet tooth will love the tasting room. No matter what your family’s ages and interests might be, the World of Chocolate is an excellent choice.

The World of Chocolate is currently in the process of adding special events such as wine and chocolate pairings. They are also available for private events such as birthday parties and receptions. The museum is used to groups of kids, such as field trips, and the guides are comfortable personalizing the tours for each group.

The World of Chocolate is fully accessible. In addition to the baby stroller, our group also included a woman on a full-size ECV. Jonathan went out of his way to ensure that she had a front-row spot in each room on the tour. Tours are available in Spanish with advance notice.

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Lisa is a full-time travel writer. She lives in an RV with her disabled father and writes about their experiences. Although she has no children of her own, Lisa loves being an Aunt to her own relatives and the children of all her friends. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Travel Confessions.

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