Are you a die-hard Chick-Fil-A fan? If you’re crazy for chicken and can’t get enough waffle fries, then you’ll want to check out out the Chick-Fil-A Home Tour in Atlanta! Also known as the “Backstage Tour,” It’s less than twenty minutes away from the Atlanta International Airport and offers a great family-friendly half day activity. I’m breaking down what you need to know before the tour, what you’ll see and how to go on the tour for FREE!
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Everything You Need To Know About The Chick-Fil-A Home Tour
Truett Cathy, the Founder of Chick-Fil-A, was a man who started his business from scratch and believed in his faith. He was born a natural leader and entrepreneur. On the tour, guests can see how Truett went from an ambitious eight-year-old boy selling Coca-Cola bottles to growing the most successful chicken restaurant chains in the United States. It all started in Atlanta too!
What You’ll Experience On The Tour
Every tour guide has a vast knowledge of the company’s history timeline and insight to the business practices (and failures) that led to Truett’s success. While the Atlanta headquarters has grown immensely since the beginning days, guests can still get a great sense of who Truett was and the early business models.
Guests can walk into Truett’s office and see how it was arranged when he was working. From family mementos to photos of Truett alongside diplomats, you’ll really see the stories behind the man who started Chick-Fil-A. One thing that holds true throughout the tour is that you can really see his values shine.
Guests can experience a full-size model of the first Chick-Fil-A and see what the menu looked like in the beginning days. Take photos of Truett Cathy’s personal automobile collection, which includes one of the few original Batmobiles.
On the two hour tour, guests can see firsthand where all of their recipes are developed. The test kitchens have special viewing areas where you can see them working with fresh ingredients, while other employees test restaurant concepts for the best efficiency.
From beginning to end, you’ll see how Chick-Fil-A came to be what it is today. You’ll also be touring alongside the offices in the Atlanta headquarters. It’s fascinating to see the employees working diligently and hear their passion for the brand. Many corporate employees started out at one of the restaurant locations and worked their way up the ladder.
What To Know Before Your Tour
There are two different tours that you can sign up for: the one-hour tour and the two-hour tour. The longer tour allows guests to see more modern-day workings (like the test kitchens) of the company, while the one-hour tour is more of the backstory.
You’ll want to be prepared by wearing comfortable clothing and closed-toe sneakers. They do have a shuttle that’ll transfer guests from the different building locations, but nonetheless there’s plenty of walking too. Guests must arrive 15 minutes prior to their tour start time.
Tickets can be purchased online. They cost $10 per person for the one-hour tour and $20 per person for the two-hour tour. Yes – you’ll be given a small sample of a Chick-Fil-A menu item. However, do not expect a full meal or somewhere to order. You’ll be assigned to a group of 20 – 25 people. Bring your camera or a backup phone charger. There are certain areas where photos are not allowed and tour guides will remind you.
How To Do The Chick-Fil-A Home Tour (Backstage Tour) For FREE
If you want to go on this amazing tour, there is a way you can bypass the fees. Take the tour and experience Chick-Fil-A’s history for FREE. It starts with downloading the Chick-Fil-A One App. Available via Apple Store and Android, you can use this mobile app every time you order at your local restaurant.
Spending $100 dollars at the restaurant is equivalent to 1,000 points and the silver status. Every dollar that guests spend earns more points. The Red Status (equivalent to 5,000 points) earns you a complimentary tour. So definitely check to see the status of your One App. If you’re nearing the Red status, you’ll be earning a tour!
OK – so nothing is free in life, but if you’re already enjoying the food, check to see if you’re offered red status + the tour on the app. You’ll end up saving some money.
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