Warner brothers studio tour

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  1. Scrapdolly

    Scrapdolly Mouseketeer

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    imknow it’s not a theme park but has anyone any experience of Warner brothers as we think we might go visit
     
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    It's fun if you are a big movie/TV fan. About a 3-hour experience total. Not really any discounts unless you are a SoCal resident. You tour outdoor backlots, go inside a soundstage, get to see a few special exhibits on moviemaking and TV shows. The guide can somewhat personalize it on what his tour group is interested in and what is available that day, so speak up if you have a favorite (see the website).

    It pairs nicely with other activities in the Burbank/Griffith Park area like the LA Zoo, Griffith Observatory, etc. It's a long way from Disneyland, up to a 2-hour drive one way.

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  4. nkereina

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    @PHXscuba I don't mean to hijack this thread, but since you've experienced the tour... if I book one that starts at 9am, can I reasonably expect to be done by 12pm? We have to get back to Loews Hollywood Hotel to pick up our bags, grab a quick lunch, and would like to be on the road to LAX by 1:30pm. This would be the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Just wondering if we're cutting it too close. Thanks!
     
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  5. BadPinkTink

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    I did this in June 2017. Warner Bros Studio Tour is located in Burbank.

    Sundays you would have a better chance of seeing more of the backlot. It is a working studio and most shows shoot Monday to Friday. They shoot on the backlot so the tours work around the shooting schedule. So you could be unlucky and be there on a Wednesday when half the backlot is closed.

    The tour is in 2 parts, the first part is the van ride around the back lot sets. Its a lot better than Universal backlot as they park the vans in the different areas and take you on a walking tour though the buildings. The focus in 2017 was on Pretty Little Liars and Gilmore Girls as these were the most recent high profile shows. But the guide's know their history and will focus on older films and shows if you ask or recognise a set.

    The second part is the Batman cars exhibition.

    The third part is the DC and Harry Potter exhibition. When I was there, it was Suicide Squad, but it might be changed for 2019

    The last part is the Friends and everything Warner Bros area. They have a real Central Perk coffee shop, with branded coffee cups and other merchandise. They also have the Central Perk set with the sofa which is an interactive area. The interactive area is where you can play a member of the cast. They get 4 people to sit on the sofa and some others to be background extras. The ones on the sofa read some real dialogue from the show off screens. This is taped and then through the magic of TV the real people are "in" the the real episode.

    After the Friends area there was a Pretty Little Liars exhibit, more interactive Harry Potter areas, some Warner Bros down though the years exhibits and at the very end a merchandise shop.

    This is how the tour is laid out

    1. At the main entrance building you watch a 5 minute into show and then get loaded into a van with a tour guide.
    2. The tour guide drives the van to the backlot area where you spend about 40 minutes to an hour. There are about 3 stops where the tour guide parks the van and everyone gets off for a walkaround in different areas and buildings
    3. Once done on the backlot everyone gets back on the van and the tour guide drives to different buildings on the property.
    4. One building is where the DC and Harry Potter exhibitions are. The DC costumes and props are on the ground floor and the Harry Potter exhibition is up the stairs. You get about 30 minutes to walk around this building. There are restrooms in this building.
    5. Another building is the set for The Big Bang Theory. It is located in a soundstage. The actual set is behind a glass wall but you can see everything from the audience bleachers to the camera positions. Everything is left as if the cast, crew and audience had just left after a day of filming.
    6. Once everyone is done, everyone gets back on the van and the tour guide drives to another building. This is where the Batman cars exhibition is.
    Once everyone is done seeing the Bat cars, about 20 minutes, I think, everyone gets back on the van to the last building, which is where the Friends set, Central Perk coffee shop, Pretty Little Liars, Harry Potter Interactive areas and the merchandise shop are.

    The Harry Potter Interactive areas are broom flying photo ops and House Photo photo ops.

    You cant just go to the Friends set and Central Perk or just to the Batman cars or just to the backlot, you have to do everything. There is also a ton of merchandise in the shop, but again the shop is only accessible from the tour, its not in the main entrance building.

    We spent about 4 hours there. We bought tickets in advance online. They time the tours to leave the main building every 30 minutes, so that the different areas and buildings dont get over crowded. They have a limited number for each time slot, the number of people they can fit on the van.
     
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  6. PHXscuba

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    I think you can do it. Be at WB before 9:00 as they load groups as they check in, no matter what time your official reservation is for. The last part is very much "do at your own pace" and then you catch a waiting golf cart back to where you checked in and parked. I'd say the organized part of the tour runs about 2 hours before dropping you off at the last exhibit building.

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  7. melk

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    We did this with our three kids and they loved it. We toured the sets of the Ellen show and Big Bang Theory. Of course a highlight for them was the Friends set as well. The outside portion was interesting too. We were all happy we included it in our CA trip.
     
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