Warner Brothers Studio Tour

April 4, 2017
April 4, 2017 Hilary

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

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I love the movies! Do you? One of the reasons I love entertainment so much is the ability to imagine and get lost in lots of different realities. I also love that I can simply walk away when I’m over it. When I sit down to watch a TV show, or a movie I’m ready and willing to believe the unbelievable! Obviously, I don’t sit down and say, “Prepare to suspend belief,” it simply happens. That’s the magic!

Warner Bros Studio Tour Los Angeles California

Belle Haven Prison… good thing this isn’t our reality!

When done right, it’s so seamless, its easy to believe that what you’re watching is actually real. I love nothing more than the ability to settle in with my popcorn, (is there any other movie watching treat) and blissfully forget that it took literally hundreds of people working behind the scenes to create that seamless transition between the real world and places like Hogwarts, The Shire, or Gotham City. Three of my favorite alternate realities!

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I literally forget that I can’t actually go to these places, and that Batman isn’t real. Wait! What? Batman isn’t real? I refuse to believe it!

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Batman must be real, here’s his car!

Okay, now that we’ve established that one does not simply walk into Mordor, how do they make it look like we can? How do they make it look so real?  Well, it just so happens that Los Angeles, the home of movie magic, is the perfect place to find out! During my recent visit to the Warner Bros Studio Lot we got behind the scenes peeks into many of our favorite television shows and movies both old and new!

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After your tour stop by Central Perk for a coffee!?

Now, you might be thinking that a studio tour is incredibly touristy, and it is, but hey there’s nothing wrong with that if it’s touristy for good reason. Next you might say to yourself, but I’m not into theme parks, and to that I say, “Not all studios are theme parks, however some theme parks are studios!”

 

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You’ll go inside actual filming locations!

Even the cynic in your group will be won over when they see the location of their favorite television show or movie. At least our resident cynic was!

 

#warnerbrostourYour tour starts with a brief film overview, hosted by Ellen, (her show is filmed at Warner Bros.) afterwards you’ll be split into small groups! The lot encompasses 110 acres, and is big enough to need its own fire department, so this won’t be a walking tour. Your open air vehicle seats about 12 people and will ensure that you’re able to see everything!

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You’ll be riding in a vehicle similar to this one!

Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to visit the homes and buildings from some of film and TV’s most popular places, including ER, Gilmore Girls, Dukes of Hazard, the original Batman TV series and Full house to name just a few. You might even get the opportunity to step inside some of them. Don’t worry there’s plenty of time for photo opportunities!

What you’ll see on your tour is largely dependent on what is happening on the lot on that given day. We were treated to exhibits showcasing props from Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Suicide Squad and Batman Vs. Superman.

My favorite exhibit had to be the Bat Mobiles, but we also got the opportunity to visit the sound stage of the Big Bang Theory, the coffee shop from La La Land, and even the set of Central Perk from Friends. If you’re so inclined you can even sit on the Friends couch.

Towards the end of your tour you’ll be given the opportunity to explore, at your own leisure, interactive exhibits dedicated to showing you just how the movie and television magic happens, including costumes, scripts, set dressing, green screens, forced perspective and more.  We held Oscars, “rode” the bat cycle, explored movie props, and made a trip to the studio shop!

Tips and Advice:

  • You’ll need to reserve your tour online in advance.
  • Kids under 8 are not permitted.
  • You’ll be getting in and out of the tour vehicle, so make sure to dress appropriately.
  • The tour is three hours long, but the time flies by!
  • The tour operators are very accommodating, so feel free to ask for a photo stop at any point along the way.
  • Save time for a visit to the  tour studio store, which features items from many well known films and shows and is only available on the tour!

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Hilary

I love to travel & explore the world both near and far! I do my best to make the most out of life each and everyday! I have two boys and wherever I go, they go! This means they are, at the ages of 9 and 15, world travelers and all around go along guys! There isn’t anywhere I can’t take them! It is my hope this blog will be a way to share the fun things I’ve learned while on our many adventures together!

Comments (31)

  1. CENTRAL PERK!!! That tour looks like so much fun – I know a lot of people turn up their noses in disdain at “touristy” things, but I say go for it! I mean, if you’re a tourist, why not have fun and go with it? 🙂

  2. We would love this! We’ve been to the one in London several times, but my son would love the Batman stuff. And I would love to see the sets of so many movies, I do love films. Good to know that under 8’s can’t go! Thanks for linking up with #CityTripping

    • I’m hoping to make it to the London tour one of these days! We love Harry Potter and butter beer! Are there other movies and sets there as well?

  3. Ruth

    You are going to find this silly but I didn’t know about this studio tour until a month ago. Some friends who were visiting LA told me about it (can you believe that?). They said it is a very good tour and 10 times better when you compare it with the one at Universal Studios. I have to go! #FarawayFiles

    • I get it! It’s often the people who live in an area that are the least likely to do things like this… it was the same for us the first time we lived here. Give it it a try, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! We liked it way more than the Universal Tour, although we had fun there too.

  4. Hilary this looks so much better than the Universal Studios tour – though I last went a long time ago and Jaws was the focus – hee hee. Holy smokes! I love those Bat mobiles. #FarawayFiles

    • It is a very different tour, not so focused on being a theme park. I was so excited to see the bat mobiles!

  5. Clare Thomson

    This sounds SO cool, Hilary! I would have to visit Central Perk and sit on that sofa and my kids would be absolutely thrilled to try on the Sorting Hat. No popcorn for me though – my cinema treat is always Maltesers! Fab post for #farawayfiles

  6. Children under 8 not permitted??? Sigh… I need to wait 4 years!! The photos of you guys in jail was hilarious btw. Hahaha… #CityTripping

    • I know it seems like a long wait! I’ve been waiting ages for the Sony Tour and can finally check it out! It’s 13 and up!

  7. Sounds great! And pitched at parents as well as children which is perfect. Another one to add to the list!

  8. You’re hilarious … “Okay, now that we’ve established that one does not simply walk into Mordor, how do they make it look like we can?” and Central Perk!? Icons! Looks fun – thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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