No trip to Southern California is complete without visiting one of its production studios. Several major studios offer guided behind-the-scenes tours where guests get to see where some of their favorite movies and TV shows were made. Who knows, you might even see your favorite celebrity at work!
SONY PICTURES STUDIO TOUR
One of Southern California’s most beautiful backlots, Sony Pictures offers a two-hour walking tour that shows where movie magic has been happening for almost a century. Guests will watch a short video detailing the studio’s rich history before being escorted around the Culver City backlot, where they’ll see the studio’s 12 Best Picture Academy Awards and several famous cars featured in films and TV shows including, Ghostbusters and “Breaking Bad.” Guests might also get to visit the sets of some of their favorite TV programs, like “The Goldbergs” and “Wheel of Fortune,” as well as an ADR (automated dialog replacement) booth. The experience includes plenty of interesting information sure to impress your friends back home as well as a keepsake photograph and lanyard. sonypicturesstudiostours.com
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD’S VIP EXPERIENCE
This exclusive experience doesn’t just include a backlot tour of the Universal City studio via a VIP trolley, but also a guided tour of one of California’s most popular theme parks. Guests will receive unlimited front-of-the-line access to all of the park’s attractions—including “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”—in addition to access to soundstages, backlot sets and the studio’s prop warehouse. Highlights include seeing Wisteria Lane from “Desperate Housewives” and Who-ville from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. A continental breakfast and gourmet lunch are also included in the 6- to 7-hour experience. universalstudioshollywood.com/tickets/vip-experience
WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR HOLLYWOOD
Boasting plenty of photo opportunities, this interactive three-hour tour is a must for entertainment enthusiasts. Not only will guests be able to pose for photographs on the real Central Perk set from “Friends,” but they’ll also have the chance to fly a Firebolt broom like Harry Potter or ride on Batman’s Batpod! After watching a short video hosted by Ellen DeGeneres about the Burbank studio, guests will be driven around the backlot where they’ll see such familiar shooting locations as the house from “Fuller House.” Guests will also get to visit a soundstage when it’s not in use, walk through the studio’s massive prop department, hold an actual Oscar and see countless costumes and props on display. wbstudiotour.com
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