Warner Bros. has been making film and television in Hollywood for over 100 years, and in that time they have shared the magic of movie making with the public with tours of their Burbank studio. With the tour having been closed for more than a year due to the pandemic, Warner Bros. is reopening and has some new sights to share with everyone.
First up is the newly constructed welcome center, where guests will begin their journeys into the history of Warner Bros. movies. There is a Starbucks where you can get your jolt of caffeine before departing and a one-of-a-kind Warner Bros. Studio Store that sells merchandise from film franchises and television series that cannot be found anywhere else.
From the welcome center, guests are brought into the Storytelling Showcase where they can learn about the long list of films that have made Warner Bros. one of the largest film studios ever. Start with the four real Warner brothers and make your way further into the history of the studio, learning about iconic films such as Rebel Without a Cause, Blade Runner, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is all set on an overhead image of the studio on the floor which is dotted with scale replicas of the lot’s most historic soundstages, including Stage 16 which is best known from the Warner Bros. opening logo.
Next up is the newly renovated Studio 48, where guests to the tour can learn about every step that is required to make a movie in the “Script to Screen” experience. Right outside, the iconic Central Perk café from Friends can be found. This replica of the coffee shop has been a feature of the tour for years and is even where guests can purchase beverages and snacks. What is new though is the expanded Central Perk seating area, which is a collection of places to eat and drink that are recreations of some of the sets from Friends. Fans of the show will recognize the apartments belonging to Monica, Chandler, and Phoebe and even enjoy a daily selected coffee on the Central Perk sofa! There is also exclusive merchandise that will excite casual viewers and superfans alike.
On another part of the studio lot, guests will be able to explore the visually stunning Wizarding World from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises and browse through props and costumes from the various DC universes! This portion of the tour is called “Action and Magic Made Here” and features numerous items from the Warner Bros. archives.
Speaking of the Warner Bros. archives, connected to “Action and Magic Made Here” is the “Celebration Room” where guests can see other historic props from the most acclaimed of Warner Bros.’s filmography, gaze upon many of the studio’s awards, including Oscars and Emmys, and even hold one themselves!
The tour guides and other representatives of the tour were clearly excited to have guests back on the lot, and you can explore the history of the studio yourself! Tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood can be found online. Other Warner Bros. offerings include the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, a Walking Tour and Photographic Exhibition in Central London coming soon, and the brand new Harry Potter Store New York!
Some people might mistakenly try and compare the two Studio Tours in Los Angeles. But that would be comparing apples to oranges. Although unique in its presentation at Universal Studios, it doesn’t allow you to get hands on experience with film history like WB. Thankfully, WB has really focused on making their experience special, unique, and familiar without feeling like you’ve done the same tour over and over. There was so much to see and do at WB that we barely had time ourselves to see it all. We look forward to seeing more of WB and the unique offerings on the Studio Tour.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOUR AND TICKETS, VISIT WWW.WBSTUDIOTOUR.COM
Central Perk Café and the Friends boutique are only accessible with the purchase of a Studio Tour ticket. Opening June 26th on weekends, the tour will operate Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) beginning July 15th. Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9:00AM to 3:30PM. The main WB Studio Store will be open to the public from 9:00AM to 8:00PM on days the tour is operating. SoCal residents pay only $57 weekdays through September 30th (conditions apply, see website for details). Advanced booking is required. Tickets are $69 for adults 11+ and $59 for children ages 5–10 when booked online at www.wbstudiotour.com.