Travel Diary | LA | Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
29th October 2019
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood was at the very top of my LA bucket list.
Why? Because they have a Tumbler and Batpod from The Dark Knight, my favourite movie of all time!
We bought our tickets for the tour in advance before we left for the US from Attraction Tickets Direct. I’d used them before when we went to New York to buy tickets and I often find that they are the cheapest place to buy tickets from. And because they’re based in the UK you don’t have to deal with all the extra transaction fees when you purchase things from a company abroad.
The tickets were £42 each from Attraction Tickets Direct. I’m not 100% sure if you can buy tickets on the door but there are limited spaces available on each tour, so if you plan on doing the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood then I highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
We got an Uber from our hotel to the Warner Bros. Studios, and we were greeted by some members of staff who kindly offered to take our photo outside the entrance.
Once we had been through security and checked in we were given cards to indicate which group we would be apart of, then we entered a small cinema style room to watch a short film about the history of Warner Bros.
We then met our tour guides for the day and headed outside to our carts which the tour guides would take us around the lot in. Each tour is different and completely customised to your interests, so if you have a particular Warner Bros. film you love, make sure you tell your tour guide (*que me screaming “THE DARK KNIGHT!*).
You aren’t allowed to film anything while you are on the tour and photography is not allowed in certain areas. But I’m still going to show you what I can!
We started off by visiting some of the sets that they have built to look like the streets of New York. These have appeared in many films and TV shows including those produced by other studios. The buildings look like they are made of bricks and stone, but they’re all just made of wood. And if you go inside you can see it’s just a hollow structure. The streets have no lighting or signs because features like that can determine the era of the area, so these will brought in just for filming.
Next stop was a building that features costumes and props from some of the Warner Bros. films. They change the contents of this quite recently, but when we visited they had costumes and props from Aquaman, Wonderwoman, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Apparently, they used to have Heath Ledger’s Joker costumes so I was pretty gutted I missed out on seeing those.
We then got to visit a few TV show sets. The first one way Fuller House which is a show I have never seen and we weren’t allowed to take photos in there. But it was interesting to learn about how they film a sitcom over a period of 5 days, and how the writers will rewrite jokes there and then if the live audience doesn’t find them funny.
We then got to visit the set of The Ellen Show and I got to sit in Tom Hanks’ chair in the audience.
After this, we visited a storeroom full of props that are ready to be hired out. I didn’t take any photos in there but they had everything from chairs and table to lighting and signs. They even had a load of the Agent Smith mannequins that were used in the Matrix.
The next stop on the tour was the one I had been waiting for; the Batcave!
It’s basically a very dark room full of the different Batmobiles from the movies including, as a previously mentioned, the Tumbler and the Batpod from The Dark Knight trilogy. We had a very limited time in this room so I made a beeline for the Tumbler and took as many photos as possible. It was a dream come true to see it in person and I nearly cried!
The final stop of the day was a walk through studio which had various different features including sets from Friends and The Big Band Theory (which, fun fact, is probably my least favourite TV show ever!).
Tyrone and I got this cute picture taken of us sitting on the Friends couch.
They also had a CGI Batpod experience where you could sit on the Batpod from The Dark Knight (it might have been a replica) with a green screen behind you so they can edit you into a scene from The Dark Knight. Both of us had a go on this mainly because we wanted to see what it was like to sit on the Batpod (*Spoiler* – It was bloody uncomfortable!), but we weren’t allowed to take any pictures, and the ones they took for us weren’t worth the money. You can buy the video clip of you that they make but honestly, who wants to watch three minutes of me doing a shit job at pretending to be Batman!
If Harry Potter is more your jam then you can ride on a broomstick instead!
There are a few other exhibits you can see in this building. Here are Tyrone and I holding an actual Oscar. They’re actually super heavy!
We also visited the gift shop where I purchased a Batman spirit jersey and a cool Christmas decoration.
I’m sure we visited other places on the lot but I’m struggling to remember without having photos to jog my memory. But altogether the tour lasted about 2 hours and by the time we had finished in the walkthrough section we had probably been there for 3 hours.
Personally, I thought it was a fantastic experience and it was worth every penny. If you’re a Warner Bros. Studio fan or not I’m sure you’d find it interesting.
I once saw someone say that there’s no point in doing both Universal Studios Hollywood and Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood because they both feature tours of operating studios, but I’d say they are completely different and it’s worthing doing both. But I’ll probably talk more about this in my Universal Studios post which will be coming very soon!
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