Warner Bros. Studios
Tour groups meet at the Studio Tour & Center, adjacent to the Studio Plaza Café, where you can grab breakfast or lunch and dine with studio crew.
Each tour, which begins with a 15-minute overview video, varies depending on the season. Reality shows typically tape in summer, followed by the fall television shows. You will start your journey through the studio's historic back lot, which encompasses one-third of the studio's 1,000 acres. Here you'll see sound stages, such as Midwest Street's town square and Hennesy Street's urban set. You can walk around the New York, Chinatown and European "neighborhoods."
The prop house is massive. It's constantly in use so inventory changes frequently. Some props are retired and set up to depict the show from which they were culled. For example, here you'll see the Central Park area from the hit television series, "Friends."
At the Foley stage, where post-production sound creation and editing take place, artists recreate sound effects for films and TV shows, often using ordinary objects such as light bulbs to replicate the sound of breaking glass. These artists often take breaks to answer questions or demonstrate how they recreate footsteps on any type of surface.
Tour staples include the Warner Bros. museum, accessible to the public only during tours. The museum houses costumes and artifacts dating back to the 1920s.
The museum's second floor is devoted to "Harry Potter" costumes and memorabilia. There's also an automobile museum housing two generations of Batmobiles, an Austin Power vehicle, Matrix cars and Yogi Bear park ranger trucks.
Both the "Conan" and the "Ellen DeGeneres" shows, which take up two sound stages, tape at Warner Bros. There's a good chance you'll ride through these stages. Keep your eyes open--the talk show hosts have been known to surprise visitors.
To reach NBC from Warner Bros., go west on Riverside Drive toward South Avon Street. Turn right on Olive Avenue, then veer right on Alameda Avenue. Look for any available parking. Your best bet is to park on Riverside or Bob Hope drives.
3400 Riverside Dr.
$49 per person