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Warner Bros. Studio VIP Tour

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Have you ever wondered how the magic is made behind-the-scenes of your favorite television show or major motion picture film? Recently, I was invited to tag along on a very special outing at Warner Bros. Studio which blended their VIP and Deluxe tours. While Warner Bros. Studio tours are available to the public, a select group of bloggers were taken to places on the lot that very few civilians ever get to experience on either of the guided tours.

Warner Bros Studio VIP Tour

The tour in itself is quite intimate. Upon arrival, you are brought into a plush screening room where you are treated to a short film documenting the history of Warner Bros. and assigned your tour guide for the day. I was pretty lucky to be in Rizzo’s group that morning because his knowledge and genuine excitement for the industry was infectious. As we boarded our tram, Rizzo inquired about what our film/television preferences were, and asked what we were hoping to see on our tour. This way, our time was truly maximized and we wouldn’t miss a thing. There was so much to cover in such a small amount of time!

Behind-the-scenes: Inside the Warner Bros. Costume Department

Warner Bros Studio VIP Tour

A huge highlight of our trip was an exclusive tour of the costume department which isn’t normally available to the public. Few have seen the inside of this fashion stylist’s mecca. And I can vouch that it is even more amazing than you could imagine. Including the refrigerated 1920’s Evening and High-End Contemporary area where the furs, costumes and headpieces are kept from Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby.

Play it again, Sam.

PHOTOS: 2013 || JetSet Mom Visits Warner Bros. Studios

Another rare and special privilege was bestowed upon our group. We were given permission to snap photographs inside the Warner Bros. Museum. I truly loved this part of the tour because around every corner was another surprise. The exhibits mixed my love of costumes with special props from both modern and classic sets that were immediately identifiable. It was hard not to geek out over different displays, but I did rather well composing myself.

Can you name these movies?

Warner Bros Studio VIP Tour

The whole entire second floor is dedicated to the Harry Potter franchise.

The Harry Potter exhibit Warner Bros Studio VIP Tour

While the actual piano used in the movie, Casablanca, is on display inside the museum, that was the only item in the museum I was prohibited from taking a picture. A replica is also kept inside the Prop Warehouse which we visited, aside from recognizable components from movies like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Argo.

Quiet on the set!

During our tour, we caught a taping of a scene from Simon Baker’s, The Mentalist, which was a special treat because it isn’t normally part of the everyday tour. Watching the scene unfold was particularly interesting because the storyline has this particular shot set in a marina, but in all actuality it is being filmed in the middle of a parking area of the backlot in Burbank.

Inside Central Perk

The best part? Getting up-close and personal on my favorite TV show ever! I’ve always imagined sitting inside Central Perk with my friends Monica, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, Ross and Phoebe. Cross this one off the Ol’ Bucket List because JetSet Mom chilled out inside CP. Dreams do come true.

Friends Central Perk Warner Bros Studio VIP Tour

Please don’t feed the actors

As invited guests, we were given the deluxe VIP experience, with a fabulous lunch at the Warner Bros. Studio fine-dining room, The Commissary. If you have the opportunity to break bread here, do it! We were politely asked to refrain from taking photographs because at any given moment a Hollywood A-list celebrity, or Oscar award-winning director might be seated nearby — on this day, we had both! I did manage to sneak a few photos of my delicious meal though. And for the record, not only was the food fantastic, but in true Hollywood fashion, the menu listed the calorie count instead of the prices.

Warner Bros Studio VIP Tour

That’s all folks!

It’s very exciting, but hard to believe Warner Bros. Studio is celebrating it’s 90th anniversary! For more information on how to book one of the Warner Bros Studio VIP Tour and Deluxe tours, visit www.vipstudiotour.warnerbros.com or call 877-4-WB-Tour.

Warner Bros Studio VIP Tour

Monday – Saturday 8:15 – 4pm

Sundays (limited availability)

VIP Tour: 2 hours 15 minutes $52/person

Deluxe: 5 hours $250/person

Monday & Wednesday 3:45 pm tours are held in French (November only)

 

Hugs & passports,

– nds xx

Photo credits: Nicole Standley

Promotional consideration has been furnished by Warner Bros. Studio. On occasion, contributors of The JetSet Family receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not hinder the influencer’s point of view. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the overall experience.

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18 COMMENTS
  • Melanie of Que Means What November 23, 2013

    How fun!! I was just watching FRIENDS and wishing they would do a reunion. So cool that you got to see Central Perk.

  • becca November 24, 2013

    how fun my son would love that

  • Ashley November 24, 2013

    Ahhh, so cool! My Aunt worked there and when I visited her in CA I got to on the Friends set too. I think I’ve lost the pictures we took then but it was really cool. I’m an actress from Cleveland so it sparked my passion even more! Thanks for sharing the pictures and your experience!

  • Jeanette November 24, 2013

    Wouldn’t say no to visit that place:)

  • Amar Naik November 24, 2013

    would love to visit this place.

  • Heather - This Jersey Momma November 24, 2013

    Sounds like a great time!

  • Jennifer November 24, 2013

    Looks really fun! I was a big fan of Friends, so I really love the pics of Central Perk.

  • Su P. November 24, 2013

    This looks like a great tour. Seeing something like the Casablanca piano would have been a great treat! Lucky jet set family!

  • Teresa Mccluskey November 24, 2013

    Ahh looks like so much funny, but I am sure I would get spooked!

  • Christie Moeller November 25, 2013

    What fun! I love doing these tours!

  • Erinn S December 1, 2013

    Sounds like a blast! Food looks delicious!

  • Lexie Lane January 6, 2014

    Wow! I wish I could see that Harry Potter franchise! Very cool! Looks like some great dishes too!

  • Mitch January 10, 2014

    Wow, I would love to do this some day!
    This was an excellent write up, it left me drooling, usually only food does that to me!
    thanks,
    Mitch

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