visited Warner Bros, a working studio, rather than a theme park. Everything you see is an actual set and you can go behind the scenes of your favourite television shows and films.
A two-and-a-half-hour VIP tour of one of the busiest television and movie studios takes you right to the heart of the industry.
It all starts at the Tour Store and Center where there is a gift shop, Starbucks and gelatoria. The Studio Plaza Café is open for breakfast and lunch and who knows who you might spot there.
A cart takes you through back-lot streets, sound stages, sets and craft shops. Guides know where the action is and no two tours are the same. You will see artists creating sound effects, building sets and walk through rows and rows of costumes. Special effects demonstrations are fascinating.
Jen saw where Tom Cruise's chase scene in Minority Report was filmed. It's incredible how computers can make something small look like an 80-storey building. The same building was Jim Carey's home in The Mask.
A fan of Sex and the City, Jen was excited to sit on the same stairs Carrie sat on while waiting for Matthew McConaughey (playing himself) to turn up. There was Central Park and the Central Perk lounges from Friends. Everything is so much smaller than you'd imagine. The tricks of the trade are all exposed.
Warner Bros covers more than 40 hectares and includes a jungle used as the Louisiana backwoods in True Blood. It also appeared in Jurassic Park when a tyrannosaurus rex chased the jeep.
Batman fans see where Jim Carrey starred as The Riddler in Batman Forever. You'll see where he rode up to the gates of Wayne Manor.
A car museum houses Batmobiles, including the one from The Dark Knight which starred Heath Ledger, vehicles from The Dukes of Hazzard and the beautiful Gran Torino from the Clint Eastwood film of the same name.
If you upgrade to a Deluxe Tour, you could see Simon Baker making an episode of The Mentalist. He wasn't filming on the day Jen visited, but she met the rest of the cast who were great fun and full of spontaneous banter.
If you love your television shows and films, this is the place to go. What you see is genuine and great fun.
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Warner Bros Studios VIP two-and-a-half-hour tours are $44 per person. Five-hour Deluxe Tours are $206 per person. They include lunch in the Commissary Fine Dining Room. They run on weekdays.
V Australia has flights to Los Angeles from:
- Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne $1789
- Adelaide $2089
- Perth $2389
The fares are available for a limited time only so log on to www.vaustralia.com.au for further details. Sales and validity dates and other conditions apply.
Prices correct at May 12, 2011.
For further information
4000 Warner Boulevard
Burbank, California 91522
Ph: +1 818 954 3000
Fax: +1 818 954 7829
Visa: Most Australians do not need a visa, providing they have a machine-readable passport with at least six months' validity after the departure day, have a round-trip non-refundable ticket and do not intend to stay longer than 90 days. Australians need to complete a pre-travel authorisation at www.cbp.gov/esta.
Electricity: 110V to 115V at 60Hz. Outlets take two parallel, flat prongs. Australian visitors will need a US adapter and converter.
Time zone: California is GMT -8.
Currency: The American dollar.
International dialling code: 1.