This winter and spring are shaping up as excellent times for Southern California residents to visit their local themed attractions. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour just announced its latest locals-only discount, joining area theme parks in offering deals to fans who live in Los Angeles and surrounding communities.
The deal knocks $15 bucks off the regular $69 online, advance-purchase price for the tour of Warner Bros. production lot and soundstages in Burbank. That makes the price for the Studio Tour just $54 for locals. (They will check everyone's IDs at the gate. Children under age 8 are not allowed on the tour.) The discount is available through June 14 and is blocked out from April 13 through April 27.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour provides a wonderful alternative for film and television geeks who want to dive deeper into the process of media production than they can with Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour and Special Effects Show. The Warner Bros. tour includes a two-hour tram tour around the Warner Bros. lot and archive, followed by a self-guided walk-through tour of the Stage 48: From Stage to Screen exhibit.
The tour changes frequently, as productions start and stop on the lot, and the studio chooses different films to promote in its exhibits. Right now, the studio is promoting "DC Universe: The Exhibit" in the archives, featuring costumes and props from current box-office champ Aquaman. Stage 48 is featuring A Star is Born and Crazy Rich Asians at the moment, as well.
Discounted and regular tickets are available on the Warner Bros. website, which also offers an extended Classics Tour based on Warner Bros. films from the studio's founding through the 1970s and a Deluxe tour that includes additional access to the property and costume departments, as well as lunch in the commissary's fine dining room.Tweet
There are also tons of discount coupons out there for all of the studio tours that aren't necessarily limited to locals (pamphlets, coupon books, and magazines). I would say that the WB tour was one of the better ones we have done given that in our experience, the groups were smaller, and for my money, the sets were more iconic/recognizable (WB's backlot is used for tons of commercials). FWIW, we have yet to tour Paramount (the only major studio we've haven't seen).
Paramount's walking tour is nice but prefer Warner Bros studio tour overall- neither qualify as "theme parks," of course;)
Given what it’s done with Halloween and the aerial tram proposal, I think it’s safe to assume that WB has at least limited “theme park”-like ambitions for its Burbank property. This is a destination worth watching for theme park fans.
Did this tour last month and loved it! My group was only about 8 people which made for a nice intamite experience. It appeared other groups were larger but I don't think more than 14-15? I don't know if its repeat value is high but adding seasonal exhibits probably keeps it interesting enough for the locals.
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Last year I took the tour for the first time, and there was a similar discount for local residents. Not sure if it was advertised or not besides on the tour's website.