While much of Australia was in lockdown last week, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood (WBSTH) welcomed back guests , revealing all-new experiences allowing fans to connect with much of the entertainment they love.
The revamped experienced presented innovative ways for visitors to go behind-the-lens of moviemaking magic. Already a Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award recipient, the Studio Tour Hollywood is more extraordinary than ever with the addition of the “Storytelling Showcase” and interactive grand finale “Action and Magic Made Here.” The incredible new Studio Store provides fans access to exclusive merchandise from their favorite Warner Bros. film and TV titles. Press play to take a video tour and view highlights.
“Entertainment is about connecting with fans, and we are thrilled to welcome guests back to the tour after a more than 15-month hiatus,” said Danny Kahn, VP and General Manager, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. “Our new experiences will take guests on a journey through our history, show them how we bring stories to life and explore beloved memorabilia from the DC Universe and Wizarding World.”
“Storytelling Showcase” examines the breadth of the studio’s film, TV and animation titles, as well as the technological innovations from its cinema chain origins in 1923 through its nearly 100-year journey to become one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world. In these spaces, guests can even take a selfie with a replica of Warner Bros.’ iconic water tower as they walk along an aerial view of the sprawling studio lot.
After guests tour the lot, they are dispatched at the Studio Tour’s interactive Stage 48: Script to Screen to revel in the Central Perk set from Friends and Sheldon’s apartment set from The Big Bang Theory before dining at our very own Central Perk Café.
“Action and Magic Made Here” is the grand finale experience in which guests enter the universe of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains even stepping behind-the-scenes of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts with all new interactive experiences, props, costumes and memorable photo opportunities.
Highlights for DC fans include Batman’s secret lair and Batcave, which houses the authentic Batmobile from Tim Burton’s original Batman, the Tumbler from The Dark Knight and the Batwing from Batman v. Superman. The Lasso of Hestia from the hit sequel Wonder Woman 1984, Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn costumes from Suicide Squad, Poison Ivy in front of the actual Arkham Asylum gates featured in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin and so much more from Aquaman, Superman and Zack Snyder’s Justice League are also on show.
In the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts sets, fans dabbled in the art of potion-making, got up close and personal in Harry’s cupboard under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive and immersive installation of Hogwarts acceptance letters at the Dursleys’ fireplace, tested their wand choreography skills, while learning more about Newt Scamander’s Shed of Magical Creatures from Fantastic Beasts before attending their own Sorting Ceremony in the recreated Great Hall set.
Concluding the tour was an elegant display of iconic treasures from Warner Bros.’ most beloved films and TV shows in the “Celebration of Awards Season.” The exhibit spotlights crown jewel props and costumes from our classic films, such as the trombone that Robert Preston played in The Music Man, the jersey worn by the late Chadwick Boseman to portray Jackie Robinson in 42 and a painstakingly detailed miniature blimp from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.
From July 15, the Studio Tour will operate five days a week, remaining closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tours will depart every 30 minutes from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For local U.S. residents, click below to book.
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All images and video courtesy of Getty Images / Warner Bros.