Lights, Camera, Movie Magic in Burbank!
The mystique and allure of Hollywood have not only drawn hopeful actors to its hills, but has also been a magnet for tourists anxious to spot a celebrity or walk into the worlds of their favourite movie sets. If you’ve considered a trip to California to explore its glamour, here is your ultimate guide to Movie Magic in Burbank.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Whether you’ve binge-watched the entire Gilmore Girls series, know every DC comic backward and forward or prefer the flickering light of black and white classics, Warner Bros. Studio offers you the chance to step into the backdrops of treasured TV and movie productions. You can choose from a variety of tours that bring you right into the lives of the shows and movies you love. Each tour is unique, providing insight into the production process and history.
Movie history buffs will revel in the Classics Tour where you will hear the secrets of Hollywood’s Golden Era. It covers Warner productions from the beginning of movie making into the 70s. You can follow in the footsteps of cherished stars including Audrey Hepburn, Joan Crawford, and James Cagney. If you’ve ever wondered what colour Ingrid Bergman’s dress was in the famous “here’s looking at you kid” scene from Casablanca, you can get a close look at her costume and others worn in iconic movie scenes in Hollywood’s history. A champagne toast starts off this enchanting tour, true to the glamorous times you are about to encounter.
If TV is your thing, you can tour Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls, have a seat in the Central Perk Café from Friends or have a surprise visit to some of Warner’s current productions including The Big Bang Theory or Young Sheldon. Soundstage and backlot availability are subject to change daily due to production on the lot, so no two tours are alike, which means you’ll have a unique experience for every Studio Tour you take.
To make the most of your Warner Bros. be sure to check out their website for the latest events and plan your tour experience.
Universal Studios Hollywood™
While in Burbank, it’s good sense to plan a visit to Universal Studios. It’s not too far from Warner Bros., making it a perfect next stop on your Hollywood tour list. Universal Studios is the place to live out your fantasies and get lost in the many different worlds of some of your favourite movies. Harry Potter World is a must-see for fans itching to take a walk in Hogsmeade, ride the Flight of the Hippogriff™ roller coaster and walk the halls of Hogwarts. Kids will also love exploring the park and meeting up with their favourite characters including the Minions from Despicable Me.
Studio tours take you behind-the-scenes of world-famous movies where you will learn some of Universal’s biggest movie-making secrets. This massive theme park is home to the largest street movie set in Hollywood history. Nothing compares to the jaw-dropping thrills of this studio tour where you will encounter King Kong, Jaws, and the eerie set of the Bates Motel, or the heart pulsing Fast & Furious Supercharged finale that takes you on a high-speed chase in a 3D experience like no other.
If you’re seeking real thrills, you can scream your lungs out on Revenge of the Mummy℠ – The Ride as well as Transformers™: The Ride-3D. Or, catch a special effects show and get an intimate look at what it takes to make those mind-blowing scenes in Hollywood productions. Live stunt demos, practical effects, and cutting-edge technology come together for the ultimate lesson in Hollywood movie making. WaterWorld® is a 20-minute show of non-stop action, including terrifying plunges and massive explosions, or get in on the action and psyche yourself up to test your skills at post-apocalyptic survival at AMC’s The Walking Dead fully immersive experience.
Famous Movie Hotel You Can Actually Stay At
If you’re staying in Burbank, you’ve got to stay in one of Hollywood’s landmark hotels. The Safari Inn was built in 1955 and has maintained a retro vibe thanks to its original construction, vintage décor, and historic neon sign. You’ll be staying in a hotel that has provided the backdrop for many movies and TV shows including True Romance, Apollo 13, CSI, and Desperate Housewives.
Imagine sitting in the same spots as famous writers, artists, and editors, where you can still glimpse potential industry greats in the throngs of the creative process. The Safari Inn is the perfect getaway spot for individuals and families visiting the area. The hotel is also offering promotional packages that make trip planning a breeze. Check out:
Warner Brothers Studio Tour Package
Your stay includes 1-night accommodation in a Deluxe room, 2 tickets to a 2.5-hour tour, and complimentary transportation to and from the studio. Learn more here.
Ultimate Hollywood Movie Experience Package
Your stay includes 1-night accommodation in a Deluxe room, 2 general admission passes to Universal Studios Hollywood™, and complimentary transportation to and from the theme park (advance reservation required). As a Preferred Hotel Partner with Universals Studios Hollywood™, you will also receive Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Learn more here.
Coast Anabelle Hotel
Directly across from Safari Inn, you will find luxury and comfort at the Coast Anabelle Hotel. Here you can still book the same amazing packages for Warner Brothers Studio and the Ultimate Hollywood Movie Experience.
Regardless of where you stay, both hotels offer plenty of amenities to enjoy including:
● Free Wi-Fi
● Fitness facility, outdoor swimming pool and deck at Safari Inn
● Olive’s Bistro & Lounge at Coast Anabelle Hotel
● Complimentary parking
● Complimentary shuttle service to and from Burbank Airport (advanced reservation required)