A Guide to LA Studio Tours

LA Studio Tours

Planning your trip to LA and trying to decide which studio tour is right for you and your family? Check out our handy guide to the top Los Angeles Studio Tours for information on tour content, location, hours of operation, and any additional admission information you need to know. Each of these tours has something unique to offer visitors. Indulge your love for the entertainment industry with a visit to one – or to all! – of these top Los Angeles attractions. In no particular order:

LA Studio Tours

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Hollywood often tops many must-see lists. Begin with 45-minute tram tour through one of the most famous working studios in Hollywood. Jimmy Fallon (SNL alumnus and new host of “The Tonight Show!”) will be your video guide through the park, pointing out some of the exciting pieces of movie magic that you’ll see throughout the tour. Highlights include a bit of Wisteria Lane from ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” the site of the plane crash from the movie “War of the Worlds,” the Bates Motel from the still-scary movie “Psycho,” and a murky-looking body of water where a fearsome star from “JAWS” might lurk. You’ll also enjoy Peter Jackson’s “King Kong 360 3-D Experience,” a heart-pounding 3-D digital fight between King Kong and a 35-foot T-Rex.

After the tour, proceed to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park – a phenomenal entertainment experience you’ll never forget. Some of the most popular rides include: “Transformers: The Ride,” which features Optimus Prime and the Decepticons from the blockbuster movie franchise; “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” a laughter-filled experience that’s perfect for kids; and the inimitable “Jurassic Park: The Ride,” which is just as fun and terrifying as it sounds!

Address

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Hours of Operation

M-F, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
S & S, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Things to Know Before You Go

  • We recommend setting aside at least one entire day to visit Universal in order to make the most of your experience. Hollywood buffs may want to visit more than once. Arrive early!
  • Like most working studios, there are a few restrictions on what you can bring into the park: you can’t bring large bulky items like coolers, luggage, etc. Universal does offer some lockers for a small fee, which might be a good idea if you pick up a few items during the course of the day that you can’t carry on rides or bring to dinner.
  • Photography is prohibited in a few areas; please pay attention to your tour guide’s instructions on the subject.
  • Parking fees are based on your arrival time, and cost anywhere from $10 (3:00 pm – close) to $26 (for the whole day). Please note that parking prices are subject to change.

Extras

Don’t forget to save some time for the CityWalk, three blocks of entertainment, dining, and shopping inside Universal Studios Hollywood. Universal Studios Hollywood admission is included with 3, 5, and 7 day Go Los Angeles Cards – visit up to three times on valid card days!  Plus, you can even skip the ticket line and proceed straight to Will Call – a major time-saver.

LA Studio TourWarner Brothers Studio

The Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour is the best for TV fans. This two-hour tour will immerse you in the world of contemporary television and film with in-depth looks at the major components of film production. Some popular shows currently being filmed on location include “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” “Conan,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Mentalist,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and “2 Broke Girls.” You’ll visit a number of exterior sets and some sound stages, special departments that focus on areas like props, set construction, and costuming, and the newly redesigned Studio Tour museum. (If you happen to visit on a rainy day, the tour will still run but will show you more of the indoor sights instead.) Because no two days on a Hollywood production set are the same, no two Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tours are the same!

Don’t miss the brand new Batman Exhibit, launched in honor of the 75th anniversary of this DC Comics legend. Check out the costumes, props, gadgets, and sets from all seven movies. Visit the Batcave, admire the Batmobile, and explore the world of DC superheroes!

Address

3400 West Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91505

Hours of Operation

Daily, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm.
Tours depart continuously from 8:15 am – 4:00 pm.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Because Warner Brothers Studio is always working on new and exciting projects, it’s a safety concern for young children to be on set. Consequently, children under 8 are not permitted on the tour.
  • This tour is only available by reservation, so don’t forget to make one, especially during the busy summer months. Plan to arrive 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled tour. Sundays have limited availability, and we actually recommend trying to go on a weekday if it fits your schedule.
  • Remember, this tour includes a lot of walking! Wear appropriate footwear and comfortable clothing.
  • Photography is only allowed in some areas, so pay attention to your tour guide’s instructions on that topic. Large bags and videocameras are not permitted.
  • Parking is $7.00. Please note that parking prices are subject to change.

Extras

Keep an eye out for celebrities! As the largest working studio in the world, there’s no end to the people you might run into! Don’t forget to stop by the WB store to pick up some souvenirs from your favorite show. There are also a few places to pick up refreshments, like the Studio Plaza Café, although you should plan to find dinner elsewhere.

LA Studio ToursSony Pictures Studio

The Sony Pictures Studio Tour is ideal for the classic film buff, the blockbuster fan, and the cinephile. Tours are a little under an hour and are walking tours – come prepared with appropriate footwear! Home to the Yellow Brick Road and Munchkinland from “The Wizard of Oz,” sets from the “Men in Black” franchise, and the studios for “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”, Sony Pictures Studio has a lot of heavy-hitters under its belt. This used to be the site of MGM Studios, and now hosts Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures along with Sony Pictures. Your tour is designed as a behind-the-scenes look at some of the industry’s most influential and iconic programs and films. You’ll see a mixture of contemporary and classic sets, backstage production spaces, and a few of their thirteen soundstages! Some other big films that call Sony Pictures home? “Ghostbusters,” “Karate Kid,” “Smurfs,” “Spiderman,” and more!

Check out the new attraction on the Sony Pictures Studio Tour – a  lot featuring famous vehicles and cars from television and film, like the RV from “Breaking Bad”! Fun for the car geeks among you (and a nice companion attraction to the Petersen Automotive Museum).

Address

10000 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Hours of Operation

M – F, Tours depart 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Like Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures Studio is an active, working studio. Due to safety concerns, children under 12 years of age are not permitted on this tour. This tour may not be the best choice for you if you have young children.
  • We highly recommend reservations because these tours have a limited capacity and only run 4x per day on weekdays – keep this in mind when planning! Plan to arrive 30 minutes in advance of your designated tour time.
  • Large bags, videocameras, and backpacks are not allowed on this tour.
  • Bonus – Parking is free in the Sony Pictures Plaza!

Extras

Pay a visit to the Studio Emporium before you leave the studio lot – you’ll find an awesome selection of souvenirs and memorabilia from all your favorite classic movies.

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