The weekend after I ventured to the Grand Canyon for the first time, I tried a few new things closer to home with another one of my best friends. When Holly came to visit, we had three goals in mind: Disneyland, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, and LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). I had never been to the last two locations, so I was excited to see what they were about!
After a fun-filled and action packed day in Disneyland, Holly and I woke up early to drive straight to Burbank for our tour at Warner Bros. Studios. I’ve been meaning to take this tour for a long time, so needless to say I was anxious to get started!
As soon as we walked into the main building, there was a huge banner of Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes. For anyone that knows me, they’d recognize this as a VERY good start to my day. (I’m very much obsessed with Mr. RDJ, to say the least.) Holly grabbed a snack and drink at the Starbucks in the lobby, and then our group number was called to head in and watch a short introduction movie to review all the shows and films created at Warner Bros. Studios. From Friends and Gilmore Girls to Harry Potter and The Muppets…there were so many scenes I recognized from either binge watching on Netflix or growing up watching in the theater. It made me even more excited to see some of the sets in person!
We quickly joined our tour guide and hopped in the front two seats of the little tram that took us all over the studio. The only other studio tour I had ever experienced at this point was Sony Pictures back when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school (so…a while ago). I honestly found Warner Bros. way more intriguing and interesting, probably because they have more movies and shows I’m familiar with overall, and seeing those sets where some very memorable scenes from my childhood was definitely a great experience! We went through their “Jungle” set, where part of Jurassic Park was actually filmed, as well as where Kermit the Frog sang “Rainbow Connection.” There was also a little shack which housed a character from one of my guilty pleasure shows “Hart of Dixie.”
My favorite parts of the tour were definitely visiting the Ellen Show set (I’m a HUGE Ellen fan), taking pictures at Central Perk, seeing all the props from the Batman and Harry Potter movies, and the green screen experiences. Holly and I rode Hogwarts broomsticks and Batman’s motorcycle in front of green screens to make it look like we were actually in a Quidditch match and experiencing a car chase from Dark Knight.
I bought an Ellen Show shirt and mug (because I clearly have a problem), and then Holly and I picked up Chipotle on our way to LACMA for our final stop of the day!
We were a little nervous at first when we arrived to the museum because the parking structure had a sign saying it was full…thankfully, we easily found a spot inside and enjoyed our food before adventuring upstairs.
It was a rather busy evening, but I guess that’s what happens when you visit LA on a Saturday night. I was mainly excited to see all the popular exhibits such as the lamp posts (above) and the piece that looks like spaghetti (below). Since both are outside, they were surrounded by people and children, but we managed to take our photos with them anyway.
I hadn’t been to a museum in years, so it was neat simply walking around and admiring all the different exhibits based on different time periods and places around the world. I particularly enjoyed “The Sympathetic Imagination” by Diana Thater, which was filled with creative and abstract projections and lighting in many different rooms (pictured below). I was kind of bummed that we weren’t able to experience the featured exhibit “Rain Room,” but nonetheless we still saw plenty of amazing artwork!
I apologize for not posting very often…after vacation I got sick for roughly two weeks and focusing on my internship and job at Disney has been consuming most of my time. I’m definitely creating an action plan to return to the blogging game more regularly as soon as possible!
Until then, have a wonderful day!