Day 23, May 26th: To Stars Hollow!

Today we got up early, again, since we had a tour at Warner Brothers booked for 8:30 am. The tour itself was pretty cool. We saw a lot of outside sets where different movies and TV shows were filmed (e.g. Spiderman, HIMYM, TBBT, Jurassic Park) as well as the outsides of different sound stages, where the inside sets usually are built and shot. Most amazing, at least to me, was probably all the Gilmore Girls sets we saw, like the gazebo, Luke’s Diner, Lorelai’s/Sookie’s house (the house is actually either or, depending on which side is filmed) as well as Miss Pattie’s school.

We only went into one sound stage, even though we passed several of them (for example the ones where Friends and Two and a half men were shot) but we saw the insides of the stage where The Big Bang Theory is being filmed. I have to say the sets look a lot bigger on TV as they really (the trick is slanted angles to make everything appear bigger) but seeing the set was really cool. The only set you could actually see was Penny’s and Leonard’s/Sheldon’s apartment with the piece of hallway between them. All the other sets are being built in the stage as needed. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures there but still. Being able to say “I’ve seen the real thing!” is pretty awesome in my mind.

Other than that, we saw some exhibitions about Batman and various other DC Comics, since Warner owns them, and took a little look behind the scenes of how movies are made. All in all, I think it was a very interesting experience but I’m not entirely sure if it’s worth the 60 bucks it’d usually cost.

After Warner Brother’s we went to Universal Studios. I wanted to get a Donut at Voodoo Doughnuts, which is originally from Portland, Oregon and was featured in an episode of Man v Food. Since there was a rather long line we skipped it, for now, and went straight to the park.

We did the studio tour there, which took about an hour, and saw some more outdoor sets. The Universal tour also includes some more action-like stuff, an “earthquake” in a subway station for example, or a car chase. But, all in all, I thought the tour at Warner Brother’s was a lot better.

We went ahead and did some of the rides but, at least to me, Universal isn’t that spectacular. I mean, yes. We saw the Water World stunt show and that was amazing but there just aren’t that many rides to actually go on. We only did one of the roller coasters, the smaller Harry Potter one since we didn’t feel like waiting in line for the bigger one for two hours, and the Jurassic Park water ride.

After we left the actual park we walked down Universal City Walk and I did get in line at Voodoo Doughnuts (which actually got a lot longer by the time I was in). I got the Bacon Maple Bar. You know, I needed a comparison to the one from Dallas, and the Voodoo Doughnuts one was a lot better. I’d definitely order it again. I also got a jelly filled voodoo doll and that was great too.

Afterwards we went ahead and had dinner at the Hard Rock Café, where we enjoyed our meal on the patio in the sun, which was really nice.

Our last stop for the day was at a Ralphs, the supermarket chain featured in The Big Lebowski, to grab some more drinks for the evening before calling it a night.


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