Which Hollywood Studio Tours Are the Best?

This post covers the most enjoyable movie studio tours in Hollywood. With so many historic studios in the area, it might be difficult to pick just one to visit. Interestingly enough, there are quite a few differences between the tours offered at each studio, and that should make it easier to figure out which tour best fits your expectations. Unfortunately, affordability will definitely come into play for most audiences as prices vary from $62 per person to literally thousands of dollars. It’s also worth noting that the length of these tours can run from roughly an hour to almost a week. With all of that said, let’s start talking about what each movie studio offers with their tours.

Universal Studios Tour

Sony Pictures Studio Tour

Combo Packages & Deals

Los Angeles TV Show Tickets

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Paramount Pictures Studio Tour

Adventures by Disney: Disney Backstage

Celebrity Homes Tours


WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR

If you’re in the market for a somewhat normal tour on the back lot, this might be one of your best bets. In addition to seeing movie sets and sound stages from some of the most notable movies in film history, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a few specific activities. While on this movie studio tour, you’ll be able to re-create a famous scene from the hit television show Friends, climb aboard Harry Potter‘s broomstick, and even create your own Batmobile. Warner Bros. even offers an interactive sound stage which explores the entire process of making a film from start to finish. At three hours in length, this tour is actually a bit longer than some of the other options in Hollywood.

  • Ticket Prices: $62 per person
  • Availability: Daily at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 2 PM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Parking available at Gate 6 for a fee
  • Photography is limited and filming is not permitted
  • Tour is available in both English and Spanish
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With an overall score of 4.8 out of 5 stars, it’s fair to say that this Hollywood studio tour is very well rated (read reviews here). Some guests have gone so far as to suggest that this trip is worth every single penny. Visitors were typically very happy with their tour guides, referring to them as both friendly and informative. Customers who enjoyed this tour were especially pleased with the opportunity to learn a lot about the history of Warner Bros. while enjoying several interesting activities along the way.

 


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS TOUR

This is where things get interesting, as Universal Studios has essentially made their tour one of the services offered at their amusement park. In other words, you need to buy a ticket for Universal Studios Hollywood in order to experience this studio tour. Clocking in at only one hour in length, this is definitely the shortest excursion of them all. In addition to seeing the back lot, you’ll also experience attractions such as the Jaws ride, King Kong 360 in 3D, Bates Motel and Fast & The Furious: Supercharged. Although it will cost more to take this tour, it’s worth noting that your ticket lasts all day and guarantees access to all of the rides.

 

  • Ticket Prices: $105 for Adults | $99 for Children
  • Availability: Daily from 8 AM – 6 PM
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Parking available for a fee
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Despite the higher price tag, this movie studio tour has still received quite excellent ratings (read reviews here). The overall Universal Studios Hollywood experience has a score of 4.8 out of 5 stars. A few visitors have even suggested that this trip around the studio is worth the price of admission. Although most customers feel that the ticket price is a bit high, even the critics can’t deny that they had a blast. Most customers agree that the Universal Studios tour is one of the most interesting attractions at their park.

 


PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIO TOUR

Unlike the other movie studios, Paramount Pictures actually offers three different studio tours. Their main tour is 2 hours long and covers quite a lot of ground on the back lot. However, if you want to experience even more, their VIP tour lasts for 4 ½ hours and includes access to several additional areas. As if that weren’t enough, the VIP tour also provides a gourmet lunch at a unique location in the studio. Alternatively, you can also choose a 2 ½ hour night tour that reveals a lot of historic locations such as notable theaters and original film vaults. No matter which option you choose, you’ll definitely learn a lot about the history of Paramount.

 

  • Ticket Prices: $58 for the studio tour | $178 for the VIP tour | $78 for the night tour
  • Availability of Studio tour: Daily, every half hour from 9 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Availability of VIP tour: Monday-Friday at 9:30 AM & 1 PM
  • Availability of Night tour: Saturdays at 7:30 PM & 7:45 PM
  • Duration of Studio tour: 2 hours
  • Duration of VIP tour: 4 ½ hours
  • Duration of Night tour: 2 ½ hours
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Reviews for the Paramount Pictures Studio tours are very positive. As a matter of fact, guests on TripAdvisor have seen fit to give them a rating of 4 ½ out of 5 stars. Some visitors referred to the excursion as a movie buff’s dream, while others were just impressed with how much they learned and discovered. As usual, several customers felt that the tour was worth the price of admission. Some reviewers indicated that Paramount alters the tour slightly depending on the season, ensuring a nice variety of topics and locations to cover no matter when you decide to buy a ticket.

 


SONY PICTURES STUDIO TOUR

This might be the most affordable movie studio tour in Hollywood, and it’s also one of the most historic. While on this tour, you’ll see the sound stages where they recorded classics such as The Wizard of Oz and superhero flicks like Spider-man. In addition to discovering where film history was made, you’ll also have the opportunity to see where Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are recorded. Although they don’t make any promises, there’s always a chance that you’ll run into someone famous on this active studio back lot!

Sony Pictures Studios Gate. Image Source: Wikimedia user Coolcaesar on May 10th, 2008.  

  • Ticket Prices: $45 per person
  • Availability: Monday – Friday at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free parking in the Overland Parking structure
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With an overall score of 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, it’s clear that this is a pretty popular Hollywood studio tour. Some guests have even noted that they employ at least one notable actor as a tour guide, ensuring that your experience at the studio will be memorable. Customers really appreciated the opportunity to see several historic filming locations and learn a lot about the process of making a movie. Although some reviewers were unhappy that this is a walking tour, others simply appreciated the opportunity to see where film history was made.

 


ADVENTURES BY DISNEY: DISNEY BACKSTAGE

You had to figure that Disney was going to be a little more expensive, but the actual cost of this week-long experience might shock you. To be fair, the package includes accommodation at both the Loews Hollywood Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. In addition to the hotel room, you’ll also receive no fewer than 11 meals during your stay. While it’s nice to know that you’ll receive plenty of care and attention, the tours are what really matter here.

 

This Disney backstage adventure includes a tour of the Walt Disney Studios & Archives, an Imagineering tour, a Hollywood walking tour, and a tour of the Jim Henson Company. Most of these tours are only available via this week-long package. The entire itinerary takes six days to complete, and it will keep you busy with plenty of fun activities from start to finish. When you consider everything included, the price actually isn’t too terrible!

  • Ticket Price: $3,399–$3,499 for Adults | $3,299–$3,319 for Children
  • Availability: 2-4 times per month
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Hotel accommodation included
  • 11 Meals included
  • VIP Disneyland ticket included
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As you can probably imagine, the testimonials for this experience are quite positive (read reviews here). Some guests even noted that they made friends with their tour guides and continue to stay in touch with them to this very day. In addition to the friendly guides, customers also appreciated the opportunity to see some behind-the-scenes areas that bring the history of Walt Disney to life. One visitor even suggested that this trip allowed them to become kids again as they explored secret and wonderful locations at the happiest place on earth.

 


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COMBO DEALS AND DISCOUNTS

If you’re looking for a better price on these tours and other activities in Hollywood, you might want to consider one of the following combo packages. Studios like Warner Bros. and Universal often work with tour companies to provide their services at lower prices. There are several options to mull over, and almost all of them provide additional tours and services. If you plan on spending more than one day in Hollywood, these combo deals are definitely worth a look.

 

A shot of the Universal Studios Tour. Image Source: Wikimedia user Antoine Taveneaux on March 12th, 2011.

 


GO LOS ANGELES CARD

There’s a reason that this is one of the premier attraction passes in Los Angeles. In addition to offering access to a variety of notable locations, they also provide admission to some studio tours. In particular, you can enjoy the Universal Studios tour, the Warner Bros. Studio tour and the Sony Pictures Studio tour with this pass. Although you’ll need to get a 3-day pass for some of these activities, others are included with the 1-day pass for less than $100 per person. Given that this tourist pass also supplies tickets to Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm, it’s fair to say that the Go Los Angeles card is a real bargain.

  • Ticket Price: $85 for 1-day pass | $129 for 2-day pass | $205 for 3-day pass | $269 for 5-day pass | $315 for 7-day pass
  • This attraction pass is available every day of the week
  • Includes up to 3 movie studio tours
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With so many awesome activities available, it probably won’t be too surprising to find out that this service has received a 4.2 out of 5 star rating (read reviews here). Some customers have even suggested that this is the best deal ever, noting that the Go Los Angeles Card allows you to enjoy everything you want while it’s active. Several guests felt that this tourist pass was well worth the money, with some reviewers even going so far as to recommend the card to anyone visiting Los Angeles for the first time. A few visitors were especially pleased about the opportunity to visit both Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Studios with the help of this pass.


TRANSPORTATION COMBO PACKAGES

If you’re looking for transportation to and from each movie studio tour, the following services are available. The advantage of these combo deals is that you won’t have to pay for parking, gas, or car rental in order to visit each location. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included with each package. Take your time and enjoy the studio tour without having to worry about anything else!


CELEBRITY HOMES TOUR COMBO PACKAGES

These combo deals provide both a celebrity home tour and a movie studio tour. Each option includes transportation not only around Hollywood but also to and from the studios. While some of these services use a mini-bus, others actually drive you around town in a luxury sedan or an SUV. Each company offers both Hotel pickup and drop-off. Expect these outings to last for between 6-8 hours on average.

Alternatively, we offer our own self-guided celebrity homes tour. This might be a good way to save even more money if you don’t mind doing a bit of driving around Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

 


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