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This post is about the NBC Studios tours, a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite NBC shows. We give you tips to help plan your visit as well as analyze the reviews left by previous tour attendees. This is one of the most popular activities at Rockefeller Center, but we’ll also discuss some of the other attractions you can expect to find there, such as Top of the Rock and the Tour of Rockefeller Center.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Although it may be possible to take this tour on a whim, we still recommend planning your trip out ahead of time. The last thing you want is to arrive at NBC Studios and find out that all of their tours have been fully booked for the day. In order to avoid missing out, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance and showing up at least 15 minutes early.
In addition to this option, some tour companies offer outings which include admission to the official NBC Studio tour.
If you want to learn about more than just NBC Studio, this tour will also cover several TV/Movie filming locations in New York City.
This is a great way to get tickets when tickets are sold out, and it covers even more detail.
TIP: If you arrive and find that the NBC Studio tour is fully booked, consider one of the following alternatives.
NBC STUDIO TOUR OVERVIEW
Considering that this is the home of television shows like Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show, it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that the NBC Studio Tour is one of the most entertaining experiences offered at Rockefeller Center. That being said, it might surprise you to discover that there’s a lot more to do on this tour than learning about television studios.
Your tour will begin at NBC’s new 4K theater, where you will be shown a short film which delves into the history of NBC. From here, your guide will show you around the studios, taking time to point out some of the finer details of their art deco rotunda. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the NBC Production Gallery, a location filled with rare photographs and videos from throughout the history of the network.
As you walk through the building you’ll see at least two different studios, some of which may be in regular use for live television productions. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to visit any studios that are currently in use, but some guests indicate that you might see a celebrity like Jimmy Fallon on his way to work. In addition to visiting historic television studios, you’ll also get a look behind-the-scenes at the NBC Broadcast Operations Center.
At the end of your tour, you’ll visit a studio specifically created for tourists. This area is designed to give guests the chance to create their own television show. Each visitor will have a role to play, allowing everyone to experience what it’s like to work on a live production. When the tour is over, they will send you an email with a link to the show you recorded at NBC Studios!
Read our review section below for more insight on the tour.
REVIEWS OF THE NBC STUDIO TOUR
The tour at NBC Studios currently has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Although that’s definitely a good score, it doesn’t exactly tell you everything you might want to know about the experience. Taking this into account, let’s find out why people loved or hated this stroll through the studios.
Learn About Production
Many reviews indicate that this is an excellent opportunity to learn about how live television is produced. Visitors appreciate the chance to see where current television shows are recorded and broadcast to the world. This tour is highly recommended for media buffs and anyone interested in finding out more about the subject of television.
See Famous Studios
Guests who take this tour seem to love seeing famous shooting locations at NBC Studios. Reviewers commonly visit the studios of Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, and the NBC Nightly News. According to several comments, tour guides provide a lot of interesting information about both the history of these studios and how they are currently used.
Visitors typically enjoy the chance to see behind-the-scenes of their favorite television shows. In addition to learning about television production, they also get to see where some of their favorite celebrities go to work. Some reviewers have even noted that they actually saw stars like Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon during this tour.
Even guests who enjoyed their tour at NBC Studios felt that the experience was a little pricey. Considering that the studio tour is between 60-75 minutes on average, the ticket price might be a bit too expensive for some visitors. Although this wasn’t a problem for most reviewers, others didn’t think the service provided was worth the cost of admission.
Make Your Own TV Show
This is one of the most popular activities included with the NBC Studio tour. While some guests were unhappy that they missed out on the chance to play more significant roles, a majority of tourists enjoyed the chance to make their own television show. After all, it’s not every day that you have the opportunity to work on an actual production in a real television studio!
See the Control Rooms
In addition to seeing the studios where live television shows are shot, you’ll also visit the control rooms where producers manage audio and visual details. Guests seem to appreciate this rare look at the technology that is used to make NBC’s live content. Some reviewers even refer to this area as the place “where the magic happens.”
Although some visitors were unimpressed with this feature, others enjoyed the short film that was prepared for the introduction to the NBC Studios tour. This video goes into some preliminary detail about the history of NBC and its programming. Most reviewers were at least somewhat pleased with this prologue to their journey.
Popular for Large Groups
Although visitors from pretty much every size of group typically enjoyed their experience at NBC Studios, families and couples were far more likely to leave a positive review. When it came to the opportunity to make your own show, reviewers indicated that this was an excellent family activity. Considering that the entire tour only takes about an hour to complete, this shouldn’t be too difficult for most audiences.