cfc wrote:Yep--I'm old enough to remember when McDonald's had no dining rooms.
And I am old enough to remember when McDonald's fries were deep fried in beef tallow back in the 70's that made them taste so much better than today. Of course that came with a greater health cost to my arteries but damn did they taste good!
From a trip lowpoint to the absolute highlight - Warner Bros Studios! For this day we plumped for the $250 6 hour deluxe tour around the studio. There's a two hour version which costs about $50 but we decided to go all out for this one and it turned out to be a great decision. The deluxe version includes access to loads of places not on the cheaper tour and also includes an amazing lunch in the commissary on the lot. If I ever get the opportunity I certainly will be doing the WB deluxe tour again!
There are quite a few parts of the tour where cameras aren't allowed - foley studios, sound mixing studios and pretty much everything that's indoors on the lot. There's an incredible huge museum here with props from Warner Bros movies over the decades (and a full floor of Potter stuff but we were too intrigued by all the other movie props to even check that out). The tour also concluded with a visit to the sets of The Mentalist and Big Bang Theory! Very cool.
Alright, so that's the stuff we couldn't photograph. Here's the rest!
It's a bright and early morning and we've made our way over to Warner Bros Studios in Burbank!
We're special, so special!
Right away the extra we laid down for the deluxe tour was paying off when we got hold a real Oscar statue! It's heavy!
Here comes our deluxe golf cart!
Even the bottled water they give you makes you feel special!
Like the Paramount tour this one starts out with a tour around the backlot where the guide points out all the different shows and movies shot here.
The building on the left has been used in movies on this lot since the 1920s!
For some reason it appears to be mandatory that all movie studios have a water with their logo emblazoned upon it.
This little nugget in the backlot excited me immensely!
Yup, this is the staircase down to the little shop from the start of Gremlins!
You probably saw parts of this street whenever they needed to go outdoors on Friends!
There's some things money can't buy. For everything else there's.. wait, what? BankMaster?!
Here's the alleyway where Kirsten Dunst got her upside down on with Tobey Maguire!
Merlotte's! This place will do bad things to you!
"Must go faster". Yeah, this is where they shot the T-Rex chase in Jurassic Park! It's really tiny too - they just kept turning the car around and driving over the same hundred yards!
In Hollywood a roof on your house is optional.
All these houses are used when needed in shoots and double as production offices.
The entrance to more offices on the lot or an airport from The West Wing? It's both!
Like Paramount, WB have their own movie theatre on the lot.
You probably don't realise how many times you've saw this exact Subway entrance on TV and in movies.
Here's the Friends stage! This is where the apartments and Central Perk stood for ten years!
I think this is where the Ark of the Covenant ended up.
Whenever you see a WB movie now this is the building that appears right at the start.
Simon Helberg lived here for an entire summer hiatus.
This entire day was like being in Charlie Wonka's factory for movie fans!
Yes! The ultimate Batmobile! It'll never look better than this!
Though those Tumblers certainly do look much more practical!
I was one of the only Chuck fans in the world so this was cool to see!
They took a green screen photo of us and told us we'd get a souvenir photo at the end of the day. Some guests got a Superman photo and we got stupid Potter. Damn!
Prop storage! Very cool place to visit!
Michael, what a joker.
Ooooh! President Bartlet's desk! So cool!
Speaking of cool..
The Deluxe tour guests get to visit the Central Perk set by themselves without all the other guests running around.
After the show ended the entire set was moved from Stage 24 to the prop warehouse so tour guests could see it for themselves!
The thing that amazed me was how small it is!
Seriously. it's Disneyland Castle small!
May I take your order!
We're both huge Friends fans so this was awesome to see in person!
Here's the soundstage where ER was shot for 15 years!
And a little more for the ER fans - the L train station!
Of course like all good tour we end in the gift shop. We had such a good day we ended up buying some WB tat!
Hands down the highlight of the trip! There were so many cool things on this tour that I couldn't show you here but it really is all awesome. If you're any kind of movie fan I would highly recommend checking out the deluxe tour if you ever get the chance!
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Our next morning took us to Knott's Berry Farm - the way our schedule worked out we could really only visit on a Saturday so we decided to do as much as we could in the morning while the crowds were light and then we ducked out and went back to Disney. The park feels very "Cedar Fair" but there is some good stuff here...
Like I say, this was a quick visit so there aren't a lot of photos...
New park credit for me!
Of course we started the day over at Xcelerator - I really liked this! One of my favourite Intamin launchers.
Ugh, a boomerang.
We missed the new section by a few weeks, but that's okay since we weren't expecting to ride everything on this visit.
Pony Express. A bit of a weird ride for this park but it doesn attract a decent crowd.
Ghost Rider was closed. I'm under the impression that I should be thankful that this was the case!
Silver Bullet! One of the tamer B&M inverts for sure but certainly one of the better rides in Knott's.
We were tricked into waiting in a long line for jaguar - I didn't realise that pyramid thing where the queue is goes on for so long!
And that was about it for Knott's. I'll come back here again some other time when it's not so crowded!
After our morning at Knott's we went for some lunch and then headed back to Disneyland. This was a Saturday evening so we didn't have any grand plans of riding stuff. Instead we just wanted to chill out and see the fireworks and Fantasmic. If any ride opportunities presented themselves then we'd be happy... Turned out to be quite a good evening where a lot of the rides had no lines really late on which meant we actually got a hell of a lot in!
Rather than eat lunch at Knott's we tracked down lunch at Taco Bell seeing as I had some important credits to obtain!
For the last time on this trip we arrive at Disneyland!
Oh no, a parade!
Good thing we got all our rides in on our previous visit this week!
Ooft, that's a lot of people!
Finally we succumbed to one of the long lines...
But it was for a Dole Whip! Michael needed to pop that cherry!
We decided to hop over to DCA and found that the Radiator Springs Racers single rider line is really quite tolerable even on a busy Saturday!
We didn't ride Luigi's Tires but it doesn't look like it does a whole lot!
Jeff introduced me to these awesome corn dogs last year so I was really excited to get another this time.
The sun is setting so that means it's time to leave DCA and head back over to Disneyland for...
Soup! Here's another delight that Jeff introduced me to the previous year. The soup in bread bowl combo is so good!
Fantasmic! While not as orgasmic as the Tokyo version it's miles better than the one in Florida.
Apparently they have fireworks around of the castle. If anyone can point out a castle around here to me that would be magic. Thanks.
On the way out of the park I made sure to stop by the town hall to get Michael his obligatory first visit badge.
we actually got a load of stuff done later this evening - Mansion, Pirates, Indy and more. When everyone leaves after Fantasmic it's a pretty good time to get a lot done!
Alright, that's it for Disneyland on this trip. Up next - More McDonald's history!
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