Los Angeles, California
It was a very interesting and fun Tour once you get to Warner Bros. Starline Tours were fine at picking me up at the hotel, but then taken to down town LA to collect a ticket to get back on a bus to be taken within minutes of my hotel.
The tour guide was very knowledgable and it was something he enjoyed doing. We travelled around the lot on little buggies and were allowed to take photos in most locations. There were some placed that were restricted due to filming in progress and because they were current shows, photography was not allowed and in fact, cameras were locked away! Understandably.
Having done the Universal VIP Tour the day before I was able to make a good comparison between the two - Warner Bros VIP Tour gives the feeling on being on a real working active film studio and that was the feeling you got. Also, there was a real feeling of history, when driving my the sound stages and seeing the iconic films and shows that were filmed there over the 90 years of filming on that site.
A great experience.
Only to be tinged with frustration by Starline Tours, who didn't provide a good service. We were constantly told that we needed to be at the departure point on time, which slightly restricted the time on the Warner Bros store. Having done what were were told, we were delayed by 20minutes because the driver did not know that some of group had not arrived for the tour but were told by people on the tour that they were not there, insisted in waiting for them. This delay made for upset on the coach, as a group of Australian tourists were on a very tight schedule.
Los Angeles, California
Well worth the money!
It was an amazing day with a lovely knowledgable guide who not only told us a huge amount about the studios and showed us loads including Westeria Drive from Desperate Housewives! Which caused many of the 15 people on the tour to get very excited! I found the whole experience wonderful. Great food and loads of it and also having the guide with us for the full day, made getting to the front of the rides etc was excellent! What saddened me, was that few of the group tipped the guide, who gave her all!
I would highly recommend this tour. The free valet parking was also very useful - a truly VIP Experience.
Napa & Sonoma
My Recommendation Tip
The Wine Train travels along a 25 mile length of track from Nappa to Sarrisota, through the beautiful wine region of California. Whilst on the train you can have Lunch or Dinner in one of the beautifully restored 1940's / 1950's carriages. The food is excellent and the choice of wines are classic. It is not expensive - I paid $99 + tax for lunch and had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend this tour. Very well organised. Voted one of the 10 best train rides in the world!
Las Vegas, Nevada
I am so pleased I decided to do this - It was well organised and very safe. Paul our pilot picked me up at 5.15am! We were taken to a Starbucks near the take off site - after the necessary safety tests with helium balloons we were give the go ahead. We were taken to the take off site and helped unload the balloon - The safety briefing was through and the pilot was very professional. We took off and floated over a local neighbourhood - with the strip as a backdrop. A really enjoyable flight experience for almost an hour. Smooth landing and Champagne! The whole thing took about 4 hours, but was a great experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone. The balloon baskets can take up to 8 guests. Don't wear your best clothes! Dresses don't work!
Las Vegas, Nevada
I was picked up from the hotel at 7.30am by the "Dam Bus"! When all were on board, I then found out that instead of the tour just being to the Hoover Dam and inside the Dam, it also included lunch at the Bolder Hotel and a visit to Ethel M's chocolate factory. Having done the internal tour of the hoover Dam pre 9/11, I was a little disappointed with the revised tour, spending less than 10 minutes inside the Dam. The tour guide at the dam was over bearing and spoke more about himself than the dam. The actual tour of the Dam took less than an hour - we then went to lunch at Bolder Hotel, which was reasonable - but nothing special. A big thing was made of looking at the bat houses of the dam workers - we drove down a road and saw modernised versions, but none of the original, which are historical monuments, we were driven by Wayne Winton's house, with a sarcastic commentary! We were then take to Ethel M's Chocolate Factory, which was a total waste of time, in one door - walk past some windows looking into an empty factory, a taste of the chocolate which was nice, but very expensive to buy. Sadly I was disappointed with this tour over all. That and the fact that we had a blow out on the highway and had to sit on the bud for 45minutes, while the true was changed. No up to the normal standard. Too much to pump out a morning or afternoon visit to a historical monument.