As you pass through the studio gates on this leisurely walking tour, youâ€™re immediately greeted by Tony Tassetâ€™s arching Rainbow sculptureâ€”a nod to the studioâ€™s past as the home of The Wizard of Oz. The lotâ€™s footprint has been significantly downsized since then, when it was known as the iconic MGM Studios; virtually all of its colorful backlot sets are now gone with the wind. But the magnolia tree-lined sidewalks and clean, white Art Deco facades provide a pleasant ambience that the other industrial-edged studios lack. A leisurely walking pace allows time to peer through the elephant doors of a soundstage and look out for passing celebrities. The tour skews toward recent productionsâ€”the bullet-riddled RV from Breaking Bad, a stock car from Talladega Nights and a stop in the studios for Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortuneâ€”but there are still plenty of small moments where that old moviemaking charm endures.
For fans of: The Wizard of Oz, Singinâ€™ in the Rain, Ben-Hur, Spiderman, Breaking Bad, Talladega Nights, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune
You wonâ€™t find anywhere else: The acoustic bliss during a stop in a foley studio.
Tip: Reward yourself post-tour with a stop at the on-site Yogurtlandâ€”because why wouldn't you want discounted froyo?