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NBC Studio Tour
Did you ever wonder what goes on behind the cameras? Well, this is your chance to find out how studios create your favorite TV shows. The NBC Studio Tour allows visitors unprecedented access to the sets of Saturday Night Live, Dateline, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The NBC Nightly News. You'll see costumes, props, control rooms, cue cards and maybe even Al Roker. Your guide on this tour will be an official NBC Page, a position once held by performers as notable as Ted Koppel, Regis Philbin and Michael Eisne, and made famous by its pivotal role on Tina Fey's hit sitcom 30 Rock (named, of course, for the very building in which this tour takes place). Tickets go fast and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis, so arrive early or book in advance via NBC's online store. Reservation are recommended.
I feel like I was just robbed by NBC. This is a 60 min tour which starts with an 8 min outdated video on NBC. The next 10 min of the tour is wasted going through security! We saw 3 sets but half the time is spent going up and down elevators. The only worthwhile 10 min of the tour is seeing the Saturday Night Live set which is followed by yet another video and then a green screen demo. The actual tour time is about 40 minutes and most of the time I felt like I was being ripped off. Unless you really need to see the Saturday Night Live set, save your money.
I really appreciate reading the blogs before I even bothered going, I am planning a trip to NYC with my husabnd and thought this would be fun. Thanks for the posting. Why would the video feature Katie Couric, that seems quite outdated
I loved the tour. We went to The Jimmy Fallen Show, SNL, and NBC News studios. The tour guides were very informative and were able to answer all the questions that our group had. In fact, we were really impressed with everything they knew. I can only think that things must have changed since the past negative reviews were posted. This was one our favorite things we did on our NYC vacation.
I just went to NY to the NBC Studio Tour and I really believe that is too expensive for the little time we spent inside the building; we couldn't see any of the locations and it was a tour of only 15 minutes or less!!! The idea is just to sell you the photo that they take you inside a fake studio and that's it. Really bad experience, a total waste of time.
The advertisements said the tour would last over an hour. At least half of that was taken up by security checks, instructions & individual picture taking (so they could SELL them later at a HIGH cost). There was a video on NBC's history which was OK but then there was only a video of mask making. There was NO live presentation of makeup. NO tour of SNL studios (it was summer so the set wouldn't have been being used). NO tour of the Conan O'Brien studio & NO tour of the Dateline studio. If I am asked about things to do in NYC, I would recommend NO ONE waste their money on this poor excuse for a tour!
I went on this tour a couple of years ago and thought it was excellent but my recent experience was a disaster. The length listed as an hour and 10 minutes was falsely advertised. Scheduled to begin at 3:45 it started at least 5 minutes late. The instructions by the guide and security precautions took another 10 minutes and including the following ommisions the actual involved time was 40 minutes at the most. The introduction giving the history of NBC was a video something that could have been viewed on TV, much less interesting than the former real life presentation. We were not allowed in the stage area but saw it though plate glass doors because it was being used as a storage area and for people working on computers. The make up presentation was another video, again lacking the element of reality. Only the participation part of the tour was of interest. There the tour participants stood behind a news desk so their pictures could be taken, obviously to NBC's monetary benefit. A couple of people actually did have a chance to "read the news and weather," definitely the highlight of the tour. When I questioned the guide as to why the tour had been shortened he said that one studio was been used for rehearsal and there was late breaking news in the news studio. This tour was in plain and simple language: a gyp.
We booked this tour ahead of time because my daughter was hoping to see either the SNL studio or Conan's or both...she even mentioned this to the booking agent. We saw neither. We did see the empty studio where the nightly news is broadcast, and could look through a window at MSNBC. We also looked through a window at some sort of operations centre...a bunch of screens and 2 guys drinking coffee.
I find it hard to believe that there isn't a schedule of what studios will be shown on a given day. As my daughter had expressed an interest in particular studios, one would think that the booking agent would have been able to let her know when those were scheduled to be shown.
We were amused by the obsession that the tour operators had with the possibility of anyone needing to use the bathroom...it was mentioned on booking, and several times before the tour started. Anyone unfortunate enough to need to use the washroom would be taken and then would not be able to rejoin the tour, we were told.
The tour guides we had were nice, but as many have mentioned, they were unable to answer questions, outside of their rehearsed lines. The security check was a little much for the very restricted route that the tour takes....and that was part of the 1 hour tour.
If NBC offered this free of charge as a promotion I would say okay, whatever - but at $18.00 each, they are making money on this....there were 28 people on our tour....NBC needs to make extensive improvements to this tour...it is the only disappointing attraction we have encountered so far in New York.
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