I read some of the negative reviews and wasn't expecting much here, but was greatly surprised. The first things we did was get our pictures on the park bench from "Forest Gump" and had a short visit to the Paramount Theater near the entrance to the sound stage lot. Soon after entering the Bronson Gate into the sound stage area, we spotted cast members of "NCIS: Los Angeles", Chris O'Donnell and Daniela Ruah. Our guide made a bee line for them so we could see them and get pictures. They were in and out of their trailers, but the guide camped out there for us so we could see them, that was awesome.
We were able to get out of the cart many times to see and touch sets and go in set buildings. We watched them make the set builders make a building look as if it was covered in snow and were putting up Christmas lights for a scene to be filmed. Our guide was a wealth of information on which movies had been filmed where we were standing, such as "Spiderman, "Indiana Jones, "The Godfather", "How to Lose a Man in 10 Days" and tv shows "Glee", "Laverne and Shirley" and "Everybody Hates Chris".
We drove past the soundstage for "Glee" and saw the cast plus many extras in costume and make up, it was incredible. We traveled on further and went on the sets for "Big Time Rush" and "The Doctors", both were very cool. Our guide camped us out to catch a glimpse of Dr. Phil coming out from his show. Traveling further through the lot we saw Stephen Kramer Glickman from "Big Time Rush". He said Hi to us as he went past, which was cool. We watched the filming of a new Nickelodeon kids show which isn't released yet and is still in production. The guide told us more fascinating stories about Lucille Ball and other actors as we made our way back to the front of the studio. We once again saw the cast of "Glee" heading to their trailers and the guide sped to them so we could get pictures.
Having gone to a competing studios tour, I noticed a big difference. The Paramount guides were doing their all to help us see the stars, but other studios did their all to keep us from seeing the stars. Photos were allowed everywhere except when we went on the sets, video was not allowed at all once past the Bronson gate.
PS: Security Guard Russ called a taxi for me and we talked at length while i waited. He had many star stories and is a really nice person. I'm glad to have met him.
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