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“Overpriced and misleading - skip it”

The Tour at NBC Studios
Ranked #92 of 638 Tours in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The first and most famous studio tour in television history is now better than ever. It's more in depth. More interactive. And, above all, more fun. You’ll enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the studios where your favorite shows are made. Like Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers and more. An NBC Page will serve as your host and behind-the-scenes expert, guiding you through the historic halls of 30 Rock. You’ll learn about the entire TV production process, from the writing process and producing to the ways TV content gets to your home. You’ll then experience it all first hand as you and your fellow Tour guests produce your own show in our brand new Tour Studio. You can then download your show to keep for free.
Reviewed December 15, 2008

We had been on the tour years ago and decided to go back so we could see the new sets. It was Thanksgiving so we had to book ahead and ending up paying $44 for the two of us. First they sit you down and show you and high def movie that does not look high def talking abou the history of the network. Then you are shown whatever sets are available. We only saw Conan and Saturday night live. It was not very exciting as there were no props or people around. The first thing you will notice is how small the sets are.

You are then quickly shown how makeup is done and then put in a studio where two tour members do quick news and weather reads.

We did not see the Today Show nor the Nightly News. When we asked the page she said there was breaking news so they could not show us Nightly News and they never show people the Today show. It was 3:00pm.

They never showed a control room, explained how shows are beamed to networks around the country or talked about what happens if something goes wrong which would have been interesting. I won't be back.

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Reviewed December 14, 2008

Seeing as I had been on th L.A. version of the NBC tour I had decided to give this one a try. Well I was truly sorry. The tour is an hour of basically trudging up and down elevators and seeing basically nothing in 30 Rock. The only cool part was seeing the Saturday Night Live set. You are toured through the NBC news studio and get to see where Brian Williams sits, the Conan O'Brien studio (big thrill...not much there either) and then Saturday Night Live. That is it! Toured through by these young NBC guides that don't know that much about the place except for dumb facts. I would say you can take the 18 bucks and use it somewhere else since this is a big disappointment!

3  Thank lip89
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Reviewed November 30, 2008

In the course of an hour we were shown only two studios. Before the "tour" we were forced to sit through a tiresome fifteen-minute history of NBC compilation video. You can find something better on Youtube. The tour finished with a mock newscast; something similar is offered on all Hollywood tours and is much better done and a lot more fun.

There's so many fun and exciting things to do in New York City. Don't waste time or money on this dopey tour. NBC should be ashamed to take people's money for it.

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Reviewed November 30, 2008

It was a cloudy, rainy day in NY and decided to do some 'indoor' activities. The last time I did the NBC Studio tour was in 1995. Time for a re-visit to see if anything has changed.

I bought the "Rock Pass" which includes the NBC Studio Tour, Radio City Stage Door Tour (review available) and a visit to Top of the Rock observation deck (review available). The best part is that the tickets are valid up to a year if you don't use them on the day of purchase. Nice! The price for all three was $46.00 which is $15.30 per ticket... a bargain!

Redeem the ticket at the NBC Store second floor (next to the NBC Digital Cafe) and get a place on a tour. First, you see a movie of the history of NBC. Then you will see 3 out of 6 possible studios. The tour can be changed at any moment's notice, depending on studio's schedules. I got to see Saturday Night Live stage, Conan O'Brien and NBC Nightly News/MSNBC Studios. The two tour guides assigned to each group are very knowledgeable, engaging and funny.

This is very interesting for those who like to see how TV "magic" is made as well as learn a little bit about television history and making. Tour lasts about 1 hour. No photography allowed at any time (bummer!) so your memories will have to do.

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Reviewed November 9, 2008

We purchased this tour as a part of a 3 part deal including the Top of the Rock and the Radio City tour. There was a lot of hoo-haa going through security checkpoints and after doing the tour I can't really see why. The male and female 'tour operators' were openly flirting with each other while spewing out lame and rehearsed 'jokes' to their captive (not captivated) audience. Chewing gum with their mouths open like ratty kids wasn't particularly professional either.
We saw the set of SNL, a few make-up dummy molds and were put through a stupid mock news desk set-up where the obligatory photo was taken for you to buy at the inflated price of $16 at the end of the tour.
I honestly thought this was a waste of an hour. I felt like the stupid tourist who'd be duped into thinking we might actually see something real. Not so.

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