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“Not much to see and too short”
Review of CNN Studio Tours

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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide and get an up-close look at global news in the making! Inside CNN is a 55 minute guided walking tour with exclusive views of Atlanta’s CNN studios and an exciting glimpse of news and broadcasting in action from the world headquarters of the Worldwide Leader in News. Take the Inside CNN VIP Tour for expanded access to CNN’s working studios! The Inside CNN VIP Tour runs daily (except Sunday) and includes a visit to the CNN newsrooms! And on Thursday mornings we’ll take you behind the scenes of HLN's morning show, Morning Express with Robin Meade, on our exclusive Morning Express with Robin Meade Tour. You’ll see the HLN Control Room and go inside HLN’s Studio H to watch a portion of the live broadcast in action!
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

I was really looking forward to this but found to pretty boring. Firstly it only lasted 50 mins and about half this time was walking about down corridors between information spots of which there was about 5. You got to look in through a window for a few minutes in on the CNN studio and we did see 2 male presenters one preparing for his part and the other reading from the auto cue for the news show. We looked in on the main office and the CNN international office through glass but that was just a lot of people sitting around staring at screens. A mock up small studio was used to demonstrate the auto cue and the green screen and 2 participants of the group got to have a go but it was a big group so the rest of us just watched. I guess if you are American and hope to catch a glimpse of a celebrity you recognise it might be exciting (though we didn't). One tip if you are going to another attraction in atlanta there is a couple of combo ticket options you can try to cut down the cost. I got the ABC pass for the World of Coke and CNN tour saving $5 or $6 dollars in total. The guide was very friendly and did his best with the material but I found it pretty boring and not worth the money.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

My girlfriend and I had Atlanta City Passes and we planned to spend the day touring the three attractions around Centennial Olympic Park ... park at one place and walk everywhere.

We scheduled our tour for mid-morning. I cannot recall if it is required if you book your tour slot in advance or if it is just suggested. On high-volume days it might be a good idea to book in advance, though when we went in mid December it probably wasn't necessary ... especially since we went on a Sunday morning.

The tour itself wasn't too bad. The guide was very nice and polite and seemed quite informed. I imagine if we had gone on a busier news day we might have seen something happen. Sundays are their slow day ... everything you see televised on CNN on Sunday is previously recorded. The only person we saw working was some guy doing a crossword puzzle ... and this was the weekend after the Connecticut school shooting.

The tour consists of a lot of walking, no seated stops and a lot of stairs. If you have bad knees (like I do) be prepared and either bring a cane, a knee brace or wrap.

Thank Andrew P
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Its definitely a good tour for adults to see what goes on behind the scenes. The tour guide was very friendly on my tour we got to see Don Lemon and he was not friendly at all very stuck up but overall it was a fun experience.

Thank Ally M
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

This one-hour tour gives you an overview of how CNN works. The tour begins at the top of what is the highest escalator in the world--eight floors, I think--to the outer limits of the workings of the station. We learned about how cameras are focused, how the news is brought in through the cameras and how they're focused, the sister stations, everything, all in apparent real time. We heard conversation going on from the inner rooms ("Gee, that guy's got a good head!" when talking about an interview subject), and there was a small interactive part when they invited someone from the group (a 12- or 13-year-old girl) to read the prompt off the camera (she did quite nicely). Great gift shop as well. The one lost star from this review: They warned you not to chew gum or eat candy--this was largely ignored, and there was no enforcement. Also, folks brought in very young children who got bored and cried, drowning out the guide once or twice.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

The tour was fun and informative. You are guided through each of the key filming areas and the guide does a good job of explaining the history of CNN and each of its components. There is also some interesting history to the building; apparently the escalator is the longest in the world!

My guide--Nikko--was very funny and interactive. That added, I felt, tremendously to the tour. In the end, however, if you're not interested in CNN as an agency or the idea of viewing the backside of a news agency, this tour is probably not for you. The price was about $15.

Thank Willnosuke
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