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“Excellent Food Court Inside CNN Center”
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CNN Atlanta Studio Tour
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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!
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
Arabi, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Excellent Food Court Inside CNN Center”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We visitied CNN Center prior to a concert next door at the Philips Arena. CNN Center is full of choices when it comes to eating in the food court along with numerous retail shops with Atlanta Sports team merchandise. We were not able to take the CNN Studio Tour because of time constraints.

The food court was wonderful, many places to sit and enjoy the A/C while chowing down. They had Chick Fil A, Wendy's, Chinese, Mexican, Pizza, Italian and numerous other choices.

Definitely recommend CNN Center when in the area for Philips Arena and / or the Georgia Dome etc.

CNN Center has a very easy accessible entrance to Philips Arena inside the food court so you don't even need to go outside to enter the Arena when done eating.

Visited August 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Boring and more boring”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Nothing about this tour was interesting. The tour guide spoke so fast that we didn't even understand what she was saying most of the time. Walk through a building watch a few people sit at their computers, look at empty studios, buy a picture of yourself behind a fake news desk. The few interesting parts were along the walk between office observation rooms, but they didn't say what anything was and we were being pushed too fast to the next spot by security to read the little signs. Skip this tour and save your $15/person.

Visited August 2013
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“Unique experience!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

I hesitated before visiting but I was completely satisfiyed at the end of the visit. This is an opportunity to see what is inside the broadcasting of news. I recommend this tour.

Visited September 2012
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United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Building inside a building! The worlds longest standstill escalator wow! I like the stores and food court availability on the ground floor. It was just weekend and there was a lot of people so you can't find spot and table to sit and eat.

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Not Worth the Money”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Sure, it's only $15, but this tour is worth more like $7-10 per person. Unless you've never seen anything involving cameras or a studio in your life, there's not much to get very jazzed about.

The tour starts off promising, showing a mock control room with live feeds. The guide will explain how everything is stitched together to make the show, which is reasonably interesting.

Then, a faux studio where a lucky tour members gets to read lines from a teleprompter. Neat.

Afterwards, they actually let you see into CNN's daytime news broadcast studio while it is taping live. The anchor even gives the tour groups a wave during commercials. Yippee!

But it's all downhill from there, with a series of heartless stops looking down on various newsrooms, first CNN, then HLN, then a quick passover of CNN Espanol, then HLN's actual studious.

Really, there's not much to it, least of all a cogent narrative actually explaining how a piece of news in some random place in America eventually finds its way to the anchor's desk. That would be educational and entertaining. This is mostly just show with little substance.

If you have had even the faintest exposure to A/V production, there's not much to take in on this tour. It's especially sad to see so many guests verbally wondering when they will see Anderson Cooper or Wolf Blitzer - both of whom are based in Washington.

Oh, and the "55-minute" tour must be designed to include the pre-security checkpoints and everything else. Even with that, the entire experience was over in under 50 minutes.

Just find a few Wikipedia articles and you'll be fine.

Visited August 2013
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