WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATES THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BELOVED HIT TV SERIES FRIENDS WITH “FRIENDSGIVING” AT THE STUDIO
Guests will kick off the holiday season and relive their favorite Friends memories with an exclusive fan event this November and be among the first to see the original fountain from the show’s opening credits at its new home at the Studio Tour.
(BURBANK, CA. – September 9, 2019) – This holiday season, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood (WBSTH) will be bringing Friends fans closer to the entertainment they love by celebrating “Friendsgiving” at the Studio. An exclusive holiday-themed event, Friendsgiving will create a one-of-a-kind Friends experience in the place where it all began – Warner Bros. Studios. Guests can gather with friends and family and visit the very locations where Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Ross (David Schwimmer) formed their unforgettable friendships both on and off-screen, creating lasting memories for millions of fans around the world.
The Friendsgiving event includes an exclusive Friends-focused 90-minute tour through the Studio backlots highlighting iconic filming locations where the show took place. Guests will get a glimpse outside Stage 24, forever known as “The Friends Stage,” and visit the real “Central Park” location where Phoebe and Rachel took up jogging while testing their knowledge onboard the Tour Cart with Friends trivia. (Hint: “Transponster” is not even a word!) In addition, Friends fans can walk onto the authentic Central Perk set where they can sit on the iconic orange couch, get an up-close look at original costumes worn by the cast, and even join in on a sing along of “Smelly Cat” and other fan favorites in the very spot where Phoebe performed. At the conclusion of the Friendsgiving Tour, fans will have a chance to check out our exclusive Friends 25th Anniversary merchandise at the WB Studio Store.
To commemorate the hit series’ 25th Anniversary, the iconic fountain seen in the opening credits is being moved from its current location at the Warner Bros. Ranch facility to the main lot to preserve this piece of legendary television history. Friendsgiving guests will be among the first to grab a colorful umbrella and recreate the show’s opening credits while singing and dancing with their friends in front of the original, never-before-displayed fountain.
At the conclusion of the Friendsgiving Tour, guests will “pivot” once again to arrive at the Studio’s Commissary Fine Dining room where the cast often dined while the show was filming. Our Executive Chef will prepare a holiday-themed meal including turkey and ham along with vegan/gluten-free options and all the fixings. Whether Ross’s “Moist Maker” sandwich is on the menu is still being decided. At the same time, our mixologists will be serving up themed drinks along with beer and wine for purchase.
“Friends made its home here at the Studio for a decade, and 25 years later, it’s still one of the most popular shows on our tours,” said Gary Soloff, WBSTH Director of Marketing. “With such a massive global following, we’re excited to bring fans together in the very place the show was filmed to enjoy and create new memories of the classic comedy this holiday season.”
Friendsgiving is offered on select dates this November. Tickets for this special holiday event are on sale now at wbstudiotour.com for $139 per person. Price includes a holiday meal, Friends-themed tour, photo-ops at various location on the backlot, trivia, and so much more. More details can be found online at wbstudiotour.com. UPDATE: DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, ADDITIONAL DATES HAVE BEEN ADDED!
With the always evolving exhibits and experiences, WBSTH continues to offer their guests from around the world an intimate look at how Hollywood magic is made. Through behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive looks at costumes and props used in production, fans can get closer to some of their favorite films and TV shows such as Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Batman, Shameless, Casablanca, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and more.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its debut in 1994, Friends remains one of television’s most beloved series. One of the highest-rated shows on television in its original network run, the series still remains a perennial go-to in syndication and on streaming services, where it continues to be a smash hit worldwide. A favorite among critics and fans alike throughout its 10-season run, Friends not only won the Emmy® for Outstanding Comedy series, but also garnered Emmy® Awards for series stars Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow. From Warner Bros. Television, Friends follows the lives and loves of a close-knit group of friends living in New York City: siblings Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), along with friends Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston). Friends was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, who executive produced the series with Kevin Bright through Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
About Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood gets you closer to the entertainment you love by taking you on the lot of a real working studio. As a recipient of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards and recognized as one of the Top 25 Attractions in the United States, the Studio Tour gives guests a revealing look behind the camera at how Hollywood magic is made. From Friends and The Big Bang Theory to Harry Potter and Wonder Woman, fans get to explore the 95-year-old studio as they touch, tour and visit the real sets and soundstages on the iconic 110-acre backlot where the greatest names in entertainment made history.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is open Monday through Sunday, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, with studio tours departing every 30 minutes and extended hours offered during the holiday seasons. Advanced bookings are strongly recommended and all children eight years or older are welcome. The Studio Tour is offered in English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin. For the best value, book your tickets online at www.wbstudiotour.com or by calling +1 818-977-TOUR (8687).