I recently visited NYC for a few days and was asked by NBC to review their Studio Tour.
The NBC Studio Tour is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the heart of Manhattan. Since 1933, this tour has been providing tourists and residents of NYC with an inside view of NBC's daily operations.
I took the tour on a Wednesday at noon and tickets were sold out so I would recommend buying them in advance since they do seem to sell out quickly!
We were asked to line up about 20 minutes before the tour began and had to undergo airport like security screenings. No pictures were permitted inside since everything is highly copyrighted.
After that, the fun began. We ventured to the NBC Sharp Globe Theater to watch a short clip about the history of NBC.
Next, we got to venture through the halls and into the studio of where NFL's Football Night in America is filmed. It was surprising to see how small and plain looking the studio is compared to how it appears on television.
In addition, we got to see the props room that is used for the Dr. Oz show and the make up room as well as the process that goes into making celebrities look their best or...scariest.
The next stop included a look at where Saturday Night Live is filmed. This studio appeared to be in complete disarray as they prepared for Lindsay Lohan to host this upcoming Saturday night, February 25, 2012. However, it was cool to see the dimensions of the actual stage and how few seats are available for an audience.
Lastly, the tour ended with the opportunity for two volunteers to produce their own news and weather program in a high definition control studio. Two teenage girls volunteered and were good sports about the entire process. They were given the opportunity to purchase a DVD of their newscast after the tour concluded.
Overall, I would recommend the NBC Studio Tour. At just $24 for adults and $21 for children and seniors, it is a great price compared to other NYC tours. In addition, it is highly accessible by the subway and located just across from where the Today Show is filmed each morning.
Disclosure: NBC provided me with studio tour tickets in exchange for this review.
The opinions expressed are my own and were not swayed by the items