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11. That's all, folks

Don't overlook the Warner Bros. studio tour in Burbank. It has no rides, no 3-D presentations, no cotton candy, no spitting dinosaurs. What it does offer is a grown-up look at how TV shows and movies get made, priced at $48 an adult, closed to children younger than 8, and lasting about 21/2 hours. Led by a guide, you typically travel on foot and by golf cart in a group of 12. You browse the fixtures and paintings in the prop shop, perhaps glimpse rooms where backdrops are painted or orchestral scores are recorded, stand in the square where "76 Trombones" was shot in "The Music Man," step into the courthouse where the last episode of "Seinfeld" took place, sit on the couch at Central Perk, the "Friends" coffee shop, still preserved. If it's working Hollywood you want to see, this is a better bet than Universal. You wind up at the Warner Bros. Museum, where the bottom floor covers 80-odd years of movies and TV and the top floor covers Harry Potter. Along the way, you're bound to learn a thing or two about such Warner heroes as Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig, who concluded many a cartoon by saying — well, you know. Pictured: Central Perk from the TV show "Friends" on the Warner Bros. studio tour
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