BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON - THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER™
Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
opens its doors for the very first time to visitors from 31st
March 2012. Totz2teens were exceedingly honoured to be able to visit
this most awaited attraction to open in the UK for some time.
Getting to the
venue was without difficulty. Plenty of signposts ensuring we made
our way, we needn't have worried as we got closer it was absolutely
obvious where to go. The new car park still being adorned in
greenery and the buzz of people getting ready for opening day.
To say we were
excited was an understatement. As avid Harry Potter fans we have
lived with Harry long before the films even came out. Our children
have been bought up on the audio books so we all knew the stories.
Once the films arrived one by one we clambered to the cinema for as
early (or late) showing we could get to.
The Studio Tour
just tops off the whole Harry Potter Experience as we all were ready to
sets and secrets that may be exposed to us.
hall has plenty of food area, shop, ticketing area and toilets which
met the approval of both male and female. The disabled toilet was
adequate although I did feel the toilet should have been slightly over
as the sink was in the way a bit but of course this did not deter from
anything we were waiting to experience.
under the stairs gave us an inkling to tempt us and get us even more
ready to enter the tour itself.
walking tour attraction offers visitors the very first opportunity to
journey behind-the-scenes and experience the magic that has gone into
creating the most successful film series of all time. Visitors are able
to see firsthand the sheer scale and detail of the actual sets,
costumes, animatronics, special effects and props used in all eight of
the Harry Potter films.
After a short film to get us
in the mood (not that I wasn't!!!) we were taken into The Great
Hall. Real floors and incredible details make this awesome.
We are told some facts and shown areas within the hall. It is just
astounding how much detail that has gone into every part of the hall.
Things that wont even necessarily get seen are taken into consideration.
I did feel I could have spent a little longer in the hall but we were
ushered through to the first main area. I feel I need to go back
to check out the hall again and see all the delights it holds.
I loved looking at all the
little parts of the sets and props. Being able to really observe
the ability to create something that looks completely different on
screen is so miraculous.
Costumes were displayed in
various areas and actually the part of this I liked was that they didn't
use models that were like the actors. The actual dummies are just
that and the whole focus remains on the actual costume.
each area there are staff members who are exceedingly knowledgeable and
friendly. I probed a few to see where their knowledge went and
each time they were able to talk about the set and other areas really
well. They were not parrots but genuine people. If you stand
at one area and happen to listen to them talking to another visitor, by
the time you are near the front they can talk about something else with
you so there is no repeating of the same small set piece of information.
This was key to making the tour work for myself and my family.
Having a go at flying a broom
was a great laugh, flying through the streets of London and generally
making a fool of myself was hilarious. Like all attractions
this is the opportunity to have your picture taken and it is rather
expensive at £12 - especially as there is only one person on a
broomstick so if you have a couple of children and wanted both - that
would then come out a tad pricey.
After looking at these awesome
sets and props we move to an outside area called The Backlot where you
can buy yourself a Butterbeer for £2.75! That has to be done, just
to try it. Only one between the whole family as I don't think
anyone would guzzle it down as its incredibly super sweet and creamy.
You do need to try it though. Space is provided here for you to
have some refreshments with long benches all under cover. Here is
an opportunity to take some of your own photos with the Night Bus,
Hagrid's Motorcycle and the Ford Anglia. Also Privet Drive,
Hogwarts Bridge and some other phenomenal sets and
props from the films/
I don't want to just list the
things we saw as this does not benefit anyone but for any Harry Potter
fan it is all really fascinating.
Walking through Diagon Alley
was a total gem. My son and I were in seventh heaven. I
could have stayed here studying every detail for ages.
Just when you think things
cant get any more amazing you are faced with the most enormous and
bedazzling sight of Hogwarts Castle. Seeing the Castle in its
whole glory was a delight.
On to the shop - A good look
around and wand choosing went on between us all, lots of lovely goodies
of varying prices which I am sure everyone will be pleased with their
bit of Harry Potter memorabilia.
I have seen some reports about
the cost which YES is high BUT it is actually cheaper than Madam
Tussauds and you spend about the same amount of time in each attraction.
As someone with a disability I
was very aware of how functional the attraction would be for people with
mobility issues. I do believe that everyone can be included
successfully in the day out at The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Overall - The Making of Harry
Potter is a must for any Harry Potter film fan especially if they have
an interest in film making or set design/make-up or animatronics.
I am pleased to say that the proposed 3 hours was about right for us.
In fact I think if it was actually busier we would have taken longer.
We all were so pleased we have been able to visit the Studio Tour and
have come away buzzing about our awesome day out.
Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
is now open
with timed tickets available. Tickets are priced at £28 for adults, £21
for children and £83 for a family of four. Tickets must be booked in
advance via a dedicated website
or through approved tour operators. Warner Bros. Studio Tour
London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden WD25 7LR
Our Photos from our Day Out
at The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour, London
Have you spotted The Golden
Snitch in our photos?
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