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Calling All FRIENDS Fans: Visit the Real Central Perk

I’m a huge Friends fan. I know, I know, the series has been over for well over a decade. It’s just one of those shows that never gets old or stops being funny. I love it, and I know I’m not alone, right? When Jorge and I got married, he watched the entire series so he could better understand my Friends references. If that’s not a keeper, I don’t know what is.

Visit the Central Perk set in California!

We were trying to decide where to go for our 6-year wedding anniversary and Los Angeles was high on the list. The main reason being that I knew the real Central Perk set was still up at the WB Studios and that you could actually hang out in there! HELLS YEAH book that flight!

About the WB Studio Tour

La La Land set temporarily up at the WB studiosLa La Land set only temporary

Your ticket includes a tour of different parts of the WB studio where you get to see how Hollywood is made. The studio is located in Burbank, California about a 20-minute drive up from downtown LA. I absolutely loved the tour, and it’s completely worth the money, especially if you’re a Friends fan. Here’s what $65 pp gets you:

  • Tour the exterior sets and locations that are used for some of your favorite shows and movies
  • Visit various soundstages for shows still being taped
  • See the props department for shows and movies
  • The original Batmobile
  • Harry Potter and DC comic book stuff (not my thang)
  • Then you visit Studio 48, which is an interactive soundstage that lets you see the different phases of film and television
  • Last but not least, in Studio 48 you’ll find the Central Perk set

The original batmobiles at the WB Studios

See the real Central Perk set

Of course, my favorite part of the entire tour was seeing Central Perk. Everything on there is mostly as it was on the show, and it’s so cool to experience it and to sit on the real orange couch! Not only that, but the entire tour, in general, takes you to different scenes from the show including the Gellar house.

Get your picture taken at on the real orange couch! you can buy your photo after the tour

The best part though? Central Perk is now an interactive set, so they film a Friends clip with people who are on the tour! We did a scene from “The One with Phoebe’s Birthday Dinner.”

central perk from Friends Record your own episode on the Friends set in California!

If you get chosen, you can play a character in that scene. Jorge was chosen to play Joey, and I was basically Gunther. I made a damn good barista. They go over the lines with the characters and do it just like they would on a real show. The way the scene’s cut makes it look like Phoebe and Monica are really in it and talking to you. It was such a cool activity! I wish they let you buy the clip, but because of legal reasons, they can’t.

Tour the real Central Perk

More fake coffee, please.

visit the real central perk!

I didn’t want to leave the set.

Get your picture taken on the real orange couch from Friends

This is the Gellar’s house from Friends, it’s just one big ol’ fake house! Right down the block, you will find the Gilmore Girls house, and also Pretty Little Liars — they point out a lot of locations for all of those shows.

The Gellar house from Friends!

This is inside the Gellar’s house. Remember “The One with the Prom Video”? This is where it was shot:

Inside the Gellar house from Friends

This is where Monica and Rachel were hiding from Jean-Claude Van Damme in “The One After the Superbowl”.

Scenes from Friends

See the Full(er) House set

One of the exterior sets is the Full(er) House. As you may know, the outside shot of the house was filmed in San Francisco (you can get a picture of that at 1709 Broderick Street), but they still needed a facade on set to do porch scenes. I watched Full House growing up and now follow Fuller House, so it was a cool thing to see the actual set (outside and inside). When you go into the soundstage they don’t let you take photos. Boo, I know.

Fuller House set at WB studios!

See the Big Bang Theory set 

I was so excited to see The Big Bang Theory soundstage! Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any pictures but the apartments do look a lot smaller in person. I planned our tour strategically because I knew that usually, you can only visit certain soundstages when they’re not taping. I booked our tickets for Easter Sunday, when no tapings were happening so we had a lot more flexibility on the tour. You can also get free tickets to a live taping at the studio of either TBBT or Fuller House! If I would have known sooner, I would’ve tried to get some before our trip. If you live near the area, it’s worth checking out. Find tickets HERE.

This is Hennesy Street where many movies and shows are filmed:

Hennessy Street at the WB Studios, where many movies and shows have been filmed.

After the tour is done you can stop at the cafe that is a replica of Central Perk. You can get coffee, buy coffee bags to go, eat some Friends cupcakes, everything a crazy fan would love! I had so much fun doing the tour and cannot recommend it enough.

End the tour with a coffee at Central Perks replica

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  • Reply In Between Pictures April 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I have never been to the studio lol but I’m a huge fan of Friends! I few months ago I binge watched the series again! Too bad you couldn’t take pics of TBBT set. I love that show!

    • Reply this darling world April 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      I know I was so disappointed that we couldn’t take pictures inside! But it was cool either way, I saw Howard and Bernadette’s minivan set up with the green screen on my way out lol.

  • Reply Grace Silla April 28, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    That sounds like such a fun and unique experience! I know you’re going to be horrified but I only ever watched like 2 episodes of Friends. Crazy right? I did, however, watch Gilmore Girls in college (mainly because my roomie was obsessed with the show haha!).

  • Reply A Quick Weekend Guide to Los Angeles - This Darling World May 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    […] Book a WB Studio tour to see how Hollywood is made, especially if you’re a Friends fan. I raved about it in my last post, you can read about that HERE. […]

  • Reply Christie May 10, 2017 at 10:12 am

    This is so cool!!! I’ve been to LA a ton but never to anything like this! I love that you are in the photos too 🙂 Is Fuller House good?! I haven’t watched it. I do love Friends, though!

    • Reply this darling world May 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Christie!!! I’m trying to work my way into photos more often. And the first few episodes of Fuller House are cheesy, actually there’s still some cheese throughout the seasons (it’s full house c’mon) but the story line gets better and funnier as it goes on.

  • Reply Jacob November 1, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I’m gonna do the WB Studio tour next week. As a huge F*R*I*E*N*D*S fan, I’ve noticed one thing. The couch is just a replica 🙁 This is not the one they used in the show. The wooden supports on the sides are different. The original was probably sold couple of years ago. I don’t understand why 🙁

    • Reply This Darling World November 3, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      That’s so unfortunate and confusing! When you try to read up on it they mention the show having more than one couch on there. Like one from season 1-3 and one from season 4-10? Who really knows though. And I saw that they changed the wording on the studio tour! When I did it back in 2016 it said “original” and now it says replica. Why they would sell it is beyond me! Either way, the tour is tons of fun!!

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