The self-declared "Media Capital of the World", Burbank is a small city located in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, in the Los Angeles area. It is noted as the home of the headquarters and primary studios of Warner Brothers and Disney as well as the animation studios of Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.

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Walt Disney Studios

Completed in 1940, this expansive lot serves as the corporate headquarters for the Disney company and contains its primary film, television, and animation production facilities. Unfortunately, tours of the studio are not available to the general public. Currently, there are only two ways to tour the studio if you are not employed there: one is through [https://www.adventuresbydisney.com/ Adventures by Disney], which offers a tour of the studio as part of their pricey six-day, five-night Southern California tour package. A far less expensive way is by becoming a member of [https://d23.com/ D23], Disney's official fan club, which occasionally offers member-exclusive tours of the studio.

Television show tapings

TV audiences are needed for tapings of all manner of television productions, in particular game shows and sitcoms. Burbank is home to the production facilities for many shows produced by, among others, ABC, Disney, TBS, and Warner Brothers. You can get tickets online usually free of charge from sites like [http://tvtickets.com/ tvtickets.com], [http://www.tvtix.com/ tvtix.com], and [http://www.on-camera-audiences.com/ on-camera-audiences.com], although if you have a particular show in mind your best bet might be to go to the show's website itself.

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Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour

Tours of the Warner Brothers lot are conducted in twelve-person carts that visit the backlot sets, soundstages, production facilities, and the Warner Brothers museum. Reservations are offered for the first three tours each day and for the following day's tours, otherwise tours are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bob's Big Boy

The oldest remaining Bob's, built in the 1950s. A national landmark, this diner is located a short distance from the Warner Brothers Studio main gate, and celebrity sightings are common. Drew Carey in particular is seen frequently eating burgers here.


This friendly neighborhood pub comes via South Bay to the heart of Burbank, making it ripe for the studio-folk who live and work in the area. Try the burger and fill up a pint of craft beer in the expansive digs.

The Park Bar & Grill

A must-visit bar for Eastside LA Packer fans! A dive/sports bar with pool tables and TVs. Serves bar food and breakfast (during football season). Gets crowded for big Packer games and Monday night football.

Martial Arts History Museum

The world's first martial arts history museum is a cultural and educational look at how Asian history became part of American history through the martial arts. The museum takes about 40 minutes to visit.

Quality Inn Burbank

Located only a half mile from the airport, this hotel is a bit run-down but is near the freeway and within driving distance of all major sites. Rates from $82 to $120 per night.

Downtown Burbank

Shops, movie theaters, eateries, etc. all on San Fernando by the mall. Take the 5 and get off on the "Olive" exit. That should put you in the thick of things.

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Dark Delicacies

The U.S.'s only all-horror bookstore. The owners are very friendly and anything horror-related will be here. Weekly signings (especially on Saturdays).

Los Angeles Equestrian Center

A large equestrian center with boarding facilities, a riding school, horse rentals, and access to miles of equestrian trails in adjacent Griffith Park.

Residence Inn Burbank Downtown

166 guest suites, with full size kitchens, separate living and sleeping areas, free in-room wireless high speed internet and iPod docking stations.

Safari Inn

Small 50s or 60s-style hotel with palm trees and kind of a hip kitch. If you saw Quentin Tarantino's movie "True Romance", you'll recognize it.

The Blue Room

A kitchy bar where the locals hang out. Everything is colored blue, and the drinks are cheap. Featured in a bunch of movies.

Hotel Amarano

An upscale hotel located near Warner Brothers studios and catering to business travelers.

Pickwick Gardens

Very attractive place, but don't forget to visit the ice rink and the bowling alley.

Marriott Burbank Airport

488 rooms including 20 PURE allergy friendly rooms. 46,000 feet of meeting space.

Holiday Inn

Located in downtown Burbank close to shopping and restaurants.

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Commonwealth Restaurant

A fairly new small plates restaurant with decent wine list.

Ramada Burbank Airport

1.5 miles from the Burbank Airport.

Best Western Media Center Inn & Suites

Rates from $120 to $275+ per night.

About Burbank

Although commonly thought to be named for notable agricultural researcher Luther Burbank, the city is actually named after its founder David Burbank, a dentist, farmer, and entrepreneur.

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