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This is one of the final resting places of Hollywood stars, and suitably overlooks the Universal, Disney and Warner Brothers studios in North Hollywood. Though huge in its own right, the park is smaller than its Glendale counterpart, located just 10 minutes away, and there aren't too many celebs buried here. Well-known names include Lucille Ball, Gene Autry, Ricky Nelson and Steve Allen. The place also salutes the American Revolution with “The Birth of Liberty”, allegedly the largest historical mosaic in the world, and life-sized bronze statues of erstwhile presidents. Models of old-world churches also dot the scene, adding to the ambiance. Admission is free and hours are seasonal. Gather some stardust!
This serene burial ground is sculpted out of a beautiful, green countryside, where leafy canopies, birds and flowers add to the sense of calm and spirituality. The top choice among local Jews for memorials, this cemetery is also the final resting place of many Hollywood and TV stars: Norman Fell, Lee J. Cobb and Danny Arnold, to name a few. More recent burials include famous journalist Daniel Pearl and producer Gregg Hoffman. Jewish culture and tradition is reflected in the park's architecture and design. Call for more details.
One of the most noted places in the world, the Warner Brothers Studio has played home to some of the entertainment worlds most famous comedy and drama series. The studio has numerous sets for various scenes all of which have excellent facilities, props and sound and light systems. On location here are also craft and set shops where patrons can purchase memorabilia. There is a tour of the entire studio which takes guests on a journey into the entertainment world with guides who are well versed with the place.
The magic begins at Disney Studios, the international headquarters of the famous company. This Burbank location was officially opened in 1940 and the lot contains a large animation building as well as several soundstages. Unfortunately, Disney does not offer tours and you can't wander the private property on your own. However, you can still admire it's beautiful buildings from outside. Everything about the buildings has the whimsical style of Disney, from the Mickey Mouse heads on the top of the fences to the 20 foot-tall Seven Dwarfs statues holding up the roof.
This observatory, decorated in the Art Deco style, was built in the early 1930s and is a highlight among landmarks in Southern California. See incredible light shows at the Oschin Planetarium, which puts to use the latest technology. Outside the observatory, you'll find sweeping views of the area that are breathtaking during the day and at night as well. Exhibits and planetarium shows will fascinate visitors. Some visitors might recognize the observatory as the site where the climax of Rebel Without a Cause was filmed. On clear nights take advantage of the free public telescopes to see the stars up close.
The Universal Studios tour is one of Hollywood's famous must-sees. With a slate of ever-changing attractions, the park is a great outing for the whole family and can easily take up an entire day. After the guided tour, you can wander around the park, get something to eat (at one of the numerous restaurants and cafes), take in the various shows, like the Spiderman Rocks musical and Waterworld, board one of the numerous thrill rides including Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Terminator or visit Hogwarts at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Managed by the Carolwood Foundation, Walt's Barn seeks to preserve his abiding love for all things rail related. The barn served as the operations center for the miniature railroad Disney constructed at his Holmby Hills home in 1950. Built to a 1/8th scale, the railroad was completely operational as the "Carolwood Pacific Railroad" till 1953. While Disney was alive, he used the barn as a workshop, where he tinkered for hours over his railroading hobby. The barn today is open to the public for those who would like a closer peak into the legendary entrepreneurs favorite pastime. Open every third Sunday of the month from 11a to 3p, visitors can visit the barn and see the model trains, personal artifacts, and work benches he made himself, all under one roof.