Fans of television shows like Pawn Stars, Counting Cars, Restoration Garage and Tanked are in for a treat. Next time they visit Las Vegas, they can go on an exclusive guided tour of all four shops where the shows were filmed, as well as The Toy Shack and Ultimate Sports Cards & Memorabilia, where two Pawn Stars experts have their shops. What should you expect on the Pawn Stars tour? Will you meet Chumlee?
This tour information, posted on the website of the Pawn Stars pawn shop blog shares the details of the entire tour. The tour is in an air-conditioned vehicle, with a personal driver who gives commentary as they take passengers on the six-stop tour of reality show heaven.
The first stop on this exclusive tour is the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn shop where Pawn Stars is actually filmed. This is the infamous Vegas pawn shop that Rick Harrison, his father Richard “Old Man” Harrison and son Corey Harrison own, work and film Pawn Stars. Along for the realty show ride is Corey’s affable childhood friend Chumlee, whose real name is Austin Lee Russell. This quartet are the kings of the History Channel, entertaining fans for years with encounters with customers bringing in historical treasures interspersed with Chumlee’s crazy antics.
This special tour promises visitors inside the pawn shop not only a chance to get up close to a Super Bowl ring and Willie Mayes jersey, but also view silver coins imprinted with the images of all of the Pawn Stars cast images.
So, will you get the chance to meet Chumlee, Rick, Corey or even the “Old Man”? There is no promise of a meet and greet with these popular History Channel stars due to their unpredictable filming schedule. Yet, if they are available, it appears that the tour is the easiest way to get a glimpse of this Vegas landmark without waiting in line or paying a fee.
This itinerary description also mentions a possible stop next door to Pawn Plaza, where Rick Harrison’s Roll ‘n Smoke BBQ & Tavern is located. Could this possibly mean there is a slice of time to savor some delectable BBQ and wash it down with a beer or soft drink?
Second stop on this special tour is Count’s Kustoms, home of Counting Cars, the Pawn Stars History Channel spinoff show starring Danny Koker and his team of car restoration specialists. Car aficionados will appreciate a tour of Danny Koker’s personal and extensive car collection. Fans of the show know that Danny cannot resist holding onto any spectacular showpiece that he finds and customizes. Included in this tour is his spectacular European Lamborghini Countach, a GT 350 Fastback, a classic 81 Corvette and his unique Cadillac Hearse Limo as well as other unbelievable vintage vehicles that every gearhead will appreciate.
Next is Rick’s Restorations. Rick Dale, his wife Kelly and sons Tyler and Brettly all starred for six seasons on History Channel’s American Restoration. Guests on the tour can see the very workshop where Rick and his experienced team work their craft and magically restore a cornucopia of old finds and refinish them back to their original glory.
Last season, the History Channel decided to go another direction, forgoing Rick and crew. Instead, they went with a variety of mainly car restorers, which has altered the direction of the show which used to feature the retro restorations that metal artist and restoration expert Dale is famous for. As the shop is closed on Saturdays, so on that day only, this particular stop is replaced with Welder Up, a “non-traditional” car restoration shop that is currently featured on the Discovery Channel show Vegas.
The next two spots are special for collectors and fans of Pawn Stars. Show experts Johnny Jimenez and Jeremy Brown frequently appear on Pawn Stars to advise Rick, Chumlee or Corey to determine the value of items customers bring in to pawn.
The Toy Shack, owned by Jimenez is included on this tour. Sure to wow fans of vintage Hot Wheels and Transformers, fans of other vintage toys will be thrilled to uncover toys from their childhood. Ultimate Sports Cards & Memorabilia is home to Brown, whose store has an enviable and endless collection of cards, jerseys and other authentic sports memorabilia. Both stops will appeal to both fans of the show as well as toy and sports collectors.
Last, is ATM, Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, home of Animal Planet’s popular show Tanked. This is where Wayde King and Brett Raymer, the infamous brothers-in-law of the show, create unique aquariums for their exclusive clientele. The 37,000 square foot space promises tourists an exclusive view of the facilities, their projects and some pretty incredible exotic fish. Wow!
Again, the tour disclaimer does claim that there is no promise of meeting and greeting the reality stars at their individual businesses. Film and personal schedules could interfere with any sort of meet and greet opportunities. Yet, those taking the tour are guaranteed a unique and seamless tour, visiting some real iconic reality show venues.
The four and a half hour tour begins every afternoon, except Sunday, at 1 p.m. and then ends approximately at 5:30 p.m. when guests then commence their trip back to one of the hotel pick up and drop off sites. Those spots are at one of three hotels, including the Tropicana, Treasure Island and Circus Circus hotels. The cost is $70 per person, although the Las Vegas website is currently offering a ten dollar discount if booked through there. Bottled water is included in the price, but gratuities are not. There is a moderate amount of walking and infants are not recommended for this tour.
If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas, would you consider taking the Pawn Stars tour? Which shop are you most interested in visiting?
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