|Address:||201 Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85735, USA|
|Working:||Closed Closed Closed Closed 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM|
We visited yesterday and were gravely disappointed in our trip. Do not do the panning for gold. Huge disappointment for a 7 year old. They show you big "gold" nuggets as you pay, but they only have sand in the trough. The girl selling the tickets said they stopped restocking months ago, so why are they still charging little kids to participate, only to leave greatly disappointed?! She said she felt guilty selling the tickets knowing we wouldnt find any "gold". Seriously, Old Tucson, this ruined the trip for us. What kind of geniuses do you have running this place that think its ok to ripoff little kids and ruin a family visit over a $3 activity?! Either make it free or stock the trough! This was thievery to show a small child "gold" nuggets when you know there is nothing in the trough. Every family left disappointed and some were very angry. You better fix this situation or word will spread fast not to waste your money visiting this place! Also, the lady at the fudge shop was so rude we didnt buy anything. We went in wanting to buy fudge and treats for our family. No wonder the place wasnt crowded! Your management needs to get on the stick and fix these issues pronto! Very shameful and disappointing.
We attended Memorial Day 2016. This would have been a 5 star review except for the last encounter of the day. First the good, our grandchildren enjoyed themselves very much especially the train, cars, and the show by the mission. Now the bad, the whole experience was positive except the sheriff office presentation at 4 PM which had been advertised as a time for the children to earn their sheriffs badge. After 30 minutes of story telling there was no indication the children in the room would ever get a badge. Now the ugly, at about 25 minutes after 4 PM the sheriff telling the story started to get very graphic as to what the bullets fired at the OK Corral did to the victims. I started trying to get my grand kids out the door when the story teller told exactly in every detail what a 12 gauge sawed off shot gun did to the man Doc Holiday shot. Please there were 12 kids in the room. If he worked for me, I would have fired him on the spot, instead I hustled the grand kids out the door. And yes we did have some questions to handle later. So my advice is avoid the story teller in the Sheriffs Office.
The other review seems a little harsh. This site is an old movie set, millions of people go to Universal Studios to see movie sets. This set has been the setting for a huge number movies and TV shows, mainly westerns. John Wayne filmed Rio Bravo", "McCintock!, "El Dorado" and "Rio Lobo" and Ronald Reagan filmed here. So did Will Smith with "Wild Wild West" and "The Three Amigos" with Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short. Michael Landon filmed parts of "Little House on the Prairie" and "Highway to Heaven." I like many of the movies that were filmed at Old Tucson Studios, so it was neat to walk down the street where they were films, to go inside the buildings and see the props. They also have "shows" including a shoot-out and of course Miss Kittys showgirls were enjoyable. We also ate there and the portions were large, prices were affordable and very delicious.
What a joke. $18.95 gets you a run down resemblance of what a western town might have been. The parade is hokey and poorly executed. The participants in the parade, are locals wearing standard clothes covered in cheap cheesy customs. There is nothing synchronized about it. There is a time line of events, yet you hear gun shots, and rush to where they came from, only to find out that what ever it was has ended by the time you get there. I was expecting to see a plaque or some designation on the buildings that where used in movie scenes. There are tvs showing scenes, but unless you know what building it was, you have to guess. They are ample ways to spend more money though. Every corner has a shop and or store to buy nick knacks. We went to tombstone, and saw much of the same garbage for free. I would not waste my time, nor money coming to this "attraction"
Old Tucson is the theme park with a LOT of potential. Take a bit of Disneyland, a bit of Universal Studios, and the incredible scenery of the southwest and you have Old Tucson studios. Its priced very reasonable for what you get. A family of 4 was able to get in for ~$50. It has a train, motorcars for kids, a merry go round, stagecoach rides, horseback riding and plenty of shows. Oh yes, then there is the scary mine which is a walkthrough attraction. Weve been there twice. Unfortunately the park was almost completely empty on memorial day weekend which is a very bad sign for the longevity of the park. It was great for us however but they need a larger crowd to keep it afloat. Its time for a big ticket attraction or two and a better advertising firm. There is no way the staff could be any more generous, its clear they want return visitors.
Tucson is a little boring in my opinion. Sorry people of Tucson. Great eating and drinking, but not a whole hell of lot else to do except golf in the winter. All that being said, we had a blast at Old Tucson Studios. This place is full of great history from movies past and kind of present (love the Three Amigos!). We enjoyed the live shows in the streets and in the theatre. We also did the cheesy haunted mine, which was entertaining especially considering it was free (with the price of admission). They have some decent fast food options (BBQ and Tex-Mex) as well as BOOZE. Their beer, wine and liquor prices were actually fairly reasonable for a tourist attraction. Finally a place that doesnt make you feel ripped off! I would also recommend checking out some of their craft stores as they have some unique artisan wares as well. Enjoy!
Mr. Joe Camarillo gave my father and I a wonderful tour of Old Tucson Studios today and I was impressed. I have been to Old Tucson before but most of my visits where for their annual Nightfall event and I must say it was a pleasure to see Old Tucson in a different light. Old Tucson has so much to offer! It may be used as a venue for all sorts of events (i.e. business & corporate events, personal events, nonprofit events, and more!) and as they say "Why rent a Venue when you can rent the whole town!?!" In my opinion they have a point. The town of Old Tucson Studios is a unique and holds so much history; it is a must see for yourself! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable schedule a tour today or attend an upcoming event and see it for yourself! Its a landmark that has been in over 300 movies!
I performed a paranormal investigation of the Old Tucson studios October 2012. To types of ghost stories there. One is that the ghost of a guard haunts the modern admin building. The other surrounds the ruins of the original city of Tucson in the middle of the attraction. Believe it or not, the school house is the original school of old Tucson. As an investigator, I found the old ruins most active. All the movie sets are really cool though and were fun to hang out in. Maybe next time there might be more activity. Check out the church and ballroom sets, very cool.