It’s been 19 years since a group of lovable New Yorkers last graced our screens. While you can no longer tune in Thursday night for a new episode, you can step into their lives at the Friends Experience at the King of Prussia Mall.
The Friends Experience: The One in Philadelphia, is a one-stop shop for “Friends” aficionados; with memorabilia, behind-the-scenes secrets, and photo opportunities from all the most iconic scenes of the beloved sitcom.
Whether you think Ross and Rachel were actually on a break or not, here are some of the best photo opportunities, props, and exhibits for you to see on your visit:
A Photo Op With the Iconic Couch
The first thing you see entering the exhibit is a loving tribute to the shabby orange couch that started it all, where guests can have professional photographers take their picture. Just don’t expect to dance in the fountain.
Do you consider yourself a “Friends” expert? Well you can put that to the test while your tour group waits for entry. The lively staff are incredibly knowledgeable about the classic New York sitcom, but be warned: They will judge you on your favorite relationship in the show. (Word to the wise: Don’t say Ross and Rachel.)
The “Pivot” Couch
This couch defeated Ross, Rachel, and Chandler, but it’ll make a pretty great memory for your tour group. Just make sure you “pivot” the camera enough to fit everybody.
The Concept Art
Have you ever wondered why Monica dresses the way she does? Well, wonder no further: The costuming section of the exhibit offers a fascinating dive into the behind-the-scenes design that brought your favorite group of friends to life. There’s official concept art from before the show aired, interviews with lead costume designers, and even a section dedicated to Rachel’s iconic hair.
Recreations of Monica and Rachel’s Apartment
Step into 1-1 recreations of Rachel and Monica’s apartment, complete with the framed door. Not only is it a great photo opportunity, but actually stepping into the world of your favorite characters is a unique experience for any “Friends” super fan.
Have you ever wanted to pet Pat the Dog or see what you’d look like wearing Joey’s stack of clothing? You’re in luck! In between the photo opportunities are displays featuring some of the most well-loved props from the show’s 10-season run. Bonus: There are original episode scripts complete with autographs from the cast.
The exhibit’s centerpiece is almost the entirety of New York’s most famous fictional coffee shop recreated inside of the King of Prussia Mall. It’s the last stop before you reach the gift shop, and the Experience makes the most of it. The attention to detail is astounding, and the atmosphere is just like the show, sans a friend group of unreasonably attractive twenty somethings.
Time slots are available through May 29th from 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5: 30 p.m. on Sundays; but make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early as tour groups move quickly.
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