On Location: Barbie

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Greta Gerwig’s Barbie (2023) is taking the world by storm! The term ‘Barbiecore’ has been trending since the movie’s announcement in 2022. This has left people eager to visit the pink universe ꟷ both at the movies and in real life.

It’s possible, as a travel agent, you’ll experience clients asking for a roller-blading tour of Venice Beach and other activities right out of the movie. In this edition of Sky Bird Travel’s On Location series, discover where to send your clients on a vibrant Barbie-themed vacation.

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Barbie (2023) Synopsis

Director: Greta Gerwig | Run Time: 1 hr 54 min | Rating: PG-13 | Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Barbie (Margot Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, Barbie suffers a crisis that leads her to question her world and her existence. When they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans.

Where Was The Barbie Movie Filmed?

This image featured in sky bird blog "On Location: Barbie" shows Baywatch tower on a Venice beach in Los Angeles USA

Despite being an American icon, Barbie was primarily filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, England. Set decorator Katie Spencer and production designer Sarah Greenwood used their creativity to bring her vibrant pink universe to life. 

These iconic pictures of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling donning neon 80s workout clothes and rollerblades were filmed at Venice Beach. This spot, with its kaleidoscope of colors, bustling energy, and timeless charm, was the perfect canvas for this unique photoshoot. The golden sands, swaying palm trees, and the Pacific Ocean’s rhythmic waves served as a picturesque stage for this unforgettable moment in pop culture history. This is the only real-life Barbie set that clients can visit!

Alternative Barbie Vacation Ideas

This image featured in sky bird blog "On Location: Barbie" shows Barbie Expo display at downtown mall Les Cours Mont Royal, fashion stylish clothes of history. Large fashion exhibit of Barbie Dolls on display

Important Note: The Barbie Expo in Montreal is temporarily closed, but predicted to re-open soon! In the meantime, tell clients to explore the virtual expo.

Even if clients aren’t die-hard Barbie fans, the free display at Les Cours Mont-Royal is a lot of fun! What could be more fascinating than dozens of dolls donning themed clothes and one-of-a-kind couture gowns by famous designers?

Featuring more than 1,000 Barbie dolls clothed in bridal dresses, couture gowns, and celebrity-inspired outfits, this is the biggest Barbie show. In this exhibit, clothes were made specifically by Luxury Labels Worldwide rather than merely Mattel-designed clothing. It’s a display of Haute Couture with garments from Dior, Givenchy, and Oscar de la Renta ꟷ heaven if your clients love both Barbie and fashion.

In Malaysia, at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, your clients can discover the pink side of life. A stay at one of the 14 Barbie-themed suites and afternoon tea at the famous Barbie Cafe are included in this theme vacation booking. The hotel provides two experiences: Pink Teatime in a Box and Staycation.

The Barbie Room and Barbie Suite are just two of the 14 themed rooms on an entire level that will be transformed into the strong Barbie universe, with every corner covered in the distinctive pink color honoring Barbie’s professions. Each unit will be uniquely designed to represent its defining concepts and have a narrative to tell, especially ‘Barbie You Can Be Anything’ and ‘Barbie Fantasy.’

This image featured in sky bird blog "On Location: Barbie" shows Barbie doll exhibition in Rome. Barbie brand belongs to the American toy-company Mattel, Inc

For those clients whose childhood dream is to explore a life-sized Barbie DreamHouse, this is the spot to send them! At World of Barbie, guests walk through and experience iconic play sets like the DreamCamper and Barbie Interstellar Rocket.

A large collection of famous dolls, iconic pieces of clothing, and other merchandise is also on display. There is even an after-dark experience for adults to enjoy themed drinks and appetizers while walking through the museum. For an additional charge, clients with children (or an inner child) can even build their own barbie and assemble a custom wardrobe!

One of the best spots for Barbie fans to visit on vacation is this themed cafe in New York, one of the best cities in America. The pink décor and desserts inspired by the doll make it the perfect spot for the biggest of fans.

Malibu Barbie Cafe New York is not the world’s first Mattel-themed restaurant, but it is certainly one of the best. The décor is unashamedly frilly, with fuchsia surfboards hanging from the ceilings, a Barbie toy box photo set, and a menu inspired by 1970s Malibu California.

Customers can start their order with a Dreamsicle Float, enjoy an Anything Is Possible Sundae, and end the night with a Think Pink Margarita.

Experiences on the Road

Numerous activities with a Barbie theme are currently taking place across the nation. For instance, there are transient Barbie restaurants that pop up frequently. The Barbie Truck Tour, which is simply a Mattel van touring the nation and selling themed goods in various places, is another option.

Find Your Clients Next Trip with Sky Bird!

Greta Gerwig created a masterpiece with Barbie, and as the movie continues to grow in fame, so will the requests for an all-pink vacation to whimsical destinations. For assistance making vacation bookings, contact the agents at Sky Bird Travel & Tours! We have an excellent selection of flights, hotels, transportation, and tours for any type of trip. Or, register for our FREE booking engine to make your own selections from our huge collection of travel products.

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