Dive into My Grey’s Anatomy Set Visit STAT! #ABCTVEvent

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When I told all of my friends about my L.A. Blogging Adventure there was a very obvious split. All my guy friends were drooling with jealousy at the Captain America interviews and early screening I’d be participating in. The woman? They were all ready to claw my eyes out with jealousy over the fact that I was going on a set visit to ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

I’d never been on a TV set before, other than for my big 50 Shades of Grey appearance (again with the Grey!)  alongside author E.L. James on The Katie Show.  Let me tell you, even if you’ve never seen an episode of Grey’s (which I have, thank you very much!), it still would be a blast.

We started outside on the lot with our host for the tour, Miss Jessica Capshaw. Yeah, she plays Dr. Arizona Robbins on the show. And she gave us the tour of her TV Show. Yes, I’m rubbing it in.

After a brief intro, Dr. A led us inside an all-too-familiar door.

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Inside, our first stop was truly a dream come true. No, really! If you watch the show, you’ll know that we stepped right into Meredith and Derek’s Dream House. Let the swooning begin!

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Meredith and Derek stand in their dream house outlined in candles. Photo: ABC/RANDY HOLMES

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We unfortunately didn’t have time for a snack, but what a lovely kitchen!

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Gorgeous living room. Now I see why it’s called The Dream House.

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Yep, hadda check out the liquor cabinet and no, I didn’t sample any.

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Almost looks like a pediatrician’s waiting room, right?

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McDreamy’s Dream Room

After the quick tour of the kitchen and relaxing living room area, we made our way to the steamier part of the house. Yep, the bedroom.

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The bedroom

Why, what’s that up on the wall, framed above the bed?

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Yeah that’s THE Post-It note!

Meredith writes up a very special Post-It Note. Photo: ABC/SCOTT GARFIELD

Meredith writes up a very special Post-It Note. Photo: ABC/SCOTT GARFIELD

Our next stop was right into the hospital itself!

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Our lovely tour guide displayed the nurse’s station as we all “ooohed” and “ahhed” and took way too many photos.

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Bonus points to anyone who can name those bloggers’ feet!

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That’s me on the stairs of the hospital!!! Thanks to Stefani for snapping the pic!

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Yep, this is what a blogging event looks like as cameras flashed in every direction.

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Colby’s in deep thought about which waiting room chair to choose!

Next up, we headed into a large warehouse of a building to meet with two amazing women: Props Master Angela Whiting (@GreysProps) and Costume Designer Mimi Melgaard (@MimiMelgaard). Mimi had an awesome display of costumes lined up for us to view.

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Grey's Anatomy Dresses #ABCTVEvent

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While Mimi clearly has the more elegant job, Angela has the grosser, way-more-fun one it seems. Can you think of anything nastier and squeamishier than working on props for a medical show?

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Sausage or human intestines? I’m certainly not willing to find out!

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Time for a heart to heart lesson!

Wondering how the team makes the heart beat during surgery? Well, they could work on a real heart, but that’s probably kind of dangerous. So instead, they use something like the above with a pump. Check out this video to see how they do it:


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Longtime Grey’s Anatomy fans will no doubt remember Anatomy Jane above! Curious where she’s been all this time? Angela let us in on a little secret. Apparently they stored her away somewhere after an episode, and nobody could find her until recently!

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Besides talking with the props and costume duo, we were joined by actress Sarah Drew who plays April Kepner. She and Jessica Capshaw sat down with all of us to chat about the show and what goes into an episode.

Somewhere in the middle of it all, however, some very special guest stars popped in…

Justin Chambers (Alex Karev  and Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson)

Justin Chambers (Alex Karev) and Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson)

Yep, that’s Dr. Alex Karev himself, Justin Chambers and Dr. Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington)!

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Justin Chambers (Alex Karev) and Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson) chat with a group of googly-eyed mommy bloggers.

Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson)

When the demonstrations and interviews were done, the Grey’s gang was kind enough to take a photo with all us bloggers.

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It was such a great time going behind the scene’s of one of Seattle’s finest hospitals! It really is fascinating and amazing to see the tremendous amount of people involved behind the scenes before the cameras even start rolling! I was just proud of myself for not passing out at the site of all that fake blood.

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29 Responses
  • Syrease McCullough
    June 25, 2017

    What is that green and white bubble looking thing at the nurses station. I’ve always wondered.

    • Lauryn
      April 13, 2018

      I believe hand sanitizer

  • Emely
    January 16, 2017

    That is so amazing! How did you get a tour of the greys anatomy set? I would love to do that! Im a HUGE Greys Anatomy Fan!
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    • Andrew Kardon
      January 18, 2017

      It was part of a blogger press tour I was invited on by ABC Press. Unfortunately, not something that was open to the public.

    • Lauryn
      April 13, 2018

      Me too. I LOVE greys

  • Emely
    January 16, 2017

    How did you visit the set? I would love to do that since im a HUGE grey’s Anatomy fan!

  • yas
    March 1, 2015

    Very cool! How can I visit the set?

  • Stephanie LaPlante
    April 25, 2014

    That must’ve been one awesome experience. I absolutely love that kitchen!
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  • Anne Taylor
    April 22, 2014

    When I was a teenager, my Uncle had an office at Paramount and he took us for a tour! I was shocked at how small the sets were because on the tv, they look larger than life.

    • Andrew Kardon
      April 22, 2014

      Ohhh, that’s so cool! Yeah, it’s amazing how small they are! And also how out-of-place things are! Nothing is set up the way it’s supposed to be!

  • Cheryl W.
    April 15, 2014

    That is so awesome! I love the post it note. It must have been so weird stepping onto the set of one of the most successful tv shows. Loved the tour and it was as if I were taking it right there with ya. Eww guts or sausages. LOL

  • Darlene Schuller
    April 15, 2014

    Wow what an awesome experience. I bet you had a ton of questions to ask!! Looks like a great time was had ;).. I’m not a Greys Anatomy fan,, but I love the behind the scenes peeks.

  • Birdiebee
    April 14, 2014

    How exciting to be able to visit a movie (tv show) set. This is an experience of a lifetime.

  • Michelle S
    April 14, 2014

    I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy but it is so cool that you visited the set. You took some great pictures! I love the clothing pics with the small pic of the actor/actresses wearing them.

  • alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie)
    April 13, 2014

    this is really cool that you were able to see all this!

  • shelly peterson
    April 12, 2014

    Oh fun that had to have been. I love Greys Anatomy! I would have loved to take a tour myself.

  • Julie Wood
    April 12, 2014

    What an exciting tour of Grey’s Anatomy set. I liked so many of the pictures and they props are very weird. They look so real. I like the set of the hospital and the house. Very interesting to be able to go here. I would have loved to take a tour.

  • Janet W.
    April 12, 2014

    I loved your pictures! What a neat experience to be on the set! Those props look so real!

    • Andrew Kardon
      April 12, 2014

      Thanks, Janet! It really was such an amazing and unforgettable time!

  • ellen beck
    April 12, 2014

    Looks like a fantastic time. I really find the ‘guts’ props faascinating. I have heard the charaxters pick up alot on shows like this about medical procedures.

  • kelly willis
    April 11, 2014

    awesome picture i love the show awesome job thanks

  • Betsy Barnes
    April 10, 2014

    Now that looks like a whole bunch of fun!! I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy, but very fun to see the set and cool tv props! 🙂

  • Dee
    April 10, 2014

    OMGness! That is so exciting – I LOVE LOVE LOVE Greys!

  • Katie
    April 10, 2014

    That’s actually Camilla Luddington who plays Jo, not Sarah Drew/April Kepner.

    • Andrew Kardon
      April 10, 2014

      Oops! That’s what I get for finishing this post late at night! Thanks, Katie. Fixed that typo!

  • Sherry
    April 10, 2014

    It was so much fun, but we weren’t Googly-eyed…too much. 😉
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  • vickie couturier
    April 10, 2014

    how cool was that,,wow,,,looks like you guys had a blast

  • Rachel
    April 10, 2014

    You got some AMAZING pictures! That day was so much fun 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
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