The FRIENDS™ Experience interactive destination open through Jan. 17 at the Shops at Willow Bend

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Unapologetic “FRIENDS™” fans have the chance to live out their dreams of spending a day in the life of their favorite characters from the iconic series at The FRIENDS™ Experience, a new interactive destination running until Jan. 17.

The FRIENDS™ Experience at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano—the fourth city in the U.S. with access to the experience created by Superfly X, Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Group—opened on Nov. 4 and features 12 interactive sets, ranging from Joey and Chandler’s apartment, to Central Perk, to Monica’s perfectly clean and organized kitchen, along with other memorabilia, scripts and history from the series.

Visitors have the opportunity to take photos every step of the way alongside several popular moments from the series, including on the famous orange couch at Central Perk, in front of a re-creation of the fountain where the theme song was filmed, and on Monica and Rachel’s balcony. Plus, guests can even test their “PIVOT!” skills.

But the experience is not only for superfans: All visitors start the experience by watching a short video recapping the premise of the series. As they begin to walk through the sets, visitors then get the chance to learn more about the history of the show and see preliminary set designs, read about the executive producer’s original concept for the show, and see samples of outfits each character wore.

There’s even an homage to Rachel’s hairstyles over the years, including the bob, curl, and the iconic “The Rachel.” Plus, one exhibit features costumes from the flashback episode, “The One with All the Thanksgivings.” Additionally, an interactive tribute and photo opportunity about Ugly Naked Guy, is part of the experience as well.

And what “FRIENDS™” experience would be complete without the opportunity to visit Central Perk? One of the largest sets in the experience, guests can sit on the orange couch and pose with a coffee mug, sit at one of the coffee shop tables, or even go back behind the bar.

Those looking for a “FRIENDS™”-themed gift for the holidays can access the retail store at no charge, where T-shirts, snow globes, shot glasses, mugs, key rings, games and bags are on sale. Plus, a Central Perk coffee cart is on site for any visitors in need of some caffeine.

Your checklist for visiting The FRIENDS™ Experience:

• Play foosball in Joey and Chandler’s apartment after relaxing in their recliners

• See an iconic outfit from each character’s wardrobe

• Test your knowledge of the 236 “FRIENDS™” episodes with some show trivia

• Get a glimpse of Ugly Naked Guy from Rachel and Monica’s balcony

• Pick your favorite Magna Doodle message from a display of some fan favorites

• Snap a picture with your friends—or your lobster—on the couch at Central Perk

• Read all about Monica’s cleaning tips

• Study up on all the relationships the “FRIENDS™” characters were in throughout the years

• Attempt to “PIVOT!” while moving a couch upstairs

The FRIENDS™ Experience runs through Jan. 17 at the Shops at Willow Bend at 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. Visitors can choose specific timeslots for the experience, which typically lasts between 45 minutes to one hour. There are “Monica Clean” standards and COVID-19 precautions in place as well, including room for social distancing throughout the experience and a mask requirement when pictures are not being taken. Private access tickets are available as well.

Tickets can be purchased online starting at $32.50 plus taxes and fees at

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