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Reply #90 posted 10/06/16 12:51pm

destinyc1

Yes,its true he is right there in the atrium spMy friend she said its sooooo spectacular and sad all wrapped up into one.She said it smells like lavender in pp.She said if your emotional DONT GO YET.She said others were crying as well.And she said something about a powdered blue 2 piece suit. cool

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Reply #91 posted 10/06/16 12:56pm

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HatrinaHaterwitz said:

I've tried. I've tried. I SWEAR I'VE TRIED! But... I. JUST. FUCKING. CAN'T!!! Neither my heart nor my brain is believing any of this bullshit...AT ALL!!!

Prince suddenly up and dies, all alone in an elevator. There are mystery people, shady doctors, drugs, an instant cremation. There's no will nor trust with Prince's specific wishes anywhere with anyone to be found. Random assholes claiming to be his offspring and shiesty lawyers crawling out of the woodwork. Rumors and inconsistencies run amok. And now his home is being overrun by tourists and his remains are on display in a disturbing pay-per-view basis.

It's like I'm trapped in my worst nightmare and I simply can't wake the fuck up! fit

sad

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Reply #92 posted 10/06/16 12:59pm

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A couple of things that stood out to me. The live stream with the representative. Touching. He was so emotional, voice cracking. I got choked up listening to him speak. I think they are really trying to abide by Prince's wishes and his explaining how if they had waited that his things would deteriorate.

But secondly the first person off the bus to tour. Shouting "yay" and "I've always wanted...". I know different people have different reactions, but I can't imagine being remotely joyful at arriving and entering. Not so soon after his passing, maybe ever. I think I would be quite somber and sad.

Just sad. sad

[Edited 10/6/16 13:00pm]

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Reply #93 posted 10/06/16 1:02pm

LoriJ

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wonderboy said:

He's home, it's fitting that he be there. Urns ending up in someone's closet or in storage is what is disgracefull. I'm sure they've done something that is respectful to his legacy. I'm happy that he's returned to where he was comfortable, uniquely his and an outward expression of the inward genius we all loved.

I agree. He's in his home, his sanctuary. Even though I'm one of those who thinks it's too soon. I have to say that he lived for his fans, for performing before an audience. He can still have his fans before him there now. God rest his beautiful soul. touched

I love you baby, just not like I love this guitar.~Prince~
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Reply #94 posted 10/06/16 1:03pm

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grouphug

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HatrinaHaterwitz said:

I've tried. I've tried. I SWEAR I'VE TRIED! But... I. JUST. FUCKING. CAN'T!!! Neither my heart nor my brain is believing any of this bullshit...AT ALL!!!

Prince suddenly up and dies, all alone in an elevator. There are mystery people, shady doctors, drugs, an instant cremation. There's no will nor trust with Prince's specific wishes anywhere with anyone to be found. Random assholes claiming to be his offspring and shiesty lawyers crawling out of the woodwork. Rumors and inconsistencies run amok. And now his home is being overrun by tourists and his remains are on display in a disturbing pay-per-view basis.

It's like I'm trapped in my worst nightmare and I simply can't wake the fuck up! fit

My instant reaction of this morning. sigh Just when you think you've made some progress in dealing with this... sad

I love you baby, just not like I love this guitar.~Prince~
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Reply #95 posted 10/06/16 1:04pm

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musicfan77 said:

IstenSzek said:

omg, my heart skipped a beat when i heard her just say it. can't imagine what it must
have been like for some people to stand there and then all of a sudden they say that's
his remains in there.

eek

When I go I can tell you I will be in tears.

I will give a full report - I had a VIP but because of the date changes, I couldn't get another VIP. So, will let you know what General Admission consist of. She didn't mention the stage area so she probably only saw some of the studio. She didn't mention the purple room either with the Oscar.


cool! it will be very nice to get some feedback from orgers who go there cool

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Reply #96 posted 10/06/16 1:06pm

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i think it's nice that they play a song from the unreleased 'new' jazzalbum for visitors.
guess that is also very impactful. prince was always all about new music and what he
was working on at that time. so a paisley park visit would not be complete without a

new piece of music.

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Reply #97 posted 10/06/16 1:10pm

destinyc1

Prince's poor doves.Is it true that they haven't said a word til tyka said sing and they did.?

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Reply #98 posted 10/06/16 1:18pm

rogifan

Someone on Facebook said the urn is a replica of PP but his ashes aren't in it. Anyone here confirm?
Paisley Park is in your heart
#PrinceForever 💜
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Reply #99 posted 10/06/16 1:22pm

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Ok - not sure if anyone else that's ACTUALLY been on the tour has checked in yet, but here's my two cents:

I had a VIP ticket for 9:20 this am. There were only 5 - yes 5 - people in my group! Not sure how that happened...but I guess I got lucky. At times we were with the GA folks, who basically wandered on their own, and at times we were with just us. Parking and bussing was no problem, easy peasy. In fact, probably easier than trying to get into the PP parking lot, which is pretty small. I was on the second bus, and the staff were all very friendly, welcoming and accommodating. I can't say enough about every staff member I encountered today. They were all awesome! That being said, it was a bit disorganized - like any cold opening of any other business, there were hiccups. Time management was one of them. PP is HUGE - even containing us all to the main level, there are so many rooms and hallways it's like a huge maze and keeping all the groups on track proved difficult, but that's nobody's fault. I'm sure they will work through that. They also need more cashiers, but again, I'm sure that will get worked out over time. Each "area" has a guide there telling you about what you're looking at, which is kind of nice.

YES, there is a very small urn in the atrium. It's located inside a small model of PP, which is located inside of an acrylic cube. You can walk all around it, but the urn can only be viewed on one side. It's purple marble, of course. I don't for a second think this is 100% of his remains. I'm sure the family has the majority, but I truly believe this is where P should be. This was his home, and the way it is set up is exactly the way he wanted it. The display is not tacky, IMO.

Many of the walls are covered in large photo murals, which Prince had designed and put up long before his passing - he was clearly planning this for some time. Along the atrium, there's the "little kitchen" and three era rooms - Dirty Mind, SOTT, and one other that I'm not remembering now (there was so much to look at it's going to take me a while to process everything). Guitars, costumes and memorabilia are all on display in those rooms. The PR room is amazing - and just like on the Today show so I won't elaborate on that.

I was amazed by how up close we were able to get to everything - I hope people don't ruin that!! The concert hall had about 5 different small stages set up with costumes and instruments from the various eras, and they played clips of his live performances. We also saw the editing room, Studio A and Studio B along with the Studio B lounge, which was really cool (and had a great picture of Judith Hill). They played us an unreleased track from the jazz album he was working on at the time of his passing, which was also amazing - I hope that sees the light of day soon! The tour concludes with the Superbowl show, which they have received from the NFL, so it's the full show, but they had some sound issues, which again, I'm sure they'll work out.

The food at the end from People's Organic was really good - if you go, you should definitely give it a try. Merch seemed to be leftover concert t's from various recent tours (lots of P&M stuff), hats, PP specific t's, a tour catalog, mugs, and posters. There were a few new Prince t's as well - lots of Purple Rain stuff. No keychains, thank God!

Overall, I am so glad I was able to go. Even with the little issues, just being at PP and seeing the recording studios was worth it. BTW, I didn't notice any special smells. Everyone involved is doing their best to make this succeed, and I commend their efforts.

[Edited 10/6/16 13:23pm]

[Edited 10/6/16 13:28pm]

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Reply #100 posted 10/06/16 1:27pm

Latin

Bankinherpocket said:

Ok - not sure if anyone else that's ACTUALLY been on the tour has checked in yet, but here's my two cents:



I had a VIP ticket for 9:20 this am. Parking and bussing was no problem, easy peasy. In fact, probably easier than trying to get into the PP parking lot, which is pretty small. I was on the second bus, and the staff were all very friendly, welcoming and accommodating. I can't say enough about every staff member I encountered today. They were all awesome! That being said, it was a bit disorganized - like any cold opening of any other business, there were hiccups. Time management was one of them. PP is HUGE - even containing us all to the main level, there are so many rooms and hallways it's like a huge maze and keeping all the groups on track proved difficult, but that's nobody's fault. I'm sure they will work through that. They also need more cashiers, but again, I'm sure that will get worked out over time.



YES, there is a very small urn in the atrium. It's located inside a small model of PP, which is located inside of an acrylic cube. You can walk all around it, but the urn can only be viewed on one side. It's purple marble, of course. I don't for a second think this is 100% of his remains. I'm sure the family has the majority, but I truly believe this is where P should be. This was his home, and the way it is set up is exactly the way he wanted it. The display is not tacky, IMO.



Many of the walls are covered in large photo murals, which Prince had designed and put up long before his passing - he was clearly planning this for some time. Along the atrium, there's the "little kitchen" and three era rooms - Dirty Mind, SOTT, and one other that I'm not remembering now (there was so much to look at it's going to take me a while to process everything). Guitars, costumes and memorabilia are all on display in those rooms. The PR room is amazing - and just like on the Today show so I won't elaborate on that.



I was amazed by how up close we were able to get to everything - I hope people don't ruin that!! The concert hall had about 5 different small stages set up with costumes and instruments from the various eras, and they played clips of his live performances. We also saw the editing room, Studio A and Studio B along with the Studio B lounge, which was really cool (and had a great picture of Judith Hill). They played us an unreleased track from the jazz album he was working on at the time of his passing, which was also amazing - I hope that sees the light of day soon!



The food at the end from People's Organic was really good - if you go, you should definitely give it a try.



Overall, I am so glad I was able to go. Everyone involved is doing their best to make this succeed, and I commend their efforts.



[Edited 10/6/16 13:23pm]



Thank u for the wonderful report!
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Reply #101 posted 10/06/16 1:34pm

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Bankinherpocket, thanks for the review thumbs up!

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #102 posted 10/06/16 1:36pm

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For some reason, when I hear that Prince is now in a miniature model of Paisley Park I keep thinking about the 'Derek Zoolander School For Kinds That Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Things Good Too' Building.


I'm glad Prince is in Paisley Park. He found his way back home.

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Reply #103 posted 10/06/16 1:38pm

donnyenglish

Bankinherpocket said:

Ok - not sure if anyone else that's ACTUALLY been on the tour has checked in yet, but here's my two cents:

I had a VIP ticket for 9:20 this am. There were only 5 - yes 5 - people in my group! Not sure how that happened...but I guess I got lucky. At times we were with the GA folks, who basically wandered on their own, and at times we were with just us. Parking and bussing was no problem, easy peasy. In fact, probably easier than trying to get into the PP parking lot, which is pretty small. I was on the second bus, and the staff were all very friendly, welcoming and accommodating. I can't say enough about every staff member I encountered today. They were all awesome! That being said, it was a bit disorganized - like any cold opening of any other business, there were hiccups. Time management was one of them. PP is HUGE - even containing us all to the main level, there are so many rooms and hallways it's like a huge maze and keeping all the groups on track proved difficult, but that's nobody's fault. I'm sure they will work through that. They also need more cashiers, but again, I'm sure that will get worked out over time. Each "area" has a guide there telling you about what you're looking at, which is kind of nice.

YES, there is a very small urn in the atrium. It's located inside a small model of PP, which is located inside of an acrylic cube. You can walk all around it, but the urn can only be viewed on one side. It's purple marble, of course. I don't for a second think this is 100% of his remains. I'm sure the family has the majority, but I truly believe this is where P should be. This was his home, and the way it is set up is exactly the way he wanted it. The display is not tacky, IMO.

Many of the walls are covered in large photo murals, which Prince had designed and put up long before his passing - he was clearly planning this for some time. Along the atrium, there's the "little kitchen" and three era rooms - Dirty Mind, SOTT, and one other that I'm not remembering now (there was so much to look at it's going to take me a while to process everything). Guitars, costumes and memorabilia are all on display in those rooms. The PR room is amazing - and just like on the Today show so I won't elaborate on that.

I was amazed by how up close we were able to get to everything - I hope people don't ruin that!! The concert hall had about 5 different small stages set up with costumes and instruments from the various eras, and they played clips of his live performances. We also saw the editing room, Studio A and Studio B along with the Studio B lounge, which was really cool (and had a great picture of Judith Hill). They played us an unreleased track from the jazz album he was working on at the time of his passing, which was also amazing - I hope that sees the light of day soon! The tour concludes with the Superbowl show, which they have received from the NFL, so it's the full show, but they had some sound issues, which again, I'm sure they'll work out.

The food at the end from People's Organic was really good - if you go, you should definitely give it a try. Merch seemed to be leftover concert t's from various recent tours (lots of P&M stuff), hats, PP specific t's, a tour catalog, mugs, and posters. There were a few new Prince t's as well - lots of Purple Rain stuff. No keychains, thank God!

Overall, I am so glad I was able to go. Even with the little issues, just being at PP and seeing the recording studios was worth it. BTW, I didn't notice any special smells. Everyone involved is doing their best to make this succeed, and I commend their efforts.

[Edited 10/6/16 13:23pm]

[Edited 10/6/16 13:28pm]

What was the difference between the VIP and the GA tour?

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Reply #104 posted 10/06/16 1:41pm

GGlow

Bankinherpocket said:

Ok - not sure if anyone else that's ACTUALLY been on the tour has checked in yet, but here's my two cents:

I had a VIP ticket for 9:20 this am. There were only 5 - yes 5 - people in my group! Not sure how that happened...but I guess I got lucky. At times we were with the GA folks, who basically wandered on their own, and at times we were with just us. Parking and bussing was no problem, easy peasy. In fact, probably easier than trying to get into the PP parking lot, which is pretty small. I was on the second bus, and the staff were all very friendly, welcoming and accommodating. I can't say enough about every staff member I encountered today. They were all awesome! That being said, it was a bit disorganized - like any cold opening of any other business, there were hiccups. Time management was one of them. PP is HUGE - even containing us all to the main level, there are so many rooms and hallways it's like a huge maze and keeping all the groups on track proved difficult, but that's nobody's fault. I'm sure they will work through that. They also need more cashiers, but again, I'm sure that will get worked out over time. Each "area" has a guide there telling you about what you're looking at, which is kind of nice.

YES, there is a very small urn in the atrium. It's located inside a small model of PP, which is located inside of an acrylic cube. You can walk all around it, but the urn can only be viewed on one side. It's purple marble, of course. I don't for a second think this is 100% of his remains. I'm sure the family has the majority, but I truly believe this is where P should be. This was his home, and the way it is set up is exactly the way he wanted it. The display is not tacky, IMO.

Many of the walls are covered in large photo murals, which Prince had designed and put up long before his passing - he was clearly planning this for some time. Along the atrium, there's the "little kitchen" and three era rooms - Dirty Mind, SOTT, and one other that I'm not remembering now (there was so much to look at it's going to take me a while to process everything). Guitars, costumes and memorabilia are all on display in those rooms. The PR room is amazing - and just like on the Today show so I won't elaborate on that.

I was amazed by how up close we were able to get to everything - I hope people don't ruin that!! The concert hall had about 5 different small stages set up with costumes and instruments from the various eras, and they played clips of his live performances. We also saw the editing room, Studio A and Studio B along with the Studio B lounge, which was really cool (and had a great picture of Judith Hill). They played us an unreleased track from the jazz album he was working on at the time of his passing, which was also amazing - I hope that sees the light of day soon! The tour concludes with the Superbowl show, which they have received from the NFL, so it's the full show, but they had some sound issues, which again, I'm sure they'll work out.

The food at the end from People's Organic was really good - if you go, you should definitely give it a try. Merch seemed to be leftover concert t's from various recent tours (lots of P&M stuff), hats, PP specific t's, a tour catalog, mugs, and posters. There were a few new Prince t's as well - lots of Purple Rain stuff. No keychains, thank God!

Overall, I am so glad I was able to go. Even with the little issues, just being at PP and seeing the recording studios was worth it. BTW, I didn't notice any special smells. Everyone involved is doing their best to make this succeed, and I commend their efforts.

[Edited 10/6/16 13:23pm]

[Edited 10/6/16 13:28pm]

Thank you!!! It was a joy reading your tour report! heart

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Reply #105 posted 10/06/16 1:42pm

destinyc1

Did u order a picture?And did u order food?

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Reply #106 posted 10/06/16 1:46pm

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destinyc1 said:

Did u order a picture?And did u order food?

Along with the VIP tour, a photo op was included, so yes, I've got two pics of me, one sitting at one of his pianos in Studio B and one behind the blue cloud. You can bring in your own usb, or for $10, you can buy a purple one with the PP logo on it. I splurged, becuase, really at this point, the money is just flying out of my pocket anyway. What's another $10?

Yes, I pre-ordered the tasting plate. It was excellent, but I can't tell you what it was, because I have no idea!

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Reply #107 posted 10/06/16 1:46pm

Latin

Based on reports, t-shirts, ping pong balls, posters, booklets & mugs are 4 sale at the Paisley Park gift shop!
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Reply #108 posted 10/06/16 1:46pm

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SquirrelMeat said:

For some reason, when I hear that Prince is now in a miniature model of Paisley Park I keep thinking about the 'Derek Zoolander School For Kinds That Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Things Good Too' Building.


I'm glad Prince is in Paisley Park. He found his way back home.

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Reply #109 posted 10/06/16 1:48pm

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donnyenglish said:

Bankinherpocket said:

Ok - not sure if anyone else that's ACTUALLY been on the tour has checked in yet, but here's my two cents:

I had a VIP ticket for 9:20 this am. There were only 5 - yes 5 - people in my group! Not sure how that happened...but I guess I got lucky. At times we were with the GA folks, who basically wandered on their own, and at times we were with just us. Parking and bussing was no problem, easy peasy. In fact, probably easier than trying to get into the PP parking lot, which is pretty small. I was on the second bus, and the staff were all very friendly, welcoming and accommodating. I can't say enough about every staff member I encountered today. They were all awesome! That being said, it was a bit disorganized - like any cold opening of any other business, there were hiccups. Time management was one of them. PP is HUGE - even containing us all to the main level, there are so many rooms and hallways it's like a huge maze and keeping all the groups on track proved difficult, but that's nobody's fault. I'm sure they will work through that. They also need more cashiers, but again, I'm sure that will get worked out over time. Each "area" has a guide there telling you about what you're looking at, which is kind of nice.

YES, there is a very small urn in the atrium. It's located inside a small model of PP, which is located inside of an acrylic cube. You can walk all around it, but the urn can only be viewed on one side. It's purple marble, of course. I don't for a second think this is 100% of his remains. I'm sure the family has the majority, but I truly believe this is where P should be. This was his home, and the way it is set up is exactly the way he wanted it. The display is not tacky, IMO.

Many of the walls are covered in large photo murals, which Prince had designed and put up long before his passing - he was clearly planning this for some time. Along the atrium, there's the "little kitchen" and three era rooms - Dirty Mind, SOTT, and one other that I'm not remembering now (there was so much to look at it's going to take me a while to process everything). Guitars, costumes and memorabilia are all on display in those rooms. The PR room is amazing - and just like on the Today show so I won't elaborate on that.

I was amazed by how up close we were able to get to everything - I hope people don't ruin that!! The concert hall had about 5 different small stages set up with costumes and instruments from the various eras, and they played clips of his live performances. We also saw the editing room, Studio A and Studio B along with the Studio B lounge, which was really cool (and had a great picture of Judith Hill). They played us an unreleased track from the jazz album he was working on at the time of his passing, which was also amazing - I hope that sees the light of day soon! The tour concludes with the Superbowl show, which they have received from the NFL, so it's the full show, but they had some sound issues, which again, I'm sure they'll work out.

The food at the end from People's Organic was really good - if you go, you should definitely give it a try. Merch seemed to be leftover concert t's from various recent tours (lots of P&M stuff), hats, PP specific t's, a tour catalog, mugs, and posters. There were a few new Prince t's as well - lots of Purple Rain stuff. No keychains, thank God!

Overall, I am so glad I was able to go. Even with the little issues, just being at PP and seeing the recording studios was worth it. BTW, I didn't notice any special smells. Everyone involved is doing their best to make this succeed, and I commend their efforts.

[Edited 10/6/16 13:23pm]

[Edited 10/6/16 13:28pm]

What was the difference between the VIP and the GA tour?

About $70! Actually not a whole lot - Studio B and the Studio B lounge, along with the photo op, and the editing room were open to VIP only, and VIP got special access to the NPG Music Club area (we got to sit on the couches... lol ) But other than that, not a whole lot. We did get our own dedicated guide, which was nice. They had some fun stories and insight that the GA's didn't get, so there's that too.

U can be the side effect, I'd rather be the dope.
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Reply #110 posted 10/06/16 1:52pm

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My tour was at 9:30am. I think we were the first group inside of Paisley Park. Here's a bit of what I observed/experienced. (Sorry ahead of time for typos etc. If only you knew how long I drove from home lol)

The Reactions From "Fans": Everyone I talked to was very friendly. There were people from ALL over & some people from outside the U.S. Some people were quiet. Others mingled, in awe of the atmosphere. I personally was quite bummed (not becuase the tour wasn't amazing/life changing) because of the fact that Prince wasn't in the building alive & breathing.

Paisley Park GA Experience: AMAZING. I would have to actually talk to you guys on the phone to explain how wonderful this experience was for me. I'm nearly crying as I type this. The amount of LOVE that Prince put into Paisley Park is overwhelming. Its like I could feel his spirit through the entire place. While in the atrium, LONG BEFORE they told us about his remains being in the mini Paisley Park building, thats were I felt his spirit the most. It was very intense. Then when they actually told us that his remains were infront of us, I wanted to start crying. I just felt a deep sadness. In that same area they have many different rooms that were all open. Except for one room/closed space (basically a mini kitchen with comfy furniture) with see through glass, that has been left untouched. The tv was on the sports channel. Apparently, this room was kept just how Prince left it before he died. I'm telling you guys, I would have to talk on the phone to tell you about it all.

Taste Experience: I didn't purchase that before hand BUT I have the menu of everything that was served. The food smelled SO good! I could smell it while we were walking around PP. When I have enough time I can post a picture of it.

Merchandise Experience: I also have a picture of the list of everything that was sold today. The set up was quite smail. The line was SUPER long and a tad bit slow (not blaming them b/c of the last minute decision to reopen PP) The setup of the merchandise was neat. They had shirts, keychains necklaces, mugs & much more. I bought two shirts, a keychain and necklace. The tour guides told us that everything for sale in there had been approved by Prince & that this wasn't something they made up themselves (as far as the designs on tshirts & mugs etc)

Parking: We parked in a garage LITERALLY minutes from PP. Everything went smoothly. There were plenty of spaces. The buses were on time. The drivers were great/nice.

OVERALL I have nothing negative to say about this experience. The guides even told us at the end of the tour to feel free to voice our opinions about how they could make the tour even more enjoyable. It's such a shame that some people have it made up in their minds that everything about this is TERRIBLE & REPULSIVE when they have't been & don't plan to go. If you don't want to go then fine but don't make us feel bad. I know I LOVE and RESPECT Prince just as much as everyone else he's made an impact on.

It took me a little while to opened my laptop and type this. My emotions are up and down.. If you have anymore questions, i'd be glad to answer them.

[Edited 10/6/16 13:54pm]

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Reply #111 posted 10/06/16 1:53pm

ksl1974

Bankinherpocket said:

donnyenglish said:

What was the difference between the VIP and the GA tour?

About $70! Actually not a whole lot - Studio B and the Studio B lounge, along with the photo op, and the editing room were open to VIP only, and VIP got special access to the NPG Music Club area (we got to sit on the couches... lol ) But other than that, not a whole lot. We did get our own dedicated guide, which was nice. They had some fun stories and insight that the GA's didn't get, so there's that too.

What about bringing things along with? Purses, etc. can you keep them thru the tour, or do they have lockers or something to put your things in? And what about phones? Mine would stay in my purse...but wondered if you can at least keep it with you. (I hate leaving mine in my car! Or my purse)

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Reply #112 posted 10/06/16 1:56pm

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ksl1974 said:

Bankinherpocket said:

About $70! Actually not a whole lot - Studio B and the Studio B lounge, along with the photo op, and the editing room were open to VIP only, and VIP got special access to the NPG Music Club area (we got to sit on the couches... lol ) But other than that, not a whole lot. We did get our own dedicated guide, which was nice. They had some fun stories and insight that the GA's didn't get, so there's that too.

What about bringing things along with? Purses, etc. can you keep them thru the tour, or do they have lockers or something to put your things in? And what about phones? Mine would stay in my purse...but wondered if you can at least keep it with you. (I hate leaving mine in my car! Or my purse)

No bags were searched, and they didn't ask for phones, although there is a sign at the entrance prohibiting them. I would expect that to possibly change though...I saw a few people sneaking pics confused

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Reply #113 posted 10/06/16 1:56pm

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Bankinherpocket said:

Ok - not sure if anyone else that's ACTUALLY been on the tour has checked in yet, but here's my two cents:

I had a VIP ticket for 9:20 this am. There were only 5 - yes 5 - people in my group! Not sure how that happened...but I guess I got lucky. At times we were with the GA folks, who basically wandered on their own, and at times we were with just us. Parking and bussing was no problem, easy peasy. In fact, probably easier than trying to get into the PP parking lot, which is pretty small. I was on the second bus, and the staff were all very friendly, welcoming and accommodating. I can't say enough about every staff member I encountered today. They were all awesome! That being said, it was a bit disorganized - like any cold opening of any other business, there were hiccups. Time management was one of them. PP is HUGE - even containing us all to the main level, there are so many rooms and hallways it's like a huge maze and keeping all the groups on track proved difficult, but that's nobody's fault. I'm sure they will work through that. They also need more cashiers, but again, I'm sure that will get worked out over time. Each "area" has a guide there telling you about what you're looking at, which is kind of nice.

YES, there is a very small urn in the atrium. It's located inside a small model of PP, which is located inside of an acrylic cube. You can walk all around it, but the urn can only be viewed on one side. It's purple marble, of course. I don't for a second think this is 100% of his remains. I'm sure the family has the majority, but I truly believe this is where P should be. This was his home, and the way it is set up is exactly the way he wanted it. The display is not tacky, IMO.

Many of the walls are covered in large photo murals, which Prince had designed and put up long before his passing - he was clearly planning this for some time. Along the atrium, there's the "little kitchen" and three era rooms - Dirty Mind, SOTT, and one other that I'm not remembering now (there was so much to look at it's going to take me a while to process everything). Guitars, costumes and memorabilia are all on display in those rooms. The PR room is amazing - and just like on the Today show so I won't elaborate on that.

I was amazed by how up close we were able to get to everything - I hope people don't ruin that!! The concert hall had about 5 different small stages set up with costumes and instruments from the various eras, and they played clips of his live performances. We also saw the editing room, Studio A and Studio B along with the Studio B lounge, which was really cool (and had a great picture of Judith Hill). They played us an unreleased track from the jazz album he was working on at the time of his passing, which was also amazing - I hope that sees the light of day soon! The tour concludes with the Superbowl show, which they have received from the NFL, so it's the full show, but they had some sound issues, which again, I'm sure they'll work out.

The food at the end from People's Organic was really good - if you go, you should definitely give it a try. Merch seemed to be leftover concert t's from various recent tours (lots of P&M stuff), hats, PP specific t's, a tour catalog, mugs, and posters. There were a few new Prince t's as well - lots of Purple Rain stuff. No keychains, thank God!

Overall, I am so glad I was able to go. Even with the little issues, just being at PP and seeing the recording studios was worth it. BTW, I didn't notice any special smells. Everyone involved is doing their best to make this succeed, and I commend their efforts.

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[Edited 10/6/16 13:28pm]

Thank you so much sharing your tour experience.

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Reply #114 posted 10/06/16 1:58pm

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rogifan said:

Someone on Facebook said the urn is a replica of PP but his ashes aren't in it. Anyone here confirm?

If that is true, then I take back everythng negative I said.

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lotusflower0000 said:

My tour was at 9:30am. I think we were the first group inside of Paisley Park. Here's a bit of what I observed/experienced. (Sorry ahead of time for typos etc. If only you knew how long I drove from home lol)



The Reactions From "Fans": Everyone I talked to was very friendly. There were people from ALL over & some people from outside the U.S. Some people were quiet. Others mingled, in awe of the atmosphere. I personally was quite bummed (not becuase the tour wasn't amazing/life changing) because of the fact that Prince wasn't in the building alive & breathing.



Paisley Park GA Experience: AMAZING. I would have to actually talk to you guys on the phone to explain how wonderful this experience was for me. I'm nearly crying as I type this. The amount of LOVE that Prince put into Paisley Park is overwhelming. Its like I could feel his spirit through the entire place. While in the atrium, LONG BEFORE they told us about his remains being in the mini Paisley Park building, thats were I felt his spirit the most. It was very intense. Then when they actually told us that his remains were infront of us, I wanted to start crying. I just felt a deep sadness. In that same area they have many different rooms that were all open. Except for one room/closed space (basically a mini kitchen with comfy furniture) with see through glass, that has been left untouched. The tv was on the sports channel. Apparently, this room was kept just how Prince left it before he died. I'm telling you guys, I would have to talk on the phone to tell you about it all.



Taste Experience: I didn't purchase that before hand BUT I have the menu of everything that was served. The food smelled SO good! I could smell it while we were walking around PP. When I have enough time I can post a picture of it.



Merchandise Experience: I also have a picture of the list of everything that was sold today. The set up was quite smail. The line was SUPER long and a tad bit slow (not blaming them b/c of the last minute decision to reopen PP) The setup of the merchandise was neat. They had shirts, keychains necklaces, mugs & much more. I bought two shirts, a keychain and necklace. The tour guides told us that everything for sale in there had been approved by Prince & that this wasn't something they made up themselves (as far as the designs on tshirts & mugs etc)



Parking: We parked in a garage LITERALLY minutes from PP. Everything went smoothly. There were plenty of spaces. The buses were on time. The drivers were great/nice.



OVERALL I have nothing negative to say about this experience. The guides even told us at the end of the tour to feel free to voice our opinions about how they could make the tour even more enjoyable. It's such a shame that some people have it made up in their minds that everything about this is TERRIBLE & REPULSIVE when they have't been & don't plan to go. If you don't want to go then fine but don't make us feel bad. I know I LOVE and RESPECT Prince just as much as everyone else he's made an impact on.



It took me a little while to opened my laptop and type this. My emotions are up and down.. If you have anymore questions, i'd be glad to answer them.

[Edited 10/6/16 13:54pm]



Thanks for the awesome report.
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lotusflower0000 said:

My tour was at 9:30am. I think we were the first group inside of Paisley Park. Here's a bit of what I observed/experienced. (Sorry ahead of time for typos etc. If only you knew how long I drove from home lol)

The Reactions From "Fans": Everyone I talked to was very friendly. There were people from ALL over & some people from outside the U.S. Some people were quiet. Others mingled, in awe of the atmosphere. I personally was quite bummed (not becuase the tour wasn't amazing/life changing) because of the fact that Prince wasn't in the building alive & breathing.

Paisley Park GA Experience: AMAZING. I would have to actually talk to you guys on the phone to explain how wonderful this experience was for me. I'm nearly crying as I type this. The amount of LOVE that Prince put into Paisley Park is overwhelming. Its like I could feel his spirit through the entire place. While in the atrium, LONG BEFORE they told us about his remains being in the mini Paisley Park building, thats were I felt his spirit the most. It was very intense. Then when they actually told us that his remains were infront of us, I wanted to start crying. I just felt a deep sadness. In that same area they have many different rooms that were all open. Except for one room/closed space (basically a mini kitchen with comfy furniture) with see through glass, that has been left untouched. The tv was on the sports channel. Apparently, this room was kept just how Prince left it before he died. I'm telling you guys, I would have to talk on the phone to tell you about it all.

Taste Experience: I didn't purchase that before hand BUT I have the menu of everything that was served. The food smelled SO good! I could smell it while we were walking around PP. When I have enough time I can post a picture of it.

Merchandise Experience: I also have a picture of the list of everything that was sold today. The set up was quite smail. The line was SUPER long and a tad bit slow (not blaming them b/c of the last minute decision to reopen PP) The setup of the merchandise was neat. They had shirts, keychains necklaces, mugs & much more. I bought two shirts, a keychain and necklace. The tour guides told us that everything for sale in there had been approved by Prince & that this wasn't something they made up themselves (as far as the designs on tshirts & mugs etc)

Parking: We parked in a garage LITERALLY minutes from PP. Everything went smoothly. There were plenty of spaces. The buses were on time. The drivers were great/nice.

OVERALL I have nothing negative to say about this experience. The guides even told us at the end of the tour to feel free to voice our opinions about how they could make the tour even more enjoyable. It's such a shame that some people have it made up in their minds that everything about this is TERRIBLE & REPULSIVE when they have't been & don't plan to go. If you don't want to go then fine but don't make us feel bad. I know I LOVE and RESPECT Prince just as much as everyone else he's made an impact on.

It took me a little while to opened my laptop and type this. My emotions are up and down.. If you have anymore questions, i'd be glad to answer them.

[Edited 10/6/16 13:54pm]

I feel the exact same way - I got such a sense of "this is how Prince wanted it" from the whole thing. It was amazing and beyond words. People that have written it off already are really missing out on Prince's final legacy, and I feel sad for them.

Must have missed the keychains, LOL!

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Reply #117 posted 10/06/16 2:07pm

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Another question.....

How are they distinguishing VIP guests from GA guests? Like, who do we show our ticket to? And thru the tour, how do they know we're VIP?? (if that makes any sense what I'm trying to ask!?! haha!) Just wondering how all this works!

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Reply #118 posted 10/06/16 2:08pm

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Early Purchase General Admission

Experience includes self-guided tours of the following:
  • Main floor of Paisley Park, including recording and mixing studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed some of his biggest hits
  • Prince’s video editing suites and rehearsal rooms
  • Massive soundstage and concert hall where Prince rehearsed for concert tours and held exclusive, private events and concerts
  • Prince’s private NPG Music Club
General Admission Average Tour Time: 70 minutes
Early Purchase General Admission Experience
$38.50*
*Additional $7.50 (service fee plus facility fee) per ticket (includes one parking pass per transaction). Limited amount of tickets available per hour. A ticket is required for everyone age 5 and up. Children under 5 are not permitted. Once Early Purchase General Admission is sold out for a specific date/tour time, General Admission price becomes $50.00 per ticket plus service and facility fee for that specific date/tour time.

VIP Tour

VIP Tour experience includes a guided tour with an expert guide, who will personally take you throughout your Paisley Park experience, including:
  • Main floor of Paisley Park, including recording and mixing studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed some of his biggest hits
  • Prince’s video editing suites and rehearsal rooms
  • Massive soundstage and concert hall where Prince rehearsed for concert tours and held exclusive, private events and concerts
  • Prince’s private NPG Music Club
PLUS, only the VIP Tour Experience Offers:
  • Guided tour with expert guide
  • A 30-minute longer tour experience – exclusively for VIP Tour guests
  • Tour additional rooms and studio areas – exclusively for VIP Tour guests
  • See additional artifacts from the Archives - exclusively for VIP Tour guests
  • Unique and exclusive photo opportunities – exclusively for VIP Tour guests
  • Special VIP Parking Pass
VIP Tour Time: 100 minutes
Early Purchase General Admission Experience
$100.00**
** Additional $11.75 (service fee plus facility fee) per ticket (includes one VIP parking pass per transaction). Limited amount of tickets available per tour time. A ticket is required for everyone age 5 and up. Children under 5 are not permitted.

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Reply #119 posted 10/06/16 2:09pm

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Bankinherpocket said:

lotusflower0000 said:

My tour was at 9:30am. I think we were the first group inside of Paisley Park. Here's a bit of what I observed/experienced. (Sorry ahead of time for typos etc. If only you knew how long I drove from home lol)

The Reactions From "Fans": Everyone I talked to was very friendly. There were people from ALL over & some people from outside the U.S. Some people were quiet. Others mingled, in awe of the atmosphere. I personally was quite bummed (not becuase the tour wasn't amazing/life changing) because of the fact that Prince wasn't in the building alive & breathing.

Paisley Park GA Experience: AMAZING. I would have to actually talk to you guys on the phone to explain how wonderful this experience was for me. I'm nearly crying as I type this. The amount of LOVE that Prince put into Paisley Park is overwhelming. Its like I could feel his spirit through the entire place. While in the atrium, LONG BEFORE they told us about his remains being in the mini Paisley Park building, thats were I felt his spirit the most. It was very intense. Then when they actually told us that his remains were infront of us, I wanted to start crying. I just felt a deep sadness. In that same area they have many different rooms that were all open. Except for one room/closed space (basically a mini kitchen with comfy furniture) with see through glass, that has been left untouched. The tv was on the sports channel. Apparently, this room was kept just how Prince left it before he died. I'm telling you guys, I would have to talk on the phone to tell you about it all.

Taste Experience: I didn't purchase that before hand BUT I have the menu of everything that was served. The food smelled SO good! I could smell it while we were walking around PP. When I have enough time I can post a picture of it.

Merchandise Experience: I also have a picture of the list of everything that was sold today. The set up was quite smail. The line was SUPER long and a tad bit slow (not blaming them b/c of the last minute decision to reopen PP) The setup of the merchandise was neat. They had shirts, keychains necklaces, mugs & much more. I bought two shirts, a keychain and necklace. The tour guides told us that everything for sale in there had been approved by Prince & that this wasn't something they made up themselves (as far as the designs on tshirts & mugs etc)

Parking: We parked in a garage LITERALLY minutes from PP. Everything went smoothly. There were plenty of spaces. The buses were on time. The drivers were great/nice.

OVERALL I have nothing negative to say about this experience. The guides even told us at the end of the tour to feel free to voice our opinions about how they could make the tour even more enjoyable. It's such a shame that some people have it made up in their minds that everything about this is TERRIBLE & REPULSIVE when they have't been & don't plan to go. If you don't want to go then fine but don't make us feel bad. I know I LOVE and RESPECT Prince just as much as everyone else he's made an impact on.

It took me a little while to opened my laptop and type this. My emotions are up and down.. If you have anymore questions, i'd be glad to answer them.

[Edited 10/6/16 13:54pm]

I feel the exact same way - I got such a sense of "this is how Prince wanted it" from the whole thing. It was amazing and beyond words. People that have written it off already are really missing out on Prince's final legacy, and I feel sad for them.

Must have missed the keychains, LOL!

I was just getting ready to reply to your post about your experience! You gave so many great details! I got that sense too about the whole experience. Just think about the rooms you mentioned, with the pictures all over the wall. He had this in mind, without a doubt. I've read so many post with orgers saying he didn't want this at all. All I can say is go and see for yourself. I forgot to add that the keychains were at the registers by the necklaces. smile

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