At the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant, you will experience how a car is made, from start to finish. At the Georgetown plant, they manufacture the Camry, Venza and Avalon. The tour starts with a short video (about 10 minutes), then you board a tram for the plant tour. You will receive a headset to be able to listen to the guide as you travel through portions of the 7.5 million square foot facility.
The tour covers Stamping, where cars begin to take their shape from coils of steel, followed by the Body Weld, where the pieces are put together. You will see both humans and robots all around and above you as the cars are transported on huge conveyor belts from paint to the final line in assembly.
Along the way, you learn about the principals behind the business of Toyota (Kaizen). You will learn how Toyota tries to eliminate waste and reuse everything possible (love that!).
The tour takes about an hour-and-a-half, so make sure you hit the bathrooms before you go in. At the end of the tour, you will end up in a showroom and a small gift shop with t-shirts, caps, etc.
Although reservations are not necessary, they are strongly suggested. I know when we went, our tour was full. Another important thing to note is that no cameras are allow, including phone cameras or other devices. You must surrender any phone cameras or other cameras at the front desk. (This is why I don't have any pictures of the tour for this blog post.) My advice is to not even take them into the building with you. Also, no purses, backpacks or other bags are permitted. Leave it at home or in the car. Also, children must be in 1st grade to go on the tour.
This was a fun tour! My girls were as fascinated as I was about everything we saw. I can imagine this would be even more appealing to boys. It was really incredible. I would love to go again. And since it is FREE, I just may!
Please visit: http://www.toyotageorgetown.com/tour.asp for more information