Sunday, January 20, 2013

How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular is Amazing

hiccup and toothless fighting a dragon
Hubby, Big B, and I recently watched How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular and words can not express how amazing the show was. It was awesome! The live show followed the movie's plot very well. If you are a fan of the movie, this is a must see live show. Honestly, I don't know who had more fun, Big B or hubby and I.

Below are some pictures we took during the show. These really do not do the dragons justice. The costumes were great too. Really, everything about the show was fantastic - acting, dancing (yes, there was dancing), storyline. Big B still talks about the show and how much fun he had. Mind you, I had to convince him to go to the show. He loves the movie, but is not a fan of dark spaces with loud noises like theaters. To prep him and get him excited, we watched the behind the scenes videos on YouTube. That did the trick. By the time we left for the Honda Center, he was so excited.
cast capturing a dragon during training

Favorite features

  • Life-like dragons; these dragons did not only look real, but the way they moved was so fluid, like how a live animal would move
  • Stunts like walking on walls and riding on a flying dragon
  • Use of technology to take the audience from up in the air to the deep underwater
  • Dancing and choreography
viking ships sailing for dragons nest

fishlegs petting gronckle

Tips for watching

  • Although there are no bad seats, I suggest getting seats closer to the center. We sat closer to the right hand of the stage and there were a couple of scenes that would have been nicer to see if viewed from the center.
  • If you are taking very young children, know that there are pyrotechnics in use and there will be occasional fire bursts.
  • Also, you might want to bring ear plugs for children who are sensitive to loud noises as there are some parts that get pretty loud, like when the dragons roar.
cast dancing at end scene

Although we try not to spoil our children with toys, hubby and I spoke about buying Big B a little something to remember his experience by before the show. We went home with a new "friend" for Big B, a stuffed Toothless, and a viking hat for hubby. I rarely feel pressured to make purchases when going to shows, but this show was particularly special and I was okay with it.

If you get a chance to see this show, I highly recommend it. I've seen plays, musicals, operas, and children's live shows, and this is by far one of my favorites. Ticket prices are worth it, no matter where you sit. So, if you live in SoCal, there is one last showing tonight at the Honda Center and tickets are still available.

A little about How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular 

How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular fuses state-of-the-art technology with heartfelt storytelling and thrilling martial arts to create a magical show that will capture the imagination of the entire family. It is based on the movie, How To Train Your Dragon, adapted from the book by Cressida Cowell. The live show features over a dozen dragons that soar in the air and transports audiences into a mythical world of fire-breathing dragons. The show has received critical acclaim in North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Disclosure: My family and I were invited to attend the event to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own.