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Opening Night: How To Train Your Dragon live at The Honda Center

By January 18, 2013Orange County

The How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular is a never-before-seen production that opened Thursday and only runs for seven shows through Sunday at The Honda Center. We went, we saw, the kids were slayed (so to speak). Here’s a look from the night. In a nutshell: Poetic music. Cinematic visuals. Strong story. And the dragons were massive. This shot below from the end of the evening as the show wrapped.

The event, which was critically acclaimed in Australia and New Zealand, was produced by the storytellers at DreamWorks Animation, and Global Creatures, the masterminds behind the international phenomenon Walking with Dinosaurs, the #1 grossing world tour of 2010.

The show features more than a dozen dragons, some with wingspans of up to 46 feet, as well as Viking warriors and circus artists and acrobats.

Here’s a quick live look from the night (pardon the kid-head popping in frame):

Jan 18, 2013 | Quick live look from last night’s How To Train Your Dragon live @hondacenter #dragonsoc (view from suites) by DebbieLavdas on

Now do I know how the dragons did all those wild pupperty movements and the technical wizardry of the magnetic floor and more? I haven’t the slightest. Which makes it all the more fantastical really. My kids also saw the Dinos Spectacular in 2010 and said that they liked this better—I think that’s because they’d seen the Dragon movie and could follow the story easily.

If you’re thinking about going, get on it, as the shows are selling out fast. They just added more seats yesterday, but who knows how long they’ll last. Have fun!


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