Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular

Some time ago, TOF and I had a date and we went to see How to Train Your Dragon at the movie theater.  Dragon slaying and Vikings and scary flying creatures! He loved it!  I loved that he loved it! Well next week he is going to be blown away when we head to the United Center to see DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular!

Astrid (Gemma Nguyen), Hiccup (Riley Miner) and Toothless. photo: Todd Kaplan
 Produced by DreamWorks Animation, RZO Dragon Productions and Global Creatures, the masterminds behind Walking with Dinosaurs, the Live Spectacular features 23 dragons (some with wingspans of up to 46 feet), Viking warriors and world-class circus artists and acrobats, captivating the audience against a state-of-the-art, immersive projection measuring more than 20,000 square feet.

Check out this sneak peak!

And some fun facts about DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular:

 Produced over a two-year period in Melbourne, Australia
• Each large dragon weighs over 2.6 tons (the size of a family car) 
• Over 2 miles of “Dragon Skin” was created
• The production has the largest number of animatronics ever to tour the globe. 
• Travels in over 30 18-Wheeler Trucks (52’ each) with a touring cast & crew of 85. 
• Together the show weighs over 200,000 pounds. 
• If all the cables in the production were laid out end to end, they would stretch from Los Angeles to New York City. 
• There are more automation cues in the opening sequence alone than a Broadway musical has in a night. 

See it for yourself at the United Center:

Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 PM**
Friday, July 27 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 29 at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Free parking in all official United Center parking lots for all performances!

Tickets start at $26.50 (plus applicable facility fees and service charges) and are available through Ticketmaster or at  A limited number of special premium Dragon Hot Seats, VIP and family packages are available.
Use the code "MOM" for 25% off your weekday tickets (includes Friday) for all shows nationwide, when you purchase them through Ticketmaster. 

Red Dragon attack, photo credit Todd Kaplan
** The Chicago premiere of DREAMWORKS HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR will now be on Thursday, July 26 at the United Center, instead of July 25.
The critically acclaimed show’s enormous size and groundbreaking technology require an additional day to load-in and build.  The date change will provide additional time to complete this extraordinary build.  Ticketholders are encouraged to re-book their seats for any of the other scheduled performances and as added incentive, will receive a merchandise voucher valued at up to $25 which can be exchanged for the official tour T-shirt or program book. If unable to attend another performance, a full refund will be given. Current ticket holders can find out about exchanges or refunds by visiting the point of purchase.

Disclaimer:  My family received free tickets to attend Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular for sharing this information.

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