How To Train Your Dragon Live: The VIP Way!REVIEWS & CONTESTS | Nirasha Jaganath | July 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm
Earlier I posted about the show How To Train Your Dragon. Since I was provided “Hero’s Welcome” VIP tickets for my family, I wanted to share with you my experience in case you wanted to explore that ticket option for the show in your city.
Honestly living in Boston I sometimes decide to attend or not attend an event based on the parking. If the grueling traffic of the city does not scare you, then finding a parking spot sure will. And if you are lucky to score one don’t look shocked when you pay a ridiculous amount of money. This is the first VIP ticket that I have seen that includes parking. I was a little flustered driving my kids to Worcester, which is an hour away, but the VIP signage made parking a cinch and I got to just hand the parking attendant in the garage my parking printout. I loved that parking was right across the auditorium. Easy-peasy!
Walking through a special VIP doorway was almost impossible with my head swelling with pride but I managed anyway. My kids and I donned the special VIP badges which gave us access to all the “special” areas. If you recall there were several different packages, and we chose the Hero’s Welcome. With our check in we were presented with a gift bag. If you expected a bag with those tacky items you get at birthdays (the ones you dump in the trash and cover up soon as you get home so the kids don’t see it) but actual items that you can keep. Our bags had one of the light up wands and a dragon hand puppet. We also were given cool 3D posters of the show which will earn a place in my even cooler basement family room.
When the program description said “Dress in viking costumes”, I admittedly envisioned chaos with squabbles that “someone has my
favorite costume” filling the air. Luckily I was wrong. The team arranged it so well that one family at a time were in the area getting dressed in the costumes. The well organized setup had me finally relaxing and we all were smiles, or growls, when it was picture time. We had our picture taken in front of a green screen and then had the background filled in which made us totally feel like vikings.
The Astrid and Hiccup Meet And Greet!
We were led into a room with more VIP members and with much fanfare Hiccup and Astrid enter the room. We were not common spectators but active participants as we stomped and chanted special dragon calls. It was good to see the kids all get enthusiastic as they screamed louder and louder. Each kid was called up for a certificate in viking training and a wonderful photo opportunity presented itself.
I love that the show used a mixture of robotics, acting, and loads of science in their special effects. Replacing a simple backdrop screen was a a huge screen that easily recreated any background like a simple tv screen. I loved the parts when they had Hiccup running across buildings, and crossing bridges across the wall. Bursts of real fire on stage is enough to dazzle you, but your breath will be taken away by the flying dragons. The show was late for my kids so I expected some droopy eyes, but the adventure beckoned and my kids were more than eager to answer it.
Honestly I enjoyed the show to the hilt but it was late and I was doubtful my kids could last any longer. We were going to be treated to a technical discussion about the show and I wondered if that, anything, could hold the interest of my children considering the lateness of the hour. I was (again) wrong. My 7 year old ate up everything they had to say. Learning that the dragon head was more expensive that a Maserati car was enough to make my head spin. My daughter asked several questions and she loved learning how they made smoke rings. I am pretty sure we will be recreating that this summer.