Walking the Pete’s Dragon Red Carpet Premiere gave me all the feels! See exclusive pictures and more. This post is sponsored by Disney for the #PetesDragonEvent, all opinions are my own unless noted otherwise.
Two days ago, more magic was in Los Angeles than the days before. The Pete’s Dragon World Premiere filled the streets of Hollywood Boulevard and The 90-year-old El Capitan Theatre was filled with happiness and laughter and also complete silence and tears. Each one of the 1,000 seats from the Orchestra Section to Balcony had talent, producers, directors, families of those people and us…25 “mommy” (hate that title but hey, what can you do) bloggers.
Let’s talk about the activities! Airbrush tattoo, bracelet making, virtual reality, green screen motion capture, and more. It was fun seeing the kids getting into everything and loving this moment. For some, this was their first red carpet event, like newcomer Auli’I Cravalho, who is the voice behind Moana (out November 2016).
Flying on Elliot in the virtual reality was super cool but man, did I get dizzy, haha. I couldn’t keep the headpiece on for long at all. It was awesome though because it was 360* so I could look down up, left, or right and Elliot would move with me and the scenery would change like we were really flying! My kids would have enjoyed that.
We were given the cue it was time to leave and at that point, it was onto the red carpet where screaming fans waited to catch a glimpse of their favorite star. This wasn’t an ordinary red carpet, though, Disney kept the Pete’s Dragon theme going strong and gave us a green carpet. At the end was undoubtedly the biggest star of the film – Elliot, where you could even step up and climb aboard his back for a “ride”. And when you have a name like Pete (Wentz) you have to get up on your dragon too, right?
Without question, the four most popular people on the carpet were the stars of the film: Bryce Dallas, Wes Bentley, Oakes Fegley, and Oona Laurence. I’ll have individual interviews with them posted here in the coming weeks!
The night led us into the theater where we sat in the 2nd row of the Orchestra section. Benjamin and Matthew Royer (twin brothers from “Stuck in the Middle”) sat right behind me (this picture went over so well with M so much). The famed organ player, Rob Richards, was in element, serenading the audience with classic Disney tunes we all know and love while we all found our seats. The sound from the pipe organ (respectfully named, Ethel) was loud and clear thanks to 2,700 pipes, the tallest being 32 feet!
When the lights went down we were greeted by a curtain show (the only theater that still does a curtain show before every movie) and then the feature film.
A truly magical night that I will never forget.
The next day, the fun didn’t stop! We came back to The El Capitan for a special VIP tour! We showed up with OUR name in lights for all to see. Very awesome and special indeed.
During the tour we learned the background of the theater and even got to go behind the curtains to see how everything operates. Some of the details I shared throughout this post. Not many people get to step on this stage and to pose with Ms. Ethel? THAT is something I’ll never forget.
Pete’s Dragon will be in a theater near you THIS FRIDAY, August 12th. Tomorrow I’ll have a full review (no spoilers) on the film so come back for that!
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