The night we arrived in Orlando, we went to our first Medieval Times experience. I first heard of Medieval Times years ago, and have seen clips on TV/movies, and of course, on YouTube. We arrived in Orlando a bit too late to enjoy a full day at any of the parks, but we didn’t want to waste half the day in the hotel or just out driving around. Did I mention it was also rainy that day? Absolute PERFECT timing for dinner at the castle.
If you didn’t know, Medieval Times is a 2-hour family dinner show featuring a tournament of medieval style sword fighting, jousting and other games… all to determine which knight will be the night’s victor.
When you arrive and check in, you are assigned a colour; don’t worry, you won’t forget… you are also provided a paper crown in the same colour. While everyone checks in, you can mingle in the large open area, featuring a cash bar, plenty of souvenir shops and some photo opportunities with some of the cast.
Then, when it’s time, you are let into the dining arena, colour by colour. The seating is in the form of long benches, but they are spacious and comfortable. The menu is set, so the only choice you get is your beverage (vegetarian meals are also available, you’d arrange this when you purchase your ticket/entry). You may have heard, but in Medieval Times (both literal and the dinner theatre), there were no utensils… you are eating with your hands, without a lot of light. We loved it, but I know some people who just wouldn’t be able to do it *cough**my dad**cough*… so be warned.
From being seated, the next two hours are a blur of (a lot of) delicious food and the excitement of encouraging and cheering on our knight, the Red Knight. The food service is quick and doesn’t interrupt watching the show, these people have serving down to a science. Chelsea devoured her chicken and corn, that in and of itself made the night exciting for me.
One thing that Medieval Times is not, is quiet. All of us really got into it. Chelsea REALLY got into it, how that child still had a voice when we left, I’m not sure. All of that cheering for our Red Knight really paid off though, not only did he reign victorious, he also selected Chelsea as the night’s Queen of Love and Beauty! This totally shocked her and us and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Chelsea so excited. To be chosen by our Red Knight, then crowned by Princess Catalina was, I think, the most exciting moment of her life. All the way home to the hotel, she kept repeating ‘I can’t believe it’. Her tiara and sash are now displayed with pride in her bedroom.
For the sake of full disclosure, I did approach Medieval Times to obtain media passes to be able to do this review. Would we go again? Absolutely. Is it worth the price of admission, yes! There are, however, many ways to save on admission, as promotions are always running on their website. You can also sign up for their King’s Court newsletter, which gets you free admission on your birthday. It actually WAS hubs birthday on the day we went, but they didn’t know. Had I told them, he would have been on the birthday roll read out by the King… I probably should have mentioned it in hindsight, sorry dude. It seems to be a popular birthday destination as that list was LONG!
Don’t worry, I kept this review somewhat vague as I don’t want to ruin all of the surprises that will be had. I hope you enjoy your experience as much as we did. For more info/reservations:
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