Our first Medieval Times experience was early last year in Orlando/Kissimmee, and we were itching to visit another castle as soon as we could – I mean what’s not to love about handsome knights battling for dominance, whilst yelling, cheering, booing, AND eating with your hands? When we decided to head to Toronto for this summer’s vacation, I knew that Medieval Times would be on our must-do list. (We could also replace Chelsea’s special pink goblet from her first visit that one of our cats promptly smashed when we got home – yay cats!)
The Toronto Castle features unique — but no less regal — architecture from its former life as the Arts and Crafts Building of Exhibition Place. As our largest castle, Toronto provides ample space for King Philippe’s massive feast, show of medieval games of skill and, of course, the authentic jousting tournament. The atmosphere inside the arena is electric as 1,400 revelers cheer on our six Knights whilst the swords clash and lances splinter
The Toronto Castle experience was pretty much identical to the Orlando one (of course you never know which Knight will prevail at the end of the night, but so far, we are two for two!), and that was a-okay with us. The entire show is SO entertaining and considering you also eat and drink pretty much the entire 2 hours, I think it’s one of the best ‘bang-for-your-buck’ attractions out there (keep reading to find out how you can save even more $$ this summer at the Toronto Castle).
Our experience did change a bit this time around as we were upgraded to the King’s Royalty Package (normally an extra $22/person), which includes:
- Priority Castle Access
- VIP First Row All Section Seating or Second Row in Centre Section
- Priority Seating Access
- Knight’s Rally Towel
- Cheering Banner
- VIP Lanyard (which I have been wearing around the house as a reminder to the family that I am royalty… LOL)
- Framed Entrance Group Photo
I don’t think there is a bad seat in the house, but being front and centre was certainly nice. If you are celebrating something special, or just want to make the event even more memorable, one of the upgrade packages that include the photos and other souvenirs is definitely the way to go (there is, of course, a large souvenir shop on site as well).
Like the show, the meal is the same across the various castles (vegetarian meals are also available upon request). I did enjoy that the ‘Pastry of the Castle’ during our Toronto visit was a butter tart, definitely a Canadian twist (and yes, I took a bite 😉 )
We didn’t rent a car during the Toronto portion of our trip, but luckily Medieval Times is easily accessible from downtown via a short trip on the TTC 514 streetcar. If you are driving to the Toronto Castle, there is paid parking available on Exhibition Place grounds.
I can’t wait to find out which Medieval Times castle we will visit next!
Visiting Toronto this summer? Use code SUMFUN17 online at http://www.medievaltimes.com/plan-your-trip/toronto-on/index.html to book your $35 dollar tickets valid for shows at the Toronto Castle now through September 30, 2017.
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Disclosure: Medieval Times provided me with complimentary media tickets to the Toronto Castle. Opinions are my own.