Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Review, Baltimore/Washington D.C.by EJ on 07/03/12
Of course, I knew that Medieval Times would be a hit with my seven year old KM but I wondered what my special needs four year old LT would think of the show. Would he sit still? Would he get upset? When we arrived, and he saw the castle out the car window, he could hardly contain his excitement. Hubby and I didn't tell either child where we were going as we wanted to surprise them, which isn't normally how we handle new experiences with LT. Normally, we have to over prepare him for everything to keep him comfortable. With his eyes on the castle and with no clue what we were doing, LT just beamed. Unfortunately the new casino was opening that same weekend so we had to park light years away and LT put up with that just fine.
Once we were inside the Medieval Times castle and each of us crowned, LT's smile grew ever bigger. I was so proud of him and so excited for the rest of the evening to unfold before his eyes. KM was equally pleased. The employees who took our tickets and sat paper crowns on our heads, then ushered us over to meet King Don Carlos and Princess Catalina, were all dressed in impressive costumes.
The Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Royalty Package
After touring the main lobby, with its grand arched ceilings and dramatic stone floors, hubby and I took the kids by the hands and traversed through the crowd into the dining room/arena. We found our seats in the second row, on the left side of the arena, facing the castle balcony where the king and princess would soon greet the room.
The arena seating, comprised of banquet tables in a stadium format, each row higher than the one before it, circles around the "stage" which is actually a huge sand-filled space that stretches from one side of the arena to the other. Our table, located in the Royalty section, included preferred seating (pretty close to the action), a souvenir cup, a commemorative program, a cheering banner and a "Behind the Scenes" DVD.
* Diners who pay full price admission can actually get the Royalty package upgrade for FREE using the promotional code FRWEB through December 31st 2012.
The Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Experience
Each section of the arena was assigned to a particular knight and our section stood behind the Black & White Knight, the warrior priest known as Don Iofre Santa Creu. Each section is marked with the appropriate colors of their knight and is instructed often and loudly by the various servers to cheer for that designated knight.
Andalusian horses were introduced. They were absolutely beautiful and they even glittered under the spot lights.
* A vegetarian Bill of Fare is available upon request.
When the jousting finally began, LT got upset because somewhere along the line he'd gotten it into his head that he would be out fighting with swords in the sand. When he realized that he would be sitting the whole time, he got a bit grumpy. Soon enough he was chomping away on his huge cut of chicken and enjoying the battles.
Before each battle, the knights would take a favor from the princess on the balcony and then proceed to their section and throw it out to a girl in that section. When our Black & White Knight tossed a carnation directly to KM, she thought she was something really special.
All of this battling went on for another hour and LT had completely cleaned his plate and worked his way toward KM's leftovers. The Red Knight won the whole tournament, then succeeded in defeating the Herald from the North as well, saving Princess Catalina from some doom I still hadn't been able to understand with all the noise in the room (I'm assuming they change out the winner every day so that the show isn't completely predicable).
Needless to say, we all had a blast and LT really handled the crowd and action well. He absolutely had to have a photo of himself with the King and Princess so to celebrate our great time, we gladly purchased a $20 photograph and book before leaving. He talked about kings and knights for days afterward and KM wrote all about her evening at the castle in her summer journal.
To Go Or Not To Go?
To Go! The Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament show is two hours long and includes a huge meal. The action is non-stop and regardless of whether or not you can actually hear the plot unfold, it's great entertainment. The actors, horses and weapons are all very impressive and adults and kids alike will get a thrill out of every spark between swords.
Not To Go! The Medieval Times experience is pretty pricey and for a big family like ours, would be next to impossible to afford at whim. However, the experience is worth saving up for if you can!
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Regular priced tickets start at $56.95 per adult and $35.95 per child 12 and under. Upgrades are available for additional fees, including the King's Royalty Package, the Royalty Package and the Celebration Package.
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Four Little Monsters Blog received four complimentary admissions to Medieval Times for the purpose of this review. All opinions belong to the blogger.