Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fun Times At Medieval Times (Buena Park)

When someone says they'd like to go back in time they don't usually mean they'd want to go back to the 11th century; a time of sleeping on hay bales in a barn, eating without utensils and having to address everyone by "my Lord" or "my Lady". However, there are some perks to that era, like big sexy men in armor on horseback.

This is where Medieval Times comes in. If you've never heard of it, it's a one of a kind dinner & tournament show that literally takes you back in time from the moment you walk through their doors. The entire staff is dressed in medieval attire, speaking the language, staying in character and definitely making sure you have the best possible experience.

If you keep up with me on Twitter you'll know that we took a trip here for Rusty's birthday on Friday. Although, I have to admit this visit wasn't my first; it was actually more like my 8th.  But, you have to believe me when I say that visiting this place and watching six armor-clad knights on horses seek the title of Champion by fighting one another with nothing but lances, shields, and medieval weapons, never ever gets old.

The shows managed to change a bit since the last time I visited but I was so happy to see that it still included performances by the  incredible Andalusian stallions. Luckily their delicious menu hasn't changed either. Why mess with something perfect? You're given a 4-course meal, which includes oven roasted chicken (aka: baby dragon), garlic bread, tomato bisque soup (aka: dragons breath soup), herb-basted potato, spare ribs, castle pastry, and an ice cold beverage; all served to you by your male server or serving 'wench'. And, you may have guessed, Rusty totally got a kick out of the fact he could refer to our fabulous server, Theresa, as 'wench' without the possibility of being thrown out, haha.

If by chance you're a non-meat eater, they also have a vegetarian meal just for you which you can request when you check in. But be aware, there aren't any kids plates so my advice is: don't feed the kiddos before the show cause the portions are really large. If all else fails, ask for a to-go box. Yay for leftovers!

There are 2 full service bars at the Buena Park location and although the drinks are pretty great they are also a little pricey, especially if you want it in a commemorative cup. I bought a strawberry daiquiri with double shots in a stein for a whopping $27 ($29 including tip).

This location has also managed to redecorated a bit, removing their old dingy carpet and installing beautiful wooden floor. Definitely a better choice. There's lots of sitting/lounging space now, which wasn't around before and of course there are plenty of gift shops with medieval type memorabilia for sale.

All in all, Rusty & I had a really fantastic time cheering on our red knight and will definitely be going back. Best of all, we were able to meet & get all of the knights signatures after the show. So cool. The only let down? When we went to take the mandatory photo with the Princess, she didn't stay in character & spoke to us in a normal voice. In my opinion, if the waiting staff has to stay in character, so does one of the main characters.

Ticket prices are reasonable, starting at $57 for adults & $35 for kids 12 yrs & under). There are also options to upgrade your tickets to 1 of 3 Royalty packages, which allows you to sit in the first three rows of the stadium among other great perks. Parking is free, which is always nice and if you get there earlier than your show time (highly recommended) you can hang out in the castles gorgeous courtyard, lounge inside, or visit their interesting museum of torture.

Medieval Times has 9 locations: Buena Park, CA; Dallas, TX; Orlando, FL; Lyndhurst, NJ; Schaumburg, IL; Myrtle Beach, SC; Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; and Toronto, ON.

If your city doesn't have one, it's really a shame, but next time you're traveling be sure and check if there's a Medieval Times where you're headed cause you really don't want to miss out on the fun. It's definitely an experience I recommend everyone have at least once. I mean, who wouldn't want to be taken back to an age of bravery and honor, which also includes a fantastic dinner and spectacular tournament, at least once in their lifetime?

Socal Resident Discount:
For a very limited time, Southern CA residents can feast like kings & queens for a special price. Adult tickets are only $39.95 and kids are $29.95. This special is only good until September 30, 2012 so hurry!

If you do attend a show, don't be a jerk, tip your server or wench (generously). They make a lot of trips up & down those stairs to the kitchen, hauling giant hot trays just to make sure you get your food hot & have everything you need during the show.

Disclaimer: I was provided tickets by Medieval Times (Buena Park) in order to visit & review their new show on this blog. All of the opinions posted are mine.


  1. I keep trying to get someone to go with me to the one in IL, but apparently I'm the only person in my circle of friends who thinks eating dinner while watching dudes ride around on horses sounds like a good time. What is wrong with them?

  2. I haven't even in a while! One o my graduation events was to go here! I was a fun time an sady I think this may hav even the last time I went! Guess it meh be fun to try it again! Glad u ad fun! Happy birthday to ur hubs!

    - Simone

  3. Ah! We went to the one in Atlanta on a weekend trip and LOVED it! So much fun! The husband even arranged to have us "knighted" before the show! And not to brag, but one of the knights threw me a flower. I was pretty excited about it...

  4. That looks like such a fun place! I have never heard about it! I like the fact that they also have a vegetarian option! I did not expect that! Glad that you had so much fun!

  5. I am disappointed in that Princess. BUT I am so glad you guys had a great time! I am such a sucker for dinner theatre - especially some with such HOT guys! ;)

  6. That is so exciting! We're planning a trip to Dallas soon and were hoping to go. Sounds like so much fun!


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