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!
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.
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.