Why has it taken me all this time to experience a Medieval Times dinner show? Well, for one I only know of 2, one in L.A. and one in Orlando and in fact there are actually 7 more locations around the US. Two, I thought this may be an event that is more of interest to males, you know with the whole jousting thing. Los Angeles is obviously closer, but of course due to the most random life I lead my first chance to see the dinner and tournament ended up on a recent trip across the U.S. in Florida! And guess what, it’s a fun show from start to finish and women can have a blast too!
We arrived just outside the drawbridge of the castle and were led to tour the Medieval Life Village adjacent to the castle. The village is the only one existing in the United States with eight cottages of items and objects from villages in Spain and Mallorca depicting where lords, ladies, and peasants lived 1000 years ago. We strolled through the house of an architect, the stables, the winery/kitchen, and dungeon. We saw the works of basketry, pottery, carpentry, the metalsmith, and a 275 year old loom. The dungeon was creepy and we were of course most fascinated by it, this section is for adults only on the tour. Intrigued and inspired, it was time to head to the castle for the pre-show festivities.
Donned with a crown proclaiming my love for the black and white knight, the girls and I took standard photos (available for purchase after the show) then bellied up to the bar. Our eyes sparkled at the grand goblets in blue and in order to enjoy one, you commit to two normal glasses of your favorite potion to just fill the thing! I didn’t hesitate with my medieval wine, when in…Rome, err, medieval Spain! Then we had some photo opportunities with some of the characters and my whole mood started changing, this was going to be fun (maybe it was the goblet of wine and hey is that Dumbledore?…)!
We entered the ceremonial arena and got settled in with our program and our flag ready to cheer. As the lights dimmed and the narrator began, I thought this is really cool. Act 1 spoke of the bond between Knight and horse. Act II we meet the 6 Knights and the Royal Court and their beautiful Andalusian Stallions. I get my flag ready to greet Don lofre Santa Creu, he’s known in prayer to be humble, in service he is loyal, and in battle he is invicible!
The action is exciting, the costumes are fabulous and both the strength and poise of the gallant horses is a sight to see. I was mesmorized unlike I expected to be. All the while our meal came. I had a low expectation and it was happily exceeded. Tomato bisque is one of my favorite soups and in it’s metal dish, I searched for a place setting to enjoy it. Then I was reminded that you enjoy your meal utensil free, something definitely I’m not used to doing in public short from a tent campground. It was delicious as was the rest of the meal consisting of: garlic bread, oven-roasted chicken, herb-basted potato, spare rib, and for dessert apple turnover. I was thankful for the hot meal as the arena was very cold. Between my goblet of wine, I sipped the warmth from the coffee that wasn’t being refilled fast enough.
Before we knew it, the Royal Falconer presents his bird for flight and the fighting begins in Act III! Here’s where the excitement builds. I can’t keep my eyes of the black and white Knight and I forget to photograph his valiant acts with sword and shield. The lights, the cheering, the rumble of hooves all had us captivated. Ultimately our Knight did not make it to the final round, 3 cheers for the Yellow Knight! Whether you are going with a group of ladies (or men) for girl’s night out or with your family, there is excitement, fun, great food and drinks, and definitely a memorable experience with reasonable prices for a night out!
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Our tickets were part of our media tour. Beverages and gratuity my own.