I was quite excited to be invited to experience the opening night of Medieval Times brand new show. It has been many years since I last experienced the Medieval Times dinner and tournament and it was a first for my girls. (do you think anyone will notice that premiere is spelled wrong?)
When we pulled into the parking lot their eyes widened at the glimpse of the castle (they had no clue where we were going). Inside we were greeted by armored soldiers and blown away with the expansive gift shop. There is a bar for drinks while you wait (the girls loved their fun smoothie cups) inside the general waiting area. There is also a lounge area off to the side with additional seating. We ventured over there since the gathering area was crowded (really because my husband recently hurt is back and needed to sit). We did notice that it was hard to hear announcements in the lounge so we were unsure what was going on out there. We did make a trip to the restrooms (multiple locations) and I was very impressed at the cleanliness.
All the guests are divided into colors and called into accordingly (to a nice trumpeting sound I might add). Bench seating lined the arena. I can see where this might be difficult for some folks to get in and out, but I felt like the staff was very accommodating. Since we had our children we were on the end (I guess they knew about the many trips kids take to the potty). It was also easy to just climb up behind the seat to exit instead of making folks move.
We were promptly asked if we would like unsweetened tea, water or soda (cash bar was available as well). The Bill of Fare (menu) consisted of a garlic flatbread, tomato bisque soup, oven-roasted chicken, spare rib, herb-basted potatoes and a chef’s pastry (or for my girls 2 of them). I was blown away by the food – seriously. My husband and I went in with low expectations and were pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious, hot and the chicken was moist.
Now on to the show. Wonderful!! My kids were entertained the entire time. Even at a point when I thought it was dragging on a little, they had absolutely no complaints. The teams compete in different events throughout the evening. If your knight won then the Princess threw done a flower from the balcony that the knight would hand off to someone from the audience. Mr. Green Knight was on a winning streak because both of my girls came home with flowers. Boy did that make their night! They were even able to meet and greet the cast after the show.
I highly recommend you putting Medieval Times on your to-do list this year! Whether you are vacationing to Florida or perhaps you live here and are in need of a stay-cation.