When Medieval Times Buena Park contacted us to share about their new show and September SoCal resident special along with an offer for my family and Susanne’s to come and check it out firsthand for review, I thought, “Why not?! It would be something different.”
But I have a confession to make: I am a girly girl and I am the mother of two girly girls, so a visit to Medieval Times probably wouldn’t have occurred to me. My girls are not into swords or things of that nature so I honestly wouldn’t have thought of it as something they might enjoy. But oh, how WRONG I was!
Because the experience was AWESOME! The type of fun that makes your cheeks hurt from smiling and the type of joy that comes from seeing your kids in complete awe. Like when the show opened with this magical horse entering the arena…
Medieval Times brings you back to an age of bravery and honor with a dinner and spectacular tournament.
When we checked in, we were given seat assignments along with a special crown denoting our team (black & white) and the knight we would be cheering for.
Before the show we were able to enjoy a pre-dinner drink (a $6 glass of wine - loved the reasonable price) and our kids were able to look around the gift shop and cruise around the garden.
Then we entered the theater in the round…WOW!
Our jovial waiter introduced himself, and let us know the food would be coming out in four courses, and a bar waitress would be coming around for any drink orders if we wished to partake.
It was nice to not have to order specific food (there is only one menu), which consisted of: tomato bisque, focaccia bread with olive oil, oven-roasted chicken, BBQ spare rib, herb-basted potato quarters, apple strudel. The food was delicious!
And then it begun! A spectacle of beautiful horses and noble knights. As the show progressed, it was a sword fighting game of elimination where the knights competed in duels and the winner went on to the next level.
Unfortunately Mr. Black & White knight was knocked out the first round, but that was OK, because we were still able to cheer for our next favorite knight, the one my daughter picked based on outfit color.
Susanne’s daughter picked her favorite based on the amount of sparkles. What did I say about our girly girls? Here is Susanne’s cute family before the show…
Our Medieval Times Tips!
~ Arrive at least 30 minutes prior. Probably 30 – 60 would be ideal. Seating is first come first serve. But there really is no bad seat in the house.
~ Come hungry. It’s a lot of food and it is so good you will want to keep eating the gluttonous sized portions. When in Rome, right?!
~ Bring a pack of baby wipes! In keeping with the theme of the times, you eat with your hands! Yep, no utensils! Kids love this. And I thought it was fun too, but it is messy. The wipes will come in handy. Thanks to my Facebook fan for this tip.
~ Consider ordering one vegetarian meal when you check in. I ordered my one daughter the vegetarian meal, which included hummus and pita chips, grilled veggies and a stuffed pepper. The girls liked the hummus & pitas and my husband liked having some veggies too. Plus, there will be enough chicken to last you for days!
~ Don’t worry about all the leftover food – you can take it with you! They are great with giving you take home containers and bags, so we ate the yummy leftover chicken throughout the whole next week.
~ If celebrating a special occasion, add on the Celebration Package for +$16pp and includes preferred seating, framed group photo, knights cheering banner, personalized announcement during the show, slice of cake, “Behind the Scenes” DVD and a commemorative program. I kept thinking what an awesome birthday party idea this would be for a small group of kids.
~ Take the kids potty before the show. Once the action starts, you don’t want to miss a minute! And after the show, there was a long line inside, but we found an open restroom outside that was vacant. Yay.
~ Be ready to CHEER! My oldest daughter was screaming so loud she got hoarse the next day. The more you get into it and cheer for your guy, the more fun it is.
Overall, we just had a blast, it was completely fun for everyone! And the food was DELICIOUS!
Family four pack ticket giveaway!
Disclosure: Our families received complimentary tickets to the show to facilitate this review. Thank you Medieval Times!
Photo credit: Medieval Times. Except for the personal pictures of course!