A Guide to Medieval Times

It’s often commented on that you will feel like you are a part of a Game of Thrones episode when you visit Medieval Times! A terrific mix of fairy tale and action movie it brings chivalry, showmanship, music, and romance together. A thrilling evening guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!

1.The Show

As the festivities begin, trumpeters herald the guests into the Grand Ceremonial Arena where they are seated in one of the six color-coded sections corresponding to the colors of one of the daring Knights. Serfs and wenches attend to every need of the guests who feast on a four-course dinner in true Medieval, pre-silverware fashion. That’s right! It’s time to dig in with your bare hands!

Based upon the true story of a noble family with documentation dating back to the 11th Century, the show is a non-stop blur featuring heroic knights on horseback displaying some astounding feats and thrilling swordplay. A sweeping musical score and brilliant lights provide a fabulous backdrop for this fun evening of entertainment.

2. The Queen

For the first time in Medieval Times’ 34-year history, a queen has taken the throne. Her Majesty Dona Maria Isabella presides over a tournament of knights who gather in celebration to test their skill against one another in a series of games, jousting, and combat. The new story brings a series of changes to the show including new costumes, custom-designed, and handmade armor, fight scenes, and musical score. Girl Power! It is not to be missed!

3. The Knights

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Six of the best is what you can expect – brave, brawny and ready to do battle in order to be the Queen’s champion. Because even a Queen needs a Champion.

“In myth and in legend, the Knight and the horse are forever linked. Few things are held in such great esteem by the Medieval warrior than a stalwart horse, who possesses the bold courage of his master and the quiet strength of his ancestors.”

4. The Weapons

Medieval Knights use two types of swords. The Espada is a one-handed, short sword used on horseback or in combination with a shield or another weapon. The Mandoble is a longer, heavier, two-handed sword used by knights on foot to deliver powerful blows.

Then there is the lance, a weapon used in battle or tournament. A knight uses a lance to knock his enemy from the horse.  You may see an alabarda, a cross between a battle-axe and a spear or a mace, a weapon made of a wooden handle with a quatrefoil-shaped head.  Keep your eye out for all of the histories your knight is wielding.

5. The Horses

The young foals on the Medieval Times ranch are attended with the best veterinarian care from the moment they come into the world. The relationship between horses and trainers is a powerful one. The Master of the Horses spends years working with our royal horses, training them to stay true and strong in the most heated moments of the battle.

Each horse works with a specific group of knights. This bonding in the form of daily walking and riding can take weeks or months. But, once the bond is made, the rider and the horse become one in the performance, expressed in grace, strength, and speed. The Master of Horses ensures the health and happiness of the horses, who can serve a knight for 12 years or more. The Master of Horses tends to the castle’s stables, ensuring all the horses are comfortable, clean and fed with the finest hay and grains in the kingdom.

6. Falconry

Falconry is all about patience, trust, and caution. The Royal Falconer at Medieval Times must embody all of these traits. Stop by the castle mews to take a closer look at these majestic birds. The Royal Falconer takes pride in talking to the Queen’s guests about how the art of falconry pre-dates the Middles Ages and has played an important role in the survival of both man and bird.

7. Dinner

Queen Maria Isabella welcomes you to dine with her and her royal court. Always a generous host, the Queen has commanded her royal chefs to cook her favorite meal just for you.

Medieval Times’ noble guests feast on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, the pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages. With your meal, you will have a choice of the non-alcoholic beverages of the castle. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

8. Special Occasions

This is the perfect place for a boy scout troop or the office outing. Student groups or seniors everyone has a blast! Celebrating a birthday or an anniversary – the perfect package awaits, so make a memorable ‘knight’ of it on your special occasion!

9. History

This is a family dinner attraction inspired by an 11th-century feast and tournament. Depending on your seating, you cheer for one of six big beefy knights, many of whom have been training for a year to try to become the Queen’s Champion.  You can visit the Hall of Arms and admire the elaborate Medieval décor. There are coats of arms for many prestigious families and a spectacular array of Medieval weaponry; as well as a Museum of Torture, which features reproductions of torture instruments used during the Middle Ages. Because it is based on history, you will feel it all around you.

Medieval Times is not only a fun way to spend the evening, but it’s also an educational way to spend your vacation.  You’ll learn what it was like to be a part of another era and not even realize you are learning!  Make the experience better with DISCOUNT TICKETS!