Storming the Castle Gates
By Angie Roberts Harris
The castle is incredible! I was stunned by the magnitude and reality of the castle and surrounding grounds. My family arrived an hour early to find a crowd of people already storming the castle gates. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is the #1 dinner attraction in North America.
Inside the Castle
The castle doors open for dinner seventy-five minutes before show time. Arrive early as seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Once inside the ‘Hall of Arms’, check out the intriguing artifacts, visit the amazing gift shop, walk through the medieval torture museum, grab a refreshing drink at the bar, do a jig on the dance floor, and witness a knighting ceremony.
Call of the Trumpets
At the sound of the trumpets in the great hall, all the Lords and Ladies are gathered together to enter the banquet hall for the grand feast! Serfs and wenches lead honored guests to their tables and begin the evening with a drink of stout brew or Pepsi. Make sure to wash your hands before entering because true to medieval fashion, they are your dinner utensils.
The Royal Feast
The royal feasts begins with delicious tomato bisque soup and garlic bread before the main course of roasted chicken, corn on the cob, herb-basted potatoes, and a soft flaky apple turnover for dessert. Our excellent wench kept the Pepsi flowing throughout the evening.
Let the Games Begin
The suspense builds as the tournament commences. The king and other royal family members attend and sit high on their thrones to watch the knights compete. The banquet hall is divided into six colors, representing different cities within the kingdom.
We were seated in the red knight section and of course, he was awesome and won the battle! Out of the many categories in the competition, jousting was my favorite. The snap of the stick and flying splinters were very realistic and I was afraid that somebody was going to lose more than an eye with that big stick!
In addition to the tournament, there are demonstrations of stunning horsemanship, a falcon exhibit, and sword fighting. Flying sparks and loud noise fill the banquet hall at the clash of the great swords. Awesome!
Medieval Times Dinner &Tournament was highly entertaining with excellent customer service, and I certainly left very full and smiling! The nine castles are located in Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Baltimore, Maryland; Lyndhurst, New Jersey; Buena Park, California; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.