We are really fortunate to live in Central Florida, where the opportunities for entertainment and dining are endless! This week we are venturing away from Disney – repeatedly – with our first stop being Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Kissimmee. I've passed the Medieval Times castle hundreds of times when volunteering (it's near Give Kids the World in Kissimmee), but I've never been – until now. Medieval Times debuted a new show this past week, along with an upgraded menu.
The Medieval Times Orlando Castle opened in 1983 – next year will be it's 30th year! The attraction is located about 15 minutes from Walt Disney World, and even includes a Medieval Village, where the stables and aviary are found.
The new Medieval Times show was two years in the making, and includes new music, lighting, choreography, and battle scenes. More of what guests want – jousting, sword fights and horsemanship – have been added. And for the first time, a Liberty Horse opens the show. This beautiful, pure-bred Spanish horse has been trained to enter the arena without a harness, reins, or being touched.
What I found interesting was how much the crowd really got into the show! There are six sections, and everyone receives a crown that corresponds with the section color. Each section also has it's own Knight to root for in the show. We were green – green crown, green table seating, and green Knight (each potentional Knight trains for 250 hours after previously being a squire).
We arrived 45 minutes early for our seating, had our photograph taken and enjoyed a couple of drinks at one of the bars. Unlike some dinner shows, beer and wine are not included – but you can purchase alchoholic beverages before and during the show.
The Royal Falconer stands with the Royal Falcon. Both are in the show:
In honor of the new show, a Medieval Castle cake was created:
Here we are, waiting to be let into the arena:
It does get crowded (and the crowd was very enthusiastic!) in the lobby. Characters from the show came through, including the King:
Jeff poses for a photo:
Lord Chancellor is the host, and he warms up the crowd before the show. Once the show begins, he spends most of it on horseback.
The seating for the show is very efficient, with each section being called separately. Once seated, our menu was on the napkin in front of us:
A plate, bowl, and cup are already placed – and the carafe to the right holds the soup that is poured by the server (or as Medieval Times refers to them, serfs and wenches). Chris was our server, and spent the evening doing Rodney Dangerfield impressions! We were told that the drinks were limited to two rounds per guest.
Jeff holds up his cup of Diet Pepsi before the show starts:
The tomato bisque was decent, but I think the weakest of the menu items. The garlic bread came in a naan shape (but was soft).
The food is paced very well with the show. As we were enjoying our soup and garlic bread, the Knights were announced. You can see a guest with "thumbs down" in a couple of the photos!