My daughter's birthday is December 17th. In an effort to distinguish her special day from Christmas, I strive every year to create a unique celebration for her. This year, I found something delightfully different for her 12th birthday festivity. We grabbed one of her close friends, and traveled back in time: to the 11th Century. At the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, we dined on a delicious full-course meal, featuring 'baby dragon' (chicken) and spent the entire evening as guests of King Don Carlos and his daughter, the Princess.
Heroic Knights entertained us with their athletic skills, horses pranced and supported their riders, while servants addressed us as 'Lord' and 'Lady' making sure that we were well-taken care of. Being completely immersed in the medieval period, gave us all an appreciation for that time in history and society. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and you will too! All ages will enjoy the experience at the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.
You can pick from the 9 locations throughout North America and Canada at http://www.medievaltimes.com/: From the moment you park your car, the external castle provides a realistic framework for the world within. Kids of all ages (even us Big Kids) will appreciate being invited to a Royal Castle.
Upon entry, you are greeted with a crown to represent your Knight (and seating section), and allowed to wander around the Marketplace of delightful items to purchase as you wait to enter the Royal Arena.
It is very easy to wander around and shop for swords, chalices, and anything your heart desires as a memento of the experience. CLICK and EXPAND the picture below for a full 360' peek.
Meeting some of the other 'Members of the Court', like this falconer heightened the upcoming event with more anticipation!
As more of the 'Lords' and 'Ladies' arrive, you will experience the King's Procession and entourage, as well as watch celebrated members of the court receive knighthood.
We were giddy and geeking out over the trumpets, costumes, displays of plate armor. Then, Veronica's name was called!
Each person was called up, and later presented with their own ceremonial picture. Next, another trumpet sounded, and instructions were announced to report to our Reserved Section.
Then, we entered the incredible arena, were ushered to our seats and could not wait to meet our gallant Green Knight!
The arena, our Hands-On dinner [no utensils here, folks!], cheering on our Knight during his tournament, and the jousting: was a full night to remember.
* All Knights begin their training as Squires - just as they did in the Middle Ages - learning horse care, sword fighting, and weaponry. It takes a minimum of six months of training to become a Knight.
* Knights perform with real metal weapons and wear authentic armor. During battle scenes, real titanium swords create sparks.
* Every shield must be repainted after every show.
* When jousting, the Knights charge at speeds of approximately 15 to 20 miles per hour and reach an impact velocity speed of about 30 to 40 miles per hour.
* Each year, 25 foals are born at Chapel Creek Ranch, where they spend two years training.
* Our horses enjoy retirement at the ranch after 15 to 20 years of performing.
* 125,000 gallons of soup are served each year.
* 400,000 gallons of Pepsi are consumed each year.
* Each arena is filled with about 4,455 cubic feet of sand - about the load of 10 dump trucks.
* Medieval Times is the #1 breeder of pure Spanish horses in North America. (More information about our horses: http://www.medievaltimes.com/about-the-show/the-horses.html)