Disclaimer: I was provided with tickets to this event in order to write this review. However, all opinions are my own.
To spend an evening at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Vista, California is to step back in time to the days of kings and castles; lords and ladies; knights and nobles. To spend an evening at Medieval Times is to experience a long ago age that was bold and beautiful. To spend an evening at Medieval Times is to return to an era when a heroic knight on a sleek horse might indeed win the hand of the beautiful princess. And in that moment, every man and boy becomes the brave, handsome knight; and every girl and woman is swept away by his gallantry and devotion.
From the minute you step on to the property, you are immediately thrown back in time. The entrance hall holds banners and lances; shields and suits of armor. Lords and ladies mill about. And if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the royal family.And, of course, there are plenty of opportunities to deck yourself out in classic Medieval Times regalia; and plenty of time to refresh yourself with a stout ale at the King’s Tavern before the dinner begins.Just as the name says, the evening includes a dinner and the tournament. The hearty dinner menu, which includes half of a roasted baby dragon (chicken) on every plate, is served by the happy and cheerful subjects of the King, who bring and serve your dinner on a metal plate and pour your beverage into a metal mug. Our lovely server with the big smile, kept us fed and happy, and went to great lengths to be sure that our special needs, aka food allergies, were met. Dinner was fit for a king.During dinner, you are treated to a show. Beginning with the grand pageant of knights, nobles, and peasants led by the King, the show features beautiful white Spanish horses demonstrating their maneuvers; a falconer with a falcon flying over your heads and around the arena; and horsemen displaying their riding skills.
But the real stars of the show are the Knights. There are six knights – the Green Knight, the Red & Yellow Knight, the Blue Knight, the Black & White Knight, the Red Knight, and the Yellow Knight. Sitting in the section for the Yellow Knight, waving our yellow flags, we cheered him on to victory in the tournament and the jousting. Receiving flowers of victory from the Princess, he gallantly gifted a few lucky ladies in the audience (including both me and my granddaughter) with the carnations.
Medieval Times put on an excellent show that kept the children in our group mesmerized and in awe. It will certainly be an evening we will all remember for a very long time.
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