A few weeks back I had the privilege of attending my very first Knight Training Session and Dinner Tournament at Medieval Times here in Orlando, Florida. My only other experiences with dinner shows such as these have been at the now defunct Dixie Stampede Orlando and Arabian Nights Orlando. My husband used to be a stunt rider at Arabian Nights so I knew he would enjoy the show and I was praying that the food would be better than that at Arabian Nights.
We arrived early and took a stroll through the Medieval Village…
Heed this warning. This section is not intended for kids. Thanks for the heads up Medieval Times and for keeping it real!
Through the month of August on select nights Medieval Times Orlando is also including Knight Training as part of your dinner package for kids 5 to 12 years of age. This experience allows children to get out in the actual ring for a weapons demonstration that they get to participate in.
Before dinner starts everyone gets a paper crown representing their Knight’s colors. As a bonus, each crown has a coupon printed on the inside for $10 off (adult) and $5 off (child) admission for up to six people.
Here’s a shot of the seating. The rows are very long so make sure you hit the bathroom before entering the arena.
One of the differences that I noticed right away was that beer was not included in the dinner price at Medieval Times. This is not the case at Arabian Nights. Arabian Nights serves unlimited beer. Medieval times offers water and Pepsi only as part of dinner service. As an iced tea drinker this was a bit of a disappointment. Here’s the a la cart alcoholic beverage selection which you can pre-pay for before the meal and get during dinner service.
Despite the beverage setback I must say that the food at Medieval Times is delicious! I enjoyed everything we were served starting with the Tomato Bisque Soup which was followed up by a piece of Texas Toast for dipping. Notice the handle? The rumors are true. There was no silverware used in medieval times hence there is no silverware at Medieval Times. =) Keepin’ it real yet again.
The main course was a meat fest including one rib, a half roasted chicken and a split seasoned baked potato. All delicious! I failed to get a picture of dessert which was equally as good. It was a flaky apple turnover. Yum! We were also offered coffee to finish off the meal. FYI…a vegetarian meal option is available if requested in advance.
The show was definitely entertaining. There were three kids in our group and their attention was held the entire time. I quite enjoyed it myself. I’d have to say that I enjoy the Arabian Nights show a tad bit more, but I definitely enjoyed the food at Medieval Times ten times more and I think that the food makes for a more well rounded overall experience.
I would definitely recommend Medieval Times Orlando to anyone visiting the Walt Disney World area and locals as well. It was a fun night out with the family and the food was fantastic! Tickets to the dinner show are $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for kids 12 and under. These rates do not include tax, processing fee and gratuity. However…with the 2 3 4 and More Promo you can get tickets for as low as $35! Medieval Times Orlando is located at 4510 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34746. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-888-WE-JOUST.