Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament promises more action-packed fun for guests with a new show that debuted June 7th in Myrtle Beach, SC. Having attended this debut, I can recommend it as great family fun–especially for all the “little knights, ladies, and dragon-fighters” in your family.
As guests enter the Hall of Arms, they are transported back centuries to a time where chivalry, rivalry and revelry reigned. Before the games begin, knights and ladies of all ages are invited to enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from the bar, take a Dungeon tour or visit the gift shop.
The Food & Tournament
Once inside the arena, a very attentive servant will deliver a generous four-course meal that includes roasted Dragon (for those with a great imagination) a generous serving of Garlic Bread, Tomato Bisque Soup, Roasted Chicken, Spare Rib, Herb-Basted Potato, and a Dessert Pastry and various Beverages. (A vegetarian meal is available upon request.)
Just before the Tournament begins, and for the first time ever, a magnificent Andalusian Stallion performs without a rider. As guests enjoy their meal, they are drawn into The Battle of Champions which boasts new costumes and a new musical score. In the games, six knights vie for King Philippe and Princess Leonore’s favor as they compete on horseback and hand-to-hand combat with authentic medieval weaponry. Guests are seated in sections named for regions of Medieval Spain and encouraged to cheer for the Knight representing their region.
Even if you’re not intrigued by all the sword-fighting and games, watching the magnificent horses is a thrill in itself. Nearly all of the more than 400 horses that appear in shows around the country and abroad are raised at Medieval Times’ Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas. Opened the 241-acre ranch is home to Quarter Horses, Friesians and Menorcans, as well as the Pure Spanish Horses they breed.
The Pure Spanish Horse was prized by medieval royalty for its astonishing strength, agility and even temperament. After a few years in the spotlight, the Medieval Times horses move back to the Chapel Creek Ranch. In this serene setting, the horses live out their lives in royal treatment.
Medieval Times’ founders first launched their unique idea for an 11th century-style dinner attraction on the Spanish island of Majorca in 1973. This imaginative new entertainment spot was inspired by the true medieval tradition of royal families inviting guests to a festival and feast to watch knights compete on horseback.
During the early years in Spain, the show’s authentic display of classic equestrian skills and medieval pageantry took place in outdoor arenas, a far cry from the climate-controlled castles of today.
Since the first show opened in Kissimmee, FL, in 1983 more than 50 million guests have experienced this popular dinner attraction at one of nine locations in the USA. For more info visit the Medieval Times website by clicking the link above, or call 888-WE-JOUST. Special introductory pricing is available for the new show through 9/30/12.