I’m a gladiator loving, action adventure seeking, vampire slashing kinda girl.
So it was a normal night for me to take a step out of my reality and into a more primal setting as a guest of the new Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament show which premieres tonight July 19th to the public.
And let me tell you, those handsome men on horses had me bucking out of my seat and cheering loudly for the tournament of jousting, sword fighting and fancy footwork by the skilled horses they rode in on. It reminded me of ancient gladiator fights in the Roman Coliseum.
I was awed as soon as I walked into the “castle” with trumpets blaring and the King making his presence before the people. Right there in the middle of the courtyard, there were ceremonies with little boys and girls getting knighted by the King. The handsome knights were mingling and taking pictures with all of the townspeople (that would be us) and there were lots of delicious hors d’oeuvres to eat before the show.
Once inside me and my three girls, Mikaela, Kaitlin and Milan were seated at Table 2, front row and cheered for the Black and White Knight.
This marks the attraction’s first new program since 2007! I was intrigued by how well-trained the horses were. I’ve never seen a live performance where a horse gallops, prances and dances with such elegance and poise. I could have sworn I saw a horse doing the Cupid Shuffle!
It took almost two years in the making, and the new live production definitely delivers. It was action-packed to the point I felt like I was an extra in an action movie! I loved it. There was jousting and exploding jousting sticks (lances) when a horsemen hit a shield! And there were swords that sparked a bit when the swordsmen struck each other.
The horsemen played games and those who won received flowers from the princess who sat high on a perch by the King. The horsemen then threw flowers to the ladies in the audience and my 8-year-old Mikaela even caught one. I must say there is nothing like a knight in shining armor truly serenading you. Sweet.
I ate like a queen!The menu included: Pureed Tomato Soup, Garlic Bread, Oven Roasted Chicken Half, Larger BBQ Spare Rib, Herb-Basted Potato, Apple Pastry.
Along with the traditional jousting, sword fights, horsemanship and falconry, the production includes a number of other updated components including new costumes, theatrical lighting, horse dressage elements, choreography and battle scenes. There’s also an entirely new musical score custom-composed for Medieval Times and recorded in Kiev, Ukraine. And the fight scenes at the end were action-packed!