We had the opportunity to check out Medieval Times in Buena Park over fall break. It was a new experience for all of us, although Peter and I had our own preconceived ideas about Medieval Times. It seemed like a really silly thing to do but we wanted to break away from our typical California adventure and try a few new things. Medieval Times turned out to be a fun adventure, the boys LOVED it!
The best part of Medieval Times is the show. The sword fighting, jousting, and medieval revelry is really well done. We enthusiastically cheered for the green knight all the way to the end. For any Medieval Times newbies, your seating section determines which knight you cheer for. The show kept us entertained the entire time. The Medieval Times website has some videos if you want to preview some of what the show entails.
The show includes dinner from a set menu. There are no choices other than your drink, a vegetarian option is also avaialble. Alcohol is not included in the meal but is available for purchase. While the tickets are expensive, keep in mind you are paying for a fantastic show not a 5 star meal. All of the food is fairly basic with fun medieval themed names like Dragon Blood soup. I am positive the silly names encouraged our boys to try more of the food than usual. I couldn’t believe both boys enjoyed the soup and Elliot finished all of it! We might have to start serving Dragon Blood soup at home. 😉
A Few Medieval Times Tips:
I suggest arriving at least 45 minutes before the show. Seating is based on when you arrive (unless you upgrade for VIP seating). Arriving early allows you a little time to check out the castle, medieval finery and catch some of the pre-show action. The boys loved seeing the horses in their stalls and checking out the medieval souvenirs. They even had real swords that Peter had fun checking out.
There are plenty of opportunities to spend extra money beyond your dinner tickets. There are a couple of special photo opportunities, lots of princess and knight themed souvenirs and a bar for adult beverages. In the very least bring some cash to tip your serving wench at the end of the show.
We don’t buy a lot of souvenirs but found the $5 knight flags to be a good investment for our adventure. The boys waved their green flags like crazy while we were cheering for our knight. It definitely added to their excitement. They were also easy to transport home in our suitcases and a fun reminder of our knightly adventure.
Medieval Times is definitely a splurge worthy activity. It’s pricey but fun and we would definitely go back again!
I was provided with tickets for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.