I have had the opportunity to attend most of the dinner shows in and around Orlando. I have seen the good, the bad, and everything in between. I wanted to share my opinion and review of Medieval Times located in Kissimmee, FL. This show takes place in the medieval times where the king and queen rule! While waiting for the show to start I checked out the village behind the show. This is a model of how things were back in the medieval times. There is a building for clothing, a space for the birds of prey, a blacksmith, as well as an area with models of torture devices from the past! (Some kids do not like this area and some parents do not think it’s appropriate so use your judgement before entering this area! There are ways to go around the torture rooms and the doors are well marked.)
Upon entering the castle, you are given a crown with a color to represent the knight you will be cheering on. As you wait in the courtyard, you can grab a drink from the bar, buy some themed merchandise to help cheer on your knight, or even upgrade your experience to offer a pre-dinner appetizer and lounge. Once the king tells you that it is time, you enter the arena. You are seated in your section by color (and knight) with the other people in your cheering section. There are multiple row and you can be seated in the first row for an upgrade price. Once you are seated, you order your drinks from your waitress.
Soon after your drink arrives the show is set to begin! A trumpet fanfare starts the contest to see who will win the attention and possible heart of the princess on her birthday. The knights gain her attention by competing in games such as was done in the medieval times. These games range from target practice with your joust & aiming practice with a spear on horseback to actual jousting and hand-to-hand combat. You cheer on your knight (along with your allies) and hope they win! If they do win, the princess will present roses to the knight to give to the ladies of his cheering section!
In between events there are demonstrations and parts of the storyline are presented. One of my favorite demonstrations was the hawk demonstration. The bird of prey handler shows how they catch their food by diving. They do this by using a small leather pouch attached to a rope that is thrown around. It was awesome to see how precise and fast the hawk was diving and catching the pouch in mid-flight!
While the show is going on, your food comes! You start with a creamy and hot cup of tomato bisque. The main course consists of ribs, chicken, roasted potatoes, and garlic bread! Once you’re done with the main course you also receive a pastry for dessert! One thing I didn’t know until the show was that there are no utensils to eat your food! That’s right, channel your inner child! Here you actually have to eat with your hands and no one will yell at you. The food was rather delicious and was better than most dinner show dinners in Orlando!
Dinner shows in Orlando seem to be a popular thing with the kids and adults alike. This show was one of my favorites for many reasons. First off, for the price you get the best meal that the whole family will enjoy. I loved the show as well. It was fast paced and well rehearsed. If you enjoy the medieval times, then this show is for you. This show doesn’t have any bad language and is well suited for kids of all ages. If your looking for a fun night out in Orlando, come by and check out Medieval Times!