My son and I are big history buffs and enjoy experiences that make history come alive. One of our favorite time periods is the Medieval period: knights, swords, jousting, fair maidens, and of course, battles. If there's sword play involved, my teenage son is all over it.
What better place to enjoy such things than at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament located at Arundel Mills in Hanover, Maryland?
It is suggested you arrive an hour prior to your show time. That is a good rule of thumb, especially on busy evenings as finding a place to park near the castle can take a little while. Plus, there are great sword and armor displays and souvenirs to check out!
When you first enter, you will receive a crown, a laminated card that tells you what colored section you'll be seated in, and have your photo taken with the stars of the show (the photographer will come by your table during the show for you to see your photo and decide if you wish to purchase it). On this day, we met the King himself along with the princess.
We were able to see the falcon, meet the "royal guard", and look at swords and armor before the fanfaire began. It was a school field trip night apparently, so it was quite crowded and a bit difficult to hear the announcer over all the excited school kids. But we found our seat in the Blue section in the very first row; great seats to see all the action (and we didn't have a Royalty upgrade so it was a delightful surprise to get so up close).
Food is served in courses through the course of the show. The server will tell you what is on the menu and ask if you have any allergies or wish to have the Vegetarian option. You are allowed two servings of drinks (pepsi or water) included with your meal, but you can also order specialty drinks for an additional cost. Food options include: "dragon blood" tomato soup, oven roasted chicken, ribs, potato wedges and an apple turnover pastry for dessert. Food is served in courses so it is piping hot and delicious. The servers do a wonderful job of serving a large crowd efficiently and quickly! (Don't forget to tip your server)
Everything you receive is to be eaten with your hands; no utensils allowed! This makes for a fun, more authentic experience. They thoughtfully include wet wipes for you to clean off sticky hands.
As the show begins, you are introduced to the knights that correspond to each colored section of the arena. We were cheering for the Blue Knight. My son and I both commented that he had some crazy long hair that was very "pretty."
He played up to the crowd and flipped his hair a few times. And he threw carnations quite frequently to ladies/girls in the audience. (my son was even able to get him to throw a carnation to me, isn't that sweet?) Audience interaction is a special part of the show; cheers, boos, and lots of screaming are expected and encouraged. (Just a heads up, if you have asthma and are sensitive to lots of dry ice smoke effects, you may want to sit further away from the front row)
My favorite part of the show is watching the beautiful horses. The white stallions are simply gorgeous and the horsemanship displayed is amazing. (They are difficult to capture if you don't have a great low-light fast shooting camera)
My son's favorite aspect of the show is of course, the sword fighting. He was a very enthusiastic crowd participant; cheering and then booing when the Blue knight was defeated. The plot of the show is fast paced and exciting; and though it can be difficult to hear in an arena of screaming school groups, you still get the general idea of good guys vs. the bad guy. The villain was probably my son's favorite.
We were thoroughly entertained from start to finish. Who wouldn't be with fighting knights, evil villains, beautiful horses, a King and a Princess presiding over the festivities, and a falcon flying over your heads to boot? It certainly is two hours of non-stop action and excitement for Medieval fans!
Two Thumbs Up For:
Engaging Audience Interaction
Purchasing Your Tickets:
Normal tickets prices are $56.95 for Adults and $35.95 for children 12 and younger (you do not have to pay for little ones under three who sit on your lap and do not eat)
While tickets are a bit pricey for a family of four, they do have special offers periodically, including free admission on your birthday with purchase of an adult ticket and free royalty upgrade online.
All Seats are only $32 per person with code 32DEAL through June 30th!
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Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament at Arundel Mills in Hanover, MD. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.