Disclosure: My family was invited to attend a private backstage tour and provided tickets to the show to facilitate this review, however all opinions expressed are my own.
We have been a couple of times at Medieval Times, and it is one of our favorite shows to enjoy. When I got the invite to attend a behind the scenes tour I knew we were going to have a great time. Not only we were going to enjoy the show again, but we were going to be able to meet the actors and the best part was seeing the horses up close, because you know we love animals at this house.
The tour started backstage seeing the castle before the crowds get in. We got to see the gift shops, bar and entrance without anyone there just yet. It is huge. It looks smaller with hundreds of people inside every night.
Then we headed to the stables were they have the gorgeous stallions (the show has only stallions, the foals and mares are at the Texas Medieval Times Ranch were all the horses are trained). In the stables they keep the horses safe, groomed and they also bath them before and sometimes after each show. They use Spanish breed horses so they have that medieval look. We learned that the horses are of a darker color when they are young and turn white as they get older.
We then met the actors that make the show so awesome. The knights practice with the horses and also practice the battles every day. In order to become a knight you have to go through an extensive training program and then rehearse everyday before the show.
Head Knight Jesse, showed us the weapons that they use for the battles. They use real weapons (although they are not sharped) but the sparks that you see during the show are real and they do not use special effects.
We also got to meet with the King, the Princess and the Chancellor. My camera decided to play a joke on me at that moment so the pictures are not great. (insert sad face here)
Now that we have learned how much time and effort takes to put together this show, it was time to go outside and join the rest of the attendees to enjoy it. To our surprise the offer a special knighting ceremony with the King, and since it was my son's birthday we decided to celebrate it with it.
Then it was finally time to get into our seats. It is time to get in the mood, cheer for your knight and boo the other teams, it is ok, it is part of the show. If you are a lady, cheer hard for your knight and you might get a rose from him. Seat comfortable and be prepared to enjoy the feast. You eat with your hands, the perfect excuse to lick your fingers because the food tastes so good.
Eat away (you might be full and can take leftovers home if you want) and be prepared to be amazed by the tricks and amazing horses. Get your party excited and be loud. You will have more fun this
We always have so much fun that for sure we will be back soon. We have yet to celebrate my birthday during the show, so who knows maybe next year? I wonder if I can become a princess... time to start my research!
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For more information visit Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Park
Dinner & Tournament
7662 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA
Purchase one full-paid adult admission* and receive one free child admission. This offer is valid on all Sunday through Wednesday shows. Must mention or enter discount code KFWEB15 at time of purchase. This offer is valid through April 30, 2015. Call 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878) for information and reservations. (only valid at the Buena Park Castle)