Medieval Times-Buena Park
What: Medieval Times
Where: Buena Park
For: All Ages
We took Emma to Medieval Times to show her about the knights and take her back in time. The entire experience lasted about two hours, and it was very interesting. Emma loved the food and show, and a plus was that our knight won the tournament!
Prior to the show, the guests are checked in and walk to a host stand where they are assigned a color of knight to root for and given a colored crown corresponding to the color of knight they are given. There is a photo opportunity with a ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ before patrons walk into the castle. The 11th Century European Style Castle has many things to do before the show. There is a full bar available for adults. A shop for souvenirs lines the wall. All of the horses that are used in the show are in stables with glass windows, so guests can see them being groomed and fed prior to the main event.
There is a Hall of Arms where guests can admire elaborate Mediavel decorations. This is also where the ‘Museum of Torture’ sits where replicas of old torture devices are on display. Many weapons are on display from the Armory (some are for sale!). Patrons can also buy replica smaller-scale weapons to take home.
The show starts out with an introduction of the knights and cheering sections. There is a storyline where knights have to win various games in order to win the heart of the ‘Queen’. The games were fun to watch, and the knights were given flowers by the Queen after each game. In turn, the knights gave the flowers to girls in their corresponding cheering section. Emma had a flower thrown to her and it made her night even more special.
The games included jousting which was probably the highlight of the show. The knights get onto their horses and run at each other on different sides of a divider with long wooden spears that fly apart when they run into each other. This was when the crowd was the loudest, cheering on their knight. Fighting with weaponry is another highlight. Knights utilize swords, shields, an alabarda (cross between a battle axe and a spear), mase, armor and lances to fight each other.
A royal falconer also comes out and lets his falcon fly around the heads of the crowd. It’s so interesting to see how close the birds get to the patrons without straying from its goal of flying back to its handler. A beautiful display of horsemanship is also a part of the show. The horses are well trained and beautifully groomed. One horse walked on its hind legs, and Emma couldn’t believe her eyes that the horse was walking like a person. The ‘King’ also read out special occasions that patrons were celebrating to the crowd during dinner.
The food is served almost immediately. A variety of soft drinks are offered for guests. There is also a full bar available for adults. Keep in mind that there are NO utensils offered for guests. The appetizer is tomato bisque soup served in a cup with a handle with garlic bread on the side. Diner is half of a roasted chicken with sweet buttered corn and herb roasted potatoes. There is so much food that servers were walking around offering take-home bags. We were so full at the end of the meal. Dessert was pound cake and tasted amazing. Coffee followed dessert. There are no kids meals offered, but there are vegetarian meals available.
There are five Medieval Times castles around the United States. The crowd consisted mostly of families and people celebrating special occasions. There were also some schools there. Ages ranged from infant to the elderly.
Adults cost $61.95 and kids (ages 12 and under) cost $36.95. If guests sign up online, they are able to see seasonal deals as they come around. When we went, I used a deal that allowed me to go for free on my birthday. Groupon and Living Social often have deals so that guests don’t have to pay full price for tickets. There is also a discount if you purchase tickets online. Drinks were about $15 each (it’s cheaper if you buy it when you sit down for dinner rather than pre-show). We bought Emma a little light-up flower that was $7.
Medieval Times Information
7662 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
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