If you've ever wanted to experience a dash of revelry and valor, spend an afternoon at Medieval Times (picture 2). The show begins with a knighting ceremony, where the fortunate can pay to receive their due ($30 and up) from the King.
Soon after, trumpets sound and the doors to the main hall open wide and the audience is led to their seats. Reservations can be made ahead, but you need to arrive early to have your choice of seats, which are arranged in three tiers. We arrived early enough to get a front row table, which was great for the grandkids.
A wonderful show of horsemanship was interspersed with jousts, swordplay and a story line about a missing Prince. Of course, it all ends well...for the Prince, that is. The performance was a little under two hours and held us in rapt attention.
Admission was $51.00 per adult and included a dinner (using fingers only) and the tournament. We had a coupon that permitted the children to get in for free, so that saved quite a bit. A photo of our group with the King cost $20 additional. A gift shop holds many amusing toys portraying the medieval era. We all loved it!
Again, our knight did not win. One of these days we will be placed with a knight that does. It's a tourist trap, but the food is delicious, and the entertainment is so much fun that it's worth it! Of course, at the beginning, you are cattle, unless you pay to not be treated as such. Whatever, you do, do NOT pose next to the falcon tamer (he is not pleasant).
The entire show is scripted from the moment you step in. You are forced to wait by the gift shop (which frankly, isn't too bad...I live to shop), then you are escorted in the theater. The seats are not comfortable in this location. They are too close together, so if you are sitting next to someone you do not know, it might not be too pleasant.
You eat with your hands...so don't ask for any silverware or your wench might mock you. :D
I would upload our group photo they took of us...but frankly...this one I am hiding.