Watch knights on horseback re-enact an 11th century tournament complete with jousting matches and sword fights while feasting ... More
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
Watch knights on horseback re-enact an 11th century tournament complete with jousting matches and sword fights while feasting on a four-course banquet at the castle of King Alfonso the Magnificent. Admission includes a two-hour show, dinner (which you eat with your hands) and beverages. A cash bar is open throughout the show. There is free parking. Call ahead for timings.
You eat with your hands so bring your own wet naps. Their ONE wet nap at the end of the meal is small. (Bring a bottled water because you will rarely see your server once the show starts.) The food for the most part was very good. EVERY food item was acceptable or good but not all of it was hot by the time it was served. Sit in the center which allows you to see the entire show. Sound wasn't great and I couldn't quite follow the story. Not important! Cast and crew are FIRST rate and horses are exceptionally well trained. GREAT place to take kids WITH 2 for one coupon! THE COUPON MAKES THIS REASONABLE! Be warned, there is WAAAY too much junk to buy. You can EASILY drop an extra $100 for group photo and nick nak JUNK! Tell your kids BEFORE you enter they aren't getting anything else. Just the show, and the meal. I went as a guest with a hospital group just to see what it was and I was very surprised at how well it all came together. Just TOO MUCH JUNK for kids. I would love to go again. Great place for kids MINUS the junk!
What a great place for my 59th birthday! Had a great time, and would go again for sure~ Very pricey though...kids should be cheaper to get in cause they get you with all the extras to buy there! A great show, and I cheered my heart out for my "Knight"~!
Medieval Times in Schaumburg was a lot of fun. I couldn't believe how much it cost and they tried to further empty your wallet by charging $20 for a picture or other cheap souveniers. Although that is typical of any tourist attraction.
The atmosphere was festive and I was very impressed with the size of the castle and the amenities. Everyone was dressed the part, the food was great, and show was entertaining. The staff is very friendly and makes you feel a part of the "times".
There is a bar and dance floor for fun after the show!
We had a great time. The food was served hot. The waiter was very attentive to our needs. Plenty of food and it tasted great. The show kept our attention. It was very entertaining.
The only drawback was that they ask you to be there way too early. You could get there 10 minutes before they open the doors and be fine. They want you there early to buy overpriced drinks and souvenirs before the show. $28 dollars for two beers in a souvenir glass. You can't just buy a beer in a plastic cup. They are also trying to sell you pictures before, during and after the show that are also overpriced.
But for the most part, it was very pleasurable and we would definitely recommend it.
i went to the show a couple months ago. it was a sunday and we saw the kids free ad in the paper so we decided to go but thought it was too late to get tickets. we called anyway and we were able to get tickets for that day! we were told to get there an hour early i don't know why cause it was unneccessary so we just walked around until the show started. once we were seated in yellow and red the server came along and gave us an amusing speech about what to expect. the show itself was awesome, the knights were very good at sword fighting and jousting. my 2 yr old loved it. what really amazed me though was the server. she must have been waiting on like 40 people but i never felt as if i had to wait long for anything and i could not believe how much work she had to do and how much weight she had to carry. the food was great too once i cut it up my daughter loved it! there were some slow parts of the show which offered a great chance to hit the restroom. all in all what a show! and hats off to the servers there. we had been told on the phone that gratuity was not included which i thought was strange considering the ticket price. once the show was over though we felt obligated to give our server $20 from the 3 of us for all her hard work! not bad considering my daughter was free which actually saved us $40. so look for the coupons and go! GO! GO!
The castle and arena were beautiful, and the decor added to the "medieval feel". There is where my enchantment ended. First, when you reserve for tickets, you are recommended to get there 1-1/2 hours before show time. That is so you can spend time at the various "souvenir" kiosks, which were very overpriced and attended by impersonal, rude staff. There is a "dungeon" museum, which consists of a 1 minute walk through a poorly lit hallway displaying torture contraptions you could hardly see. There were no "warnings" for children - in case parents don't want to have to explain what the hideous items were for - and you had to pay $2.00 per person. This exhibit should have been free. Regarding the show, there was more attention paid to "method acting" and extreme theatrics by the knights than to showmanship, pageantry and exciting visual images, which the show lacked. The acoustics were poor, and it was difficult to understand the narrator/presenter or royal court. The jousting and fighting sequences did not start until the last hour of the show. The first part of the show was boring and monotonous, with the knights entering and leaving the arena what so many times without any real action. The king and princess were located at the top of the arena entrance. You could hardly see them or hear them. I would have preferred seeing some sort of parade or better presentation of these characters. The horses were beautiful and performed admirably; but there should have been more of them performing together to give the show more excitement and grandeur. My favorite part of the show was the flying falcon. The food was terrible--most children in the audience did not touch it. I understand the purpose of the bland food is to be consistent with medieval fare, but then what's up with the garlic bread, the broth water that stood for soup, and the "apple fritter" which resembled a garden variety pastry pie you get at a local fast food place. All in all, I felt ripped off and did not receive the entertainment value I sought. $170.00 was paid for 2 adults and 1 child for tickets. A plastic laser pointer, which of course, every child will ask for, was $15.00. I would recommend this place only with discounted tickets or free children's day, and an inclusion of dinner or lunch out anywhere but here. There is no kid friendly entertainment in the castle itself, so don't arrive early unless you plan to spend lots of money on souvenirs and drinks, and walk around with nothing much to do until show time.
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