Medieval Times and Tournament is located right in Hanover, MD! Inside the Arundel Mills Mall and right by Maryland Live Casino. When you first arrive it looks like you're arriving at a castle!!
My boys immediately started yelling "We're going to a castle!" We got our tickets at the box office area and stood in line. (It is recommended you arrive at least an hour prior to show time.) Our tickets were "general admission", but you can upgrade to "Royalty" seating when purchasing your tickets. Royalty seating gets you a front row seat, plus a flag in the knights color at your seat and from what I saw they also get a piece of cake for dessert along with their pastry (or maybe they are given a choice of which they want, I'm not sure.)
When you are allowed in each person is given a crown that they wear with the color of the knight you are supposed to be cheering for. Our crowns were all for the "Black and White" knight! We went inside and had our picture taken with the king, then walked around the souvenir shop looking at the items they have available for purchase. They also have a torture chamber you can tour for an additional fee!
Once you are allowed into your seat you are really in awe of the set up. I didn't realize just how close we would be to the "action". I kept thinking concert style set up, so it was a really nice surprise how even with general admission seats you have an awesome view! The show starts while you are being served drinks and "Blood Dragon Soup" (aka Tomato Bisque Soup), and "Castle Bread" (aka Garlic Bread).
They have a falcon show in the beginning which is amazing and then while you are watching competitions between knights involving getting rings while riding the horses, or hitting a bulls eye target you are served Roasted Chicken, a rib, and potato wedge. The food was absolutely DELICIOUS! There are no utensils used, you have to eat with your hands!
Then comes the real fun! The "Jousting" which is what my boys had been looking forward to! You are encouraged to scream and cheer for your knight and to also "Boo" the other knights! The look on my boys faces and to listen to them screaming at the top of their lungs and chanting "GO BLACK AND WHITE, GO BLACK AND WHITE" was just pure joy.
The entire show lasts 2 hours and definitely keeps your attention the entire time! Even my 2 year old was absolutely enthralled by the horses and show. This is definitely a place you need to go to! If there was ANY criticism that I could give it would be how many "extras" are pushed at you. The picture with the king is shown to you during dinner which is $20. Then they take another picture of you in your seats which is another $20 if you want it, they walk around selling flags for $5 and glow sticks and other things that the kids of course want. But the expense is well worth it to see the amazement on your kids (and yours!) faces!
This is definitely something we'll be going to again! And all that screaming and yelling and excitement ends with some worn out kids, which is every parents true intention ;)
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I received free tickets for my family to enjoy the show in exchange for my unbiased and true review of the experience. This is my own true review with my own thoughts and feelings.
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