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Medieval Times Slashes Prices!

Medieval Times has been open in Kissimmee, Florida since 1983. A couple of months ago, print publications began running ads for Medieval Times with 50% off tickets coupons, and recently several freshly painted billboards (about 15 or so) advertise tickets starting at $33. We have never seen Medieval Times discount to the general public this drastically. There are several restrictions for this price and they may only offer this through Labor Day.

Medieval Times has been selling tickets through resellers giving a large margin to the ticket sellers. That has changed – you can now get tickets heavily discounted to the general public directly from Medieval Times. This model of discounting to the general public has been Capone’s Dinner & Show’s model for their entire history. That’s why you won’t see resellers selling Capone’s tickets. Ticket resellers may eventually stop selling Medieval Times tickets, because the main reason tourists deal with ticket resellers is convenience and saving money on tickets. If tourists can get the same price dealing directly with Medieval Times, why bother with a reseller?

It has been rumored that Medieval Times was not doing well. Discounting to the general public seems to be their answer to getting the show back on the right track. Be aware, however, unlike Capone’s where you get the best seats based on when you make your reservation, the discounts being offered by Medieval Times are their least prime seats. They will also try and sell you upgraded experiences and better seats. Maybe they can do this since Medieval Times seats about four times as many guests as Capone’s Dinner & Show, who do not charge a premium price for their best seats.

While Medieval Times tries to revive its business using a similar model as Capone’s Dinner & Show, one must wonder… how they will compete in the area of food quality and beverage options? Medieval Times does not pour a premium draft and the only other choice for alcoholic beverages is wine. They also try to save money on their beverages by not keeping guests glasses full. Reviews indicate the meal at Medieval Times is probably the worst of any dinner shows in Orlando. They would be better off increasing their dinner quality, which Capone’s Dinner & Show did last year and upgrading to better beverage choices. However, they would most likely have to raise their price to cover this expense, as Capone’s did with their slight increase this year.

Orlando Tourist Tip: Final piece of advice should you desire to attend Medieval Times, check with Medieval Times directly and then check out ticket resellers prices. Be sure and look at the differences on seating and upgrade deals. Feel free to leave a response below and let others know about your experience at Medieval Times and with any ticket resellers you have dealt with.

Spotlight: Arabian Nights Dinner Show

EDITOR’S NOTE: We regret to inform our readers that Arabian Nights closed at the end of 2014.

Arabian Nights claims to be “the most honored dinner show in the world” yet there are no testimonials, awards they have won or reviews on their web site. I am not saying that it is not a good show, but I doubt they are the most honored dinner show in the world. I searched for a Facebook page for them and was not able to locate it (in fact I searched for many of Capone’s competitors on Facebook and found none with an official page). Capone’s has an official Facebook page where visitors can post unfiltered remarks about Capone’s Dinner & Show.

Arabian Nights is certainly one of the largest Dinner Shows and overall they have a good reputation for the quality of their show. The story line revolves a young girl who wishes to become a Princess and the two genies that embark with her on the adventure. While this is the story line for the show, really the main attraction is their sixty plus horses (in the video it said eighty plus so not sure which is correct). Acrobatics involving the horses and actors to me is the highlight of the show.

Dinner includes a house salad, rolls, dessert and your choice of entrees. Draft beer and Pepsi products are also included. Entrée choices (pick one) grilled steak, grilled chicken, chopped steak, vegetarian lasagna, pork tenderloin and chicken tenderloins with macaroni & cheese is the only kids choice available. Most of the entrees also include mashed potatoes and vegetables.

If you and your group enjoy a fantastic horse show with talented performers Arabian Nights is a great choice for you. Visit them at www.arabiannights.com for more information on one of Orlando’s longest running dinner shows.