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Spotlight: Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

This 11th century-style dinner attraction was inspired by the true medieval tradition of royal families inviting guests to a festival and feast to watch knights compete on horseback.  You can’t help but notice the Castle’s towering white walls, complete with moat and drawbridge, in the Kissimmee landscape.  The Castle also features an authentic eight-cottage medieval village.  Some things have changed over the 27-year history of Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, such as the characters and the storyline, but the commitment to the accuracy of the weapons and costumes of the times have not changed.

Royal guests are treated to a romantic, snowy rendezvous in the woods and an authentic sword fighting and medieval jousting tournament on horseback!  This entertaining show really lets you get a glimpse into the years from the century of 1001 to 1100.  Along with the kings and knights, the stars of this show include some very talented stallions.  These magnificent horses are raised mainly at the Medieval Times’ Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas.  This 241-acre ranch houses Quarter Horses, Menorcans, Friesians, and also breeds purebred Spanish Andalusians.  They raise more than 400 horses here and begin training them early, introducing them to lead ropes and halters as weanlings.  More initial training follows until age three, when they move to one of the nine Castles in North America.  Here, they learn advanced-level dressage from a Master horse trainer.  Then, they get to live the pampered life of a performer!

The show also includes a 4-course feast.  This starts with soup, then chicken, ribs, potato and dessert served by medieval characters. They do have a vegetarian meal available as well.

So, come out and cheer for your favorite knight!
Approximately 10 miles from the Disney area at:
4510 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee, Florida 34746

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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.