We took the kids in Buena Park. The food is kinda-sorta ok cafeteria food. I was more impressed with the operation that could feed than many people that quickly. Our knave or serf or whatever they call the server was friendly and helpful.
The show: I was okay with all of it in its hokeyness until the very end when the green knight was "wounded", off his horse, prostrate on the ground, clearly defeated. The vanquishing knight asks for the thumbs up or thumbs down and the whole place starts lustily chanting "KILL HIM, KILL HIM, KILL HIM!" We see the blade start to come down, there's a big noise and then all the lights go out. The place erupts into riotous cheering and NOT 10 SECONDS LATER out comes a rider on a white horse with a huge american flag. And because of the imediate juxtaposition, I couldn't help but be struck by the message; that violent revenge is patriotic and we amuse ourselves by playacting at being merciless. I wonder how many of those same cheerers were outraged that children might have seen 1.5 seconds of a bare boob during the super bowl.
I've never even heard of such a thing, though we do have Renaissance Faires in California. The food at those is pretty bad. I remember people gnawing on huge turkey legs and eating those deep fried onion flowers.
I really opened this post because BabyLitigator in Chains is so funny.
I've been to Medieval Times twice, both times at the Buena Park (CA) location. The food is ok, but you're not there for the food. You're there to watch the show, and to eat at the same time. The bill of fare includes soup, half a chicken, half a roasted potato, a pork rib, and a generic pastry for dessert, plus two beverages (either cola or beer). It's a LOT of food, and while I've had better, I've also had much worse, too.
The show is hokey but fun, and the actors are very good at what they do. One warning, tho: if you're allergic to horses, take your antihistamines before you go.
In my mind, it's expensive if you think of it as just a meal. If you think of it as an evening's worth of unique entertainment, tho, it's not so bad. We plan to return again someday. (Once every five years is probably about right.)
Never been to one.I think they had one at one time,on Roosevelt Avenue here in San Antonio,but maybe it was a Shakey's Pizza.If they did,it didn't last here in town.Never been to the show at Excalibur in Vegas either.
Would be fun just to go once even if it is hookey.I know it's nothing like a real medieval torunement was like.
I've been twice to the one in Schaumburg, Il. The first was a company sponsored event where we took my MIL. She absolutely hated the idea of eating with her hands. The second time was with my sister and then 10 yr old nephew. By the luck of the draw we were seated front row, middle of the stadium, all the action was squarely in front of us. My sister was selected as a "knight's lady" and he gave her his colors to wear. My nephew got so wrapped up into the sword fighting (again, right in front of us, just a few feet away) that he began jumping up and down and yelling "die, die"! The food is so-so, they try to get with add ons such as a photo with the king or toy swords, but the action is first rate and well scripted. My only warning would be not to sit in the front row if horse smell and dust bothers you, fortunatley we all grew up around horses.
Many years ago my DW and I took our kids and our friends with their two kid to MT on New Year's Eve. The Kids were probably 10 & 14. We had a blast. They give you some crappy food, some crappy drinks, you screamed like a fool with your kids for a couple of hours and then go home.
What could be better.
"They give you some crappy food, some crappy drinks, you screamed like a fool with your kids for a couple of hours and then go home."
You've just described every meal I've ever had at Cheesecake Factory.
There's an MT near Baltimore that I've been meaning to try with the kids, just for kicks. Sounds like a louder alternative to pizzas and beer at the duckpin lanes.
We've been to the one in NJ. The kids had a blast. My parents, who don't ever go out and don't speak English, had a great time. It's about having fun. I think it's about $45.ish a head. Food was basically as described above. Would I go again? Maybe with a bunch of friends.
By the way, there are similar shows in Florida...Orlando, where else! Themes are different..pirates, arabian nights, cowboys and the food varies. It's not gourmet but it's a fun night.
Anyone been? Yup, once on a class trip in 7th grade and once for my birthday in 8th grade. Both times went to the Meadowlands location in Jersey.
Any good? The first time we went I loved it. We were served a veg. soup, a whole cornish hen, 3 ribs, half a potatoe and then a slice of tart for dessert. As I remember the food was good (at that age I had already developed a "chowish" personality) and I felt like I was at a real medieval banquet. The second time they served less (but the same) food so I didn't enjoy it as much. I really enjoyed the show and cheering for my knight.
I don't know, I didn't pay either time. But I think when you go for a birthday party the host child gets in free?
Would I go again? I don't think that I will go back for my own amusement. But, I think it is something that I would bring nieces or nephews to.
Side question: Are there any other dining/show like this elsewhere in the country?
> Never been, probably never will, but gotta ask.
> Anyone been?
Yes; three times and plan to go more as we travel about the US.
> Any good?
It can be but don't expect haute cuisine. The chicken and rashers are solid enough, the lentel soup I liked but the daughter-units hated, and our knight picked my youngest as his Lady. What's not to like? The show is scripted but still enjoyable.
> How much?
It's an amusement park price, or a show price, where you also get dinner included. If the price is the only driving point you're concerned about, don't go. If you like stuntmen showing off their skills and the like, it's worth every penny. Personally, I've enjoyed the heck out of each show. On our last visit, our City harolded our knight the loudest with several cadence-driven cheers. It was a blast.
Anyone been? Yep
Any good? Nope
How much? Too much
Your last question made made me chuckle, not because I'm mocking your question, but because if you are looking for authenticity, this is the last place you'd go.
I went back in the mid 90's while on a business trip to Dallas. I don't remember the menu perfectly, but I think I recall getting a bowl of soup that you drink, a 1/4 roasted chicken and steak fries that you eat with your hand. (no utensils..get it?? har har). There was also some sort of dessert..maybe a brownie or something else you could eat with your hands.
The show itself wasn't bad. I'm just not into SCA, so I wasn't that into it.
You're not missing much.