What’s it all about?
The time travelling begins as visitors enter the Orlando Castle in Kissimmee and find themselves in Medieval Spain. For two hours, gallant knights on trusty steeds embark on amazing swordfights and a jousting tournament, set to a backdrop of electrical music and lighting. Colourful costumes, wonderful horsemanship, hand-to-hand combat and falconry add to the entertainment. Amidst the excitement, a story of love and courage set in the 11th Century unfolds, as a delicious four-course banquet is served to guests.
Pick your favourite knight and cheer him along. Choose from Don Iofre Santa Creuthe the Black & White Knight, Don Alberto del Mau the Blue Knight, Don Eduardo del Rey the Yellow Knight, Baron Ruiz de Roig the Red Knight, Don Temple the Green Knight or Lord del Font the Red & Yellow Knight.
What’s for dinner?
True to the period, guests are encouraged to eat with their hands. Delicious delights to feast on include roast chicken, herb-basted potatoes, spare ribs, garlic bread, tomato bisque and pastry of the Castle. The banquet includes two rounds of non-alcoholic beverages and coffee to finish. But don’t worry; there is also a full-service bar available too.
The vegetarian feast includes hummus with warm pitta bread and carrot and celery sticks, three-bean stew and rice, Italian ice cream or fresh fruit and non-alcoholic beverages. Vegetarian visitors are advised to request this option when making their reservation.
What else is there to see and do?
Once guests have had their fill, the medieval torture museum and artefacts in the Hall of Arms make for an interesting peek. However, those keen to dance off the excesses of the four-course banquet will also find a dance floor and bar for continuous fun into the night.
When is the best time to go and how much does it cost?
The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is a very popular attraction in Orlando, so it’s best to make reservations to avoid disappointment. Tickets for adults cost $59.95 and for children 12 years and under, $39.95. This does not include tax and the processing fee or gratuities. Children under the age of 3 years old enter for free, but must sit on parents’ laps.
Enhancement packages are also available which include VIP seating, framed entrance photo, knight’s cheering banner, behind the scenes DVD, commemorative programme and other additions. Choose from the King’s Royalty Package, the Royalty Package and the Celebration Package. See their website for more details.
Free on-site parking is available and includes disabled parking facilities.
The Castle opens 75 minutes prior to the show. This gives visitors plenty of time to pick up a few souvenirs from the gift shop, and see knighting ceremonies and the master falconer with his birds of prey. However, seating is on a first-come-first-served basis so visitors might want to save the gift shop until after the show.
Where is it again?
The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is located at 4510 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee in Florida. It’s just 14 miles from DisneyWorld.