The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament’s castle’s towering white walls — set off by a moat and drawbridge — have a commanding presence over the flat Central Florida landscape. The castle, built in 1983, is the first Medieval Times built in North America. Medieval Times now has 8 other locations in the U.S. and Canada.
Medieval Times is still going strong in Kissimmee. It is one of Orlando’s few entertainment complexes outside a theme park to last more than a quarter century. It also is the last of Orlando’s original lineup of dinner shows.
Why the lasting appeal? It’s the rousing excitement of watching a 2-hour jousting tournament where everyone is encouraged to cheer for a team of knights who battle each other with lances, swords and maces while riding truly magnificent horses. The show has a strong family appeal: many adults get caught up in the action with their kids.
Dinner is fun, too, since it’s a medieval-style banquet where the custom is to eat only with the hands. The standard menu is soup, roast chicken, garlic bread, buttered corn herb-basted potatoes and pastry of the Castle. (Vegetarian meals are available.) The dinner also includes 2 rounds of non-alcoholic beverages. Of course, servers are ready to take orders for beer and wine at an extra charge.
The castle opens 75 minutes before showtime. Early arriving guests can visit a Hall of Arms displaying medieval artifacts and a medieval torture museum. A bar is available for adults who would like a rink before the show.
It’s probably no longer proper to call Medieval Times a dinner theater since a lunch-time tournament is scheduled on select days. The daylight show makes Medieval Times a good rainy day option.
Book tickets online for discounts and specials. Look for discount coupons online. Parking is free.