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Great Time to Visit Medieval Times

Great Time to Visit Medieval Times

Southern Californians have it good. With tons of fabulous restaurants and fun family friendly places to go, there is one place that comes to mind that combines the two. When was the last time you visited the castle at Medieval Times in Buena Park?

Anytime is a great time to go, but during Spring Break they are offering a great promo! Never attended the dinner and tournament before, here's what you can expect during your visit before and during the show and some fun facts about the show. Make sure to check out the special offers, book your dinner reservation and enter the ticket giveaway below! Huzzah!

The tournament chancellor welcoming the attendees 

The tournament chancellor welcoming the attendees 

Arrive at the castle between a half hour to an hour before your show time to check in, grab a fun souvenir, a beverage if you are so inclined and take apart in the pre show ceremonies held in the great hall.

Line up at the designated door once instructed where you will be guided to your seating area in the arena by color of knight you will be cheering for. Now just sit back, cheer on your knight as they defend their land and the honor of their fairest princess while be served by charming and witty wenches and knaves.

The action is real, the horses beautiful and the food is literally finger licking good (eat with your hands). 

Procession to kick off the tournament

Procession to kick off the tournament

It is kept fairly cool in the arena so bring a light sweater or jacket. Feel free to take all the pictures and video you like and share using Medieval Times hashtags #MTSpringBreak or #MTFan.

So here are some interesting facts about the dinner and tournament: 

  • The average "life span" of a knight 5 about years, depending on the Knight.  Some start young and can do the job longer and like any professional sport, the job is very physically demanding.  Some have gone 10-15 years swinging a sword and jumping off horses. 
  • Minimum age is 18 Y/O to become a knight
  • On average  500-1000 "Baby Dragons" are served per show
  • Last year there were more than 500,000 guests that attended the tournament
  • The arena is kept around 68 degrees for the horses
  • There are only stallions or geldings at the castles.  The mares are all
    kept at the Medieval Times Ranch in Texas, 18 horses per show approximately.
  • The horses arrive at the castle at 3 years old.  Depending on how fast the
    horse learns will determine when they enter the show. It can take up to 2 years or more.   
  • As for injuries, nothing serious, the weapons used are real but they have no edges.  The swords
    are made of titanium and the lances are made of wood.  The knights train constantly
    to make sure even if something goes wrong they can adapt and keep each other
    safe.

Info on the "Ranking" within the knights that perform at the tournament:

Everyone starts out at the bottom, just like in the middle ages, earning their way to Knighthood. Squire position is the beginning, learning the horses, weapons, show, etc, they learn the basics of sword training with a stick, then graduating to a sword.

 Apprentice Knights are next, learning how to fight, how to ride, joust, and fall. After they have proven their skills and endurance they become Knight I, this when they go into the Tournament and are officially a Knight for Medieval Times.

The rankings that follow are Knight II, Senior Knight I, Senior Knight II, and Senior Knight Speaking Role.  After that there is an Assistant Head Knight and Head Knight. 
 

So now that you are in the Know, Here's the info on this amazing deal for Spring Break 2016!

Adults $36.95 Kids $29.95*  Use Code: SPSBWEB (Save on Every Show in March & April) Reg. $61.95 & $36.95

Details: *Use Discount code SPSBWEB. May not be combined with any other discount, special offer or group rate. Not valid for special shows, holidays or prior purchases. Restrictions may apply. Upgrade packages, tax, gratuity and applicable fees are additional. Valid only at the Buena Park Castle for shows in March & April 2016

Falconeer during the show is so amazing to watch

Falconeer during the show is so amazing to watch

Looking to make it an extra special "Knight" to remember? Check out the different ticket packages up can upgrade to for a fully customized experience!

Ticket Packages UPGRADE THE EXPERIENCE
King's Royalty Package (over $40 retail value plus premium seating)

Add this package for only $22 additional per person.

  • VIP First Row, All Section Seating, or Second Row in Center Section
  • Framed Entrance Group Photo
  • Commemorative Program
  • Knight's Cheering Banner
  • Behind the Scenes DVD (One Per Party)

Celebration Package (over $40 retail value)

Add this package for only $18 additional per person.

  • VIP seating
  • Group Photo for Each Member of the Party
  • Commemorative Program
  • Knight's Cheering Banner
  • Slice of Birthday Cake for Each Member of the Party
  • Personalized Announcement During the Show
  • Behind the Scenes DVD (One Per Party)

Royalty Package (over $20 retail value)

Add this package for only $12 additional per person.

  • VIP Seating
  • Commemorative Program
  • Knight's Cheering Banner
  • Behind the Scenes DVD (One Per Party)
Tournament Dinner included with the show

Tournament Dinner included with the show

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the tournament thanks to our gracious friends at Medieval Times  in Buena Park. Good Luck!

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Anton and Michel Carmel By The Sea

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