All Hail Queen Doña Maria Isabella at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Buena Park
There's a new ruler at Medieval Times
After 34 years there is a new ruler at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Buena Park and SHE rules with a wise heart and a mighty hand! We were told back in November that change was coming! If you haven't heard there's a new twist on this favorite in Buena Park. For the first time a woman and a woman alone rules the knights of the realm. We have experienced the tournament in the past and attended one of the first performances of the new show and the verdict, all hail Queen Doña Maria Isabella, long may she reign.
The show: The new plot is one fueled by drama and is not taken lightly by the queen when a knight who has been acting dishonorably challenges her authority. In the works for the last 18 months, the updated show features new music, creative lighting and new costumes along with the different story line. Breathing new life to this Buena Park tourist staple that is always a locals favorite as well, the show still has all the artistry and athleticism you expect with some new twists. In addition to the female lead role, the showcasing of the talented and beautiful Andalusian horses demonstrating their different walks and jumps was a highlight of the show for me. There is still the touch of humor within the show that is the perfect balance for the battle scenes that keep you on your feet cheering your knight on.
The Food: No fear it's still the same faire you have come to expect at the tournament offering 4 courses with your choice of a vegetarian meal (Fire-Roasted Tomato and Three-Bean Vegetable Stew, served with raw veggies and hummus) or the half chicken aka baby dragon which includes garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages. I have had both options and they are equally great.
- There are 6 ladies who play the part of Queen Isabella.
- Buena Park was one of the first castles to introduce the new show featuring the new story theme with the queen.
- This is the first time a woman character is the star of the show and is the only one allowed to be seated upon the throne.
- More than 700 new costumes were made and designed for all nine castles' performers including horses, all of which are custom-designed and hand-made.
- Ever wonder how many people fit into the arena? The 70,000 square-foot Castle can seat up to 1,110 guests per performance, but average around 850 per show.
- By year’s end, a queen will reign in all nine of the castles in North America.
Few things to know before you visit: Try to arrive 75 minutes before the show to allow for check in, pictures and visiting the Torture Museum that is only an additional $2, I highly recommend doing this they have a ton of antique items along with replicas that are very interesting to learn about. The show runs for 2 hours and there are opportunities to take pictures with the knights and the Queen after each show. Bring a light sweater, the area is kept cool for the horses.
Autism Tips: The music and battle scenes can be loud, so if loud sounds are an issue bring headphones. Eating with your hands is how it works during the dinner but you can always request utensils if it will be too much of a sensory issue. Dietary requests, let your server know ahead of time. Crowds an issue, the main waiting hall will get very full, I suggest you visit the door with the handicap sign (to the far left of the hall) explain your situation. There you will be allowed into the arena before the rest of the guests and escorted to your section calmly. I also recommend you be seated at the end of a row if you need to take a break from the show without disturbing others. If waiting is an issue don't rush to get to the castle, just be sure to be there at least 30 minutes before the show if you want to be seated ahead of the other guests.
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If you were wondering what happened to King Carlos, it is rumored he simply died peacefully in his sleep after a long, productive reign, at least thats what the castle tabloids will have you believe. If you have never been to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Buena Park, know that it is not just for tourists and that you are in for a treat! We have been visiting the castle now for about 4 years and every time my girls enjoys it more than the last time. And if you are looking for a flower from your knight, I suggest you make eye contact, cheer loudly and wave your flags!!!
The castle has graciously offered up a PAIR of tickets for one of my readers to experience the new show for themselves. Enter below and good luck!
Spring Break Savings
Adults $42.95 & Kids $30.95 (Save up to $20 per person) | Experience the New Show
Use Code: SB18 | Valid for any show in April 2018. Parking is FREE at this location.