Silly Sunday – Medieval Times

Yesterday was a glorious, majestic day. Due to a 2-for-1 special, we booked tickets to that apex of classiness, the Medieval Times….restaurant? Dinner theater? I’m not sure how to classify it. I guess their website refers to it as “Dinner and Tournament.”

So, yeah. It’s dinner theater. For the SCA and Renaissance Fair crowds. And children. What I can tell you is that it is most definitely not geared toward a thirtyish childless couple. Still, we were in the mood for some cheesy entertainment, and for a total of $70, came out about the same or cheaper than dinner and a movie.

My husband is not particularly a fan of the Medieval Times commercial enterprise. He also doesn’t enjoy RenFaires. I am often openly mocked for my love of both. What can I say? I dig the pageantry. I love horses. I love swords. I enjoy giggling at men who have hair longer than I could ever hope to grow my own coarse, curly frizznest. It’s just plain fun.

In anticipation of the silliness we were about to take part in, I decided to spend some of yesterday afternoon putting together some illustrations for you all. You see, Missie over at The Unread Reader posted a hilarious diagram in her Flap Off post about elevator etiquette, and rekindled my love for crude Paint pictures. They are the BEST. I love Paints! I feel like they even the playing field for illustration capabilities. There’s only so much you can do with a Paint program.

So, without further ado…

If you don’t know much about Medieval Times, here’s the gist: Dudes with long hair on horses are knights who fight each other in elaborate staged sequences. There are also some dressage displays and hand to hand combat, but the most exciting bit is always the joust.

In the joust section, the knights take turns pretending to knock each other off their horses. They are very good at taking dives. They violently fling their shields and gracefully swoop their legs over the horse’s back and leap into a beautiful tuck-and-roll. Ooooh. Ahhhh. The horses always looked a bit freaked, though.

The meal is part of what justifies the high price of admission. You aren’t allowed silverware, but you do get quite the haul: soup, garlic bread, half a roasted chicken, a spare rib, half a roasted potato, dessert, and two glasses of Pepsi (it’s “Medieval” Pepsi, as our server jokingly pointed out). You can also get a cup of coffee at the end. Let me tell you, that food is good. They bring it around in courses as the show progresses.

We were so hungry by the time that chicken came around that we gobbled it all. And though they don’t actually serve your beverage in goblets, they were much easier to draw, and my husband thinks I’m weird because I prefer to drink out of, and use the word, “goblet.” Sometimes a girl just likes to feel fancy, okay?

We ended up having a lot of fun. We cheered for our knight while wearing our stupid paper crowns. We booed the other knights when they beat our knight. We admired the horses and ate good food and let ourselves be kids again. Or as they might say at Medieval Times, “A most glorious time was had by all.”

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10 thoughts on “Silly Sunday – Medieval Times

  1. Verily that which hath been rendered in Paints does so exhibit great glory. Yay! It sounds like you had a great time! I think the "Go Pony" really takes the picture to another level of awesome. I was waiting all day for Silly Sunday 🙂 I love this feature. I loooooved Medieval Times! I went to a Medieval Times birthday party once. If you ever want to buy friendship, I can vouch that is the way to go. She wasn't even nice but I pretended to be her friend for a whole 'nother year on the hopes that her next party would be just as awesome. Alas, she picked Hot Skates and that wasn't a good enough bribe for me. Gosh, I was a really mean little kid.

  2. So I just told my fiance about the Medieval Times birthday party and he says I was an awful little girl 😦 It's not like I was an undercover BFF! Ok, I'm going to go repent now…

  3. I have been to Medieval Times twice, in Toronto and in Myrtle Beach, and enjoyed it tremendously. Of course I know it's pageantry, but it's fun and my kids enjoyed it a lot. The food was great and we all had a great time. Would I go for a third time in another city? Definitely.

  4. I loved that! Totally awesome paint pictures! You're so talented compared to I. I can barely manage stick figures, even on Paint. Lol. It's been ages since I've been to Medieval Times! I'm now having a craving for the experience…Asher K.

  5. OhEmGee you're totally right about how fun this is! I got to go when I was in Las Vegas a few years back. You described it just how I remembered it… and the pictures illustrate it pretty well too, haha.

  6. I've always wanted to go! Glad to know I'm not the only educated adult who wants to sink her teeth into a turkey leg and lift a glass of mead!

  7. @Aleeza – If you're ever around an area that has one, you should check it out. I think it's a blast, even if it's a little pricey.@Smalls – You are way better at medieval speech than I am. I laughed out loud when I read that. I also really like how you stayed friends with that girl just in the hopes of a second MT trip! Skating rink? So passe. That's okay. I don't judge you. I probably would have done the same thing. :)@Stephanie – I would like to try a different one in another city sometime. I think it's a great travel "to-do."@Asher – Beware the Paint! Once you start, it's really hard to stop. I could do it for hours.@Aylee – You're right. I think my pictures really capture the glory and elegance of it all. lol@Beth – Yeah, I think it's at most a once a year or every other year kind of thing, otherwise it would be too repetitive.@Lisa – Yes! It's fun to pretend you're in another time, even if it's completely ridiculous. I love it!

  8. hehehehheehe!I have always wanted to a Medieval Times restaurant. Thanks for making me feel like I was there with your awesome drawings. LOVE THEM. Hurray for girls who like to feel fancy.

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