Medieval Times Dinner Show - INFORMATION

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Imagine a majestic castle high upon a hill its turrets, colorful banners wave gently in the wind. Within its walls, spirited stallions perform for their masters at Medieval Times. On this day, his majesty, King Alphonso the Magnificent, has invited six of the noblest knights of the realm to compete in a tournament of games, jousting, and hand-to-hand combat. Only one knight shall be victorious and become the personal champion to the King. Now is the time to begin our magnificent journey into the past. This is Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.

At Medieval Times, valiant knights prepare for their centuries-old Tournament of Games. The competition is the thrilling and dangerous jousting event. Fearless Knights and heroic horses meet in the center of your arena, so you can experience the ultimate test of horsemanship & bravery as the knights wield mace & sword. Steel clashes with steel in an effort to vanquish their foes.

The battle grows as the two warriors fight for the honor of the king and their kingdom. In the end, only one knight will stand victorious. This worthy champion has restored peace to the kingdom and earned the adoration of the noble guests and so ends the adventure.. or does it? Visit Medieval Times and experience it for yourself.

Cheer your brave knight to victory so that he will rise victorious and have his chance to select the Queen of Love and Beauty. Only the strongest and bravest knight who hears the support of the loyal subjects will win! Come to Medieval Times and cheer you knight to victory!

Medieval Times Celebrates its 25-year reign in North America. Medieval Times’ founders first launched their unique idea for a dinner attraction on the Spanish island of Majorca in 1973. This imaginative new entertainment spot was inspired by the true medieval tradition of royal families inviting guests to a festival and feast to watch Knights compete on horseback. During the early years in Spain, the show’s authentic display of classic equestrian skills and medieval pageantry took place in outdoor arenas, a far cry from the climate-controlled castles of today. There, the conventions of today’s shows were established. Guests were seated in sections named for regions of Medieval Spain and encouraged to cheer for the Knight representing their region. As Medieval Times has grown in popularity both in Spain and North America, some things haven’t changed. Like our commitment to the accuracy of weapons and costumes. Others have. The characters and storyline of our show evolve every few years, making sure it stays fresh and exciting for generations to come.

Court King Phillipe: After years of war and sacrifice, King Phillipe finally secured the peace of his ancient enemy, the King of Leone. As a young man, the glory of battle drove the King, but as the day approaches when his son will inherit the crown, the good King desires only peace. Prince Tristan: On a mission for his father the King, Prince Tristan must leave his bride in the King’s care and ride to Leone. With hope for peace in the realm, he travels to sign a treaty that will free the two kingdoms from the harness of war. Princess Leonore: Princess Leonore, radiant in her noble beauty. Newly wed, she longs for the return of her husband, the Prince. Alone at the ramparts, she seeks news of his return and remembers their bittersweet parting. Royal Falconer: The Royal Falconer performs wonders with his mighty birds of prey. The tournament includes a live flight of the royal falcon, soaring over the heads of the King’s guests. Lord Chancellor: Introduces the Tournament of Knights where the guests of the King will behold incredible feats of skill and daring, performed by the brave champions who hail from every corner of King Philippe’s realm. Herald of Leone: Amid the grand celebration a message from the King of Leone is delivered by this brave horseman who has prepared a special stallion presentation for the King and his guests. Master of Horse: The Kingdom is home to a prized collection of magnificent Andalusian stallions. Throughout the evening the Master of Horse and his team will present the King, Princess and their guests several dazzling displays of superior horsemanship.

The horses used in our performances are some of our most talented cast members. Nearly all of our horses are raised from birth on our tranquil Chapel Creek Ranch, in Sanger, TX. Along with Quarter Horses, Friesians, and Menorcans, we proudly raise purebred Spanish Andalusians, a gorgeous breed prized by Medieval royalty for its astonishing strength, agility, and even temperament. Training begins early. As weanlings, our horses are introduced to lead ropes and halters. Saddles come at age 2. Long reigns and simple exercises like lunging follow. At age 3, they go to their new home, one of our 9 North American castles, where they learn advanced-level dressage from a master horse trainer. Then life as a pampered performer begins. After several years in the spotlight, the magnificent steeds retire to live out their lives in comfort and serenity at our Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas.

In battle or competition, the best way to unhorse an adversary. Along with the sword, a Knight's lance is his primary offensive weapon. Lances used purely for competition were made to splinter upon impact, reducing the chances of serious injury to opponents during the joust. ESPADA Light. Maneuverable. Everything a sword should be. During battle, the Knights used the Espada on horseback or in combination with a shield or other weapon. MANDOBLE A heavy, two-handed sword tailor-made for epic swordfights. Because of its heft, 11th century Knights used the Mandoble on foot, often to deal a final blow to an enemy. ALABARADA Versatile, but no less deadly. A cross between a battle-axe and a spear, the Alabarda was used to keep enemies at a distance. Should one miss his enemy on the forward stroke, the point on the back of the weapon can be used to stab with a rearward thrust. BOLA Used on horseback or on foot, it’s as fearsome as it looks. By swinging the wooden handle, the spiked ball on the end of the chain dealt a devastating blow to an adversary. MACE Armor-crushing force at your finger tips. The advantage of using a mace in battle comes from the sheer amount of striking force generated by the pointed weight atop its wooden shaft.

Medieval Times Chapel Creek Ranch. In 1991 we opened our Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas for one reason: to ensure that our purebred Andalusian horses are treated with only the utmost kindness and dignity. With 241-acres of land to run free, we keep our horses both healthy and happy. Pampering these noble animals has paid off. Each year we proudly celebrate the births of a few purebred Andalusian foals who, after years of training, go on to star in our shows. The ranch is also where our horses come after a few years in the spotlight. On this beautiful, serene setting we make sure that our horses receive the royal treatment for their entire lives.

Medieval Times’ new show features a rousing original score by award-winning film composer Daniel May and recorded by the Czech Film Orchestra in July 2007, at Prague’s storied Rudolfinum Concert Hall. It is May’s second score for Medieval Times. During a Medieval Times performance, music is key to more than just fight choreography. Over 120 individual musical cues help the action to dance effortlessly from heart-pounding battle sequences to tender scenes between a Prince and Princess, adding further beauty and depth to an epic tale.

Welcome to the 11th century! Just beyond the magnificent Hall of Arms lies the arena, the heart of each one of our 9 castles. From high above, King Phillipe and his daughter-in-law, Princess Leonore presides over the feast. Below, 1,000 privileged royal guests are transported from faraway lands to a romantic snowy rendezvous in the woods to an authentic medieval tournament—with the help of Hollywood caliber special effects, of course. In fact, each castle employs dozens of staff dedicated to managing the complex lighting, sound and visual effects that go into each performance.
The atmosphere is electric. Because the audience surrounds the field of competition, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Stadium-style seating is divided into sections. During the tournament, each section cheers for its very own Knight, involving everyone in a display of true Medieval revelry.

Castles open 90-minutes prior to show time. The show length is approximately two hours. The schedule of show times varies by season and may be subject to change. Admission price includes the show, dinner and two rounds of select beverages.

Parking : Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament castles offers free on-site car and handicapped parking.


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