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Spotlight: Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Although we’d rather have visitors choose Capone’s Dinner Show over any other dinner theater, many guests attend multiple shows during their vacation. Therefore, we’d like to provide our ‘review’ of the other shows in the area. In this post we spotlight Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. We’ll give you our favorable comments – as well as some insight as to why Capone’s may be your better choice – if you’re only attending one dinner show.

 

Read our review…

This 11th century-style dinner attraction was inspired by the true medieval tradition of royal families inviting guests to a festival and feast to watch knights compete on horseback.  You can’t help but notice the Castle’s towering white walls, complete with moat and drawbridge, in the Kissimmee landscape.  The Castle also features an authentic eight-cottage medieval village.  Some things have changed over the 27-year history of Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, such as the characters and the storyline, but the commitment to the accuracy of the weapons and costumes of the times have not changed.

Royal guests are treated to a romantic, snowy rendezvous in the woods and an authentic sword fighting and medieval jousting tournament on horseback!  This entertaining show really lets you get a glimpse into the years from the century of 1001 to 1100.  Along with the kings and knights, the stars of this show include some very talented stallions.  These magnificent horses are raised mainly at the Medieval Times’ Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas.  This 241-acre ranch houses Quarter Horses, Menorcans, Friesians, and also breeds purebred Spanish Andalusians.  They raise more than 400 horses here and begin training them early, introducing them to lead ropes and halters as weanlings.  More initial training follows until age three, when they move to one of the nine Castles in North America.  Here, they learn advanced-level dressage from a Master horse trainer.  Then, they get to live the pampered life of a performer!

The general consensus of this attraction is the show is very entertaining, and the medieval village is interesting, but there is no staff on hand in the village to explain things to the guests.  Things were sure a lot different in the 11th century so the average guest does not know what the artifacts were used for.  The staff generally seems disinterested and robotic, not ‘in character’ like the staff at Capone’s and some of the other dinner shows.  They also have vendors running around during the show trying to sell you souvenirs.  To me, this is a turn-off.

The show also includes a 4-course feast.  This starts with soup, then chicken, ribs, potato and dessert, served by medieval characters. They do have a vegetarian meal available as well.  Most people agree that the food was not the highlight of this show, and that the wait staff gets in the way of the show.  Capone’s buffet keeps the food HOT unlike plated food with servers trying to deliver hundreds of plates of food to the guests while still hot – many guests receive cold food at other dinner show restaurants.

Medieval Times also tries to save money on their beverages by not keeping guests glasses full. I personally think the dinner at Medieval Times is probably the worst of any dinner shows in Orlando. In my opinion they would be better served increasing their quality of beverages and dinner. That’s the track we took at Capone’s Dinner & Show and we have had to raise our prices slightly to deliver a tasty meal and upgraded beverage choices.  We also offer the best selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Medieval Times does not pour a premium draft and the only other choice for alcoholic beverages is wine.

As we mentioned in our August article, if you desire to attend Medieval Times, check with Medieval Times directly and then check out ticket resellers prices. Be sure and look at the differences on seating and upgrade deals.  They have been offering discount prices direct to consumer, so you may actually pay more going thru a reseller.

Medieval Times Orlando Slashes Prices!

Capone’s Dinner & Show has been open for over 18 years and Medieval Times was already open many years before we opened. I started seeing print publications with 50% off tickets a couple of months ago, and on Friday I was driving back from Ft. Lauderdale, I noticed freshly painted billboards (about 15 or so) saying tickets start at $33. In my time in the business (18 years) I have never seen Medieval Times discount to the general public this drastically.

Medieval Times model, for as long as I know, was selling tickets through resellers giving a large margin to the ticket sellers. That has changed – you can now get tickets heavily discounted to the general public at Medieval Times. While discounting to the general public has been Capone’s Dinner & Show’s model for our entire history and that’s why you won’t see resellers selling Capone’s tickets. Ticket resellers will, in my opinion, eventually stop selling Medieval Times tickets, because the main reason tourists deal with ticket resellers is convenience and saving money on tickets.

I had heard through the grape vine that Medieval Times was not doing well. Discounting to the general public seems to be their answer to getting the show back on the right track. Now I will add this, unlike Capone’s where you get the best seats based on when you make your reservations, the discounts being offered by Medieval Times are their least prime seats. They will also try and sell you upgraded experiences and better seats. Because Medieval times seats about four times as many guests as Capone’s Dinner & Show, we do not charge a premium prices for our best seats.

While Medieval Times tries to revive its business using a similar model as Capone’s Dinner & Show we continue to offer the best dinner show meal (it’s buffet style so you get many more choices) in Orlando. We also offer the best selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Medieval Times does not pour a premium draft and the only other choice for alcoholic beverages is wine. Medieval Times also tries to save money on their beverages by not keeping guests glasses full. I personally think the dinner at Medieval Times is probably the worst of any dinner shows in Orlando. In my opinion they would be better off increasing their quality of beverages and dinner. That’s the track we took at Capone’s Dinner & Show and we have had to raise our prices slightly to deliver a tasty meal and upgraded beverage choices.

Final piece of advice should you desire to attend Medieval Times, check with Medieval Times directly and then check out ticket resellers prices. Be sure and look at the differences on seating and upgrade deals.

Capone’s Dinner & Show, Second to None & Great Food to Boot!

It’s a blast from the past and fun for all ages!  Mobsters, dames, Al Capone, Buggs Moran and speakeasies take you back to another era. You see it is 1931 gangland Chicago and Al Capone invites you to experience his one of a kind show. Capone’s blends an awful lot of different show concepts wrapped into one. Beautiful dancing girls, stand up comedy, upbeat musical productions, loads of comedy and guest interaction with the cast. We also offer the most choices of delicious food on our huge buffet plus we also include with ticket price Bud Light draft, wine, cocktails, the usual soda choices, Kiddy Cocktails, fresh brewed iced tea, cranberry juice and fruit punch. Desserts included too Al’s a very generous guy. Visit our web site www.alcapones.com for full menu selection.

One of the most often asked questions we get asked at Capone’s Dinner & Show is if it is suitable for children. It’s also the hardest question to answer because so much depends on what kind of parent you are. We have had many repeat schools attend our show but if you are very conservitive and far right religiously,  then my recomendation for an Orlando Dinner Show for your family would be Medieval Times because of the quality of it’s production and it is very family friendly. However be prepared to spend more on Medieval Times visit www.medievaltimes.com for the best prices when you buy online and then compare Medieval Times prices to Capone’s Dinner & Show. For over 17 years we have discounted our tickets direct to the general public. There’s no middleman with Capone’s. Arabian Nights tickets you can get from resellers for just a few dollars more than Capone’s but in my opinion the quality just isn’t there. Arabian Nights gives a large margin to ticket resellers. Save the middleman profit and perhaps a time share spiel when you visit Capone’s Dinner & Show.

I hope you’ll consider checking out our web site www.alcapones.com and decide for yourself.

Attraction Spot Light Orlando Dinner Shows from Arabian Nights to Sleuths and More!

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction – This Orlando dinner show is now closed.

The fairy tale at this long established show is one of Arabian Princes and Princesses along with their Royal entourages. The show is done in an arena setting because of the many exquisite horses that join in this lavish production of Arabian Royalty and scoundrels.

Dinner menu options vary but are all served to you by damsels and warriors. They offer upgraded meal selections in addition to the base menu.

Visit them on the web www.arabian-nights.com

Capone’s Dinner & Show

It’s the era of mobsters, dames, Al Capone, prohibition and speakeasies. This fun filled show takes you on a journey back in time to a raucous and wild time in American history. But don’t be concerned this show is family friendly and a blast for all ages.

Dinner at Capone’s is served buffet style with a large selection of both Italian and American favorites. If you pick the show to attend by quality and freshness of the food then Capone’s is for you!

Visit them on the web www.alcapones.com

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Daring Knights jousting on sleek horses are the main attraction at Medieval Times! The “theatre” is actually a huge arena. Different areas of the arena are assigned knights to cheer for while wearing their crowns color corresponding to the knight you are supposed to cheer for and at the end one section will win! A new show is open but concept remains the same.

Dinner is served in four courses starting with soup, chicken, ribs, potato and dessert served by medieval characters.

Visit them on the web www.medievaltimes.com

Outta Control Dinner Show

Orlando’s only magic dinner show! High energy standup comedy combined with  feats of magic and audience participation is sure to tickle your funny bone.  A ninety minute experience this dinner show combines magic, comedy and audience interaction

Dinner is pizza, popcorn, salad and dessert

Visit them on the web www.outtacontroldinnershow.com

Pirates Dinner Adventure

Set sail on a pirate ship for swashbuckling fun on the high seas! The Princess Anna has been taken hostage and this group of dangerous pirates is on a mission to rob, pillage and plunder. Musical productions and astounding acrobatic feats are the main attraction to this show.

Port of call feast is included; meal upgrades and VIP experience are available at an extra cost.

Visit them on the web www.piratesdinneradventure.com

Sea World Makahiki Luau This Orlando dinner show has been replaced with “Dine With Shamu”Read more…

The tropics brought to Orlando by Sea World this traditional Hawaiian Luau serving Pacific isles cuisine. Fantastic island costumes, breathtaking fire dances. You can take your family to the tropics right here in Orlando. One of Orlando’s best dinner shows for families but it will cost you also one of the more expensive. Adults may not enjoy it as much as the kids.

Dinner is served family style your choice of delectable entrees and dessert.

Visit them on the web www.seaworld.com

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show

A basic who done it murder mystery dinner show featuring multiple shows and three theatres providing an audience interactive show which includes much off the cuff humor. Clues are delivered and guests compete to identify the killer and win prizes. The cast of the show makes all the difference here the cast makes this show as some of the scripts are not the greatest.

A variety of menu options are available and Sleuths also offers a variety of meal plans including meal upgrades.

Visit them on the web www.sleuths.com