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Orlando Dinner Shows – Medieval Times

When it’s time to find something to do or simply go out and eat in the near future, you’ll find that there are a great number of options in the Orlando area.  You will have common options like diners, chain restaurants, fast food, themed options, and then you’ll have something that is a little more entertaining. You’ll find that when you search for Orlando dinner shows, you will be treated to a variety of adventurous spots that will not only serve an amazing meal, but will also entertain with a full-scale production of Broadway quality, only with less singing and more energy. One of the mainstays of this option is none other than Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.

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When you decide to visit this awesome spot you will enter into a time machine. The dial will be set for the age when queens, kings, and knights were the norm and when chivalry wasn’t dead; it was revered. Upon entering you will see horses and knights roaming around and declarations on scrolls as you feast with the king and treated to a meal.

There are no utensils to get the ultimate feel that you’re in the coliseum of a kingdom long ago. The dinner consists of various courses that include soup, chicken, ribs, potato and dessert! You will be treated to the traditional games of jousting, falconry and so much more from knights that have spent a lifetime training to become the best of the best.

Once you settle in for the show you will have to cheer on your knight as the event center is divided amongst several colors, flags and crowns. Each knight will compete to see who is the champion, and if you cheer the loudest, you could end up winning a nod of appreciation and possibly a rose from your knight. As the evening comes to a close you will definitely be full of cheer and food, as you venture back to a time of simple pleasures.

If you would like an alternative, and would prefer to stay within the past century or so, you could always check out the other Orlando dinner shows. For instance, Capone’s is a great option where you can enjoy a little taste of the prohibition era. Where bootleggers, mobsters, and speakeasy taverns were the norm. With a little food, drink and a lot of classic characters, you’ll be delighted with a family-friendly showcase of lasting impression.

Editor’s note: For our spotlight review of Medival Times, click here. For a listing of Orlando dinner shows, see our dinner show directory, or read a quick synopsis of each show here. For information on what to expect from Orlando’s dinner shows in general, read this post.

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.

 

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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.