Stacy Tilton Reviews: Travel back in time at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

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Friday, January 20

Travel back in time at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament


We had such a good time back in 2014 when we first visited Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Schaumburg, IL we decided to go back. This time the weather was a little colder out and a lot more windy. I mean being right next to Chicago (The Windy City) it shouldn't have been a surprise, but man did it blow us around on the highway this time. So much so it slowed traffic down and we didn't get there early enough to do everything we did last time. But we were just glad to be back for another round of fun and some really awesome food! When we arrived we hustled inside to check in and got our team color for the night. This time we were representing the black & white knight. We all put on our crowns and VIP passes and headed for the dining area. Since we were VIP that meant we got to be seated first!


If you've never been before be sure to check out my previous post that gives details and photos of the activities available before the show here. It really is very cool and you'll want to make sure you arrive plenty ahead so you don't miss it like we did this time.


Once we found our table we saw our team colored flags and the place-settings for our meal. You might also notice that there aren't any utensils sitting on the table around the plate. That's because the entire dinner is utensil-free. Yep you guessed it you have to eat with your hands! Honestly I think that added to the fun of the whole evening.


It didn't take too long after everyone was seated for them to get started with serving the food and the show itself. The first course was tomato bisque and garlic bread. It was cool because as they served the foods from their big trays they gave them fun names like dragons blood for the soup. The kids really got a kick out of this part. I on the other-hand was digging in so fast I didn't even have time to think about it. I remembered how good the food was from our first visit and I sure wasn't going to let it get cold.


Since they dim the lights as soon as they started serving the food I wasn't able to get good photos of all of the food, but just look at that chicken! It's definitely well worth picking up and eating with your fingers. In no time at all my husband cleared his plate and then began picking at mine. After the main course was over and they cleared the plates and then they came back through with a really yummy piece of cake. I have to say if you leave hungry you must be crazy because they give you enough food to fill your belly and then some.


As I mentioned before we had the black and white knight that we were to root for. Since we were only two rows up we were able to see him very well when he came around to our side of the arena. My daughter was a little disappointed that she didn't get to catch a flower from her knight this time, but still really enjoyed the show. (The knights get flowers each time they win one of the challenges, then they toss them into the crowd.)


We listened to the king and princess talk about their kingdom with the Master of Horse, saw a Royal Falconer with his bird of prey, and various others from the kings court. We also got to watch the horses perform, see a jousting tournament (and other competitions), and found out which color knight would end up winning overall and defeat Herald of the North. Even tough our knight didn't win we were excited about being able to cheer him on. I'm not sure which was my favorite part, from watching the horses to watching the knights it was all so exciting.


Here's a short video clip I took while watching one of the competitions. This was the moment our knight fell to his doom.


After the show was over we took some fun photos then walked around the rest of the castle checking out the gift shops. There were so many awesome things you could purchase from apparel to themed souvenirs to remember the show. My daughter actually got a light up rose during the show from one of the ladies walking around selling them. It was really cool to see in the dark.

Some fun facts:
• All Knights begin their training as Squires - just as they did in the Middle Ages - learning horse care, sword fighting, and weaponry. It takes a minimum of six months of training to become a Knight.

• Knights perform with real metal weapons and wear authentic armor. During battle scenes, real titanium swords create sparks.

• Every shield must be repainted after every show.

• When jousting, the Knights charge at speeds of approximately 15 to 20 miles per hour and reach an impact velocity speed of about 30 to 40 miles per hour.

• Each year, 25 foals are born at Chapel Creek Ranch, where they spend two years training.

• Our horses enjoy retirement at the ranch after 15 to 20 years of performing.

• 125,000 gallons of soup are served each year.

• 400,000 gallons of Pepsi are consumed each year.

• Each arena is filled with about 4,455 cubic feet of sand - about the load of 10 dump trucks.

• Medieval Times is the #1 breeder of pure Spanish horses in North America.

Plan your visit now and save!  Adults $36.95 and children (12 and under) $29.95 with the code MT3629 through 2/28/17.

So tell me what part of the dinner/show do you think would be the best?

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61 comments:

  1. The horses

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  2. I think the horses parading by would be the best.

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  3. I think the chicken would be the best!

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  4. My niece would love the horses :)

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  5. I have heard of these places many times, I would love to see the show and really would look forward to having dinner there.

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  6. I think I would like the chicken and the clothing/costumes the best.

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  7. Jonathan S.January 23, 2017

    The soup looks great!

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  8. See who wins the final challenge!! mindy_delisi@hotmail.com

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  9. The no utensils lol, what a hoot!

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  10. My boys would love the "eat with your hands!" aspect.

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  11. We want to see the sword fighting!

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  12. I've never been to such a show. The closest thing would be at Beef & Boards but there's more action with the jousting and all. Not sure who the 4th person would be though....

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  13. I have never been, but this really looks fun for the whole family

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  14. When i was little i loved when the knights tossed roses to the ladies

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  15. The jousting and the awards ceremony would probably be hilarious!

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  16. The food looks good. I would like the chicken.

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  17. I think the tomato bisque and garlic bread would be good.

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  18. Oh this sounds and looks like so much fun!! I would love watching them...and the whole show in general! So fun that the entire dinner is utensil-free!

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  19. I would like the jousting tournament.

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  20. I love that they get the audience involved with throwing roses and that everyone gets a flag to support their knight.

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  21. I think it would be the total package....... food & show

    have never been but my brother took his family to several of love the food and show

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  22. The jousting would be awesome, but I think I'd be most excited for the meal without utensils!

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  23. The jousting is fun to watch. This Medieval Times is close to our house

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  24. I'm always partial to the food especially the bread. Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  25. I think the food served kind of authentically would be fun.

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  26. I love the whole experience together.

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  27. I would love watching them joust. That would be fun for the family. Brittney House

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  28. I think the jousting would be the most fun to watch. The meal looks great, especially the chicken. I hope they give plenty of wet naps since there's no utensils!

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  29. I've never been to such a show but really want to. Everything food and show look like a lot of fun

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  30. I think the jousting would be the most fun to watch. The meal looks great, especially the chicken

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  31. My family went to one of these shows at the Atlanta castle three years ago. The show and food were great! We plan on going back. I think the routine done by the Spanish horses was one of the best parts.

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  32. We are planning to take my son to this for his birthday coming up in April! This is so much fun. We think the tournament is the best part. The jousting, the showmanship. I personally love the horse tricks!

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  33. I love watching the horses and the jousting in these shows.

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  34. I think the best part of these shows is getting to watch the horses & knights. I saw this at the Excaliber in Vegas 25 years ago and enjoyed every moment!

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  35. I loved these as a kid, and we will be in town and would love to bring our children.

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  36. I think watching the horses would be my favorite

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  37. The jousting would be my favorite. I have never seen it before.
    Laurie Emerson

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  38. My favorite part would be watching the beautiful horses prance around and also their impressive costumes.
    Balexa622@gmail.com

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  39. I think eating woulkd be fun because they don't have utensils. It gives kid's an excuse to play with their food, and I think our kids would think that is cool.

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  40. I'd like the jousting!

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  41. I would like the jousting the best. The food sounds interesting, I like that its utensil free. The kids would enjoy using their hands but I'm not so sure my wife would!

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  42. I would like looking at all the horses.

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  43. This would be such a unique and fun place to visit with the family! I enjoyed reading your fun facts too :) I am surprised at the fact that the Knights perform with real metal weapons and wear authentic armor. During battle scenes, real titanium swords create sparks. Wow, very interesting!

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  44. Oh this would be such a fun experience all around! Oh the chicken looks amazing!

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  45. Good article, your sharing is so nice, love your work!

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  46. This always looks like a great time. We dont have one in our town,, I wish we did. The dinners always look good and the entertainment I bet is exciting.

    ellen beck

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  47. We have experienced this show in another location. It is a fun time for all.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  48. It is a unique experience eating a whole meal with just your hands!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  49. We thought the horseback events were the best.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  50. I think watching the jousting tournament would be the thing that I enjoy the most.

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