Medieval Times Atlanta’s new show is a rich mix of chivalry, sword wielding, equestrian pageantry, and jousting tournaments. So, what’s missing? Heavy wizardry, and a plethora of plot lines to hard to follow for most kids.
The new show was inspired and based on feedback from fans, and after taking along my seven-year-old son, and five-year-old daughter, the new changes and added elements made sense. More on that later.
In the main entrance, an expansive fireplace keeps the fires burning, albeit through the sorcery of modern technology. This time, we were assigned tables in the black-and-white-knight’s section, and where our loyalties would lie during dinner.
Tip: Arrive early and grab a photo, see a live owl, knighting ceremonies, or visit the castle’s torture museum.
Before entering the theater, we had some time to get our picture snapped with a live falcon, and a real-life falconer. The picture turned out awkward – a stranger among us calling fowl.
My five-year-old daughter rushed the photo staging area with the show’s princess. Upon giving her a hug (awww), she ran off with one of the many $15 goblets for sale and strategically placed in random places throughout the castle. My daughter greeted me with the excitement of a crusader, only to be tracked down by the same princess, demanding the return of this holy grail. From that moment on, I had dropped from the role of a self-respecting townswoman to a common thief. Seriously, she looked at me like I was in on it.
After that I needed a glass of vino (sans the souvenir grail) from the barkeep before making our entrance through heavy wooden doors to the almost 1,000-seat theatre.
Tip: Thirsty for the frosty brew? Medieval Times has a full liquor bar to quench your thirst including Sam Adams Seasonal beers on tap.
Each place setting includes complimentary flags to help you cheer on your knight. Our serving wench was amazing, she checked on us frequently, and even handled a massive Pepsi spill with (I suspect) more grace than her grace.
While the show might have changed, old customs have remained the same at the 89,000 square-foot facility located at the Discover Mills Mall in Lawrenceville, Georgia. For instance, there is still the absence of trenchers a.k.a silverware while feasting on dragon’s blood (tomato soup) and baby dragons (enormous pieces of chicken), but that detail was more than welcome by my kids. However, Medieval Times does break dark ages traditions and brings around refills of iced-tea, water, 21st century pop, and wet-wipes to externally cleanse you of your fare.
Tip: Don’t like chicken, or don’t eat meat? Medieval Times has gluten-free/vegetarian meals.
Throughout the meal, we played witness to history: equestrian pageantry, jousting tournaments, a live falcon swooping over our heads, and sword fights. We knew it was on when the yellow knight busted out the mace. My son held his breath during jousts, and my daughter melted when our knight threw a carnation to our section.
This new Medieval Times show took the meat and potatoes of prior shows, and shortened the experience time, trimmed the sorcery, and threw in more action than a Die Hard movie. However, they still left a plot twist at the end. Want to know more? Check out the show for yourself.
For hours to Medieval Times Atlanta castle or to purchase discount tickets visit www.medievaltimes.com/atlanta