Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, Chicago IL

This weekend we took the boys to Medieval Times for the first time.  As soon as they saw the castle they were beyond excited! 

We arrived early (even a little before the doors were open) so that the boys could go down into the arena for Knights in Training (a program they are ending soon and only for kids 5 and over).  I think I might have been more excited for that than they were.  But they went and the knights taught them some of their moves and I snapped an excessive amount of photos.

After their training we exited the arena for awhile longer and Johnny got to spend his birthday money.
There was a knighting of birthday kids, but Tom said he thought he heard them say you had to check in for that but I missed it. Johnny wasn’t knighted but it was still cool to watch (his name was announced during the show though!)

One of the great things here was that even the smallest things were made more fun with some Medieval flair, from opening the doors to let us in to filing us into the arena!

 We were in the Black and White Knight’s section and he won!!  (If you aren’t familiar with the joust, there were 6 different sections in the arena and each section was cheering for a different knight.  As you can see from the photo below the sections across from us were green and red & yellow.)

 The show itself consisted of a couple different horse acts, birds of prey, skills tests for the knights and finally the joust tournament!  I thought it was cool how they made it all flow together with an overlaying story. 

 I really found myself lost in the colors and beauty of it all many times!

 The food was super yummy to mom and dad but the kids didn’t really eat well. Bryan ONLY ate the bread but our server was fabulous and brought us a ton of extra bread so while not a balanced diet at least I knew he wasn’t starving!  The older boys tried the chicken, rib and potato but didn’t eat very much.  I LOVED it all!! From the soup to the dessert!

 Me and my little knights!

Overall we all really enjoyed ourselves.  The show was just about 2 hours long but since we go there early we got a little under 4 hours of entertainment.  We have been to a lot of shows and almost always enjoy them but I think that what set Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament apart for me was the service.  We didn’t deal with anyone who wasn’t terrific, but our server really went above and beyond!  It’s probably not something we will do every year but it will be something we would return to especially with friends!!

2011 Rates
ADULT: $59.95 (+tax & processing fee)
CHILD 12 YEARS & UNDER: $35.95 (+tax & processing fee)
Lap children under the age of 3 are free.
Gratuities are not included.
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 Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Ring out the old at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and bring in the new with their New Year’s Eve Extravaganza! Make reservations for the 9:30 p.m. Saturday, December 31st  performance and enjoy a unique & exciting family friendly New Year’s Eve evening filled with Knights displaying extraordinary horsemanship, exciting jousting and expert swordsmanship all played out in 11th century fashion in a compelling, yet touching storyline set in Spain. After the show, guests will enjoy dancing to a DJ, a midnight toast and breakfast.
The Medieval Times New Year’s Event Extravaganza includes:
·       Pre-Show Hors D’oeuvres
·       Admission to the Museum of Torture
·       Two-Hour Live Tournament
·       Four-Course Medieval Feast
·       Party Favors
·       DJ & Dancing after the Show
·       Champagne Toast at Midnight (non-alcoholic drink will be served to guests under 21)
·       Midnight Countdown with Balloon Drop
·       Continental Breakfast
The Medieval Times Chicago Castle, which continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary with this 2011 New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, is considered to be the most popular and longest running dinner attraction in the Midwest. Tickets are $69.95 for Adults and $35.95 for children ages 12 and under. Medieval Times is located at 2001 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, IL. For reservations go to or call
888-We-Joust (888-935-6878).

Disclosure: Our family received complimentary tickets for review purposes. 


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