|A five year old wielding a sword. Questionable parenting?|
|Checking out the falcons before the show.|
|A fancy dancing horse, an Andalusian, I believe.|
|The falcon and the blurry guy who takes care of falcons who no doubt has an actual title.|
|Loving the soup apparently.|
The portions are huge, two kids could easily split a meal and have leftovers but that didn't really seem to be an option and I also didn't want to have to break up a fight over a chicken carcass so they each got their own. The food is fine, the kind of stuff to appeal to everyone, so nothing exciting but you won't go hungry. Unless you are a vegetarian in which case you will, sorry!
|Trust me, they are jousting!|
|Our section's knight arriving on the scene.|
|Cheering for our knight.|
|The victorious Red and Yellow Knight and my daughter, the Queen of Love and Beauty. The picture they gave us is much nicer than this one!|
Now for the downside. There is only one and that is the price. If you pay regular full price you are looking at over $200 for a family of four for the basic package. That is pretty steep, especially for a cheap person like me. You certainly aren't going to head to Medieval Times for dinner every Thursday, but if you have a kid's birthday coming up, it is worth the money. You can find lots of coupons and deals online though, even on the Medieval Times website. They offer free admission on your birthday for instance and they had a dads are free thing on Father's day.
Things to keep in mind:
- There are a fair number of bathrooms in the castle but everyone needs to use them when the show gets out so you might actually want to duck out as they are wrapping up the farewells so you can beat the line ups. Little kids can only hold it so long!
- The Medieval Times website does not offer directions for people arriving at the castle by TTC or GO train (like we did) even though it is pretty accessible by transit. Basically you just need to get yourself to exhibition place and then follow the signs for Medieval Times. It is at the far end of the ex, near the exit to Lakeshore. It is probably a 10 minute walk from the GO and TTC stops.
- There are all kinds of upgrades you can do with your package but I can tell you that the basic package is fine, you can see everything and the food is the same (other than birthday cake instead of the regular pastry, if you opt for the birthday package).
- If you or one of your party is celebrating a birthday or other special event you can sign up for the knighting ceremony at the Scrollmaster kiosk just inside the doors. There don't seem to be any hard and fast rules about what constitutes a special day so if you really want to get knighted you could probably claim it was the seventh anniversary of that time you got your dog or something.
- The show is about two hours from start to finish and the dinner is served throughout the show.