Our family was recently given the chance to attend a show at Medieval Times at the Baltimore Castle in Hanover, MD. We have been talking about going since we moved to the area 6 months ago. Our kids saw the castle at the Arundel Mills mall and that was that. We HAD to attend at one time or another. The only thing stopping us was the price. While the show is definitely worth it, it’s not super affordable for a family of 4 on a budget. Thankfully this opportunity came our way – AND – it came at a perfect time. It just happened to be my daughter’s 9th birthday. Being that she was the one most into the idea of attending the show, that was fantastic! As you can imagine we had a very happy little girl that evening.
So, what was it like? It was kind of magical. Well, after waiting around to get into the show. The tickets suggest arriving around an hour or so before the show. So we did. But that turned into a lot of boredom for a 7 and 9 yr old as well as damaging for my wallet. After checking in and grabbing our crowns and seating cards we didn’t have much else to do besides wander and peruse the gift shop. My son decided on a wonderful light up sword that I was almost beamed with many times throughout the evening.
Finally it came time to be seated and that was a little crazy and confusing but we eventually got to our seats and what seats they were! We were in the front row. Such a treat after waiting so long to be let in.
I assume we had some sort of an upgrade as not everyone received the nifty flags to wave or the program. I forgot to add, we also received a DVD at check in with behind the scenes footage.
Once we were seated the kids were SO good. They were entertained almost the entire time and that was great for my husband and I. It’s not often we can have a meal out where someone isn’t complaining or asking for something.
The show started with story telling. But to be honest I had a hard time following it. So I just watched the pretty horses.
See? Pretty! I was mesmerized. Probably more so than my husband and children. They wanted action but I would have been perfectly fine with mist and horses all night long. lol
While the story was being told we were started with our meal. The server we had was excellent and I really wish I could remember her name because she deserves a shout out for being friendly and accommodating. And patient. My son truly believed he was back in the Medieval period and wanted to ask a lot of questions. haha
The meal started with a tomato soup and garlic bread. Run of the mill frozen Texas toast but I expected that. It was yummy anyway. The soup was really, really bland. Like NO seasoning whatsoever. I have read reviews on other sites that claim it was quite delicious so I am going to assume it was a bad night for soup. By the time the chicken, rib and potatoes arrived I didn’t care about my soup anyway. I was elbow deep in chicken and looking a mess. I’m crazy OCD about using utensils but I went with it and dug in Medieval style. I loved all of it! After the main part of the meal was coming to an end we were served an apple pastry for dessert. It was warm and tasty. What was especially awesome was that our server noticed that we didn’t have the birthday package and since we were seated in between TWO birthday parties, she offered to bring a piece of cake for my daughter anyway. Her little face lit up and she felt very, very special. It was just a cheap piece of cake but it really meant a lot that she would offer and take the time to do that for us.
Another fun point during the meal/show was the announcement of celebrations. My daughter’s name was announced with the news that it was her 9th birthday. Again, she LOVED it.
As for the show, we enjoyed that as well. Lots of action and sparks from the swords hitting each other. The jousting was the best though. I couldn’t believe how close we were and my son had an especially great time screaming at the knights. Cheering our red/yellow knight on and boo’ing everyone else.
In the end, our knight didn’t win. But the green knight did and he was one we were cheering on also so that was great. At least my son’s hoarse voice and my newly acquired hearing problem wasn’t for nothing.
Would I go back? Absolutely! I can’t wait to plan another fun filled night at Medieval Times.
Though I was not compensated for this review, I did receive complimentary tickets.