A Date ‘Knight’ to Medieval Times Buena Park!
Most weekends will find me & my boyfriend at the movies, maybe the theatre or usually, just chilling on the couch with food & Netflix….because, you sometimes forget that some of the best places for a Saturday night on the town could be the places you might associate with ‘family friendly’ entertainment. I certainly had thought that of the world-famous Medieval Times in Buena Park but, when I got invited out there this past weekend, I learned that this is a spot for anyone who wants to have FUN & is indeed for ALL ages!
Having never been, I admit I am most familiar with the tournament from that infamous scene in The Cable Guy, & truly did not know what to expect. Whistling distance away from Knotts Berry Farm, we were pleased right out the gate to discover parking is free & was quite easy. When you check in, they ask you if there are any dietary needs like Vegetarians in your party & that’s also when you can mention if you need a gluten-free dinner (bingo!).
Stepping inside the ‘castle’, you will begin to be addressed your entire stay as “My Lady” or “My Lord”. This is also when you will be assigned which color knight you’re rooting for by the color of the crown placed upon your head 😉 We went from a simple, cute couple….
A gorgeous garden surrounds the venue out front, with tables & chairs to enjoy your drink from their bar, take pictures in your cute new tee or hat from one of their gift shop areas or use the smoking area. Which reminds me, a major perk if you’re really looking to have a fun night out? They boast a full bar outside of the venue, & if you decide once watching your show you need that margarita fix, a cocktail server will check in with you! 😉
When your team is announced, you head on into your table section. The seating is similar to diner bar style; long marble tables go down each row & your server greets you shortly. You open up the inside of your menu to see what your feast will be. For my boyfriend, it was tomato bisque soup, garlic bread, chicken, spare rib & a pastry. For their gluten-free meal, you get all but the bread, & they switch out the pastry for fresh fruit. After discussing my needs with our ‘Wench’ (as they call her!), Brenda, we decided the Vegetarian meal would suit me just fine, & it was delicious.
I got the tomato bisque soup, veggies & hummus & my main dish was a great large bowl of the soup with beans, potatoes & rice added in. All dinners also include 2 drinks, & coffee with dessert 😉 Can’t finish your feast? They’ve got you covered as you’re asked if you need a to-go carton!
With the food so generous & tasty, you almost forget that you also get an amazing SHOW of jousting, sword fights & horse magic right before your eyes. I got so into it, especially when our Knight was fighting with another, that I nearly got mad at Mike for reminding me it’s not a real match. Yep, they were that good! While we were sad our Knight lost to red & yellow, it still was a blast to be surrounded by a full audience rooting for their team & having a great time.
Something else I learned, Medieval Times will gladly celebrate any event with you! Our hosts for the evening, The King & Queen, spent a portion of the night giving fun shout outs to those celebrating a birthday, graduation, honeymoon & wedding. A birthday cake even went by, too, so keep that in mind for a party! 🙂
Medieval Times is a definite must whether you’re in town to go to Disneyland or Knotts, or simply a local like me looking to have a great, unique night. They’re so reasonably priced, & even run great deals on top of that. Check them out here & get ready for a jousting good time! 🙂 xo
(*Disclosure: I was invited to Medieval Times on behalf of this review. All opinions are my own)