Credit: Medieval Times
For the first time in 34 years, there’s a new ruler of the land at Medieval Times: a queen!
The iconic entertainment venue unveiled a new storyline this month — the first in more than five years — and at the helm of the fictional kingdom is a young queen, who came to reign after the death of her father. And though her authority is sometimes challenged by brash and overconfident knights, she proves herself to be a strong leader, while remaining kind and fair.
The exciting change comes in response to audience feedback, which pushed for a female character in the lead role. And with the new storyline comes new costumes for both humans and horses, new suits of armor, shields and helmets, and updated lighting and music cues. All of which make for a thrilling show of horsemanship, swordplay, falconry, jousting and battle that Chicagoland families can’t get enough of.
Is it your first trip to the castle? Here’s a rundown of what to expect:
During the two-hour show, a four-course King’s feast is served — hot tomato soup, garlic bread, baked chicken (or baby dragon, as the waitstaff calls it), corn on the cob, roasted potato and dessert — and first-timers take note, no utensils are given. You dig in hands first and get messy, just like they did in medieval times! (There is a vegetarian option offered.)
Your table section coordinates with the color of one of six knights — red, blue, green, yellow, black and white, and red and yellow. During the show, they battle each other for ultimate glory. Half the fun of the show is cheering loudly for your knight as he fights.
Arrive early to get up close and personal with the Andalusion stallions and the master falconer and falcon, take photos with royal characters, explore the dungeon and the Hall of Arms to view medieval artifacts, and stock up on themed gifts and souvenirs. Alcoholic drinks are also served at the bar.
Kids under 3 are free, provided that they stay on your lap during the show and share your meal. Parking is also free.
If you go
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
2001 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg
Adults: $61.95; Kids under 12: $36.95