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    Thumbs up Medieval Times

    We re-visited Medieval Times last night for the first time since the completion of their big $7million renovations last month and were very impressed at how well they have spruced things up and made everything look fresh and inviting.

    The entrance to the Castle is completely new and much more user-friendly, with an armour-bedecked entry hall combined with the ticket office (all inside the Castle, instead of half in and half out, as they used to have it). You then go through the welcome photo process into the enlarged Great Hall, which is the main reception and bar area.

    They have really made this space much more inviting and impressive by re-organising the gift-shop stalls and opening up a whole new bar area and Throne Room to the left as you enter. There is much more bar space and general standing area (although they could still do with a few more tables and chairs, as the original bar area still fills up quickly). There is more pizzazz about the pre-show time, and there are some new packages that provide special meet-and-greet photo opportunities with the king and the princess (ideal for all your own would-be princesses!).

    They have also spent a small fortune in installing new (and much larger) kitchens, which means the quality of the food is definitely a notch or two higher than it used to be.

    Once you are called to dinner, (in the six different colour 'groups' that coincide to the different knights in the main events) there are now two entryways instead of the one rather bottleneck arrangement, that bring you into the main auditorium. If you have never seen this before, it is an enclosed arena about 100 yards long and 30 wide, with six tiers of bench seating up both sides where everyone sits for the meal and show (in their six coloured sections).

    It looks as if they have also invested a lot of money and attention on the costumes, horse fittings and armour, as everything just seemed to shine and have that just-new look which really gets your attention, and I would say this is probably the best-costumed event of all the dinner shows.

    The food consists of vegetable soup (ours came out VERY hot!), garlic bread, half a roasted chicken, spare ribs, half a baked potato and a pastry and coffee for dessert, washed down with free beer or pepsi (there were only 2 refills during the whole of the show, so you can't count on being able to over-imbibe!). But the food was all very fresh and tasty and there is loads of it, so no-one ever goes away hungry!

    The show lasts almost 90 minutes and culminates in some fantastic jousting and armed combat, very energetic and impressive, with other equestrian elements and a demonstration of falconry.

    In all, it makes for a very worthwhile and eye-catching show, with a very decent dinner, and there is also the bonus of the Medieval Life village (full of genuine imported Spanish antiques and artifacts from the 1200s-1800s), with several craftspeople demonstrating things like copper beating, basketry and carpentry (plus the gruesome Chamber of Horrors - not really for kids!!). It is open for 2 hours before each show-time and is free with your dinner ticket.

    I would have to say, on this evidence, MT is probably worthy of the current No 1 overall ranking in my eyes of all the dinner shows. A lot of fun and definitely a good night out (which even our two 14-year-old 'researchers' thoroughly enjoyed!).

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    Hi Simon,

    I was thinking of going to the show with our group of 6 but I have one non meat eater and two that do not drink beer or Pepsi are there alternatives or would I be better to skip the show as we had the same problem with the Dolly Parton show. The non meat eater was not to bad as we swapped around the food but the Non beer or Pepsi drinker was like an anti christ without a drink for the whole show.

    Asher

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    Dixie Stampede serve tea and coffee as well as Pepsi, beer and wine. The cash bar in the preshow area also has slushies (frozen non-alcoholic drinks) which are big enough to last through dinner.

    Medieval Times does not post a vegetarian option but if you call ahead of time to make arrangements, many of the shows will do a 'special diet' dinner (some will, some won't). Again, they have non-alcoholic drinks at the cash bar that should last through dinner.

    Arabian Nights do a vegetarian pasta primavera as part of their standard menu.

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    From memory, MT does only serve pepsi products 9as, sadly, so many of the dinner shows do ). You'd think there ought to be a Sprite or 7 Up alternative, but it seems to be a rarity. You can, of course, get your own drinks from the bar instead, but this takes away from some of the inherent value of the dinner shows. However, if you are going to call to ask about the vegetarian option (of which there should be one), you could also ask if there IS an alternative to Pepsi/Diet Pepsi, and, if they say there is, you should be able to ask your server for it.

    It is a good question, though, and we will be interested to hear your feedback on it.

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    would have to agree about the drinks options beer or pepsi isnt much of a choice so only so much pepsi/coke you can swallow .we recently did the dinner show at sea world and they offered ice tea refills which was a nice change

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