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Medieval Times Buena Park
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Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Buena Park
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Buena Park
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Travel to the 11th Century at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. In SoCal, home to so many theme park and family entertainment destinations, one stands alone for its unique and grand scale entertainment. Where else can you enter a European style castle and be immediately transported to the 11th century? Where else can you dine on a feast fit for a King while cheering your favorite knight to victory as he skillfully jousts and swordfights his mighty opponent while atop a magnificent Andalusian stallion. This extraordinary destination is Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Buena Park. It’s been entertaining guests since 1986. And if you haven’t yet experienced it, now is the time.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Burbank, California
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Fun for a one-time experience”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

I probably don't represent the typical target audience for Medieval Times, so keep that in mind when reading this review. I went with a group of 30-somethings ladies for a bachelorette party, as the bride is really into Renaissance fairs, and their wedding is dragon-themed. We went to the 3:30PM show on a Saturday and we had the King's Royalty Package upgrade. The 3:30 show wasn't full and we had no trouble with free parking in the venue's lot, but it looks like it gets packed at the later show.

The front row seats were really good, each group member got a photo included in the package. The food is okay - garlic bread, tomato soup, half a chicken, one rib, 2 large potato wedges, and an apple turnover. The drink selection (water, iced tea, Pepsi, or Diet Pepsi) is limited unless you pay extra for alcohol.

The show is entertaining and it's fun cheering for your knight. I heard from other girls who had been multiple times that a different colored knight wins every time. Having grown up riding, I've seen more impressive equestrian shows (if you're going for the horses, see Cavalia instead). But I was happy to see that the horses looked healthy and well-treated. My sister used to ride in an equine dinner theater in Chicago that was really shady and some of the horses were unfit for riding (the business has since shut down). So if you're into animal welfare, Medieval Times gets my seal of approval.

Tickets are pricey, although I'm sure you can get some good deals online somewhere. And I'm sure this is an amazing experience for kids, especially for their birthdays. As an adult, I'm glad that I went, but I don't feel the need to go back. Also, be forewarned that there aren't nearly enough bathroom stalls to accomodate all the people once the show lets out. If you have kids, I recommend going to the restroom before the show and maybe during the show.

Visited October 2012
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“Totally worth it even though I doubted I would like it.”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

My only complaint is that the show runs about a half hour longer than it needs to but everything else was great. Big tip? Go get the discount show tickets for this and alot of other area attractions. This saves you $20 from the regular price. Easy to get to from hwy 91 and anywhere in Anaheim, easy parking. Gates open early so you can stand inside and drink down very expensive beer and wine which we didn't do. All staff wear their costumes of serfs and maidens and play the parts well. Blue, yellow, red and green sections are in the endzones with the best sight lines in the center of the endzones. Food is terrific. Tomatoe soup, advertised as a bisque, is really just a spicey tomatoe soup. Comes with Garlic bread. The Half roast is huge. Then a big portion of pork ribs. Two glasses of Pepsi, or water is advertised but if you ask nice you will get more. Dessert is a tasty apple pastry. Tips are solicited at the end. Overall it is a fun time, well worth the $40 to get in, not as much at full price. The show runs a bit long, with oodles of birthday wishes but hey, this caters to the kids.

Visited September 2012
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Boise, Idaho
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great for Kids”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Fun for a special occasion.......remember you are going for the show NOT the food. Pay a few extra $$$$$ and get reserved seating, well worth it

Visited August 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“My family and I had a great time!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

The food was delicious, the show was great, and the staff was amazing! Children absolutely loved it!

Visited July 2012
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Boise, Idaho
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great to see once”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Medieval Times at Buena Park, was a bonus thing we had decided to bring our kids to do in Southern California, while on vacation.
The outside and inside are charming....it is a castle afterall!
The great thing about the seating, is that everybody gets a good seat & can see the show. The meal you are served, was pretty good for the most part. We were served a Tomato soup (Of which, each item had a different silly name...aka Dragon Blood soup), ciabatta rolls, a beverage of choice in a mug, like a half of a baked potato (they did bring by extra food later also), a 1/4 chicken leg, and I think there was something else, but I cannot recall. For dessert, they bring you out an Apple pie pocket....that I was not overly impressed with (almost tasted like a McDonald's apple pie). The rest of the meal was very good though.
The show was pretty good....and kids seemed to be entertained. It was fun to cheer on your "color" as they came by. Each person is given a crown of different colors to wear during the show, when you arrive.
Overall, it is something to see one time at least. However, very overpriced....but then again, so are most things! ;)

Visited June 2012
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