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“New show was HUGE disappointment”
Review of Medieval Times

Medieval Times
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Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Chicago
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Reviewed December 28, 2017

We used to love coming to Medieval Times.. always such a good time whether your knight wins or loses, but the new story plot has completely changed our minds & we won't be coming back unless it changes again. A few other disappointing aspects to this visit, as well, so I'll get to that first. It's been a few years since we last came to medieval times (Schaumburg) & wanted to come back when our children were old enough to understand the story- our kids are 5, 7 & 8 now. So, let me get to the little things first. The Menu: They took out the spare rib & replaced it with corn- boo! Secondly, they replaced the apple pastry with lemon pound cake- yuck! After they brought out the cake, my daughter asked "where's the dessert?", to which I replied,"that was it", & my daughter then replied with a quivering "Whhhhaaattt???". Not a very kid-friendly dessert, at all. They could have replaced it with something chocolaty, at least! Next, The Service: our wench was completely out of character. She didn't care whatsoever, so it was discouraging for us audience members that wanted to get into character & play along, especially for the sake of our children. Now, to the worst part: The Show. *Warning: spoilers ahead* The old show consisted of a threat, a dark knight (black knight as they called him) & the goal was to eventually eliminate him, once a victor knight rises through competition, challenges & such. With the new storyline, a queen has now taken the throne, & to that, I was wondering if it was going to be a message of being "politically correct," & sadly, it was. Mind you, I'm a female writing this, but am so sick & tired of this being shoved down our throats-- & yes, this storyline went there. This is where the storyline brings all your excitement crashing down & leaves you utterly disappointed, empty & cheated, especially if your knight is the one chosen to carry out the "bad guy" storyline. I couldn't believe it as it was unfolding before my eyes, but instead of demonizing a knight like the black knight, as in the old storyline, (one who had no audience cheering section), the new story demonizes one of the knights of the realm- in our case, our own red & yellow knight, by having him defy & insult the queen because she's a woman on the throne (see what I mean by "yes, this storyline went there") & his comments stated such. Moreover, he is portrayed as a knight who wants to kill all those he defeats, instead of merely injuring them- evil, right?. Our knight *was* coming out victorious, until we were surprised by this twist toward the end, in which you sadly discover that the knight you've been cheering on all along is actually the "bad guy" of the story, who now has to be eliminated by the remaining "good guy" knight to restore peace & honor to the kingdom. What a let down! Who the heck thought this was a good idea?!?! My 5 & 7 year olds were crying at the end of the show, saying "mommy, we were the bad guys!". How is a parent supposed to respond to that? We even bought red & yellow flags ($5 a piece...) My kids never want to come back again! Why did they eliminate the black knight? That was the only "unifying aspect" of the audience as a whole, because even if your knight doesn't win, audience members can still cheer on & rally around the knight who fights against the black knight, since he is the bad guy who wants to bring down the kingdom, after all. So, at least, with the old storyline, you can leave with some kind of satisfaction. With the new one... well, just hope that your knight is not the one who is revealed as the bad guy in the end.... Very poor story writing & nothing in the new story keeps you enticed & on the edge of your seat as the old one did.

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Medieval_Times_Chi, Manager at Medieval Times, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2018

Thank you for sharing your thorough review with us. We strive to provide top quality entertainment with exceptional service to our guests and take all feedback into consideration. If you would like to speak further about your visit, please reach out to us at chicago@medievaltimes.com.

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Reviewed December 26, 2017

- Castle in Schamburg is Grand and accessible for suburbs in & around Chicago. even to folks in neighboring states.
- Great kick for boys (and girls). Knights in training is almost an hour before the show starts so prepare to arrive 75 min early.
- 2 Rounds of beverages, coffee, Tomato bisque with garlic bread, corn + baked potato, VEGGIE : Hummas, warm Pita, Carrots, Celery sticks with Bean-BrownRice-Potato Stew/Chilli, REGULAR-large roasted chicken , pastry / lime cake
- GREAT ADVENTEROUS THEATRICAL show - horses, knights, queens, chivalry, sword ship, jousting and fun !
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Thank Sue J
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Medieval_Times_Chi, Manager at Medieval Times, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2018

Thank you for visiting and sharing this review! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! Just to clarify for any TripAdvisor readers, our Junior Knight Training program is an added experience we have at different times of the year and is not available before every show. We hope to see you again soon, lady Sue!

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Reviewed November 23, 2017

This place rocks, but i would of liked to c more action with the jousting!! It was a wonderful experience and had a great time!!

Thank Jeffreyje K
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Medieval_Times_Chi, Manager at Medieval Times, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2017

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to share this review! We're glad to hear you think we rock! We love the tournament just as much as our fans and we're happy to say that our new show (debuted in December) has even more fights! We look forward to your next visit to the castle when you meet the Queen!

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Reviewed November 19, 2017

We took our 4 yr old granddaugther there along with her mom and dad and other grandparents. I would say I was surprised at the high quality of the horsemanship and the show. The opening --complete with fog-- is awesome. Even if you are not a horse aficionado you can appreciate the stallions and their riders. The food was very good, much better than expected. I only had one small reservation--it was very hard to hear the 'chancellor' at times, but it might have been his English (real?!) accent. We got their early and were also treated to an excellent high school theatre choir (from Indianopolis). Would definitely go badk.

Thank STEPHEN S
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Medieval_Times_Chi, Manager at Medieval Times, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2017

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to share this review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at the castle and appreciate your feedback regarding the sound system. We're looking forward to seeing you again soon for more feasting, fighting, and fun!

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Reviewed November 8, 2017

We took our nephew and wife and son to this great show which is expensive but worth the money. The fight scenes are wonderful and must have taken a lot of practice to do. The food is okay but the program and the horses are what you go to see. Carter got so rapped up in the show that he yelled at our knight, watch out he is getting up when our Knight had thought he had won and turned his back on his opponent. Stay after the show and the cast will come out to the lobby and you can get pictures.

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Medieval_Times_Chi, Manager at Medieval Times, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2017

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to share this review! We're happy to hear that you all enjoyed your experience at the castle and can't wait to see you again soon!

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