Take the kids for a joust
Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Read this story by our colleague Stephanie Hayes about the makeover at Medieval Times in Orlando. The latest production of Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament opened to the public last week. The show remakes itself every four years, taking feedback from the audience, improving music and lighting. This latest show has a new story, new costumes and new music produced in Kiev, Ukraine with big booming renaissance sounds mixed with electric guitars and drums.
Essentially, though, the tournament remains the same. It always does, she writes. There are impressive performances from Andalusian, Quarter, Friesian and Menorcan horses. There is a damsel in distress. There are color-coded cheering sections and lively jousting matches with splintering weapons. There is a feast, and there are no utensils. She writes:
In modern tourist Orlando, you can choose from a wealth of high-tech Walt Disney interests, go bungee jumping along the highway, watch Cirque du Soleil, meet a killer whale and step into Harry Potter's fantasy world. Medieval Times, which has nine locations across the country, has survived among that competition since opening the Kissimmee castle in 1983. The company has weathered bankruptcy, been teased in movies like The Cable Guy and Garden State and seen business shift with the economy. The past two years have been healthy, employees said.
The success has everything to do with being timeless. Little kids still come up to the men in armor after the show with twinkling, freaked-out eyes.
"It sounds a little corny, but it's not," said head knight Sam Talley. "We always have to stake a step back and remember how special it is."
The new show at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, 4510 W. Vine St., Kissimmee is $59.95 for adults and $35.95 for children 12 and younger. Tips are not included. Visit medievaltimes.com or call 1-888-WE-JOUST.
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