Time travel to far off kingdoms at Medieval Times Atlanta. Enjoy knighting ceremonies, jousting competitions, awesome sword fights, and of course a lot of feating. Field Trips with Sue has your guide to what to expect at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. Turn a good night into a great knight with these tips.
Medieval Times Atlanta Dinner and Tournament
The Atlanta Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is located in Sugarloaf Mills Mall.Atlanta is one of nine Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament castles around the country. As you park in the mall parking lot, the imposing castle gets you into the mood. Unfortunately, there is no outside entrance, so guests must break the spell and head into the mall to enter the castle. The theming would be more complete if guests could cross the drawbridge into the castle from outside.
Medieval Times Atlanta Tournament Pre-Show
Once inside the castle, there is a carnival atmosphere befitting an ancient tournament. Vendors sell their wares, beverages are available for purchase and a large roaring fire beckons attendees to sit and enjoy the ambiance. Show staff entertain with information and an up close look at the show falcon. The King himself is available for photos and performs the knighting ceremony for an additional fee. Visit the dungeon museum for a look at Medieval torture devices, it’s $1 to get in and another $1 to get out. Explanations of how each device was used accompanies the piece. It was bit much for my 7 year-old who left half-way through. I admit, it was quite disturbing, but a part of history all the same.
Medieval Times Atlanta Tournament and Show
The show itself offers lots of excitement. It opens with a mesmerizing performance by a horse at liberty, performing without rider or human touch, setting the scene for the enchanting journey ahead. A daunting visitor from the North challenges King Carlos, testing his loyalty to his family and his daughter, the lovely Princess Catalina. The battle of champions ensues, with one knight being named victor for his defense of the realm from the unwanted visitor. The victor selects one lucky lady from the audience as the tournament’s Queen of Love and Beauty, and each of the six knights selects one queen of the tournament, making life-long memories for several audience members. Cheering and revelry is encouraged, and your family will leave feeling a sense of loyalty for your esteemed knight of the realm. My son is still quite loyal to the Red and Yellow Knight, although on our last adventure, we cheered on the Red Knight.
The scenes are well choreographed and at some points you can tell, but it doesn’t matter, the action is real and always exciting. The older boys were curious about the weapons used at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. Knights showcase six different Medieval weapons including: a lance, espada, mandoble, alabarda, bola and mace. They’re real weapons, but dull blades ensure they don’t kill anyone.
More Tips for a Great Knight at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournamentt
- Get in Free during your Birthday Month: As long as you are purchasing at least two tickets, you can get in free during your birthday month. That’s quite a savings and a fun way to celebrate.
- Get There Early: The doors open 90 minutes before the show. Plan to get there within that first half hour, earlier for busy Saturday shows. Tickets are exchanged at the entrance for seat assignments and these are handed out in a first-come, first-served fashion. Seats are given by knight color and then row number.
- Where to Sit: The center seats are the Black and White and the Red and Yellow. The stadium is rather small, so there isn’t necessarily a bad seat, but if you want the 50 yard line, you want to be in these two sections. The section is the color on your seat assignment, the number corresponds to the row within that section.
- Get a Royal Upgrade: The first two rows are reserved for those that purchase the Royalty Upgrade. However, if there are no Royalty Upgrades, they’ll fill theses seats on a first-come, first-served basis as well. The best chance to get the Royalty seats without paying for the upgrade is on a Friday or Sunday show.
Entering the Arena: Once you have your section and row number, there is no need to race into the arena to get your seats. The sections are divided by rows and the number on your card is your row. Each row has 17 seats and those 17 seats are seated first-come,-first-served, but like church, you’re going to be asked to move to the end of the row and fill in.
- Dinner: The food is fine, kid friendly, and there is plenty of it. Eating with your hands adds to the experience and they make sure to serve messy chicken and saucy ribs. Afterwards you are provided with a hot towel to clean up.
- Special Dietary Needs: If you are a vegetarian or have special food allergies, let the staff of Medieval Times Atlanta know when you book your tickets and they can make accommodations for you.
- Drinks: Beverage options are water, Pepsi, or tea. If you’re child doesn’t want either, bring a juice box or two. There is a huge bar that serves both adult and kiddie cocktails. A beer was $6.50 in a normal glass or you could purchase it in a commemorative stein for $18.
- Free Under 3: Children under three can sit on your lap for free if they eat off your plate. Depending on your appetite, that could be a fine solution, portions really are large
- Utensils: One of the attractions of Medieval Times Atlanta is eating with your hands. If you just can’t handle that, they will offer utensils if you ask. With so much action going on in front of you, some small folks forget about eating. If that’s the case, ask for a to-go box so you’ve got something to feed the kids when they pronounce they’re hungry as soon as you get to the car.
- Remember Gratuity: Gratuity is not included in your ticket price, so have some cash on hand to tip your wench at the end of the night. As a general rule, folks normally tip between $2.50 and $5.00 per person.
- Celebrate: Upon arrival everyone gets their picture taken with the King and Princess. These photos are an additional $20 and include a hard cover frame. If you’d like to be knighted, the cost is $25 and includes the ceremony, a photograph with the King, a scroll and an announcement during the show. If you have another special occasion to celebrate, ask about announcing your occasion during the show.
- Pre-show Free Fun: Once you get your seat assignment, you are welcome to go shop in the mall and return right before showtime or hang out in the pre-show area. For the full experience, I would recommend taking in the pre-show festivities. Be warned, there are LOTS of opportunities to spend a lot more money during the 90 minutes before the tournament. If that’s within your budget, great, if not, a little preparation with the kids is advised. Free entertainment includes a close up view of Kratos the owl and an up close look at the Peregrine falcon from the show. The knighting ceremony is fun to watch as well. We also enjoyed shopping, although we didn’t buy anything, the merchandise was quite different and fun to peruse. We also enjoyed taking pictures with the various costumed staff.
- The Dungeon Museum The museum showcases Medieval torture devices and was quite interesting and a reasonable $1 to get in (and then another $1 to get out). Explanations of how each device was used accompanies the piece. However, it was bit much for my 7 year-old who left half-way through. I admit, it was quite disturbing, yet interesting too.
- Shopping: The gift shop at Medieval Times is quite impressive. If I were a child, I’d be angling for a princess hat or costume. My youngest was quite taken with the toy swords and shields. The older ones were drawn to the real swords and shields. We don’t generally purchase souvenirs, but I’d come back here to get a holiday or birthday present for a child who likes to dress up. Especially boys. It’s gotten easier, but it’s still hard to find fun dress up clothes for little guys. Here you can outfit them as a knight or a king quite easily. Princesses have an array of hats and capes to choose from. Swords start at $10. Shields $15. Tiaras start at $7.95.
What: Medieval Times Atlanta Dinner and Tournament
Where: Sugarloaf Mills Mall, 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
When: Generally Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, but they do have special weekday performances at certain times. See the schedule at MedievalTimes.com
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To extend the experience, consider the Good Knight Package at Hampton Inn Sugarloaf Parkway