What: Medieval Times Atlanta
Where: Discovery Mills Mall, 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
When: Times vary, Check website for show times
Cost: Adult: $51.95+ Children $35.95+
Specials: Check the Medieval Times Atlanta website for the latest discounts
Medieval Times Atlanta has a new storyline, new costumes, theatrical lighting, horse dressage elements, choreography and battle scenes, as well as an entirely new musical score custom-composed for the attraction. It’s the first show update since 2007. Shellie Ward with SeeGoMama! went to the premiere of the new Medieval Times Atlanta with her two daughters. Visit Shellie’s guest post for her thoughts on the new Medieval Times Atlanta show.
There are nine Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament castles around the country. As with many attractions, a visit can be overwhelming when you don’t know what to expect, so here are some tips on what to expect and how to get the best experience, when visiting Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Atlanta.
The Medieval Times Atlanta Dinner and Tournament is situated in Discover Mills Mall. 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.
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.
Tips for a Great Knight at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
- 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. 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. 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.
My husband enjoyed an excuse to say wench as much as possible. Your ticket price does not include gratuity, so bring a tip for your wench.
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. 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. One of the attractions of Medieval Times 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 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. Also, gratuity isn’t included in your ticket price, so have some cash on hand to tip your wench at the end of the night.
The pre-show includes an up close look at a Peregrine Falcon. Falconry was very popular in Medieval Times
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 is a museum of Medieval torture devices at the Atlanta Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. The museum costs $1 to get in, and $1 to get out!
Pre-Show Fun for a Fee: 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. The Dungeon Museum containing Medieval Torture devices 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. It was bit much for my 7 year-old who left half-way through. I admit, it was quite disturbing, yet interesting too. 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.
Toy weapons and shields for sale are part of the carnival atmosphere in the pre-show area. Real swords and shields are also available.
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.