Published on July 24th, 2012 | by Shellie Ward0
SeeGoCougar at Medieval Times
Based on the invitation I received to review the new show at Medieval Times, I knew that this was going to be a big production and I was going to be there and certainly not be square! (corny but true!) My plan was to pick the kids up early from camp to avoid the Gwinnett evening traffic and just hang out in the Discovery Mills Mall until the doors opened. When I went to pick up Haven from camp, the building was completely dark. I noticed a handful of cars in the parking lot. The word was the kids were stuck in traffic coming from a field trip. The 6 o’clock hour was approaching; it was storming and no kids in site. Finally, at 6:30 the yellow school bus approached. I grabbed my kid and made a dash to the car. I prayed to the traffic gods that on THIS day, 85 North, would be smooth sailing. For the most part, they listened and we made it by 6:56.
Upon arrival, we were assigned to cheer for the “Green Knight”! We all received our green crowns and I got into character. All of a sudden I had an English accent. The girls said, “Mom, why are you talking like that!” and in my best British accent, I said “For whatever are you talking about?” We went back in time, and were greeted by squires, lords, and princesses! The girls’ eyes were huge not knowing what to expect. Once we entered the castle, the only light was from candles and massive fireplaces. For once, Harley stayed close by and followed directions! Everyone was in the lobby,( or whatever you call it in a castle), playing games, little boys were being knighted, and the loyal subjects eating hors d’oeuvres.
The” Green” section was called to be seated. I made sure the girls used the restroom, because I didn’t want to miss a beat! Once we found our seats, we dabbled in our gift bags and the girls were playing with our green flags and light up sticks. Our “winch” greeted us and asked about any dietary/ allergy alerts. The house lights dimmed and the show began. I felt like a kid again. I didn’t have to make any decisions on what I wanted for dinner because the menu is set. Everyone is served the same thing and either you eat it or you don’t! Because we were in “medieval times” there were no utensils. The performance began with beautiful white horses that had an exuberant glow. The horses did tricks and there were other acts leading to the introduction of the knights! This is when the show took a turn in another direction for me. The knights were HOT!! I wanted to throw out dollar bills, but I realized that it wasn’t that kind of show! We cheered on our knight. He had a flower, kissed it and threw it into our section. HAVEN caught the flower in mid air and pressed it against her heart! EPIC! Of course there was backlash because Harley wanted a flower too! Haven was a proud princess!
In her past life, Haven may have lived during these times. She fit right in. She slurped her entire bowl of tomato bisque and then slurped mine! I can’t pay her to eat anything tomato based, beside pizza, any other time. When the chicken was slapped on our plates, Haven says “Mommy, is this chicken or DRAGON?” The sigh of relief on her face when I assured her it was chicken was classic. We raised our glasses with the royal court before the duals began. We cheered and proudly waved our flags as our knight had his first dual and he WON! Meanwhile, a different course was being served and our drinks were refreshed.
Although our knight loss, we felt like royalty!
In honor of the new show, there was a champagne toast with cupcakes, but we didn’t get either because we were too busy talking to the knights! Up close, they were even HOTTER! The Black and White knight had to be at least 6’3 with long flowy hair like Prince Charming. I asked him did he enjoy his job at Medieval Times. He said he loved it! I asked him was being a knight a chic magnet and he smiled and told me story about how a girl tried to cut a lock of his hair! Wow, what a gig! Those are Justin Beiber issues!
What an evening! The girls fell asleep before I hit 85 South! The girls are still asking to go back!
The stuff you need to know before you go….
- Arrive at least 20-30 minutes early so that you can enjoy the preshow activities.
- Look out for discount coupons! Prices range from $29-39 per person.
- Go to the restroom before you enter the stadium.
- For children the beverage options are water, Pepsi, or tea. So if you’re child does’t want either, bring a juice box or two.
- Alcoholic beverages are available.
- Gratuities are encouraged.
- Great outing for families, or adults, or even a date. Unlike the movies, or a performance, you can interact with each other during the show.
- You can arrange for Medieval Times to announce you birthday or special occasion.
- The violence is equivalent to what you see on WWE wrestling.
- There are no utensils to eat with, but its food that you can eat with your hands.
- There is a gift shop.