My family is preparing for a trip to Florida in about a week. I’m beyond excited because this is my first trip to Florida and while part of the trip will of course be spent at Walt Disney World, we’ll have several days to explore the rest of the state as well. Everyone in the family was able to pick at least one thing that they really wanted to do and while there will definitely be some beach time, I’ve always wanted to go to one of those Renaissance dinner shows. Lucky for me There’s a Medieval Times in Kissimmee (next to Orlando) and they have a show the evening before we fly back home. What an awesome way to end the trip right??! I don’t know about you, but I’m stoked.
I actually researched this particular outfit pretty well because I didn’t want to spend my last night of vacation doing something corny that we’d be disappointed with, because let’s be honest, that could happen – not all Renaissance dinner shows are created equal (or at least I assume). What I found out is that this is sure to be an amazing experience for the whole family!
All Knights begin their training as Squires – just as they did in the Middle Ages – learning horse care, sword fighting, and weaponry. It takes a minimum of six months of training to become a Knight so these aren’t just actors, they really know their stuff! Knights perform with real metal weapons and wear authentic armor. During battle scenes, real titanium swords create sparks so they pretty much have to be on their game all the time. No faking it until you make it! You know how legit the action is because every shield must be repainted after every show and when jousting, the Knights charge at speeds of approximately 15 to 20 miles per hour and reach an impact velocity speed of about 30 to 40 miles per hour. This is terrifying and exciting to me all at the same time!
Being a horse person and owning and raising our own show horses, I’m especially excited about seeing the Spanish horses perform as part of the show. Each year, 25 foals are born at Chapel Creek Ranch, where they spend two years training and then after 15 to 20 years of performing, they are able to enjoy retirement at the ranch so they literally live their entire life there, well taken care of and adored.
Other fun facts about what it takes to put on a show of this magnitude:
- 125,000 gallons of soup are served each year.
- 400,000 gallons of Pepsi are consumed each year.
- Each arena is filled with about 4,455 cubic feet of sand – about the load of 10 dump trucks.
- Medieval Times is the #1 breeder of pure Spanish horses in North America. (If you’re like me and the horses are possibly the most interesting part of the show, you can find our more about them here.
So, you want to check it out now right? We’ll if you’re not going to be in the Orlando area, there are several locations across the U.S. and since you’re a loyal Horseshoes & Hand Grenades reader I have a special offer just for you. You can get a great deal on tickets (Adults $36.95 and children (12 and under) $29.95) with the code MT3629 through 2/28/17! Have you ever been to this type of dinner show? Is it something you’d like to check out? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!