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An Evening at the Medieval Times Dinner Theater in Hanover, Maryland

Medieval TimesThe entire family went to the Medieval Times dinner theater last night, located at the Arundel Mills mall in Hanover, Maryland. Our group added up to nine people, including my youngest grandson. That one-year-old boy had a blast.

A Throwback to the 11th Century

The theme of everything in the castle was the chivalry and jousting of 11th century England. There were shops and other venues just outside the arena. We could buy goblets, swords and even full suits of armor, along with dozens of other things I didn’t even look at. Most of it was very expensive. I bought a wine goblet for my wife, Josie, and it cost me almost $30.

A lot of people didn’t even notice how they were being addressed. I, for one, got tired of hearing “my lord” every time one of the employees spoke to me. I know, I know, they were trying to sound authentic but… if I heard my own name in every other sentence, that too would annoy me.

The Medieval Times Arena

We were fed while watching all the events. If you like horses, you’ll like this place. The horses pranced, and they danced, depending on what their trainers wanted them to do. I wasn’t impressed by the food, which included what looked like a chicken half for every guest (except for the vegetarians). I was impressed by how well trained the players were.

Many of the events were dangerous, especially the jousting. The lances were designed to easily break against the opponents’ shields, but a mistake could definitely hurt someone. The only real complaint I had was that I couldn’t understand much of what was being spoken by the queen and some other players. It must have had something to do with the microphones they wore.

It seemed like the entire family was entertained for the whole evening, and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Photo Attribution: Phil Guest from Bournemouth, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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