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Medieval Times brings royalty, dinner, and a show to Scottsdale area

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament has opened it’s doors to the Valley of the Sun! The castle is located at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District. Celebrating a birthday, organizing a company outing, or simply looking for the newest entertainment experience? Jousting, weaponry, horsemanship, falconry and a grand feast are all part of the electrifying show at the 80,000 square foot castle.

“The Arizona castle is our first in ten years. It’s been amazing to see everything come together,” said Drew Barnes, marketing and sales manager for the castle. “From three months of knight training, to transporting all 27 of our horses from our ranch in Texas, we’re excited to finally hear nightly cheers in the grand arena.” The Medieval Times experience begins as soon as you cross the draw bridge,” continues Barnes. “While the tournament takes place in the grand arena, the grand hall is host to more fun. Worthy guests can become knighted by one of the Queen’s Knights, while the history of medieval torture devices is revealed in the castle’s dungeon.”

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament was founded in 1977 in Spain. Based upon authentic Medieval history, it is the true story of a noble family. Documentation dates back to the 11th Century. More than 69 million guests have enjoyed over 96,000 shows, since the first North American Castle opened in Florida in 1983. Experience electrifying performances during the show! Heroic knights on spirited horses display astounding athletic feats. A hallmark of this unique entertainment experience is also the thrilling swordplay.

Tickets include a four-course meal and a two-hour jousting tournament. There you will see six courageous knights, real weapons, beautiful horses and a live flight of the royal falcon. Dinner includes two rounds of select beverages and coffee, garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes and the dessert of the castle. Don’t worry if you are vegetarian. There are options available for you as well. The castle can also accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions.

Arizona’s longest bar is the first thing you see after checking in, nestled far beneath the towering castle ceiling. The Queen’s Royal Gift Shop is on one side of the hall. You will find a range of wooden swords, dragon statuettes, knight and princess costumes, among much more. The Queen’s throne sits empty on the other side until after the tournament. Afterwards, guests have the opportunity to meet her highness in person.

While the Queen may rule over the tournament, it’s the horses that steal the show. Medieval Times is the largest breeder of Andalusian horses in North America and is dedicated to the preservation of the white steeds, raising them from birth on a 230-acre ranch in Sanger, Texas. The first three years of their lives are spent on the ranch getting accustomed to human interaction and receiving basic training.

Each castle features 20-30 horses who receive 24-hour care and are fed the highest quality alfalfa. They receive advanced training, in which a strong bond is formed between the horses and qualified riders. Each horse also is trained in the art of classical dressage. When a horse is ready to retire, they live out their days in the serene environment of the Texas ranch.

Children (12 and younger) are $35.95 and adults are $45.95.

Medieval Times is located at 9051 East Via De Ventura in Scottsdale. Visit medievaltimes.com or call 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878) for more information or to reserve tickets.

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.
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