Road Trip! Medieval Times Lay’s ChipTrip

King’s and Queens, horses and villains, jousting and cheers! Thanks to Lay’s Chips and their fabulous Chip Trips program we spent our Saturday night eating with our hands and yelling our heads off, enjoying some wonderful family time.

On Saturday afternoon we packed up the car with the kids and mandatory snacks, and made the two and a half hour drive to Toronto’s Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. The only one in Canada! The girls got to see what the big city looked like and even caught a glimpse of the CN Tower!

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We entered the castle and were blown away by the sheer size of the building, not to mention the gentleman in full costume….a Royal Falconer with a falcon on his shoulder! We arrived just in time to witness the King of the land perform a “Knighting” for a little one’s birthday. What a great place for a birthday celebration. There was even a 40th birthday party in then house. This is a show appropriate for all ages.

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We wandered through the castle admiring the wares for sale, falcons in their coop and horses being stabled. It wasn’t long before it was time to take our seats in the “Black and White” section and prepare to cheer on our Knight to victory. Our family put on our Black and White crowns and found our seats. This facility can seat up to 1 400 people and I don’t think there is a bad seat in the place.

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A little about the show from the Medieval Times Website:

Welcome to the 11th century! King Philippe and his daughter-in-law, Princess Leonore, preside over a four-course feast. Below, privileged royal guests are transported to faraway lands including a romantic snowy rendezvous in the woods and an authentic medieval tournament for the Battle of Champions ® — with the help of Hollywood-caliber special effects, of course.

We were at our table in no time and admiring the scope of the huge arena. Our Serf came around to introduce himself, and let us know he would be taking care of us for the evening, and serving up that four course meal. I’ve never had a serf before, I could get quite used to this! He quickly brought out our first course which was a piping hot tomato bisque soup and delicious piece of garlic bread. My SweetGirl had a hoot drinking her soup without a spoon!

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The second course was enough to feed a small army! Both girls were convinced the piece of oven roasted chicken was actually an entire chicken placed on their plates, I do wish I had caught their reactions when it was presented.

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Added to this was a juicy sparerib and a baked potato. Again, no utensils, so this also means no more food pictures! Ha. I was a sticky mess. The food was remarkably well done and I am amazed at how quickly and efficiently they could feed such a large crowd!

We washed it all down with our Pepsi and still managed to save room for an apple pastry. All the while swords clashed as the Knights fought on to save the Prince from the wicked Green Knight and bring back peace to the Kingdom. Medieval Times creates a jubilant unique fun filled dinner theatre experience! I’ll admit it, I cheered until I was nearly hoarse.

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There was an amazing display of horsemen skills, a flying falcon show, jousting, and the most beautiful and well trained horses you have ever seen. Finally the Green Knight was defeated, sadly, not by our Black and White Knight, and the crowed cheered as the Prince and the Red Knight were victorious.

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For two hours I was lost in the magic of Medieval Times. I didn’t think about laundry, or grocery’s, play date drama or to do lists. I simply got carried away with the other revelers, waved my flag, and cheered right along side my grinning children. We had a great time and gave our children a summertime memory they will smile about for years.

Thanks Medieval Times and Lay’s!

I am participating in the Lay’s Chip Trips program on behalf of Frito Lay. I will receive Lay’s Chip Trip points and a gift card to offset my Chip Trips. The points and gift card in no way affected the opinions reflected in this post.



Comments

  1. So fun. We have a local rennaissance festival each year that we always hit. The kids love it.

  2. I went to something very similar last summer when I was over in England! It’s a great day out and, as you said, it really is something that all the family can go to and enjoy. Lovely horses!

  3. how very cool. we went to one of these when we lived in FL..they are alot of fun…and who doesnt like to eat with their hands. smiles.

  4. For some reason, Medieval Times’ chicken is just *so* tasty to me! I crave it sometimes!

  5. I love Medieval Times! Always fun in a big group too – the rowdier the better!

  6. This is just way too cool! Love the photos!

  7. i think this is cool… never been to a festivle such as this.. sounds awesome though!!

  8. This looks like so much fun.
    But I would have to bring at least a fork. 🙂

  9. Growing up in Niagara Falls I always wanted to go there. Maybe I will go with my parents the next time that I visit.

  10. We have one here, too, and I went with my son a couple years ago as part of his 8th grade graduation trip. It was an awesome time!

  11. I had an opportunity to go in when in grade 8, but opted out. Maybe I should get around to going, as it seems like a good time.

  12. How fun! We have a medival times near us, but I have yet to visit. I wish the program was for us in the US too!

  13. Sounds like you and your family had a wonderful time! The pics loo great…You got some really good shots of the lake shore bridge, and the CN Tower 🙂

    S.

  14. We went to a similar show on vacation this year. The kids loved it!

  15. Great pics. Looks like you all had a great time.

  16. Modern mom 🙂 I missed you! I havent been on lately! I really like the shots of the CN tower and the bridge! I haven’t been to medeival times altough secretely I have nee dying to! … even more to now! hahaa I hope you have been enjoying all your days:)

  17. They opened one in Chicago when I was a kid, but we never went. I have heard about how entertaining the show was and how they don’t give you utensils to eat. I could see the kids really loving it.

  18. I’ve been to one about 3 times, I think. Every time it’s so enjoyable!!! Love that place!

  19. Aw! Sounds (and looks) really fun.

  20. Loved the pics– looks like a grand time was had by all

  21. That sounds like a lot of fun! I think we may have something similar here that I’ll have to check out!

  22. What a fun night! Looks like a delightful fantasy evening for everyone. I always think I wouldn’t really like that kind of thing, but I bet it does really carry you away. Hope you’re adjusting to real life ok. 🙂

  23. Oh I love that place! It’s always so much fun.

  24. Oh my gosh what fun time.. I saw this in C.A. once.. Have a great day..

  25. How cool! Looks like a lot of fun! 🙂

  26. I’m glad you guys had such a good time – it does look like fun:) I’ve never been there, even though I used to work really close by, but I’ve always wanted to go, ever since the Medieval Times battle scene between Jim Carrey & Matthew Broderick in The Cable Guy!

  27. Canadians get to have all the fun!

  28. We’ve got several here in the US and I went about ten years ago as a Field Trip with a group of 6th graders. It was a lot of fun!

  29. Love it and so did my kids. Some schools do class trips and have lunch there to it to enhance the studies of old times.

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  31. OH my god what fun!!! I have a Medevil Times in New Jersey… I may take the boys there…..

  32. Sounds like it was an awesome night out.

  33. Very cool !!!!!!!

  34. Sounds like a good time. We have one near us but I have never been.

  35. man i haven’t been to medieval times in years…i’d kill to go again just to eat w/my hands.

    i think you gave me a great idea for a creative meal next week….medieval food flare!

    i love getting lost in the magic

  36. This definitely sounds like something worth checking out. Oh, and I really love the look of this post. It turned out great! I’m looking forward to publishing a post with the new MS Office 2010 now that I know how. This post really looks great!

  37. Never mind that last bit about MS OFfice. It’s been a long night and got confused with someone else’s Chip Trip post… duh!

  38. we went to Medieval Times on our honeymoon. It was great fun! Loved having our own ‘serf’ and ‘wench’ to serve us for the evening! LOL! Glad you had fun!!!

  39. Medieval Times is amazing. I took my husband to the one in Dallas Texas last year for his birthday. We had a fabulous time. Glad you enjoyed it.

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