Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HGG2013: Medieval Times Is Fun for the Whole Family #TorontoCastle {Giveaway}

I'm a big fan of experience gifts, activities and events that can be enjoyed as a family. And after attending the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament with PTPA on the weekend, I decided I had to include this review in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. We loved it!

As Boo and I entered the castle, we were entered a realm of pageantry and gallantry. Greeted as lord and lady, we were fitted with paper crowns and welcomed into the large hall, fitted out with helpful servants and plenty of gift shop options. Boo immediately bee-lined to a crusader's costume that could be purchased separately or as part of a special knighting ceremony package ($30 for the package). I decided to give him an extra treat and we went for it. The knighting ceremony is performed publicly in the hall, by the king, before the tournament begins, and then the new knights are announced and recognised during the feast as well. It's a great way to celebrate a birthday or other special event. We were given a commemorative photo and scroll to mark the occasion, and Boo proudly told everyone he met that he was now a knight. So cute!

Rapt attention is pretty much how he watched the whole show.
I had to remind him to eat by placing pieces of chicken in his fingers.
He's been crusading ever since we got this set home.

The show itself was great entertainment. All guests are assigned to cheer for one of the six knights competing in the tournament, and then sit with their cheering section. We were given the Blue Knight. He was handsome and gallant, but sadly he was not the champion of the day. The knights compete in a number of challenges. The royal princess bestows flowers on the successful knights after each challenge, which they then toss to the fair ladies in the stands. Ladies of all ages were quite charmed with this, though the 12 and under set seemed to get the best of the deal. The looks on the little girls' faces as they caught the flowers? Heartwarming!

I was truly impressed with the skill of the knights. It is clear that many hours of practice go into perfecting their jousting and sword-handling. The choreography of the fights is remarkable. And the horses! Graceful, clever, and a joy to watch. The show opens with a performance by the horses and then the royal falconer. The falcon soars over the crowd, dipping and swirling through the air until it returns to its master's arm. A gorgeous bird that elicited many oohs and aahs.
I don't think I went in with great hopes for the meal itself. I expected to be wowed enough by the entertainment that the meal would be secondary. Although, leading up to the event a number of folks commented to me on how yummy and juicy the chicken is at Medieval Times. Turns out they were so right. We were served a half chicken each, roasted to juicy perfection. Our server (or "man-wench" as he suggested we call him) presented it as "baby dragon," which Boo found very amusing. It was a little messy eating with our hands, but lots of fun, and wet wipes were provided. Also, the tomato bisque was a scrumptious starter. It is served in a handled bowl to make it easy for even little hands to lift and sip. Cold beverages, tea and coffee are complimentary with the meal, and there is a cash bar service available.

All in all, Boo and I both thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Medieval Times Toronto Castle. He's already talking about "the next time" we go :) This show makes a wonderful family outing, and something definitely out of the norm. To find out more, please visit the Toronto Castle online or you can sign up for their e-letter to keep in the loop.

Special Holiday Savings

If you are considering tickets to this event as a holiday gift (or just for a fun outing), I have an early bird exclusive deal for you! These rates are not available to the public until December 16th, but you can access them today. Now through January 31, 2014 you can use the code BLOG39 for discounted tickets to the show - Adults $39.95, Kids 12 and under $29.95. This deal is valid on all shows through Jan 31/14, except the 9pm show on New Year's Eve. Taxes, fees and gratuities extra. Seating upgrades extra. May not be used in conjunction with other promotional offers. 

And A Giveaway

We, the PTPA Bloggers, have 10 family passes of 5 tickets each to give away to 10 of our readers. These passes are for the Toronto location of Medieval Times. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below (click on the link), open to Canadian residents only, and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, December 23. Just leave a comment here to let us know why you'd love to win these tickets, then head to the widget to enter! Best of luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Update: Congratulations to all the lucky winners of our contest! Enjoy the show!!

Disclosure: I will receive financial compensation for my role as a Medieval Times Brand Ambassador, as well as tickets for my family to attend the show. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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