Medieval Times Orlando Castle Delivers History and Entertainment

“Tell me, what type of resume does a Royal Knight have?” I asked, Steven Ager the Master of Horse, with my half crooked smile. “No resume, I have been here since I was 17 years old, they have trained me from the ground up.” A likely story from a Royal Knight at Medieval Times Orlando Castle.

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Medieval Times Photo by: Christa Thompson

About Medieval Times Orlando

Medieval Times is a Dinner and Tournament attraction celebrating it’s 30th anniversary with an all-new show. “This is the very first Medieval Times”, explained David Graham, Lord Chancellor of the tournament.

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Photo by: Christa Thompson

My Medieval Review

I approached the drawbridge and glanced up at the fiery torches marking the entrance to the Orlando Castle. I had done this before when I was just a child, bursting at the seams with fairytale lore. Would my experience here be as magical in my adult life as it had been 24 years ago?

Admittedly I didn’t have high hopes. Medieval Times is child’s play, just a silly theatrical tournament made for little boys gleaming to live vicariously through Knights on horses, right? I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Medieval Village by : Christa Thompson

I made my way over to the Medieval Village, an authentic replica of 8 medieval cottages situated around a brick paved courtyard next to the Orlando Castle. I stepped inside. The smell reminded me of my childhood garage detached from our 19th century home in upstate New York. It was the smell of age and fire. I cased the scene which led my eyes to a sign reading, “Torture Chamber”. Naturally, I had to see more.

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Blacksmith working area where Stefanis Alexandres makes his masterpieces

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Medieval Village photo by Christa Thompson

The Torture chamber has a collection of medieval torture devices used for a variety of punishments. Of all the artifacts in the Medieval Village collection, these are the only replicas.

“All of these artifacts are from Spain ranging anywhere from 200-800 years old. It is the only collection of medieval artifacts in the United States”

said Stefanis Alexandres, Medieval Times’ resident metalsmith and creator of the castle’s stunning ornate metal decor. I was impressed. Then I found out that Stefanis is not just an artist making elaborate metal pieces for Medieval Times in authentic medieval fashion, but he is a Smithsonian Craft Show artist as well.

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Artifacts at Medieval Village by: Christa Thompson

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Artifacts at Medieval Village by: Christa Thompson

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Torture Chairs at Medieval Times photo: Christa Thompson

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At Medieval Village, Medieval Times Orlando, Florida

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Artifacts at Medieval Village by: Christa Thompson

My eyes were wide. I was enamored by the exhibits of weapons, pottery, home dwellings, tools, torture, clothing and textiles. This was an unexpected bonus for me. Astounded, I was ready for the Royal Court.

My expectations had raised a bit after the Medieval Village experience, but I still wasn’t completely on board with the tourist frenzy dinner tournament. However, I was hungry, and after all, there were going to be strapping young men of brawn and metal on horses. How bad could this actually be?

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Photo by: Christa Thompson

Medieval Times, Medieval Times Orlando, Orlando Castle

Photo by: Christa Thompson

The lights went dim as an enchanting narrative began. A spotlight directed my attention to a single white horse. In this moment, I knew I had it all wrong. This show was going to be epic.

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Lord Chancellor, David Graham photo by: Christa Thompson

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The black and white Knight photo by: Christa Thompson

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King Don Carlos the Magnificent Photo by: Christa Thompson

I watched in child-like curiosity as a parade of Royal Knights entered the arena on majestic Pure Spanish Horse Stallions, and as the Royal Falconer performed his flight with his seasoned bird of prey.

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Royal Knights photo by: Christa Thompson

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Andalusians, Spanish purebred horses photo by: Christa Thompson

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Medieval Times Horse by Christa Thompson

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Royal Knights battle photo by: Christa Thompson

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The Royal Court photo by: Christa Thompson

It wasn’t very long before I found myself chanting for our teams’ Royal Knight. The night progressed into an evening of horsemanship, jousting, weaponry and romance, all of which unraveled before an authentic medieval 3-course dinner. I was entertained at the notion of eating with my hands, which was just a minor part of the boundless details that Medieval Times incorporates into their experience.

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Photo by Christa Thompson

Medieval Times, Medieval Times Orlando, Orlando Castle

photo by: Christa Thompson

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King Don Carlos the Magnificent photo by: Christa Thompson

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with Steven Ager, Master of Horse

I was full, the Blue Knight concurred the evil villain and Princess Catalina chose her hand and lived happily ever after. The night had come to an end, and as I passed through the castle’s portal and back into the real world I realized, that even still, after 24 years, Medieval Times Orlando Castle is a magical place indeed.

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About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

11 Comments on this post

  1. Wow, That’s awesome, im starting to really miss my re-enactment days. There are some really big festivals we used to fight in. There in the UK if you get a chance, check them out!

    http://www.englandsmedievalfestival.com/

    http://www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk/

    http://www.berkeleyskirmish.com/index.php

    edmooneyphotography / Reply
  2. Great post. Place looks awesome.

    grimmreport / Reply
  3. Reblogged this on My Weekender and commented:

    A must see event just 2 hours from Sarasota, FL.

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