Yesterday I got to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time–go to Medieval Times for dinner. (Actually I’ve wanted to go to MT for Thanksgiving Dinner but they’ve taken the turkey leg off the menu so it wouldn’t be the same.)

MT is just outside of Atlanta, in a mall.


There is a bar and a gift shoppe.



The seats are around a long sand-filled arena, which when we came in was nicely raked, leading to speculations about a sand zamboni (sand-boni?).


Here the server is enthusiastically telling us that bar tab and gratuities are not included with our meal (this was actually the server from the table ahead of us; we had the Wench Jessica, who was very nice and good at her job). Yes, I wore my paper crown all through dinner, and did not feel at all ridiculous.


Half the menu came from the New World. Oh well. The food was generally good–the “tomato bisque” soup was like the broth from alphabet soup, and the chicken was tasty but a bit dry. “Pastry of the Castle” was an apple turnover. Eating with my hands wasn’t hard, but eating with my hands in the dark was–fortunately, and surprisingly, I didn’t go home wearing my dinner.


As you can imagine, most of my pictures are like this, Exciting Blurs. The entertainment is quite scripted–when the princess speaks there’s some very Disney music in the background, but she didn’t actually break into song. We sat in the Red section, and while my friend Elizabeth thought the Red-and-Yellow knight was the prettiest, I thought ours was quite good enough to be going on with:


He flirted nicely with the ladies. We were too far up to be tossed a favor, though.


Huzzah! No, wait--

Our Red Knight did very well in the Knightly Contests but unfortunately the Green Knight took him out in the first round of battle. When our lovely Wench Jessica stopped by to see if we needed anything we said “We need a new champion!” but she couldn’t help us.

Most of the Birthday Lords and Ladies that the Seneschal announced were seven or eight, when I imagine this royal entertainment would have been unbearably exciting–he did announce one 21st birthday, which he followed with a short pause and a “Drink hearty, m’lord!” Our tickets were discounted as a benefit to the campus SCA chapter, and the website has 2-for-1 tickets, and for that, I would say, sure, go! I don’t necessarily have to go again, unless the script of the royal entertainment changes, but snark aside, it was a pretty good time.

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5 Responses to Huzzah!

  1. Lauri says:

    What fun!
    I was able to go to one of these while chaperoning a band trip when the kids were in high school!
    So much fun to watch and eat and cheer! Huzzah!

  2. mariser says:

    my desire to go has been dampened on learning the turkey leg has been taken off the menu. bah.

    love your story, pictures, and captions (huzzaptions?)

  3. lurkertype says:

    A similar experience was had recently by my favorite talk show host:

    That’s a link to the whole show, but the MT part is only the first 3 minutes, which you might be able to find on YouTube. It is quite literally LOL funny.

    I’ve been to the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas, which does exactly the same menu and show, with a little more flash b/c hey, Vegas. The hotel itself looks like a Fisher-Price castle. I still have my commemorative (included free) porcelain tankard. Our knight did not win, but was dreeeaaaamy.

    The knights do quite a good job; obviously it’s choreographed, but they’re still out there on real horses waving weapons around.


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