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Medieval Times Dallas Review: Everything You Need to Know

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Horses, Knights, and Queens – oh my! This is a Medieval Times Dallas review.

During our recent trip to Dallas [a quick family weekend getaway from Houston], we were granted the opportunity to visit Medieval Times. If you’ve ever been to Dallas, you’ve undoubtedly seen the place from Interstate 35. After all, a real-life castle in the middle of the city is hard to miss.

Spoiler alert for our Medieval Times Dallas review: IT WAS AWESOME!

Medieval Times kindly provided our tickets but the pleasure [and the opinions of the show] was all mine.

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From the moment you enter the line for admission to Medieval Times Dallas, you’ll journey back in time to the medieval days when kings [and queens!] reigned supreme and jousting was a royal pastime. The staff stays in the theme not only with their costumes but with their vernacular and only medieval lingo is used within the castle [it took about 3-4 times before I stopped giggling every time they called me “milady”].

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Every visitor is given a crown that corresponds with their seating area and the knight they will root for. You can get even further in theme with princess hats, knight helmets, medieval apparel, and more all available in their souvenir booths.

There are stairs in the arena but accessible seating is available at the top of the sections.  Strollers are also allowed inside but are kept in the stroller parking lot in each section.

The seats are general stadium seats — the kind that folds when you stand.  Older kids will be fine but if you have one of the itty bitties with you [like my 6-year-old] then ask your server for a booster seat.  It will hold the seat down and allow them to see over the table without straining.

How Long is a Medieval Times Show?

If you’re wondering “how long is a Medieval Times show”, the show is around 2 hours. That doesn’t include the time before the show to peruse the exhibits and partake in the extra fun.

The 2-hour long show is filled with horse tricks, jousting rounds [complete with lances longer than my entire body], and falconry with some scripting in between. I won’t tell you the plot of the show –that’s part of the fun – but all I’ll say is “All hail, Queen Isabella! #GIRLPOWER” Medieval Times Dallas is like a catered Broadway show but with horses and birds.

Medieval Times Dallas Cost

The Medieval Times Dallas cost can be pricey but remember it includes a meal and entertainment! Adults are $65.95 and children under 12 are $38.95. [Prices as of October 2022. Please be sure to verify the current prices on their website.] Kids under the age of 3 are admitted free of charge [YAY!] if they share a seat and a meal with an adult.

Parking is free.

Medieval Times Dallas Coupon

Unfortunately, our Medieval Times Dallas coupon expired. We’re still working on getting a new one! But in the meantime, there are other ways to get a discount on your admission to Medieval Times in Dallas. Military discounts are also available and pretty frequent seasonal promotions so be on the lookout for those.

But the real secret to cheaper admission is Groupon! They almost always have a deal posted there.

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Medieval Times Packages [Medieval Times Dallas Experience Upgrades]

If you want to go all out and make the most of your experience, look into the Medieval Times experience upgrade packages.

  • Royalty Upgrade [$15]: priority castle access through a VIP entrance, priority seating [you are let into the arena before general seating and have an assigned seat close to the front], a VIP lanyard, and a cheering banner.
  • Celebration Upgrade [$20]: priority castle access through a VIP entrance, priority seating [you are let into the arena before general seating and have an assigned seat close to the front], VIP lanyard, a cheering banner, a slice of cake, a group photo, and a shout out during the show.
  • Queen’s Royalty Package [$25]: priority castle access through a VIP entrance, priority seating [you are let into the arena before general seating and will be seated in the 1st or 2nd row in the center], VIP lanyard, a cheering banner, and a framed entrance group photo.

[Prices as of October 2022. Please verify the current pricing on their website.]

We opted for the royalty experience upgrade and it was worth every penny! The girls still have their celebration banners!

I’d recommend the Medieval Times Dallas show to anyone but it’s especially great for birthdays! Pay for one of their celebration packages and they’ll shout out the honoree during the show along with other special birthday treats.

Medieval Times Dallas Menu

Admission to Medieval Times Dallas includes a meal of tomato soup, chicken, potatoes, corn on the cob, garlic bread, dessert, and a drink [lemonade, Pepsi, unsweetened tea, or water].

No utensils here, my friends. Remember, we’re in medieval times within the Medieval Times so you’ll eat as they ate back in the day. [No worries, they provide a hot towel to wipe your hands after your meal and the kids seriously dig it!] Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available – just inquire with your server.

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The bar is open throughout the show and you’re allowed to exit the arena to grab a brew. But if you don’t want to miss a minute of the action [who would?] they will come around to your table once during the show to ask if you want any libations.

Medieval Times Dallas Tips

Get There Early

Don’t be like us and get there 20 minutes before showtime. Get there 75 minutes prior to the show and enjoy everything they have to offer like the Torture Chamber and the souvenir stands. You can even go meet the horses or see the falcon up close. Also, if you don’t get a VIP package, seating is first come-first served and you don’t want to be last.

Sensitive Noses Beware

The inside of the arena smells like horses because well… there are horses. There’s no way to avoid the smell but it is mild. Medieval Times has a warning for those with respiratory conditions, allergies, or asthma to attend at their own risk so I’ll pass that warning along here. For what it is worth, I have horrible allergies [seriously – I’ve had friends tell me I should live in a bubble] and I had no problems during the show. The little one [who, unfortunately, inherited my health issues] was also fine. That said, dose up on the Zrytec, bring some nasal spray if you need it, and allergy eye drops just in case.

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Skip the Torture Chamber with Younger Kids

There is a pretty neat torture chamber museum inside Medieval Times Dallas [for an additional cost] with actual torture devices on display. I’ve heard the exhibit descriptions that go along with these exhibits are a bit gory so I would only recommend it for teens and older.

Bring Cash for the Extras

OK, it is a business and there are subtle moments of up-sell. If it fits the budget, then they are all worthy splurges! We purchased our group family picture for $21.65 [we never purchase these but it was so cute]. We didn’t have any cash on us so they took our debit card out of our eye range to charge us for the picture. Same for when we paid for gratuity. It was fine but I personally don’t like my card being out of my line of sight, especially in an arena of that size. If you’re similar to me, I recommend bringing cash to cover the extras.

Cheer Like You’ve Never Cheered Before

Throughout the show, our beloved knights would kiss carnations and throw them at ladies in the crowd. It’s a nice touch for audience participation and my littlest one went absolutely nuts for it. It helped that all of us were having the time of our lives but every time they approached the audience with these little flowers, Bug went crazy waving her celebration banner and cheering at the top of her lungs.

Well, it paid off because she was crowned Queen of Love and Beauty at the end of the show. The blue knight himself asked her, Queen Isabella crowned and sashed her, and both announced her name to the crowd while she stood there waving regally to the audience.

Dude, it made her [k]night [knight….night.. get it? Haha]. Moral of the story: want a flower or that cherished sash? Cheer like your life depends on it!

Buy Princess and Knight Gear Before the Show

The souvenirs sold at Medieval Times were really nice but the entire time I was kicking myself for not purchasing our gear ahead of time. Purchasing from a site like Amazon gives more options and can usually save you quite a bit of change.

Schedule Your Bathroom Break Early

This Medieval Times Dallas review tip might not be applicable to everyone. In fact, it’s really mostly for the ones that need to use the women’s bathroom. The line for the restroom is ridiculously long when the show ends so try to use it before the conclusion or skip it altogether.

Medieval Times kindly provided our tickets but the pleasure [and the opinions of the show] was all mine.

What’s your Medieval Times Dallas review?

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