The booming popularity of hit TV series like HBO's “Game of Thrones” and The History Channel's “Vikings” has sparked renewed interest in the Dark Ages, and Medieval Times & Dinner Tournament gives its guests the chance to experience a taste of life in 11th century Europe with this theatrical performance.
Visitors to the Myrtle Beach area can travel more than 1,000 years back in time to the mystical age at Medieval Times, a national chain of dinner theaters that offers a mix of the history and pageantry of the Middle Ages, along with the excitement and entertainment value to rival any of the Grand Stand’s top attractions, creating a one-of-a-kind experience for those who step inside the castle walls.
Located in an authentic Spanish-style castle in the Fantasy Harbour section of Myrtle Beach, Medieval Times looks a bit out of place amid the modern-era theaters and shops in the vicinity. But once you step through the doors and into the arena, you feel as if you have stepped back to another place in time when kings ruled and knights dueled.
Patrons don crowns and wave flags to root for the knights of their choice in contests of sword-fighting, jousting and horsemanship. The action-packed show also features displays of falconry as the birds of prey perform high-flying stunts above the crowds. The horses also put on a spectacular display of high-stepping and fence-jumping.
The royal family and his court watch from high above the arena, and guests are invited to meet the king, queen, princess and knights after the show. Patrons dine on a four-course feast fit for a king, including roasted chicken and spare ribs, herb potatoes and vegetables, and bread. Enjoy drinks and dessert while watching the final dramatic scenes of the realistic, action-packed play, and take home your souvenir challis-style cup that is perfect for toasting the royal family.
Featuring a recently rewritten script so repeat guests can also enjoy the element of surprise, the theme of an epic tournament remains the same – six knights battling it out with steel swords and other weapons of the period, horses performing amazing stunts and dance routines, and a wide range of choreographed performances. Fans choose a knight to root for and cheer along as the combatants duel it out until a champion is crowned.
History enthusiasts will be impressed by the attraction’s dedication to authenticity. The castle and its trappings are true to the medieval era, as are the weapons and armor worn by the cast of characters. Only the state-of-the-art lighting, sound and special effects serve as a reminder that you are a millennium away from watching the real thing.
Making this medieval experience even more attractive is the fact that guests at Ocean Reef receive free admission just for staying with us through the Sun Fun Bonus Rewards program. Upon checking in, guests receive a package filled with free tickets to some of Myrtle Beach’s top attractions, and Medieval Times is one of the many places that make it more affordable for the whole family to enjoy an evening out together.
Medieval Times is the perfect place for a family outing because the attraction has something for everyone. Adults may appreciate the historical perspective provided by the authentic castle and characters, while kids enjoy the action-packed show. Posing for pictures with the knights and royal family provide great keepsakes of the memories made at this theater.
Medieval Times offers group rates for larger parties or special occasions. Shows run nightly Tuesday through Sunday with special show times and matinees also on the schedule. For more information on ticket prices or show times, visit the website at www.medievaltimes.com/myrtlebeach.