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North America’s longest running and most popular dinner attraction, Medieval Times in Kissimmee, launched a new show this past December.Spring 2008
The rollout is the company’s first since 2003, blending a two-hour live performance by two- and four-legged performers with a utensil-free meal served in a castle-inspired 1,000-seat arena.
More than 30 months in the making, the new production includes audience favorites such as live jousting, swordplay, horsemanship, and falconry. Guests are taken back in time and encouraged to cheer for one of six knights of the realm, named after historic regions of medieval Spain.
In addition to a new script, the production includes new lighting, choreography and battle scenes, new horse dressage elements, executed by Medieval Times’ famed Andalusian stallions, and a new soundtrack composed in the USA and performed by the Czech Republic-based Czech Film
Orchestra. A new theatrical element, Medieval Times’ first use of a high output snow machine, also adds an unexpected magical element to the guest experience.
Creators of the new production say nonstop action, rather than snowflakes, will keep first-time visitors and returning fans on the edge of their seats.
“The festivities open with a sneak attack on the show’s hero, a prince sent by his father the king to deliver a peace treaty,” said Creative Director Leigh Cordner. “While the audience next enjoys a feast and authentic tournament of knights, the action unfolds in the arena with elements of high drama and romance as the hero’s young bride and king await word of the prince’s fate.”
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