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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Scottsdale, Arizona - Everything You Need to Know

Medieval Times Castle Scottsdale Arizona | Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Scottsdale, Arizona - Everything You Need to Know

Considering a road trip up to Scottsdale to visit Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament? You've come to the right place! Below you will find a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know before you go.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is a unique dinner and theatrical experience, featuring heroic knights on spirited horses, astounding athletic feats, thrilling swordplay, and a thematic feast (that you eat with your hands!). "A sweeping musical score and brilliant lights provide a fabulous backdrop for this spellbinding experience that blurs the boundary between fairy tale and spectacle."

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where is Medieval Times located? Is there only one Arizona location?

There are ten Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament locations in North America.

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Buena Park, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Lyndhurst, NJ
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Orlando, FL
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Toronto, CANADA

The Scottsdale location opened in 2019 and is based in the Talking Stick Entertainment District.

How long will it take to drive to Medieval Times from Tucson?

Depends on what part of Tucson you are departing from. A safe estimate is approximately 2 hours.

What hotels are within close driving distance to Medieval Times?

Hotels to consider include:

  • Tru by Hilton Scottsdale Salt River (0.4 miles away)
  • Great Wolf Lodge (0.6 miles away)
  • Sonesta Suites Scottsdale Gainey Ranch (2.6 miles away)
  • Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch (2.8 miles away)
  • Aiden by Best Western Scottsdale North (3 miles away)
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Scottsdale Salt River (3.3 miles)
  • Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Salt River (3.5 miles away)
  • Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale North (7.7 miles away)
  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (8.6 miles away)

Can you give a brief history of Medieval Times Scottsdale? Is it new?

Medieval Times is "based upon authentic Medieval history and is the true story of a noble family with documentation dating back to the 11th Century." Medieval Times originally opened with two dinner/entertainment complexes in Spain and later expanded to the United States in 1983. Medieval Times’ Castles have since entertained more than 72 million guests. The Scottsdale Castle opened in 2019.

What are the hours?

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Scottsdale typically holds evening shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings with matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Why would I visit Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament?

  • To go "back in time" and experience history during the Middle Ages
  • To watch live-action jousting and knightly competitions
  • To see performers in medieval fashion
  • To cheer on your favorite knight
  • To enjoy a four-course dinner without utensils (use your hands!)
  • To attend a birthday party or business event

How much does it cost?

General Admission

  • Adult: $45.95
  • Child (12 and under): $35.95
  • Children under the age of 3 are admitted free as long as they sit on adults' laps and eat from their plate. If you prefer the child to have his or her own seat and meal, the child rate will apply.

Are any admission discounts available for seniors, students, military members, or teachers?

Yes! Medieval Times offers discounts for military, veterans, spouses, and family members.

Discounted tickets are also available for teachers.

No discounts are available for students or seniors at this time.

What is the parking situation?

Parking is free and plentiful outside the Medieval Times castle in Scottsdale. The parking lots can also accommodate RVs and buses.

What should I wear?

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is indoors with heating in the winter and air-conditioning in the summer. Dress as casually or as formally as you like. Medieval costumes are also welcome, but hats and weapons (real or fake) are prohibited.

What should I bring with me?

Cash or card to tip your server and to buy souvenirs!

Are bathrooms available?

Yes. You can find restrooms inside the castle.

Tell me more about the horses in the show.

The three main horse breads that can be seen in the show are Andalusian, Quarter Horse, and Friesian.

Medieval Times is the #1 breeder in North America of the Pure Spanish Andalusian Horses. They live the first 3 years of their life in Sanger, TX on the 240-acre Chapel Creek Ranch before being sent to their new home at a castle.

When a horse is ready to retire from performing, they are sent to the Chapel Creek Ranch to live the rest of their days as a time-honored celebrity! Some horses are also donated to therapeutic riding schools.

The horses receive round-the-clock care with frequent veterinary, dental, and farrier visits. They have a healthy diet and nutrients and live in state of the art stables at the castle with tempur-pedic flooring, air conditioning, and a paddock outside for playtime.

THE SHOW

The show at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament runs for approximately two hours. During each course of your feast, you will watch as knights joust, horses gallop, and falcons soar. It's a rousing and action-filled performance, featuring live animals and talented performers.

THE MENU

One of the best things about Medieval Times is that you get to eat with your hands! In fact, you will receive no utensils for your meal!

The first course is a warm and creamy tomato bisque soup, served with a hunk of garlic toast. Feel free to dip the toast into your soup or to lift the bowl directly to your lips. Everyone else will be doing the same!

The next course is a giant chicken wing, served on a platter with buttered corn on the cob and herb-roasted potato. Again, pick it up and enjoy! (If your fingers get sticky, you can use the provided wipes).

Finally, you'll be treated to dessert and coffee. The dessert is a bit out of theme because it is a paper cup of soft serve ice cream, which comes with a plastic spoon!). We would have preferred a cherry tart or apple fritter.

Your meal also comes with your choice of non-alcoholic beverage (soda or lemonade).

Alcoholic beverages are available to purchase for an additional fee.

Can I swap my meal out for a vegetarian option?

Absolutely! Simply notify your server of this request. The vegan meal includes a generous serving of hummus with carrot and celery sticks, a main course featuring three-bean stew with fire-roasted tomato and brown rice, and Italian ice for dessert. The vegetarian option includes all of these vegan dishes, along with a side of warm pita bread.

May I request a gluten-free option?

Yes! Gluten-free meals are also available upon request and include tomato bisque soup, hummus, carrot and celery sticks, and the main course of roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, and herb-basted potato, as well as Italian ice for dessert.

BABIES & KIDS

What ages would be best suited for a visit to Medieval Times?

The whole family will enjoy Medieval Times - from elementary-age kids to teens to grandparents!

Note, however, that there are dark moments, loud noises, and realistic fight scenes, which could be frightening to infants and toddlers. Best for ages 5+.

Should I bring a stroller?

No. It shouldn't be necessary as the castle is relatively compact and you won't be doing much walking.

Are changing tables available?

Yes. Changing tables are available in all of the restrooms - men, women, and family.

Does the center have a mother's room or nursing lounge?

Medieval Times does not currently have a designated area, but a manager would be happy to provide a private space upon request.

EVENTS

I'm a teacher. Can our school take students on a field trip to Medieval Times?

Yes! Educational matinees are developed for K-12 students and include a full meal with options for those with dietary restrictions. These discounted field trip shows ($30.95 per person plus tax and gratuity) are closed to the general public and offer a safe environment for students to discover the Middle Ages. You can even download a corresponding lesson plan.

Can I have my child’s birthday party at Medieval Times?

Absolutely! There are a number of birthday party packages to choose from - for both children and adults. Note also that Medieval Times offers incentives for groups of 15 or more for any celebration!

MISCELLANY

Is Medieval Times active on social media?

Yes! You can follow Medieval Times on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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