For SO's birthday last year, I bought him a gift certificate to Medieval Times. We never used it. We finally went this weekend.
IT WAS SO MUCH fun. Oh man, was that fun. It was like paying to see a play, and getting the play, a dinner, a sporting event, and a horseshow all in one. I wasn't sure SO was going to be all that enchanted with the show, but he liked it. He said it was a little cheesy, but in a good way. We need to have some cheese! He loved the horses in particular. I would never have guessed he liked horses, but he did go to the International Horseshow in DC a lot as a kid.
They were impressive. They use Andalusian horses, the precursor of the Lippizanner stallions that travel the world. I don't ever remember seeing Andalusians (not that I knew they were them, anyway), so it was neat to watch them. They were warhorses and they get used in films a lot that are set in medieval times. Beautiful! And they came into the show ring doing classical dressage. One was even doing the move where they are on their hind legs, leaping. Gorgeous. One did the capriole, as well, where they leap above the ground and kick out. Can you imagine seeing that on the battlefield. One even did what I think is called the Spanish Walk, where he paws out with one leg while walking. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spanish_walk.gif
It was impressive. I always thought that my Breyer model doing that was just doing that. But I guess it's a real move. Our knight had the prettiest horse. I don't think the knights were riding Andalusians, probably Quarter Horses or polo ponies, because they were indoors, but it was pretty cool all in all. Of course, our knight won. AWESOME. I spent the whole show screaming for him (when I didn't have food in my mouth, that is). SO said he was glad he wasn't right in front of me, he'd be deaf. I was more worried about losing my voice, but it was hard not to get into it. Someone on 123 said Medieval Times was pretty boys on pretty horses, and how can you NOT get into that?
The food was good, although I am not a fan of eating hot chicken with my hands. SO ate my rib, so I can't comment on that, but the other parts were good. I want to go back this weekend, LOL.