Spinning Tales of Antiquity Medieval Times Gives Patrons a Taste of 11th Century Spain
Brooks, Chad, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Chad Brooks Daily Herald Staff Writer
Driving down Northwest Tollway in Schaumburg, a village only 50 years old, the last thing one might expect to see is an 11th century castle towering the skyline.
However for the past 15 years, the 85,000-square-foot castle, home to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, has been a staple in the village.
Medieval Times gives people a taste of what life was like, for at least two hours, in Spain more than 1,000 years ago - from both a culinary and entertainment standpoint.
"We really are a unique venue," said Melissa Umali, marketing manager for Medieval Times.
From the moment they step inside, and are given their special crowns to don atop their heads, patrons are whisked back in time to a day when jousting and sword-fighting were the norm.
The performance features a falconry show, an Andalusian horse spectacle and choreographed fights and jousting between the knights.
"They (the audience) will lose themselves in excitement," Umali said of the show, which also includes equestrian tricks and tournament games.
Throughout the performance, the audience is treated to a traditional meal - minus the silverware - of roasted chicken, spare ribs, vegetable soup and herb-basted potatoes. …