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29 Things You Must Know About Medieval Times

Spending an evening at Medieval Times is well worth it, but you should know what you're getting yourself into.

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1. There are eight Medieval Times locations in the United States.

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The east coast does fine, but what about the middle of the country?! They're totally denied their Medieval Times experience.

3. That's because the family that started it was Spanish.

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Medieval Times was started in the 1970s "as a dinner-theater attraction on the island of Majorca. Javier Romero, a proud son of Córdoba, was there, performing feats of horsemanship for tourists. It has grown to become a theme restaurant empire, with nine castles in North America; horse ranches in Texas, Florida and Maryland; and attendance figures in the tens of millions," explains the New York Times.

4. When you get inside the castle, they give you a fantastic crown.

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The color of the crown you get corresponds to the knight you'll be cheering for, and thus, your allegiance is chosen early on.

13. The cross-section of people at any given show is amazing.

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Families, college kids, twenty-somethings celebrating their birthdays – it's all walks of life. You really realize how many people are there when they call out everyone who has a birthday, which takes forever.

14. The food is actually great.

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The castle bread is AMAZING (it's just garlic bread). The tomato bisque is a little salty. The "Dragon's wing" is surprisingly tender. "Pastry of the Castle" is code for an apple turnover.

15. Only downside? Alcohol is not included in the ticket price.

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But once you're sitting down, your "serving wench" will come around and bring it to you so you don't miss a minute of the action.

20. Anyone can work there. That means you!

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A former knight says that you just have to apply: "It's like getting a job at McDonalds...You start out as a squire and work your way up. They taught me everything I know about horses. As I said in my hiring interview, I was on a horse once when I was five. I wore a helmet and I think it bit me."

22. The job is apparently not depressing the way it's depicted in the movies and on television.

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It is true, however, that the "winners" of the fights are rigged. (It's a performance!) A lot of the knights and squires have theatrical backgrounds, so they know how to make it look real.

24. When things get kind of serious, they *very slowly* lower a screen around the arena so that you don't get hit or jump in on the action or something.

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