Tuesday, 24 March 2015
24.03.2015 - 24.03.2015
We woke late this morning and staggered into the day. Managed a simple breakfast of a banana, two oranges, a tub of yogurt, a small muffin, two granola bars and a cup of coffee. Then spent the remainder of the morning writing up yesterday's activities. We've no plans for this afternoon so will use the time to have a siesta.
After 16:00 we walked down S Harbor Blvd to the Disney Shuttle Plaza. We were waiting for the 17:00 Anaheim Resorts Transportation (ART) Line 18 Bus. The ART Line 18 bus services a number of resorts and attractions along a 60 minute loop. Our destination was the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament located in Buena Park. These ART Shuttles are based on a Ford F550 truck and are designed for economy of space but not for comfort. When the bus arrived we were the only passengers for the 25 minute trip to the Medieval Times castle.
We arrived at the venue well before opening time and there was a bit of a queue but it didn't take long to get things moving. We'd bought our tickets from the Discount Tours and Tickets store and we were required to convert our vouchers for proper tickets. The whole place was themed and all the staff dressed in appropriate period costumes. We were addressed as "Lords and Ladies" by the magnificently dressed Lord Chancellor who was the MC for the event. The ticket collector handed us two coloured plastic cards, our colour 'blue' and numbered 5.
Next we were handed cardboard crowns also coloured blue. The colour indicating the section of the stadium where we would be seated. Adorned with our crows we were directed to the forecourt, an area devoted to bars and gift shops and a growing number of people. For many it appeared to be a return visit and there were optional additional services such as being 'knighted' by the king and having your photo taken.
With less than 15 minutes to show time there's an announcement from the Lord Chancellor explaining how the entry and seating was to take place. Two sets of doors were opened one to the left and one to the right. Proceeding by crown colours each of the six were asked to make their way inside. I was amazed at the size of the auditorium and the arrangement of the seating. We found our colour and our table which consisted of a row of theatre style seats arranged as bleachers with a shelf/table for our plate.
The activities in the arena started pretty much on time and lasted for a full two hours. Horses, knights and pages demonstrated they skills all accompanied by great lighting effects and powerful sound. In front of each of us was a bowl and a plate made of a pewter like metal and a plastic mug. The 'serving wench' filled the mugs with a beverage of choice, water, soda or iced tea. Next came a large slice of garlic bread and a bowl of tomato bisque which was hot and very tasty. Activities in the arena continued uninterrupted.
Another visit by the 'serving wench', this time to deposit half a chicken on each plate, no utensils, so had to be finger food! It was quite a task to handle and demolish that piece of hot meat but it was delicious. Soon after the chicken delivery our 'serving wench' was back deftly dropping a roast potato and a cob of corn alongside the carnage of the chicken. It took some effort to do justice to the feast. Meanwhile, back in the area the knights have moved on from displays of horsemanship to mock battles. Sparks flew from clashing swords and lances smashed into many fragments as they jousted.
Our 'serving wench' returned to clear the 'table' and top up the drink mugs. With about half an hour to go and after a decent amount of time for the meal to settle she was back with a warm sweet pastry and cups of coffee. We paid $25 each for this outing and it was worth that for the meal alone, the 'show' was a massive extra bonus. Did we enjoy it ?? YOU BET !!
Exit from the stadium was quite orderly and I had time to visit the restroom before making our way to the ART bus-stop. There was no need to rush as we had about 20 minutes to spare. Right on time the bus pulled up and we were driven the 30 minutes back to the shuttle plaza at Disneyland. The ART one-day pass cost us $1 each from the Discount Tours and Tickets store
It was after 22:00 when we got back to the HoJo and I didn't have the energy to write this up so it is our last day here as I post this.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony