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Knights do battle as guests feast at Medieval Times dinner show in Orlando

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When you visit Orlando, you probably expect to be transported to a world of Disney magic, or perhaps to Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure to visit Harry Potter's world. You might not realize that you can also do a bit of time traveling back to the days when brave knights defended their kingdom and people ate entire feasts with their hands.

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At Medieval Times, which is actually located on east Highway 192 in the Disney area, you visit a castle that transports you to a royal feast, complete with a hearty chicken meal served while you meet the king, princess, and the brave knights of the realm on their magnificent steeds. Of course, there's some intrigue when a messenger comes from a neighboring kingdom with what might not be the best of intentions.

The show has something to appeal to every member of the family. Little girls enjoy the princess and the horses, while little boys are drawn to the colorful knights and their epic battles as they compete in games on horseback, joust, and eventually get down to one-on-one combat with swords, maces, and a variety of other menacing weapons. Click the slideshow accompanying this article for some battle scenes.

You'll know things are about to get real when nets are lowered between the dining areas and the arena to protect the diners. There's splintering wood as shields are shattered and sparks from the real metal swords as the king's knights fight to see who get the honor of protecting the kingdom as the ultimate champion. But will he be able to vanquish the villain? You'll have to see the show to find out.

To see the elegant horses, jump to this article. For a peek at the feast, go to this article.

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