As the tournament got underway my daughter seemed a bit uneasy at first with the noise level but once things got going she was all cheers and rooting the tournament on, whew! "Bring on the castle bread" and "Go black and white Knight!"( She's 6 mind you) and as the evening progressed she REALLY wanted a flower, I feared with us being so high up she wouldn't get one, so I stood her up, waved a napkin and PLOP! right on her chair landed a red flower! MADE her night. Oh and I knew then he would win....and he did. Perfect ending to a perfect day with my gal, the kind memories are made of!
I would sincerely like to thank everyone at Medieval Times for their generosity and their time in taking us on the tour of their beautiful facilities, just a great group of people I have to say. We had met a few of them at a previous Autism events and can only hope we see each other again to spread awareness again soon.
Autism/Special Needs Pros and Cons:
If waiting in the Main Hall for the tournament to begin is too much stimulation, noise or the crowds are overwhelming you can ask to use the handicap entrance and be seated a few minuets before the rest of the public at a separate entrance. Just explain your situation and they will be more than happy to accommodate your party. We used this option and it was a HUGE help.
Be aware that the tournament has loud noises and flashing lights. Seating your party to the end of your row allows you to leave for breaks if needed(this is where the early seating option comes in handy), The show runs approximately 2 hours.
If eating with hands is a concern (tactile/sensory issues) I would say bring your own utensils (plastic if that is acceptable for your family member) or your normal flatware. I would advise your server of your situation as well.
Have any other concerns/needs just give them a call!
General note: The arena is a bit on the cool side, so bring a light sweater.
Last but not least enjoy the show!