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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

After about 40 minutes traveling along TTC routes to get to the (more commonly known) Exhibition grounds, Jay, Kit and myself get off our last bus and stand in front of the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament building.

I exclaimed, “We’re here!” and Kit eagerly looks around and then asks, “Where’s the castle?”

“It’s right in front of you buddy, can’t you see it?”

Kit shakes his head, “That’s not a castle, ChaChi.”

Jay and I shared a look and a smile, and directed Kit up the side walk, where we’ll wait for roughly 15 minutes for the doors to open to the inner sanctum of Medieval Times.

And the story begins….

Once you enter the realm of the Medieval Times castle, you’re now in Spain. Who knew, right?? Probably the best and quickest flight you’ve ever taken to another country, if only you could remember it!Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament: Kingdoms of Spain

And, in case you forgot, you come from a noble lineage, M’Lady or M’Lord, traveled from one of these distant lands of Spain. We decided, based on our Yellow/Red crowns that we traveled all the way from Mallorca. Jay and I always wanted to live in a small island town!

You have a gracious King, His Majesty Don Carlos and a beautiful Princess, his daughter, and are about to be entertained by horsemanship, falconry, and knights eager to showcase their agility and fighting skills, in honor of their home lands.

I’m not kidding when I say the magic began right when we walked through the gates. With our tickets in hand, we first received our crowns that indicated which Knight we were going to cheer for. Right away, we’re whisked off over to have our photo taken (so be sure to be camera ready right from the start,) with either the Princess or the King. We left the decision to Kit, and both Jay and I were a bit surprised he chose to take a picture with the King. He’s an avid Mario Brothers III and Wii Mario Bros player, and is all about saving Princesses Toadstool & Peach, but he wanted to meet the big man of the castle instead, I guess.

Once our picture was taken, we’re lead to the main hall, which is where Kit was absolutely mesmerized, with wide-eyed wonder.  While the outside has perhaps a somewhat deceiving exterior to the discerning eye of a five year old gamer, the interior on the other hand is very much castle-esque, with crests, a throne, and even a dungeon. Kit was in heaven, and since we were some of the first people to enter the hall, we just let him roam wherever he pleased, with us trailing a few feet behind him, while the floor was still rather empty.

Medieval Times Main Hall

Even now, just thinking back to watching him explore every nook he could find of the hall brings a goofy smile to my face, that kid was cute!

Medieval Times, More Than a Dinner & Tournament

I don’t want to give away what happens during the show, but here are a few highlights.

You’re seated based on your ticket purchase (we had VIP seating with the Kings Royalty Package.) Front row seats was definitely a thrill, and Kit immediately began practicing waving his Knight’s banner.  Lunch/Dinner is certainly plentiful. The basic meal comprises of garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, a large portion of roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, the pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages.  There are vegetarian substitutions and allergy considerations made available, so talk with a rep ahead of time if you have food concerns.

I knew we would be eating with our hands (there aren’t any medieval utensils to contend with,) but I figured I’d leave that fact as a surprise for Kit. I’m not sure whether I should have prepared him though, because he suddenly became this proper little gentleman, waiting for our waitress to bring him a full fine dining cutlery set.

“Buddy, you eat the chicken with your fingers,” and Kit merely eyes me up as if he’s just realizing I must have been born in a barn. Where is this child when we have dinner at home??

Medieval Times Toronto Seating

I love horses. They’re always majestic looking creatures, and watching these noble steeds was truly a pleasure. I swear, I could have done a whole blog post simply on the horsemanship alone.

Medieval Times Beautiful Horses

Medieval Times Beautiful Horses and Their Trainers

You’re greeted once more by King Don Carlos on his trusty steed, before the knight’s tournament begins.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Toronto: Welcomed by the King

You’re introduced to your Knights for the tournament.

Medieval Times Tournament Six Knights

And noble ladies may be gifted by a small trinket from their Knight when they win a challenge.

Medieval Times Knights Favouring Their Nobels with Gifts

And the fighting. Wow. Sparks literally flew when swords clashed. You know going into the theatre that you’re going to watch knights fight, and these six certainly didn’t disappoint to entertain the crowd with their skill. It was such a thrill that Kit started loudly cheering, and even got in a bit of heckling at the other knights, during the tournament whenever our Red/Yellow Knight was in the middle of a challenge or a fight. Our nephew isn’t one to be loud in crowd, so to watch him really get into the whole competitive flare was a joy to see and hear.

Medieval Times Knights Fight

As you can see in the picture above, we were behind a net for a bit of the show. Chunks of wood flew all over the place, and while none of them hit the net in front of us, they had to ensure our safety. Luckily the net wasn’t that distracting from the fun!

The show is full of awe inspiring tricks and skill, intrigue (there is a story to follow along, and not all those in attendance are there to play nice,) horsemanship and falconry. Rest assured that you will get your fill of food and entertainment by dining with the King.

Only the Best at Medieval Times

Here are a few tips to make the best of your trip to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament:

  • Purchase your tickets ahead of time. I was wondering why there was such a long line-up before the doors were set to open, until it was made apparent that many families showed up without tickets in hand. Judging by how quickly everyone got into the main hall, their reps are quick, but why not take the no-fuss fast lane by getting your tickets online ahead of time? Buying ahead of time guarantees you get exactly the experience you want, especially if you’re looking for VIP seats.
  • Have a loved one knighted. There is a quick knighting ceremony that happens while we’re all waiting in the main hall to be seated. Two girls were knighted by the King himself to celebrate their birthday. Jay and I were so close to having Kit knighted, because he defeated a whole horde of zombies the last time he played Minecraft.
  • Check to see if there is a knight training session happening before your Dinner event! If we had chosen to go on the Friday instead of Saturday, Kit would probably have made it to the grounds along with 99 other kids to learn what its like to be a knight, including learning how to fight with a sword! This is such a fabulous idea, and worth the price of admission all on its own.
  • Go hungry. OMGosh, none of us were able to finish our plate.
  • Splurge on the pictures. We received a gorgeous photo of the three of us with the King (Kit got to help hold a sword, he was so chuffed!) I’ll admit, I’m not usually one to purchase commemorative photos at events, but these guys do a really great job of capturing a moment. I can’t stop staring at our picture; I love seeing the sparkle in Kit’s eyes. Also, while I did take pictures during the meal, it’s hard to keep reaching for the camera while your fingers are all greasy from lunch/dinner.
  • Get there early enough to also enjoy the Dungeon/Torture Museum ($2/per person.) We didn’t notice the attraction until minutes before we were going to be seated, and Kit was too tuckered out at the end of lunch to check it out afterwards. Excitedly rooting for your Knight takes a lot out of a boy.
  • Check out Medieval Times’ website for awesome limited-time deals and coupons, including a free Royalty upgrade coupon on general admission tickets!
  • Join the King’s Court & Birthday Fellowship newsletter for free admission during your birthday month! (Make sure you check the Birthday Fellowship box when signing up for the newsletter.)

We had such a fabulous experience, Jay and I are excited to take Kit there again.

Win with Medieval Times

No jousting involved, only your computer skills and wit required.

Thanks to Medieval Times Toronto, you have a chance now to win TWO (2) tickets to an upcoming Dinner and Tournament event. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter contest form below to enter for a chance to win!

Congratulations to Lisa C for the win!

 

 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in a partnership with Geek with Style to provide you the most up to date facts, helping you make better informed decisions. All opinions in this article are my own.

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81 Comments on “Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

William Ng
April 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm

I would root for The Yellow Knight, the lion uncaged!

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Kelly D
April 6, 2016 at 3:21 pm

I would root for the white and black knight ! Strong and handsome!

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Neil
April 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm

I would Root for the green Knight since he is well versed with weaponry

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frances
April 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm

thanks

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Shari Goss (@knitwitshair)
April 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Hubby and I haven’t been in so many years! We need to go again, I bet our boys would love it!

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John C
April 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm

I root for the black & white knight because of his loyalty.

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YIHsuan Lu
April 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm

I would root for The Yellow Knight, his is strong and powerful

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Israel Y
April 6, 2016 at 8:18 pm

root for the blue knight who is renowned as a champion of the defenseless

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Lisa
April 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm

I would root for the green knight because of his knowledge and skill. I would love to take my son to Midieval Times!

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Amanda
April 6, 2016 at 8:45 pm

I’ve been to Medieval Times once during a work trip to Toronto and my only regret is that my boys weren’t with me; they would’ve loved it. I wish they had one in Winnipeg.

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Loni Pisani
April 6, 2016 at 8:50 pm

Would love to win 🙂

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Cody
April 6, 2016 at 9:26 pm

Thanks for the great review and all the tips! Wish to be able to see the show soon!

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Cody
April 6, 2016 at 9:28 pm

The Black and White humble knight will get my vote! He is invincible after all!

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Heather Lynne
April 6, 2016 at 9:58 pm

Black & White- humble & Loyal! 🙂

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Kim Tanti
April 6, 2016 at 10:26 pm

I would vote for the yellow and black night. He is refered to as the uncaged lion. That sounds like strengty to me.

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Don Phillips
April 6, 2016 at 10:34 pm

The Yellow Knight…..well versed in the art of chivalry.

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Tara Betterley
April 6, 2016 at 10:48 pm

I would cheer for the Yellow Knight. I love that he is well versed in the art of chilvary. Who doesn’t want to see a good fight.

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Thomas Kwan
April 6, 2016 at 11:09 pm

I would root for the green knight because of his knowledge and skill, thanks.

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aj
April 6, 2016 at 11:43 pm

black knight!

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Amy Heffernan
April 7, 2016 at 7:09 am

The Yellow Knight!! He is well versed in the art of chivalry.

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Joseph Dawe
April 7, 2016 at 7:15 am

The green knight because of his knowledge and skill, Thank you!

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Christopher Sorel
April 7, 2016 at 8:00 am

In toronto have to go with the blue knight

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Bailey Dexter
April 7, 2016 at 9:37 am

I root for the green knight because of his skill and knowledge!

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Rhonda W G.
April 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

The Black&White Knight is who I’d root for…His strength in prayer stands out for me! The fact he’s known to be great in battle too…

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Jody D
April 7, 2016 at 11:11 am

I root for the Blue Knight as he is a champion for the defenseless

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Suzanne Rudge
April 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm

My family loves Medieval Times! We were lucky to have the kids partake in Knight’s training two summers ago and they had a blast. Love the food too, The soup is my favourite!

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Aeryn Lynne
April 7, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Oh yes the SOUP! YUM! Despite the big meal, I would have totally enjoyed a second helping of it, heh. 😀

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Judy Green
April 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm

The Yellow Knight…..well versed in the art of chivalry.

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Laurent L
April 7, 2016 at 6:14 pm

I like the Yellow Knight, after all he is well versed in the art of chilvary.

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Kim K
April 7, 2016 at 8:15 pm

I would root for The Black & White Knight . One of his admiral qualities is his loyalty.

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Jessica G
April 7, 2016 at 10:09 pm

The yellow knight! Handsome and strong!

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Sharon
April 7, 2016 at 10:43 pm

The loyal Black & White knight

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Lina
April 7, 2016 at 11:32 pm

The Blue Knight — Renowned as a champion of the defenseless!

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em
April 7, 2016 at 11:36 pm

yellow knight since he does act with chivalry even though he attacks in combat

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Linda Svarovsky
April 8, 2016 at 7:36 am

Green knight as he is strong and skilled in weaponry

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Manuel Vizcaya
April 8, 2016 at 7:46 am

I will be rooting for the Blue Knight. He is renowned for being a champion of the defenseless!

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kim
April 8, 2016 at 10:50 am

I would root for the Green Knight, well versed with weaponry.

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Terri Baker
April 8, 2016 at 12:22 pm

I would route for the Green Knight because he is the
unquestioned master of weapons with a temper known as the dragon’s claw.

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janine a
April 8, 2016 at 12:43 pm

the red knight with the lions heart! 🙂

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Kim F
April 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm

The red knight – Called the “lion’s heart” in many a battle, and also pretty dreamy haha

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Jessica G
April 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm

The blue night loyal

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BobbiJo Pentney
April 8, 2016 at 10:38 pm

I would root for the red knight, so much charm and couth.

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Andrea D.
April 8, 2016 at 10:54 pm

The Yellow Knight, due to his chivalry.

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Karla O'Brien
April 9, 2016 at 7:56 am

I would love to take my granddaughter to Medieval Times!

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Lori Sexton
April 9, 2016 at 11:42 am

I would cheer for the Green Knight

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Maggie C
April 9, 2016 at 3:25 pm

I would cheer for the green knight. Love the quote that describes him, ” temper known as the dragon’s claw”.

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gene d
April 9, 2016 at 3:31 pm

The Blue Knight because he defends the defenseless. What a guy.

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409cope
April 9, 2016 at 5:53 pm

I would vote for the blue knight because he is the champion of the defenseless!

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Katy Emanuel
April 9, 2016 at 7:16 pm

I would cheer for The Blue Knight as he is Renowned as a champion of the defenseless!

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Doris H
April 10, 2016 at 10:58 am

I would root for the Blue Knight; he is a true champion and my favourite colour is blue 🙂

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Shane Smith
April 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

hmmm tough call … I think my boys and I would root for the yellow knight because hes chivalrous and a fighter at the same time!

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Tammy B
April 10, 2016 at 1:52 pm

I would cheer for The Blue Knight as he is Renowned as a champion of the defenseless!

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Jenn
April 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm

This is one of my favourite places to go to in Toronto! My family had so much fun the last time we went!! They put all the special touches to make this event a fun family event!

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Susan
April 10, 2016 at 6:21 pm

The black and white knight. Because he’s invincible during battle ?

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Marina Mikhaylova
April 11, 2016 at 7:46 am

I will root for Blue Knight because he is renowned as a champion of the defenseless!

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Angela September
April 11, 2016 at 10:02 am

oooh definitely the uncaged, chivalrous lion the yellow knight!

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Jennifer
April 11, 2016 at 11:03 am

We love the yellow knight! Well-versed in the arts of chivalry, yet in attack, he is the lion uncaged!

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CyberScooby
April 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm

The blue knight since that is my wifes favourite colour & he is a champion of the defenseless!

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Geoffrey Noel
April 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm

yellow knight of course

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dani bartlett
April 11, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Awesome prize! Thanks!

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LisaM
April 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

I would root for the Yellow knight – chivalry is awesome

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Yuen C
April 11, 2016 at 11:40 pm

I would root for the black and white knight because he is loyal!

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Mark Churaman
April 12, 2016 at 8:47 pm

I would vote for the Green Knight as he is a master of weapons!

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Mark Churaman
April 12, 2016 at 8:48 pm

I would vote for the Green Knight, seeing as he is the master of weapons!

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Brandee H
April 13, 2016 at 3:10 pm

I would cheer for the blue knoght because he is the champion of the defenseless and cute too! 🙂

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Jenn Beckett @jennpup
April 13, 2016 at 4:26 pm

I hope I get to root for the Blue Knight – the renowned champion of the defenseless! How great is that! This totally speaks to me as on Friday I’ll be wearing BLUE and speaking up for kids with autism facing cuts to their service – children who will literally have no voice and no defense unless we fight for them.

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Nicole Jubleew
April 18, 2016 at 11:32 am

I would root for the Black and White knight who is loyal and invincible!

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Sarah N.
April 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm

The Red Knight. The Lion’s Heart!

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Jennifer Lo
April 19, 2016 at 3:59 pm

I root for the green knight because of his skill and knowledge!

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Chelsea
April 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

I would root for the Yellow Knight because he is said to be well versed in the art of chivalry! And the food sounds good too! 🙂

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tanya c
April 20, 2016 at 10:14 pm

The green knight because of his knowledge and skills

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Sarah Smart
April 23, 2016 at 12:21 pm

The green knight because green is my favourite colour 🙂

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Mark Shannon
April 23, 2016 at 1:45 pm

I think I’d have to root for the red “lions heart” night!

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Greg garbacki
April 24, 2016 at 6:37 am

I would root for The Yellow Knight because he is a lion uncaged

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Jessica G
April 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm

I cheer for the red knight for his fierceness

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Amanda Roane
April 24, 2016 at 1:49 pm

I would root for the Blue Knight since he is a champion for the defenseless

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Stephanie LaPlante
April 24, 2016 at 4:56 pm

The Red Knight because he has a lion’s heart and red is my favorite color. Am I the only one that has noticed all the knights are ridiculously good-looking? LOL

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Laurie W.
April 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm

I would root for the Yellow knight because he is chivalrous.

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Aarti M
April 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

I would root for the Blue Knight, the champion of the defenseless!

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Robyn Bellefleur
April 26, 2016 at 9:39 pm

I would like to root for the Yellow knight because he is chivalrous.

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KellyPC
April 26, 2016 at 9:48 pm

The Black & White night because he is loyal!

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