The Queen Rules at Medieval Times

It’s a new year and a new time –  and we’re thrilled to share that starting today, Medieval Times is debuting a new show based around a matriarch! So move on over King, because her majesty, the Queen, is now in charge as the sole ruler of the land.

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We’re big fans of visiting the Lyndhurst, NJ castle – it makes for a really fun and entertaining experience for all generations.  Alongside the jousting, cheering and feasting with our hands – I can’t tell you how happy I am to have my kids (a daughter and son) see the new show with a female in charge as a firm and respected leader.  For the first time in 34-years – the Queen is cast in this leadership role. Right-on Medieval Times!

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In addition to the Queen and the continuation of all the elements that viewers love, there are a bunch of exciting new changes to the show.

  • The new live-action film score is precisely synchronized with every element of the show: from lights to fights; jousts to jabs; the Queen’s entry to curtain closings and more.
  • More than 700 new costumes for all nine castles’ performers including horses, all of which are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated costume shop in Dallas, TX.
  • The sound and light team spends 120 hours programming 300 new music cues and 500 new lighting cues. Several castles are installing and programming a new LED lighting system that offers 256 colors (the previous system had 14 colors).  The system is powered by 10 miles of cable and an estimated million-dollar upgrade.
  • 200 new suits of armor, shields, and helmets, all of which are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated armory in Florida.
  • More than 350 team members and 225 horses train and rehearse new lines and fight scenes for three months while still presenting the current show.
  • New music – composed by Dr. Daniel May, a  composer and jazz pianist who highlights include scoring “Everest” and other films – and working with notable names including Sting and The Moody Blues. Dr. Daniel May directed and recorded Medieval Times’ new show composition in Kiev with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. He directed the choir in Ukraine with lyrics written by poet and choir member Solomia Gorokhivska, and a solo cellist and violin player from Pittsburgh, PA.

Grab your tickets here!

 

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Introducing Luciana Vega: American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year + Giveaway!

 

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Introducing Luciana Vega – American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year!  This adorable 11-year-old character is of Chilean descent, and she is set to inspire and encourage – with dreams of being an astronaut and the first person to set foot on Mars.

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Luciana is a champion of STEM, a role-model, and a leader – working passionately towards her dreams, while defying stereotypes and embracing risks  – to teach girls about failure, resilience, and success while charting their own life course.  She also comes with really cool, creative accessories (sold separately) including a Flight Suit, Space Suit, Mars Habitat, Maker Station, Telescope Projector Set and more.

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American Girl collaborated with an advisory board including a NASA chief scientist and astronaut to create Luciana’s story along with details that went into the doll’s creation. Her story, chronicled by Erin Teagan highlights the ways in which Luciana’s hard work and award-winning essay submission on planetary geology earn her a scholarship to attend Space Camp.


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Luciana is also a fun and spunky 11-year-old!  She loves adding her own personal flair to everything – from the sparkly stickers on her flight suit to the rainbow LED lights on her robot.  My ten-year-old is pretty obsessed with the purple streak in Luciana’s hair and her funky little doll boots and fanny-pack that opens to hold little items. She also devoured her book in one day and told me all about Luciana’s best friend and the baby girl that her family adopts. She can’t wait to move on to Luciana’s second book: Braving the Deep.

Win it! We’re so excited that our friends at American Girl are celebrating Luciana’s arrival by giving away a doll to one lucky reader! To enter to win a Luciana Vega doll + book giveaway visit the widget below.  U.S. only, please.  Check out our other American Girl features here and do check back to see if your name pops up as the randomly-selected lucky winner! Best of luck and thanks for visiting!

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Hello 2018 + Grab This January Printable Calendar Sheet

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On Being Present During The Busy Holiday Season

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WowWee Fingerlings: Don’t Fall For The Knockoffs

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Holiday Chill: Fun Style for Cool Kids

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This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for reading. Our Christmas tree is decorated, our baking efforts are still going strong, and New York City is gleaming with holiday goodness.  It truly is a special time of year. Next weekend I’ll surprise my big girl with an early school […]

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