The best theme parks offer way more than just rides. Whether a mid-afternoon escape from roller coasters, heat and walking or an end-of-the-night celebration, sometimes the entertainment offerings also qualify as must-sees at their respective parks.
For the past four weeks USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting on their favorite amusement park entertainment options from a pool of 20 nominees. The results are in!
Taking home the title of Best Amusement Park Entertainment is Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This celebration of Celtic culture and tradition features audience participation and even appearances by animals native to Ireland.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Amusement Park Entertainment are as follows:
- Celtic Fyre - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
- Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular - Disney California Adventure
- Festival of the Lion King - Disney's Animal Kingdom
- Finding Nemo - The Musical - Disney's Animal Kingdom
- Iceploration - Busch Gardens Tampa
- Fantasmic! - Disneyland Park & Disney's Hollywood Studios
- WaterWorld - Universal Studios Hollywood
- Horror Make-Up Show - Universal Studios Florida
- Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage - Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Paint the Night - Disneyland
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Lance Hart (Screamscape), Steve Kalkofen (RollerCoasterPro), Arthur Levine (About.com Theme Park Expert) and Robert Niles (Theme Park Insider) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of American amusement parks.
Other nominees for Best Amusement Park Entertainment included Disneyland Forever at Disneyland, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, Lone Star Nights at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom, Mickey's PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom, Muppet*Vision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Mystery Lodge at Knott's Berry Farm, Special Effects Stage at Universal Studios Hollywood, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom and World of Color at Disney California Adventure.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo