Best Amusement Park Entertainment (2020)


America's amusement parks offer a whole lot more than thrills. Some of the best parks also provide plentiful entertainment opportunities ideal for taking a break between rides or celebrating the end of a great day at the park.

  • Celtic Fyre

    Celtic Fyre
    Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    Celebrate the Celtic tradition of storytelling through dance at this incredibly popular, high-energy show at Busch Gardens Williamsburg that will have you laughing and clapping to the beat of festive music. Animals native to Ireland make appearances and audience participation provides another fun angle. Guests leave the show with a new found or rekindled love for all things Irish.
    Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg

  • The Bootstrappers

    The Bootstrappers

    Visit New Orleans Square in Disneyland to see this band of singing pirates performing old sea shanties (and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme). The group doesn’t follow a set schedule, and they usually draw a smaller, more intimate crowd. Ask a cast member where and when you can see them during your visit.
    Photo courtesy of Eric Wooley/

  • "Magic Happens" Parade

    "Magic Happens" Parade

    This new daytime parade at Disneyland Park – the first in nearly a decade – celebrates the best magic moments from Disney canon, with stories from Frozen, Moana, Coco and Sleeping Beauty. Mickey Mouse takes the lead with a musical score if upgraded Disney hits and a brand new song from songwriter Todrick Hall.
    Photo courtesy of Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort

  • Dreamland Drive-In

    Dreamland Drive-In

    Twelve performers and four live musicians take guests at Dollywood on a trip down memory lane with upbeat, toe-tapping renditions of top hits from the 50s and 60s. Performances take place inside the park's Pines Theater from April to October.
    Photo courtesy of Dollywood

  • Turn It Up!

    Turn It Up!
    Busch Gardens Tampa

    Turn it Up!, an award-winning ice skating show in Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Moroccan Palace presents 22 minutes of contemporary skating performances set to eclectic pop music. The show features 12 performers and some 65 costumes in total.
    Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa

  • Mickey and the Magical Map

    Mickey and the Magical Map

    When Mickey pulls out his Magical Map, park goers embark on a journey deep into the jungles with King Louie, beneath the sea with Sebastian and into the woods with Pocahontas. The live musical show in Disneyland's Fantasyland features songs from numerous animated films, all arranged by composer Timothy Williams.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

  • Happily Ever After

    Happily Ever After
    Magic Kingdom Park

    The latest in Disney's lineup of always spectacular fireworks shows, Happily Ever After wraps up a day at the Magic Kingdom with 18 minutes of pyrotechnics, lasers, lights and projections, set to contemporary versions of tunes from Disney's most memorable animated films. 
    Photo courtesy of Matt Stroshane, photographer

  • Frozen – Live at the Hyperion

    Frozen – Live at the Hyperion
    Disney California Adventure

    Visitors to Disney California Adventure in Anaheim can get their Frozen fix via the stage musical, Frozen – Live at the Hyperion. This theatrical interpretation of the Disney favorite follows the adventures of Anna and Elsa inside the park's Hollywood Land.
    Photo courtesy of Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort

  • Fantasmic!

    Disneyland Park & Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Watch Mickey conduct scenes from Fantasia over the Sunset Boulevard or Rivers of America, depending on the park. As his imagination starts to grow, the show focuses on a battle between good and evil as characters appear as visions on the water and in real life. This nighttime show features special effects such as music, lasers, high resolution digital film sequences and pyrotechnics.
    Photo courtesy of Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

  • Festival of the Lion King

    Festival of the Lion King
    Disney's Animal Kingdom

    Celebrate the lion cub, Simba, who would be king at with songs from The Lion King. In addition to acrobatics, stilt walkers, singing and dancing by the performers, guest participation involves making various animal sounds on cue and the possibility of joining the stage. The enclosed theater inside Disney's Animal Kingdom is air-conditioned and multiple shows run throughout the day.
    Photo courtesy of Ryan Wendler, photographer


The top 10 winners in the category Best Amusement Park Entertainment are as follows:

  1. Celtic Fyre - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  2. The Bootstrappers - Disneyland
  3. "Magic Happens" Parade - Disneyland
  4. Dreamland Drive-In - Dollywood
  5. Turn It Up! - Busch Gardens Tampa
  6. Mickey and the Magical Map - Disneyland
  7. Happily Ever After - Magic Kingdom Park
  8. Frozen – Live at the Hyperion - Disney California Adventure
  9. Fantasmic! - Disneyland Park & Disney's Hollywood Studios
  10. Festival of the Lion King - Disney's Animal Kingdom

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning shows and parades!

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