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Celtic Fyre named Best Amusement Park Entertainment

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This is the third win for Busch Gardens show

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
    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

  • Seasons of Cirque
    Carowinds

    Seasons of Cirque premiered in 2018 to replace the wildly popular Cirque Imagine. Created specifically for Carowinds, this live show uses aerial stunts, precision choreography, humor and impressive visual effects to tell its story.
    Photo courtesy of Carowinds

  • Turn It Up!
    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    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 Bay

  • 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 Steven Diaz / Walt Disney World

  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
    Epcot

    IllumiNations is the fireworks show surrounding World Showcase Lagoon that signals the closing of Epcot for the evening. This celebration of humanity begins with the creation of Earth and continues with an illuminated globe illustrating achievements of our time. Finally, comets of light shoot into the sky and the entire lagoon dances with light to symbolize hope for the future. The show can be seen anywhere in the park that has a view of the lagoon.
    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

  • Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle
    Universal Studios Hollywood

    After the sun goes down over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, Lord Voldemort, Death Eaters, Dementors and other creatures of the dark rise to cloak the walls of Hogwarts Castle. The spectacle, new in 2019, includes a score by John Williams.
    Photo courtesy of Hamilton Pytluk/Universal Studios Hollywood

  • Pets Ahoy
    SeaWorld Orlando

    Pets Ahoy, one of the most popular family friendly stage shows at SeaWorld Orlando, showcases encouragement-based training techniques with an all-star cast of dogs, cats, ducks, doves and potbellied pigs.
    Photo courtesy of SeaWorld Orlando

  • 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 / Walt Disney World 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 David Roark / Walt Disney World

  • World of Color
    Disney California Adventure

    Images come to life in dazzling displays of dancing streams of water and light over Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure. World of Color showcases Walt Disney’s earliest creations to today’s Disney magic and beyond. Movie clips play on a large water screen during the show along with other effects including fire, fog and lasers. We dare you not to get caught up in the nostalgia of hearing songs from decades of favorite movies.
    Photo courtesy of Joshua Sudock/Disneyland

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

  1. Celtic Fyre - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  2. Seasons of Cirque - Carowinds
  3. Turn It Up! - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  4. Happily Ever After - Magic Kingdom Park
  5. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth - Epcot
  6. Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle - Universal Studios Hollywood
  7. Pets Ahoy - SeaWorld Orlando
  8. Festival of the Lion King - Disney's Animal Kingdom
  9. Fantasmic! - Disneyland Park & Disney's Hollywood Studios
  10. World of Color - Disney California Adventure

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning entertainment options!

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