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Best Amusement Park Entertainment (2021)

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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

  • 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

  • Dreamland Drive-In

    Dreamland Drive-In
    Dollywood

    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 // Winda Tobias (HFE)

  • Festival of the Lion King

    Festival of the Lion King
    Disney's Animal Kingdom

    Celebrate the lion cub, Simba, who would be king 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

  • 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

  • Ghost Town Alive

    Ghost Town Alive
    Knott's Berry Farm

    Park goers become honorary citizens of Calico, a Wild West outpost, in Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town Alive. This immersive entertainment experience features cowboys, train robberies, bandits and even a western hoedown.
    Photo courtesy of https://www.knotts.com/play/events/ghost-town-alive

  • Fantasmic!

    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

  • The Bourne Stuntacular

    The Bourne Stuntacular
    Universal Studios Florida - Orlando

    This stunt show at Universal Studios Florida takes guests into the world of Jason Bourne as he dangles from a helicopter in Dubai, races across the rooftops of Tangier and races by motorcycle through Virginia.
    Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

  • Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle

    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, the 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

  • World of Color

    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 Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

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

  1. Celtic Fyre - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  2. Turn It Up! - Busch Gardens Tampa
  3. Dreamland Drive-In - Dollywood
  4. Festival of the Lion King - Disney's Animal Kingdom
  5. Happily Ever After - Magic Kingdom Park
  6. Ghost Town Alive - Knott's Berry Farm
  7. Fantasmic! - Disneyland Park & Disney's Hollywood Studios
  8. The Bourne Stuntacular - Universal Studios Florida - Orlando
  9. Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle - Universal Studios Hollywood
  10. World of Color - Disney California Adventure

 

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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