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Best Theme Park Entertainment (2022)

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America's theme parks offer more than just rides and games. Some of the best parks also provide various entertainment opportunities to enjoy between rides or at the end of a great park day. From parades to firework shows, these entertainment options were selected by our readers as the best.

  • Celtic Fyre: Live Irish Step Dancing

    Celtic Fyre: Live Irish Step Dancing
    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

  • 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)

  • Celebrate 150 Spectacular

    Celebrate 150 Spectacular
    Cedar Point

    Cedar Point amusement park celebrated its 150th anniversary in grand style with the Celebrate 150 Spectacular parade and nighttime party. A dozen larger-than-life floats, some more than two stories tall, paid tribute to historical moments and turning points in the park’s history. Over one hundred performers, including dancing hotel associates and acrobatic beach bathers, interacted with guests along the parade route, moving to an original high-energy soundtrack. 
    Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Cedar Point

  • Turn It Up!

    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

  • 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

    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

  • Harmonious

    Harmonious
    EPCOT Theme Park

    Discover how Disney stories and music have the power to bring people together during this spectacular nighttime celebration. With floating giant screens, lights, pyrotechnics, choreographed fountains, and lasers, watch as people from different parts of the world come together through their unique perspectives to reveal the magic of possibility. Discover through this Epcot show how Disney music and visuals overcome languages and borders to inspire and unite as a culturally diverse group of artists from around the world reinterpret classic Disney stories. 10Best Contributor Nikida Metellus calls it “a tear-jerking, magical adventure!”
    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World // David Roark

  • Disney Enchantment

    Disney Enchantment
    Magic Kingdom Park

    An all-new nighttime spectacular and part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Enchantment takes you on a journey to a “land of magic” at the Magic Kingdom Park. This extravaganza features Disney music, stunning fireworks, and enhanced lighting from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. with immersive project effects. Visitors will be captivated and inspired to believe that the magic is real.
    Photo courtesy of David Roark / Disney World

  • A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King

    A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King
    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

    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

  • Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle

    Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle
    Universal's Islands of Adventures

    After the sun goes down over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventures, 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

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

  1. Celtic Fyre: Live Irish Step Dancing - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  2. Dreamland Drive-In - Dollywood
  3. Celebrate 150 Spectacular - Cedar Point
  4. Turn It Up! - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  5. Fantasmic! - Disneyland Park & Disney's Hollywood Studios
  6. The Bourne Stuntacular - Universal Studios Florida
  7. Harmonious - EPCOT Theme Park
  8. Disney Enchantment - Magic Kingdom Park
  9. A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King - Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  10. Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle - Universal's Islands of Adventures


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

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