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Does Central Florida have the Best Theme Park Entertainment in the Country?

USA Today 10Best Awards are looking for your votes to crown the winner of the Best Theme Park Entertainment, and of course right here in Central Florida we have so many to choose from!


13 lucky nominees out of 20 are from Central FloridaTheme Parks, and rightly so!!


America's best theme parks have more to offer than thrill rides and roller coasters. They also provide various entertainment opportunities to enjoy between rides or at the end of a great park day. From shows to fireworks displays, these entertainment options were chosen by a panel of theme park experts as the best in the U.S., and now we're asking you to vote for your favorite.


Vote once per day until voting ends on Monday, April 24 at noon ET.


The 10 winners as determined by your votes will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, May 5.


Fantasmic and Happily Ever After Walt Disney World

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Best Theme Park Entertainment

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Don't come to Busch Gardens' Animal Care Center expecting big thrills, but do expect to learn a lot about the work that goes into the zoological side of this Tampa Bay theme park, home to more than 200 species of animals. A behind-the-scenes tour can be paired with "scheduled 'shows' to watch vets and animal handlers at work taking care of this park's large collection of animals," says expert Kyle McCarthy. "It's fascinating."


Best Theme Park Entertainment

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, rushes across the rooftops of Tangier and races by motorcycle through Virginia.


Best Theme Park Entertainment

LEGOLAND Florida

Brickbeard's Watersport Stunt Show "takes you on a swashbuckling adventure with pirates as they perform incredible water stunts over Lake Eloise," says expert Nikky J. "This is a [throwback] to the early days of ski shows at the Florida theme parks and brings back so many memories of the days I used to visit this park when it was Cypress Gardens." That's right, LEGOLAND Florida has preserved and incorporated Florida's onetime top tourist attraction with the Brickbeard water show, featuring the iconic water-ski pyramid and ski-jumping stunts as well as updated thrills like wakeboarding and flyboarding.


Best Theme Park Entertainment

Magic Kingdom

Not every Disney experience requires lining up to claim a seat on a ride or in a theater. The Dapper Dans are a wandering barbershop quartet who make periodic appearances in the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland to sing, tap dance and deliver a dose of vaudeville humor. The brightly dressed group performs standards like "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and Disney tunes like "Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah."


Best Theme Park Entertainment

Islands of Adventure & Universal Studios Hollywood

After the sun goes down over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure and 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, seen only on select dates, includes a score by John Williams.


Best Theme Park Entertainment

Disney's Hollywood Studios & Disneyland

Watch Mickey's dream play out 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.


Best Theme Park Entertainment

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. The enclosed theater inside Disney's Animal Kingdom is air-conditioned and multiple shows run throughout the day.


Best Theme Park Entertainment

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue... and Beyond! "comes to life with puppets, singers and dancers in a delightful backdrop of lights, sounds and effects that take you underwater," says expert Kyle McCarthy. The live stage show includes popular songs such as “In the Big Blue World” and “Go with the Flow," and it includes a reunion of the inhabitants of Dr. P. Sherman's fish tank as well as a high-energy journey under the sea.


Best Theme Park Entertainment

Disney's Hollywood Studios

"Go ahead and sing out loud with the hit songs from 'Frozen' – everyone else is doing it," says expert Kyle McCarthy of this wildly popular show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The show opens with a history lesson from the Royal Historians of Arendelle before melting audiences, with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff leading the crowd in a singalong aided by karaoke-like lyrics projected on large video screens.

Best Theme Park Entertainment

Magic Kingdom

For all of the rides, shows, dining and character encounters in the Magic Kingdom, there's still one tradition that thrills nearly every park visitor: the nightly fireworks show. The Happily Ever After display at dusk mixes pyrotechnics with music, lights, lasers and special effects up and down Main Street U.S.A. and projected on Cinderella's Castle, with the sky show visible throughout the park.


Best Theme Park Entertainment

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Muppet Vision 3D is a combination film and live show presented in a replica of the Muppet Theater (keep an eye out for the curmudgeonly duo Statler and Waldorf). With appearances by Kermit, Miss Piggy, Beaker and many other favorite characters, the show invites guests to "cuddle up with your favorite Muppets in this 3D tour of the new Muppets lab," says expert Kyle McCarthy.


Best Theme Park Entertainment

Peppa Pig Theme Park

A show designed for young minds and short attention spans – and featuring outdoor seating on comfy beanbag chairs – Peppa Pig's Treasure Hunt Adventure will entertain fans of the "Peppa Pig" series during a 10-minute live-action performance that engages the audience in a treasure hunt using clues and maps.


Best Theme Park Entertainment

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Turn it Up! Remix, an award-winning ice show in Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Moroccan Palace Theater, presents original favorites and all-new skating performances set to music. Dazzling video and projection elements round out the amazing show.


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