What is the Best Theme Park Show in the World?
We've been asking for your help in rating and reviewing top theme park locations for this year's Theme Park Insider Awards, which we will award on July 4. Today, we'd like to draw your attention to the leading contenders in the Best Show category.
Disneyland's Fantasmic! won this award last year.
All Theme Park Insider readers are eligible to rate attractions on the site. Readers who register with the site may also submit comments and photos, too. The winner in this category will be the show with the highest average reader rating as well as a minimum number of reader ratings. Here are the current leaders in this category, in alphabetical order:
- Aladdin, Disney California Adventure
- Aquanura, Efterling
- Blue Horizons, SeaWorld Orlando
- Celtic Fyre, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
- Clyde and Seamore's Sea Lion High, SeaWorld Orlando
- Disney Dreams, Disneyland Paris
- Disneyland Forever, Disneyland
- Dive!, Holiday World
- Fantasmic!, Disneyland
- Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre, Disneyland
- Festival of Fantasy, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
- Festival of the Lion King, Disney's Animal Kingdom
- IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Epcot
- Impressions de France, Epcot
- King Triton's Concert, Tokyo DisneySea
- Mickey's PhilharMagic, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
- Mickey's Soundsational Parade, Disneyland
- Mystery Lodge, Knott's Berry Farm
- Paint the Night, Disneyland
- Pets Rule!, SeaWorld San Diego
- Soarin' Over California, Disney California Adventure
- WaterWorld, Universal Studios Hollywood
- Wishes, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
- World of Color, Disney California Adventure
Please take a few moments to rate (and review) any of the shows above that you've seen in the past year. And if there are show not listed above that you'd like to rate, please visit our Park Reviews pages to navigate to those listing pages, where you can submit your ratings and reviews.
Fantasmic! and Aladdin are probably still the best. But I have to disagree with the decision to put parades on this list. That's stretching the definition of "show" quite a bit.
Aladdin is always great thanks to the Genie's lines, always hysterical.
I think you are forgetting one : "Puy du fou" winner of several awards and holder of the biggest theme park show in the world : 2300 actors and a stagesetting of 23 ha .. check out this interesting video for more information on the show:
Soarin' = not really a show, not really a ride. Though I'm okay with the version represented on this list because it is actually in California as opposed to a ride-show-meh that exists in Orlando that runs a film of scenes from California rather than the state it is actually in.
The Fantasy Fair Theater in Disneyland consistently has the funniest 15 minute shows around. Simply fantastic, for parents and kids.
Gotta give my vote to Illuminations. I know the core show is showing signs of age, but with the recently renewed lasers, the show still hits a home run for me every time. The holiday tag is a nice bonus for those who see the show during the holidays, too.
While there are so many great show, some of the best ones are seasonal. For example, 'Mickey and the Magical Map" happens every summer and is amazing, and so is the "Candlelight processional" at Epcot.
Until I physically see Disneyland's Fantasmic, gotta say Wishes. It's literally 3 shows in one! You've got the fireworks, the classic Main Street Electrical Parade, (or at least an iteration of it...I wouldn't know, I haven't been on this planet long enough to know) and a short film on the Castle that highlights all of Disney's greatest cinematic achievements!
Still a big fan of Horror Make Up Show. Proof that bigger expense does not allows equal a better show.
World of color is my favorite in the U.S. Disney Dreams is our favorite show in the world.
I only been to the Florida theme parks so in Florida I think the best ones are philar Magic and fantasmic.
Got to go with both Waterworld and Philharmagic! I don't know what it is, but I just love those two!
I love how Shrek is so immersive and doesn't seem like a show, but not yet a ride
What on earth is Soarin' doing on here? It's not really a show at all.
Nemo all the way
We classify Soarin' as a movie and not a ride because your seats do not move during the show, unlike on simulator attractions, where the seats move during the presentation and become part of the attraction.
It's your site, so you get to make the rules. But, in my eyes, if something has a height requirement, it's definitely not a show.
I think Impressions de france is the best I have done. The music the very out of date film, still love it.
Big Band Beat in Tokyo DisneySea?
Robert - thanks for your reply, but I'm a little confused.
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