Final Round Vote: What's the World's Best Theme Park Show?

December 20, 2021, 7:32 PM · Congratulations to the finalists that will compete for the Best Show award in our 21st annual Theme Park Insider Awards.

These are the eight shows that answered the call in 2021 and received the most nominations from our Theme Park Insider newsletter readers earlier this month. While it remained a tough year for entertainment at many theme parks around the world, these productions demonstrated that top-quality shows remained on stage at many parks.

The Bourne Stuntacular, Universal Studios Florida

The Bourne Stuntacular

Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King

Celtic Fyre, Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Celtic Fyre

Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack's Stunt Spectacular, Shanghai Disneyland

Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular

La Cinéscénie, Puy du Fou

La Cinéscénie

Universal's Horror Makeup Show, Universal Studios Florida

Horror Makeup Show

Untrainable, Universal Studios Beijing


WaterWorld, Universal Studios Hollywood


Now it's your turn to pick our winner.

If you haven't voted in all the categories yet, these remain open for your vote:

We will announce the winners in the 21st annual Theme Park Insider Awards on January 1, 2022.

Replies (6)

December 21, 2021 at 11:23 AM

Waterworld is great but the Universal Horror Show remains an often underrated gem for parkgoers and still fun today.

December 22, 2021 at 12:26 PM

DCA used to have the world's best theme park show, Aladdin. Then Disney got rid of it and replaced it with Frozen, which is maybe 1/10th as good.

Yes, I'm still steamed about it.

December 22, 2021 at 9:02 PM

I've seen 4 of these shows and Celtic Fyre was the best show without gimmicks. Pure song and dance entertainment.

December 24, 2021 at 6:31 AM

Up until a few weeks ago, I’d still say Waterworld, but The Bourne Stuntacular has finally unseated it.

You don’t have to be a fan of the Movie Series to have your socks knocked off during the Bourne Show,

Only a few shows have ever leave me with a feeling of satisfaction that can’t even be described with words, and Bourne Stuntacular is the latest to have accomplished that…

December 24, 2021 at 7:21 AM

Side Note - it’s great to see the Universal Horror Makeup Show still getting some love. While I’m a big fan of the show, I will say that the quality of the show can really vary depending on who is working it. This is much more apparent than with most theme park shows IMO.

December 26, 2021 at 1:35 PM

I was torn between WaterWorld and The Celebration of Festival of The Lion King. but went with Lion King. But for being based on such a terrible movie, the WaterWorld Stunt Show is absolutely amazing. It ALMOST got my vote just because the Celebration of Festival of The Lion King is a truncated version of the original show (full disclosure: I have worked for both Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, and I enjoyed my time at Disney a LOT more than my time at Universal Studios Hollywood, where I quit without notice because upper management were jerks to me because I took previously approved vacation time, and they literally called me every day telling me to come home early from Walt Disney World to work, on a trip I had planned with my family for months, and I was just done with them after that).

But I used to watch WaterWorld all the time, and hung out with many of the stunt performers in their break area, and without exception they were kind and humble people who were a joy to hang out with, even with rotating casts).

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