In the ever-evolving landscape of theme parks, live entertainment stands as a shining beacon, captivating visitors with its awe-inspiring performances and immersive experiences. From heart-pounding acrobatics to dazzling musical productions with special effects, the current live entertainment offerings at these theme parks are a testament to the boundless creativity and ingenuity that we have come to see from some of the best theme parks across the country.
Here are 15 of the best live entertainment offerings you can enjoy this summer at theme parks across the United States.
1. Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Fantasmic! is one of the most beloved long-running spectacles at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. With some of the most well-known Disney animated films, stunning projections on water, and pyrotechnics, this show allows the audience to witness the battle between the forces of good and evil playing out in Mickey’s imagination. Unfortunately, due to technical issues, Disneyland’s iteration of Fantasmic! is currently on hiatus.
2. Frontier Follies 50th Celebration at Silver Dollar City
This show is celebrating 50 years of vaudevillian laughs this year. Join saloon gals and guys for an unpredictably wild show that allows for audience participation!
3. Harmonies of the Heart at Dollywood
This live show features talented performers who lead the audience on a journey through stories of icon, Dolly Parton. The audience is sure to laugh and sing along to some of Dolly’s most well-known hits. The show even includes performances by Dolly’s niece and cousin!
4. Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom
Happily Ever After is BACK. After its absence from Magic Kingdom during the 50th-anniversary celebration, fans have rejoiced at its return this year. This nighttime spectacular is one of the most beloved and features both fireworks and projections on the castle as well as down Main Street USA. Guests can sing along to an impeccable soundtrack featuring the song Happily Ever After. It is a fantastic show featuring all of our favorite Disney animated characters.
5. Turn It Up at Busch Gardens Tampa
This award-winning ice-skating show features talented skaters, projections, and even some acrobatics. It is one you do not want to miss on your next visit, especially if you are looking to escape that Florida heat.
6. Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Festival of the Lion King is touted as one of the best, if not THE best, live shows at Walt Disney World. This incredible performance brings together dancers, stunt performers, singers, and puppeteers to explore the story of The Lion King in a way you have never seen before. The music is iconic and the costumes are stunning. It is a must-see on your next visit, or every visit for that matter.
7. Come See About Me at Cedar Point
Come See About Me is a show that explores Motown music of the past and present. This show was even nominated by Amusement Today for a Golden Ticket. You can catch this show running until August 13th!
8. Brickbeard’s Watersport Stunt Show at Legoland Florida
Truly one of a kind, this stunt show features talented skiers who perform stunts on skis, wakeboards, and even a flyboard. The show also includes barefoot skiers and a ski pyramid. Join the pirates for this swashbuckling adventure with speed and lots of jumps!