The Upper Lot, to the right past the Park Entrance Plaza.
Universal Express and VIP seating are offered. Download the official Universal Studios Hollywood mobile app or visit USHWaitTimes.com for showtimes.
Guests with service animals will need to be seated at the farthest section (section 3) at the ADA section. Guests with oxygen tanks will need to be seated at the middle section (section 2) at the ADA section.
The Bottom Line
See Universal’s #1 rated show, an explosive water stunt show spectacular based on the venerable Universal epic WaterWorld. Behold jet skis, motorboats, firefights and an exploding plane as snide villain Deacon and his Smokers battle the heroic Mariner. You may get wet!
Appropriate for all but the smallest children. The show’s content features death, violence, loud noises, and powerful explosions, but even at his cruelest the villain Deacon skews more comical than frightening. The audience is actively invited to cheer the heroes and boo the bad guys, emphasizing the light air of the proceedings. Kids are more likely to be wowed than scared.
Crowd Patterns & Wait Times
WaterWorld’s auditorium is massive, the largest currently in Universal Studios Hollywood. The show is a popular choice as guests head toward the park exit, but the show can usually handle the onslaught. On slower days, you can breeze into the show just as it’s starting (though we do not recommend this). On busier days, show up at least twenty minutes prior to showtime. For an improved seating choice, consider attending the first show of the day.
Though there is no formal queue entertainment, members of the cast lead the three wings of the auditorium in a cheering competition as guests are seated.
Length of Experience
The show lasts approximately twenty minutes. Account for at least five minutes to exit the theater as over a thousand guests slowly filter out.
What To Know Before You Go
We would like to emphasize that seeing the cult oddity WaterWorld is not in any way a requirement for understanding or enjoying this production. The plot is a basic “good vs. evil” tale, and a narrator outlines the rest of the necessary information at the top of the show. Be aware that there is splash zone seating (marked by green paint) – if you sit there, you will get wet – and possibly soaked! Check out the cast sign outside the main entrance; it lists the film and television credits of each actor performing that day.