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Waterworld reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Waterworld, a live show at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Posted: September 8, 2014

Based on the Kevin Coster film, "Waterworld," this 15-minute stunt epic is the go-to example whenever anyone wants to illustrate how a theme park attraction can far exceed the quality of its source material.

Waterworld, the film, may have been a bomb, but Waterworld, the stunt show, is consistently rated by Theme Park Insider readers among the best live shows in the theme park business.

Set in a world where the polar ice caps have melted, covering the continents in sea water, our hero Helen has discovered dry land. But the evil Smokers are after her and the secret of dry land's location. It's up the Mariner to save Helen, and fight off the Smokers.

Meanwhile, stunt performers dangle from high above the stage, plunge into the water and stuff blows up all over the place. And, oh yeah, keep your eyes open for the plane.

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33 votes, so far

This show is purely fantastic. It's only a breezy 15 minutes long, but they are some of the best in the theme park show business. The stunts are entertaining and the story is simple and to the point. Pre-show is also fun. Even after 15+ years this show still feels fresh. Definitely one of the best theme park shows in the world. - Manny Barron

Waterworld was closed when I was there in January 2013, but I saw the show in October 2010. The show is definitely worth seeing if you have the opportunity. Get there early enough to get a good seat! - Lisa Jania

Best show at Universal. Crappy movie that turned into an awesome stunt show. The finale alone is worth the price of admission to the park! Well, maybe not, but it's a fantastic show overall. And the meet and greet with the stunt people is fun too! - Brandon Mendoza

Really cool show! amazing effects and action! - N O

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