“A Day in the Park with Barney” at Universal Orlando Has Permanently Closed

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Universal Studios Florida’s family-favorite A Day in the Park with Barney show has been closed for half a year, and it is now confirmed that the beloved purple dinosaur’s hiatus has become permanent.

A Day in the Park with Barney closed character meet and greet
Universal Orlando has banished Barney the Purple Dinosaur and his buddies with their show’s erasure from their website. (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

Updated 2/8/21 to include official confirmation of closure.

Back in August, Universal Orlando paused performances of A Day in the Park with Barney, which had been entertaining guests in Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone since 1995. The show was suspended in light of decreasing demand and enhanced social distancing procedures prompted by COVID-19.

While the show was on hold, characters including Barney, BJ, and Baby Bop made regular meet-and-greet appearances in the Kidzone. However, as of last month, those appearances have also been terminated.

Universal Orlando made the announcement on their official Twitter account, after fans noticed that the show no longer appears listed under “temporary attraction closures” on Universal Studios Florida’s hours and information page.

In addition, all references to Barney have been removed from Universal’s website.

Although there’s always a chance Barney could return in the future, for now it appears the “I Love You, You Love Me” icon is extinct. Say farewell to Barney and friends by watching this complete video of one of the final performances, and then read our tribute to the show.

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  1. Denise Martin February 20, 2021Reply

    So sad. We looked forward to seeing him twice a year.

    • Liliane Opsomer February 24, 2021Reply

      I loved Barney too and the show has so many memories for me and my son. I raised him on Barney 🙂

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