Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Photo from CSUF News

Among the many closings and cancellations related to coronavirus are the two largest Southern California theme parks, Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, which closed on March 14 and plan to be shut through at least the end of the month – and likely much longer, according to the latest state and federal guidance.

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Legoland in Carlsbad and Sea World in San Diego have also closed.

With more than 18.6 million visitors to Disneyland each year – at least 1.5 million monthly – and 9.1 million visitors each year to Universal Studios (700,000 monthly), the economic impact of the closures on the region will be great.

See what Cal State Fullerton economics professor Adrian Fleissig had to say about the effects this decrease in business will have on Orange County’s economy in a recent article on