Cal State Fullerton report says Disneyland closure hitting SoCal economy hard

Downtown Disney extends to Buena Vista Street for more shopping, dining as Disney California Adventure park remains closed

A report from Cal State Fullerton says Disneyland's closure is hitting the Southern California economy hard.

It says it's cost the region $3 billion already and could cost another $2 billion and a total of 46,000 jobs if the closure continues through March.

Cal State Fullerton economist Anil Puri tells KNX  the closure has a major impact on hotels and restaurants that rely on Disney tourists.

He says it might not be until late next year when the tourism industry returns to a more normal pace.

Meanwhile, beginning in November, the Downtown Disney District extends to Buena Vista Street.

That's the news from the Disney Parks blog today adding "Only the shopping and dining experiences along Buena Vista Street will be accessible from the Downtown Disney District at this time, as Disney California Adventure park is currently closed."

"With Buena Vista Street soon opening select shopping and dining experiences, you can find even more places to enjoy a memorable meal or a fun shopping excursion during your visit," the blog wrote today.

The state gave guidelines for large theme parks to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Large theme parks, like Disneyland in Anaheim, may resume operations in tier 4 or yellow and minimal. He said this means larger theme parks guidance. They are required to implement a limited capacity of 25 percent and all theme parks will implement a reservation system and screen guests in advance.

Orange County, which is home to Disneyland in Anaheim, is in the red tier right now or "substantial" spread.