Disneyland, the National Mall, and other iconic attractions across the US are barely recognizable as people practice social distancing and authorities discourage big crowds due to the coronavirus

Before After Disneyland Before After Disneyland
Photos show Disneyland in Anaheim, California, before and after it closed to the public on March 14 due to coronavirus concerns.
Right: Kent Nishimura/Getty Images; Left: David McNew/Getty Images
  • Once-crowded theme parks, stadiums, and venues have emptied out or closed down across the US as cities and organizations rush to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • On March 15, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans avoid gatherings of 50 people or more.
  • A growing number of cities are issuing stay-at-home orders, colleges have transitioned their classes online, and companies are requiring employees to work from home.
  • These before-and-after photos show how major attractions across the US have emptied out as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
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BEFORE: Last year, over 42 million people visited Las Vegas, a gambling and party mecca.

las vegas
Tourists enjoy live entertainment and casinos at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada, in May 2015.
Chad Zuber/Shutterstock

Source: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

BEFORE: An estimated 380,000 pedestrians visit Times Square in New York City each day.

times square
Times Square is one of New York's most iconic attractions.
el_cigarrito/Shutterstock

Source: Times Square NYC

AFTER: New York's stay-at-home order went into effect on March 22, emptying out the streets of Manhattan. Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that the order could last for months.

Times Square March 25, 2020
Few people are seen at New York's Times Square on March 24, 2020, after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a stay-at-home-order.
Kyodo News/Getty Images

Source: Business Insider; Governor Andrew Cuomo

BEFORE: The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, draws 1.5 million visitors each year to the Tidal Basin and National Mall.

Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms April 2019
Visitors enjoy cherry blossoms during National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, on April 6, 2019.
Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Source: Visit Washington DC

AFTER: On March 22, DC closed down streets and traffic circles near the Tidal Basin to limit the number of visitors.

Tidal Basin Blossoms March 24 2020
Security officers enforce street closures near the Tidal Basin on March 24, 2020.
Michael Brochstein /Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

Source: Time

BEFORE: California's Disneyland was the second-most-visited theme park in the world in 2018 with 18.7 million visitors.

Disney Land Entrance CA March 13 2020
People wait in line to enter Disneyland on March 13, 2020, in Anaheim, California.
Kent Nishimura/Getty Images

Source: LA Times; Aecom

AFTER: Disneyland shuttered its doors on March 14 for the first time since 9/11. The park will remain closed for the remainder of the month.

Disney Land Entrance CA - Closed - March 14
A man takes a photo outside the gates of Disneyland on the first day of the closure of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks on March 14, 2020.
David McNew/Getty Images

Source: New York Times

BEFORE: Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, typically draws large crowds for baseball games and can seat 41,915 at capacity.

Oracle Park San Francisco
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California, on September 28, 2019.
Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports

Source: Ballparks of Baseball

AFTER: On March 12, Major League Baseball canceled what remained of spring training and delayed the start of regular season, originally scheduled for March 26, by "at least" two weeks.

Oracle Park
An aerial view of Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, on March 12, 2020.
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Source: Major League Baseball

BEFORE: Pike Place Market is one of Seattle's most iconic destinations, attracting more than 10 million visitors per year.

Pike Place Market
People gather at the entrance to Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, in March 2019.
EchoGolf Photography / Shutterstock

Source: Pike Place Market

AFTER: The market has seen a decrease in crowds as workers, tourists, and locals stay home. Fish monger Isaac Behar told the Seattle Times that the market has been "exceedingly slow."

Pike Place Market - March 2020 - Seattle, Washington
The area near Pike Place Market is nearly devoid of foot traffic and crowds at the close of the day on March 6, 2020.
Ted S. Warren/AP Photo

Source: Seattle Times

BEFORE: Since opening in 1997, Broadway's The Lion King has entertained over 15.7 million theater-goers.

Minskoff Theatre - Broadway - Lion King - New York
Attendees pour out of a matinee showing of The Lion King at the Minskoff Theater in New York in May 2010.
David Goldman/AP Photo

Source: Broadway World

AFTER: Following New York's ban on gatherings over 500 people, Broadway productions halted on March 12. They will remain closed through at least April 12.

Minskoff Theatre - Broadway - Lion King
View Minskoff Theater after Broadway productions closed down on March 12, 2020.
Rainmaker Photos/mediaPunch /IPX

Source: Broadway.com

BEFORE: Columbia University in New York enrolls over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Columbia University
Aerial view of a graduation at Columbia University in New York.
Columbia University in the City of New York/Facebook

Source: Columbia University

AFTER: On March 9, the university canceled two days of classes. Columbia, along with dozens of other universities, later announced that it would conduct classes online for the rest of the spring semester.

Columbia University - March 9, 2020
A woman walks on across an empty Columbia University campus on March 9, 2020.
Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

Source: Business Insider; Forbes

BEFORE: The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, is free to visit and draws nearly two million visitors per year.

Annual Family Day at the National Zoo
Visitors line up in front of the Connecticut Avenue entrance to the National Zoo for annual Family Day on April 6, 2015, in Washington, DC.
Bill O'Leary/Getty Images

Source: National Zoo

AFTER: The Smithsonian Institution closed the National Zoo as well as its 19 museums on March 14 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Smithsonian has not yet announced a re-opening date.

Smithsonian National Zoo closed - DC
A women walks in front of the gated Connecticut Avenue entrance to the National Zoo on March 14, 2020.
Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Source: Smithsonian

 

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