ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — The “happiest place on Earth” added billions of dollars to the Southern California economy.

A new study by Cal State Fullerton showed Disneyland added $8.5 billion to the economy in 2018, a 50% increase from 2015.

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Researchers say it’s all thanks to about 25 million Disneyland visitors who poured money into local hotels and businesses.

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Although Disneyland has faced backlash over how much they pay some employees, the city says Disneyland Resort helped generate 78,000 new jobs in the area.

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The company has since raised its minimum wage from $11 to $15 an hour.