On 27 February 2018, The Walt Disney Company announced a major development project for transforming the Walt Disney Studios Park. This plan includes renovating existing areas for Marvel and expanding the park to add Frozen and Star Wars areas, in addition to multiple new attractions, shops and restaurants.

The Walt Disney Studios Park expansion project is located immediately adjacent to the current Park, which was planned since the origin of the Disneyland Paris project in 1987.

The project is led by Euro Disney Associés SAS, which is in charge of the commercial operation of Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, the resort and real estate development , and by EPAFrance, public developer for Sector IV of Marne-la-Vallée.

Like any project with a specific investment threshold, the expansion of the Walt Disney Studios Park is subject to a prior consultation procedure. So, whether you live in the Val d’Europe Agglomération or neighboring community of Montévrain, or you are a resident of the area where the project will be rolled out, a local worker, or you are quite simply interested in the development of our resort, this consultation is your chance to be involved in this major project .

Project consultation file (French version only)


Public meetings
Tuesday 06 November 2018

from 6.30 p.m.
Public meeting at the offices of Val d’Europe Agglomération – Chessy

Château de Chessy, BP 40 – Chessy, 77701 Marne-la-Vallée Cedex 4

Topic: «Aims and expected benefits for the attraction of the are».

Synthesis of the first public meeting
Wednesday 14 November 2018

from 6.30 p.m.
Public meeting at Chessy

Groupe scolaire Tournesol, Salle Eléonore, 4 rue du Bois de Paris, 77 700 Chessy

Topic: “Good neighbourly relations with regard to the new facilities, environmental protection and natural resources management”

Synthesis of the public meeting
Thursday 22 November 2018

from 6.30 p.m.
Public meeting at Serris

Médiathèque du Val d’Europe, 2 place d’Ariane, 77 700 Serris

Topic: “Management of the construction phase and potential new public facilities”

Synthesis of the public meeting
Bus tour

A bus will stop in all the communes concerned by the consultation in the weeks preceding the public meetings. Information will be provided about the Walt Disney Studios Park expansion project and the prior consultation in a video format.

Friday 12 October 2018

from 10 a.m to 12.30 p.m.
Bus tour
Bailly Romainvilliers

Parking of the CCI

Friday 12 October 2018

from 4 p.m to 7 p.m.
Bus tour
Bailly Romainvilliers

Town Hall square

Saturday 13 October 2018

from 8 a.m to 3 p.m.
Bus tour

Market place

Sunday 14 October 2018

from 10 a.m to 7 p.m.
Bus tour

Parking of the Val d’Europe Shopping Mall

Monday 15 October 2018

from 8 a.m to 8 p.m.
Bus tour

Ariane place*

*Subject to confirmation

Tuesday 16 October 2018

from 11 a.m to 8 p.m.
Bus tour

Gaïus school

Wednesday 17 October 2018

from 1 p.m to 7 p.m.
Bus tour

Parking of the Carrefour Market

Thursday 19 October 2018

from 8 a.m to 8 p.m.
Bus tour

Quartier des Studios

Saturday 20 October 2018

from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
Bus tour

Parking of the Clos du Chêne

Sunday 21 October 2018

from 10 a.m to 12.30 p.m.
Bus tour

Place de la salle des fêtes

Sunday 21 October 2018

from 4 p.m to 7 p.m.
Bus tour

Ecole Les Grands Prés

New date
Tuesday 23 October 2018

from 4 p.m to 7 p.m.
Bus tour

In front of Montévrain sports complex (rue de Rome)


Co-development and the project

Where is the Walt Disney Studios Park expansion project located and what exactly does it contain?

The Walt Disney Studios Park expansion project is located at a site immediately adjacent to the current Park to be purchased from EPAFrance. Part of this site will be used to build two new “Lands” dedicated to the worlds of “Frozen” and “Star Wars” and a lake with attractions, restaurants and shops that are in the process of being studied and designed.

How can I participate in the consultation?

The consultation brings together the inhabitants and neighbours of the project in the region of Val d’Europe Agglomération and the bordering municipality of Montévrain. If you are a member of these priority groups, you can participate and obtain informations in a bus tour session between 12 and 22 October 2018. For a more detailed and topic-based discussion, three public meetings are being organised – see the “Agenda” section for information and early registration. Furthermore, a topic-based workshop on the region’s tourist appeal is currently being organised with students from the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée.

What are the expected benefits of the project for the region?

Euro Disney always considers public interest in its strategy, and the economic and social development of the region is at the forefront of this strategy.
The project will benefit employment during the construction work and operating phase. Studies are under way to estimate the possible increase in the number of employees between now and the delivery of the project in 2025. Many professions will be required during the project and the additional customers represented by the workers on site will have a positive effect on nearby business.
In addition, the project is part of a mixed development zone that plans to accommodate new populations, consolidating the employment rate of the municipalities covered and strengthening the public services in the area.

Can we have more details about what, when and where this extension will be?

The Walt Disney Studios Park extension has been planned since Euro Disney was originally built in Marne la Vallée. The extension project is equally a part of the development strategy for Euro Disney. The Walt Disney Studios Park was originally built in 2002 and this extension will complete the Park with the aim of improving the offering to visitors.

Our guests are always looking for new and different experiences with us when they visit, and this expansion will include different lands dedicated to some of Disney’s most popular franchises — Frozen and Star Wars — creating a better offering for our guests.

This is one of the most ambitious development plans for Disneyland Paris since its opening in 1992. Given the significant scope of this project, this will be a multi-year project. Construction work will start during 2019, with a target completion date in 2025. The multi-year development will roll out in phases beginning in 2021.

The Walt Disney Studios Park extension project will be constructed on an area of land adjacent to the current Walt Disney Studios Park.
It will cover 31 hectares, of which 12 hectares will be dedicated to the creation of the two new Star Wars and Frozen lands, and a centerpiece lake. The remainder will be the backstage areas of the park.

What attractions are planned for the three new lands?

The core of this development centers on adding even more of our popular Disney stories and characters – the IP our guests love – into the park. Similar to what we have done with the success of Cars Land in California, Pandora in Florida and what we are developing with Star Wars at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, these new areas will literally be places where guests can be part of the story, meet the characters from the films and be part of these worlds like only Disney could do. We are really early in the development, but expect this expansion will include new attractions, entertainment and dining areas.
More details will be available as part of the public inquiry which will take place in 2019.

What is the role of the project guarantors?

The guarantors are appointed by the CNDP. His or her role is to:
• Ensure the quality, the honesty and the comprehensibility of the information provided to the public
• Ensure that pre-project consultations run smoothly
• Ensure that the public can ask questions and give their opinion
• Provide a full account by drafting a report on pre-project consultations

The ethics and code of conduct of our guarantors are defined by:
• Commitment to greater interaction (respect for each-other, fairness, integrity, equality)
• Independence
• Duty to remain neutral, impartial, and reserved

For further information (French Only)

Will this park still be a studio? Are you planning on changing the name as a result of the expansion?

It is still a theme park based on Disney films and franchises, therefore, the name Studios is still valid.
But it is true that we are transforming the Walt Disney Studios Park, it is possible that we consider another name, but we have not made any decision at this stage.

What is the exact phasing of the work?

It is still too early to talk about the phasing of the works, but the construction work will begin in 2019, with a view to a planned delivery of the extensions by 2025.
The multi-year development will roll out in phases beginning in 2021.
A communication is planned on that phasing of the works.

Will some of the extensions be opened in 2024 for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games?

The multi-year development construction work will begin in 2019, with a view to a planned delivery of the extensions by 2025.

What height will the new attractions be?

As the park already exists, the landscape observed by residents will remain similar.

We are still studying how high the attractions will be, but will likely be below the height of the Tower of Terror.

The commune of Montévrain is not located in Val d’Europe, but it is directly impacted by all of these projects. How are Montévrain’s elected representatives involved in this development?

They are involved, and they have helped us very much with this consultation, particularly with the bus tour. While Montévrain is not in the Val d’Europe Agglomeration, they are still considered in a global sense.

Where can we find the information presented at the public meetings?

The projected presentation at public reunions is available on the dedicated web page : http://disneylandparis-news.com/concertationwds/

What is the scope of the towns involved in Val d’Europe taxes?

The geographical scope of the concertation involves the Val d’Europe agglomeration with the addition of Villeneuve-le-Comte, Villeneuve-Saint Denis and Montévrain.

25% of the amount of collected taxes generated by the investment plan will be collected as additional revenues for the town and for the Val d’Europe agglomeration thanks to this extension.

Is there an area considered for a 3rd future park?

An area has already been defined in the development plan but it is a very long-term project.

Will the Snow Queen be a profitable franchise over the long term?

Studies made internally point in the direction of durability of this franchise over the long term.

Is it consistent to build housing so close to the parks that will limit a future expansion of the 2nd park?

All the different developments have been planned and programmed over the long term. We are not worried about the future developments on the territory.

Why does the concertation involve only Val d’Europe whereas it has a national impact?

In the decision it made on July 18, 2018, the Commission Nationale du Débat Public (CNDP or French national public debate commission) decided that the extension project for the Walt Disney Studios Park would not be subject to a national public debate but to a prior concertation, as defined by the Code of the Environment. The geographical scope of the prior concertation chosen by the CNDP matches the scope of the “territorial incidence” of the extension project for the Walt Disney Studios Park.

For more information, see below (Q: “Was it relevant to take away the legal public debate from citizens that should have been used to ensure a proper balance between the different interests ?”)

Can the town of Montévrain be more regularly included in the concertation and can it become part of Val Agglomération?

The town of Montévrain is already included within the scope of the concertation. Regarding its integration in the Val d’Europe agglomeration, it is a situation inherited long ago. At the time, the town of Montévrain did not wish to join the Val d’Europe agglomeration. It is an institutional made by the officials.

Does the Walt Disney Company aim at turning Disneyland Paris into a destination as important as Walt Disney World?

The Parks are correlated to the size of the territories and our territories are smaller. However, Disneyland Paris is the 2nd site in terms of development whereas it is 6 times smaller than Walt Disney World.

Was it relevant to take away the legal public debate from citizens that should have been used to ensure a proper balance between the different interests ?

Answer given by consultation guarantees  :

Under the Code of Environment  – article L121-8, The National  public debate  Committee is seized for any development project or an infrastructure project « that, by its nature, its technical characteristic or its anticipated cost meets criteria or exceeds thresholds laid down by decree of the Conseil d’Etat ». Indeed the Walt Disney Studios Park 2 extension project fits this category, exceeding the  300 millions € threshold set by decree.

Under article L121-9, the CNDP « specifies the modalities of public participation in the decision making process ».Notably the committee appreciates…if the public debate should be organized in accordance to its territorial impact, the related socio economic issues and its impact on environment or land development »; « if the committee estimates such a public debate useless, then it can decide to organize a prior consultation. »

Regarding the Walt Disney Studios,Park 2 extension project, CNDP considered in its last July 2018/58 ruling that a public debate was unnecessary, on the grounds that the extension is within the limited planned perimeter in a March 24th, 1987 , and impacts on environment considered moderate according to the 2014 impact study.

However, the Committee was in favor of a prior consultation, in regard of significant socio economic impacts that required to answer several questions the 3 public meetings, also requiring Euro Disney and EPAFRANCE interventions, but also from communities  (in particular the Val d’Europe Urban Community President)

Regarding economic impact

What will be the impact in terms of employment?

The nature and location of the jobs that will result from the extension of the Walt Disney Studios Park will reflect the reality of the jobs generated by Disneyland Paris over the last thirty years.

Eventually, more than 1,000 direct jobs will be created, in attractions as well as shows, catering, stores, support functions and administration,as one would expect for the theme park and hospitality industry. Clearly, this is a projection that may change over time.

It has been observed since the beginning of the establishment of the tourism destination that for one direct employment created three indirect jobs are created. We hope that this dynamic will continue for this project.

Where the tax impacts and tax benefits assessed for each community?

There will be an impact of approximately 5 million euros of additional tax revenue per year for communities. The breakdown of this impact is under study.

Regarding transportation

Will public transportation, trains and roads follow?

As part of the overall project, development is planned for the Chessy–Marne-la-Vallée multi-modal interchange hub (PEM [pôle d’échange multimodal]). Concurrently, the bus network plan is gradually changing approximately every 2–3 years. Representatives are at the forefront of this topic, and the first decisions of the SIT (transport provider) have already been taken into account.

Regarding the frequency of the RER (high-speed metro in Paris), a new back-station has been built in Chessy, complementing operations at Torcy back-station. This has already increased the frequency of the RER and will continue in the long term.

It should be noted that the tourist flows are in the opposite direction of home work journeys and that the increase of the tourist attendance is a small scale.

Two major issues stand out for the next 10 years: the Chessy–Marne-la-Vallée multimodal interchange hub and the dedicated Esbly–Val d’Europe link.

The current Chessy–Marne-la-Vallée multimodal hub is located north of the site, is completely open to tourist functions. It was configured in 1990 primarily to meet the needs of the tourist destination; it includes a TGV (high-speed train) station, an RER station, a bus station, and a parking lot, geared to the needs of the TGV station, with a taxi drop-off. This configuration responded to the urban framework of the project at 30,000 inhabitants, then 40,000 in the year 2000, without any infrastructure modifications.

The public-policy agenda approved in September 2010 took into account a considerably more ambitious framework and envisaged complementing the multi-modal interchange hub at Chessy–Marne-la-Vallée with a southern section comprising the same services as those offered in the northern section, while ensuring this second hub would be open to the urban center of the Val d’Europe. The entire multimodal interchange hub—north and south—meets the needs of a large area, beyond the limits of the Val d’Europe, which has more than 100,000 inhabitants and 100,000 long-term jobs, as well as 200,000 tourists daily.

The southern section of the multi-modal interchange hub is currently being developed:
• A prefiguration of the RER exit is under development, to be brought into service in June 2019.
• The second phase of development is underway; work is expected to be completed in 2019.
• The first part of the south road terminal is already in service, as well as the maximum capacity extension of the north road terminal.
• The second phase of the south road terminal is under development.
• Studies and exchanges related to financing the third phase are underway.
• A south drop-off area and a taxi zone are planned for 2019.

The total investment – public and private – totaled nearly 56 million euros, of which 23 million euros remains to be confirmed by the funders already committed. This amount does not take into account the second TGV passenger building. Discussions continue for the principle and completion date of a second passenger HST which would complete the southern division.

What is the additional public share expected as a result of the extension and especially in transport?

See answer above (Q: “Will public transit, trains and roads follow?”)
or below (Q: “How will this project impact local residents in general? How many more residents and tourist are expected?”)

How will you manage the increased traffic that will result from the increase in both visitors and Cast Members?

See answer above (Q: “What will be the impact on road traffic after completion of the roadwork?”)

In your expansion project, have you thought of a place dedicated to bike or or motorcycle parking for guests?

We have this type of parking for our employees and cast members at the entrance of the backstage area.  Currently, we have very few guests arriving in this nature, however it is a topic we are looking into.

How will you deal with the current road congestion and A4 traffic, given there will be an increase in the number of guests in the region?

It is an understandable, and a real concern, which is across the Île-de-France region. Studies are being reviewed throughout eastern Paris by DRIEA (Direction Régionale et Interdépartementale de l’Équipement et de l’Aménagement [Regional and Inter-departmental Directorate for Infrastructure and Development]).

SANEF, concessionaire of the A4 highway between Paris and Pont de Nogent, is currently in discussions with the government on the modifications to be made. The Prefect of the Île-de-France region has reviewed the case.

Up to now, there has been no identified and financed project to increase its capacity. However, work on the current interchanges is on-going or planned to ease the traffic.

For 2025, innovative projects are in the pipeline to introduce on the emergency lane a site dedicated to buses. It will rely on parking spaces at the stops. This line will serve the Paris train stations. This project is enhanced by creating a partial or total dedicated lane for carpooling and coaches.

For 2035, doubling projects are being studied particularly for the A4/A104 junction.

Will the bridge that passes above the railway track be widened as well? The pedestrian part of this bridge is in disrepair. What is the plan?

There is already an existing plan for this location. With the widening of Hergé Avenue, work will be done to create a bicycle track and a pedestrian path.

In the case of RER A, only 1 out of 3 trains stops at Val d’Europe during rush hour. Why?

This matter concerns RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) and will be relayed. It should be noted that RATP plans to increase ridership and optimize the line’s operation by 2025.

Why isn’t there a representative of Ile-de-France Mobilités to answer the questions on public transportation?

Ile-de-France Mobilités does not attend the public meetings because those are organized by the two project owners, Euro Disney and EPAFrance. Therefore, it is up to the project owners to welcome the public and answer their questions.

However, there are regular meetings that open to discussions on the intensification plan for the RER announced by the RATP and the role of those manage the project is to follow it up. A meeting is scheduled end of November with the prefect of the Ile-de-France region to indicate the future points to be discussed.

What will happen for those who get around by bike?

There is already a very developed network of cycle tracks and it will be intensified so as to make it easier to cycle around on the territory.

In addition, studies have started to better understand how people move, some are still at the reflection stage.

Is the expansion of the 934 and RD5 segment voted and financed?

The studies have been financed but no, the expansion work of this segment has not been voted. The integration of Esbly in Val d’Europe might speed up the decision making.

Will the TCSP line of Montévrain emerge?

The route of this TCSP is being discussed by the towns and the Ile-de-France region and it needs to be clarified before it can be done.

Will the bypass route be made?

The bypass route project is financed and it will remove traffic from the roads.

The delivery timetable is spread out and managed directly by the State and SANEF.

Will the planned doubling of the roads be limited to D934 or will it go beyond?

Yes, the doubling of the roads planned as of now will be limited to RD 934, however the site bus project will be extended North of RD 934 with new lanes.

In the Coupvray ZAC, only crossroads and qualitative improvements are planned for on the RD5 North of RD934.

Have you taken into account the opening soon of the transportation industry to competition? How?

The opening of the transportation industry to competition is a constraint that has been part of the discussions between the Public parties (State, territorial and local collectivities and town planner) and the partners in charge of investing in and running the transport systems, essentially regarding rail transport. The modifications in the operating conditions require a follow-up of the balance of the current and future services, which makes the decision-making processes more complex. All of the partners agree to take it into account without delay. Disneyland Paris is also taking part in this debate given its expertise in tourist flows within the sector as well as in management of spaces open to the public that include commercial functions.

Regarding the bus lines, the studies of the multimodal exchange poles have planned the possibility of welcoming new lines in the bus terminals that are being created or expanded and additional possibilities are also being explored.

What about the project called T-Zen (bus with a high level of service)?

This bus project on a dedicated site is meant to connect the Esbly station to the Val d’Europe urban center by passing through the multimodal pole in Chessy. It will offer an effective link between the P line of the Transilien and the A line of the RER to respond to the commuting needs between the Meaux and Marne-La-Vallée living areas by serving all of the housing and business development projects on the itinerary (about 10 km).

Besides this major urban role, the project will ensure continuity of the transportation service to Paris in case of a breakdown on the RER A to help make transportation more reliable.

This project is part of the Master Plan of the Île-de-France Region (SDRIF) of 2013; the Plan de Mobilisation 2013/2014 of the New Great Paris and the Île-de-France Transportation Plan. Its objectives are to:

  1. Serve the major equipment and job sectors of Val d’Europe;
  2. Create a fast and reliable transport service, accessible for all of the population;
  3. Accompany the urban development of the territory.

The Dossier d’Objectifs et de Caractéristiques Principales (DOCP), was approved in February, 2015. The project is being steered by IDF Mobilités that will finance the rolling equipment and the operating costs. The studies are financed by the Île-de-France Region and the Seine-et-Marne Department. Work investments have not been voted yet.

  • A December 2016 State Region /Department convention helped to finance the blueprint studies and the organization of a public survey.
  • Preliminary studies for the Master Scheme and environmental studies are underway.
  • The elaboration of the Master Scheme and the public survey dossier is planned for 2019;
  • The public survey will be possible after approval of the dossiers by the Ile de France Mobilités board under the condition of progress in the studies.

Note that the DOCP timeline plans its implementation in 2025.

Current progress of the work requires a strong political will to support the inclusion of the work in the coming State-Region plan contract.

Regarding real estate

What impact will the extension have on real estate prices in Val d’Europe?

Like any territory in Ile-de-France, real estate prices are increasing.

In addition, there is a strong dynamic on Val d’Europe with the alliance of the tourism destination and the urban destination.
This dynamic allows the construction of new infrastructures, jobs, local shops and investment capacity to serve the quality of life of the inhabitants, and therefore we can reasonably think that the land will be all the more sought after.

However, we are building 25 to 30% of social housing in neighborhoods to accommodate a diverse socio-economic population.

For Cast Members (employees of Euro Disney) it has become impossible to find housing with very high rental prices and impossible guarantee requests according to our salaries, is there a plan of action - especially for those inhabitants within 30km of Euro Disney not benefiting from Euro Disney housing?

We offer housing programs for our Cast Members, and as part of our normal course of business we review the needs and capacity and will continue to do this as part of the expansion work. Our Cast Members’ well-being is foremost in our mind. Housing is a genuine concern for both our company and our Human Resources department and we are working on this.

In addition, social housing quotas of between 25% and 30% are systematically integrated into new neighborhoods.

In parallel, the emergence of a university pole in Val d’Europe will be accompanied with the creation of a student residence. Those housing units will be unoccupied during the peak tourist season and could represent additional housing facility for seasonal Cast Members and reduce the pressure on housing for permanent staff.

Can you tell us more about the planned urban park in Chessy and its financing in particular?

The financing of the urban park on the ZAC of the studios and congresses in Chessy is ensured through the realization of the housing and office operations which are organized in phases (currently it is the phase 4 in progress).

The construction of the first part of the park is already planned as part of ongoing real estate developments and ending around 2025.
Nevertheless, discussions are under way to validate the financing of the entire park as part of the ongoing development phase.

Is the development of Val d’ Europe decided by the PLUI (Plan Local d'Urbanisme Intercommunal)? Can we have access to it?

Absolutely.  The PLUI is an urban planning document that gives information on what will be done and how.

The most recently downloadable document is from 2016, and since it is a public document, it is available on the website of Val d’Europe Agglomération.  Updates will be made to these documents in the next years.

The PLUI can be consulted on the Val d’Europe Agglomération website: http://www.valdeuropeagglo.fr/plui-et-reglement-de-publicite/

Where will the 1,000 new employees be housed?

Housing in Val d’Europe continues to develop in parallel with the tourist destination.  This means that around 300 to 400 housing units are constructed every year.  Additionally, 30% of social housing is systematically included in the new programs for housing constructed in the various districts.

Are you going to welcome new tourists, what about hotel projects?

The goal of the extension project is to offer a higher-quality experience to our visitors. As such the need for additional hospitality is not immediate, though is being considered.

Ultimately, we are expecting an increase in the number of visitors, though is difficult to calculate at this stage, and that isn’t the main goal we’re pursuing within the framework of this extension. In fact, with this project, our main goal is to offer our visitors a more complete experience, so that they’ll spend more time at our destination. This will probably result in more visitors, but the existing and planned infrastructure should be sufficient for them.

Regarding the environment

For the past 15 years, I have noticed that there is still agricultural land, and every day there’s more development, to what extent do we include this dimension to preserve our quality of life?

The Studios and Convention ZACs (Urban Development Zone) and the Walt Disney Studio Park extensions that are part of them are located on properties owned by EPAFrance that are classified as urban zones, dedicated to economic and tourism development. These properties have been available to the company since the very beginning of the Euro Disney project, with precisely this development approach in mind. The land holdngs that will host the Walt Disney Studioes Park Extension are not agricultural lands.

Will there be more bike paths?

The financing of bike paths has been pooled with the rest of the Val d’Europe operations since the signing of Phase IV in 2014. The next step is to create the Hergé, Schumann and RD5 paths up to the Trois Ormes ZAC, and the two paths on Séramy and Gossigny Avenues.

Could you be more environmentally responsible in the construction of our buildings? Are we taking the local environment into account? (Underground water, local species, etc.)

The extension project is part of a series of commitments that support environmental protection and sustainable development. These include the One Planet Living method (cf for more details http://www.panda.org/fr/wwf_action_themes/modes_de_vie_surable/principes_one_planet_living_developpement_durable/), which inspires the development in the Val d’Europe and Disney Parks, and the Charte pour le développement durable du Val d’Europe [Charter for Sustainable Development in the Val d’Europe], signed in 2013 by EPA France, the SAN du Val d’Europe [Val d’Europe Municipal Consortium] (predecessor of the VEA) and Euro Disney.
Euro Disney is also committed to sustainable development and has set itself the goal of:
• Reduce by 2020, GHG emissions by 30% from 2012 levels
• Achieve a recovery rate of 60% for operational waste by 2020 and a 75% rate for construction waste
• Reduce by 2018, drinking water consumption by 16% compared to the level of indicators identified in 2013.
To achieve these objectives, Euro Disney has also:
A /funded, in consultation with local authorities, and the support of the State and the Île-de-France Region, the deployment of a geothermal network to develop the use of green energy over a large part of the sector IV of Marne-la-Vallée. Since February 2018, Disneyland Paris uses this energy from Villages Nature Paris, one of our Disney hotels, to serve the Parks and the tourist area with a production of 20 Gigawatt hours (GWh) / year representing 20% of our corresponding needs. This renewable and sustainable energy source produces no greenhouse gases.
The use of geothermal energy helps us to seriously reduce the carbon footprint of our destination
B / launched in 2010 the construction of a wastewater treatment and recycling plant for the needs of the operation of the site. This facility with a capacity of about 750,000 cubic meters per year was commissioned in 2013. The plant saves 300,000 cubic meters of water per year.
C / initiated the steps to develop a park of photovoltaic panels on the visitor parking to generate 33 Gigawatt hours (Gwh) per year representing around 15% of the electrical energy currently consumed. This project is however subject to the agreement of the Regulation Energy Commission
Finally, it should be noted that Euro Disney buys from energy operators a significant percentage of renewable energy.

The PLUI can be consulted on the Val d’Europe Agglomération website: http://www.valdeuropeagglo.fr/plui-et-reglement-de-publicite/

The creation of new retention ponds in the area and especially next to the Bic plant are close to the houses, what are the risks of overflowing and flooding?

Originally, 27 reservoirs were planned. They will be connected to each other to avoid flooding problems anywhere in the Val d’Europe area. All of them will be built gradually with the developments to ensure their achievement. However, the final calendar is not known because not all developments are yet scheduled.

Will the existing buildings and those of the extension and other ancillary projects be energy self-sufficient?

The buildings have been designed in accordance with French and European energy regulations, which are some of the strictest in the world. We’re using geothermal energy to heat all the new buildings in the extension, which is well beyond current regulatory requirements.
You can also have complementary information below (Q: “Could you be more environmentally responsible in the construction of our buildings? Are we taking the local environment into account? (Underground water, local species, etc.)”).

Everything will be covered in cemente… how can water penetrate the ground, especially in times of heavy rains and floods?

We are following existing French regulations concerning rainwater absorption capacity. The extensions won’t be completely paved; just one-third of the surface will be covered with a slab. After that, many gardens, trees and plants will be added.

You seem to have addressed the landscape topic at the ZAC (Zone d'Aménagement Concerté) level, but have you considered the overall landscape?

Yes, there is a more global view on the landscape topic which is taken into account in the local development and the global and urban plans.

The landscaping is consistent throughout Val d’Europe to create a harmonious way. This includes the green belts, water basins, park areas and urban developments that extend to Coupvray.

Will the perimeter around Val d’Europe be connected to the basin chains (storm water retentions)?

The basin chain system is studied in a consistent manner over a very large area, which includes Montry and Esbly.  As soon as there is development in one area, then the basin chains are  automatically connected to the network.

What role do the basins have and how will they foster biodiversity?

Basins help to regulate storm water and have the ability to absorb as much as a centur level-type flood.  Since the creation of the basins, the city of Montry hasn’t flooded.

Basins are obviously man-made, however they generate natural biodiversity. Generally, the flora that develops in the areas surrounding the basins allows biodiversity to develop. The basins’ banks and the basins themselves are able to shelter aquatic species.

Val d’Europe Agglomération manages the maintenace services.

Do you sort waste in the parks and in the cities?

The parks have a waste sorting policy, and Val d’Europe Agglomération also has one which establishes sorting systems for the urban agglomeration’s inhabitants.

The best energy is that which is not consumed, so will you anticipate the RT2020 (Réglementation Thermique) on the attractions or on the passive buildings?

Euro Disney is considering the broader scale in order to reduce its impact and decrease energy consumption to the largest extent possible. Management of energy consumption is conducted globally, on-site, and at the level of the entire tourist destination instead of per individual building or individual attraction. For this reason, the geothermic network, e.g., was created to benefit the entire Park.

France is revising its regulation on thermal standards, thus in 2020, it will be an environmental regulation (Réglementation Environnementale, RE) vs. a thermal regulation.

There is supposed to be audits on the environmental impact of the work, what will happen if some companies don’t respect them?

The companies hired by the project manager on behalf of the project owners keep track of the work, particularly to check that the subcontractors respect the charters that we set up and the environmental measures. If these measures are not respected, the companies in charge of the work have to pay a penalty.

What is planned to avoid flooding on the banks of the Morin?

All the urban developments, including the complete network for stormwater management of Val d’Europe are instructed and verified by State agencies that are competent on a much wider scale than the one of Val d’Europe, to verify that there will be no consequence in that sense.

How does the Disneyland Paris Park position itself as compared to the other Parks around the world in terms of energy performances?

Given the differences in built spaces, the number of yearly visitors and staff, the climate and the regulations that the six Parks located in four different countries have to respect, it is difficult or even impossible to establish a significant comparison. However, as it was presented during the meeting on November 14, we are pursuing the same goals of the Group regarding a reduction in our environmental footprint, including in particular a reduction by 2020 of the GHG emissions by 30% compared to the 2012 level.  To reach this target, the Environment Teams of Disneyland Paris are in regular contact with their counterparts in the other Parks, particularly to share best practices and design criteria and tested technologies.

In terms of geothermal energy, is the Disneyland Paris site unique in the group?

Yes, the geothermal network set up on the Disneyland Paris site is unique within the group.

What is the program of realization of the bicycle lanes between Donald Gate and the hotels, at the exit of the car park Nord to join Chessy and Montévrain, as well as in Esbly?

Since 2014, a program for cycling lanes and paths is planned on the territory of Val d’Europe, part of which has already been made by VEA. The rest of the work will be started by EPAfrance in 2019 at the same time as the planned road infrastructures. The paths will go along avenues Hergé, Schumann, Goscinny and the cycling lanes along the boulevard du Grand Fossé from the crossroad with avenue Hergé up to the East entrance of Disneyland Paris, paths integrated in the green spaces of the Coupvray ZAC and the Trois Ormes will complete the system to the North.

The first feedback obtained during the public meeting on November 6 helped to identify a complementary connection in Chessy between RD944 and the ring road, this segment has been integrated in the on-going studies.

A project in Coupvray had a legal action by the Association for the defense of nature, and nothing been adopted for the protection of species. Will there be a consequence for the project?

Regarding the action lodged with the Administrative court on the Declaration of Public Utility of the Coupvray ZAC, where 2 successive court rulings validated the project of EPAfrance.

Regarding the problematic of protected species, the Public Establishment strictly applies the law. In Coupvray for example, a waiver decision for protected species was delivered with the implementation compensatory measures.

Doesn’t COP 21 impose stricter standards than the 2014 impact study?

COP21 is the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, bringing together 195 States and the European Union. Its objective is to find an agreement between the different States to reach the increase limitation of the temperature to 2°C compared to the pre-industrial era. The main requirement of this agreement for the States parties (more particularly developed countries) is to provide financial support to countries in development for the implementation of a low-carbon development along the long term. By their strategy of development of the use of renewable energies (non-fossils) and their achievements (Concerning Disneyland Paris and Val d’Europe: geothermal network already supplying the Parks and deployment on certain districts of the urban center, use of the electricity generated from renewable energy, photovoltaic panels project) the two project-owners Euro Disney and EPAFrance are fully part of this strategy to fight against global warming.

Where can we consult the impact study of the ZAC (2013)?

The impact study of the ZAC, the conclusions of which are included in the prior consultation dossier, is available for consultation at EPAFrance, 5 Boulevard Pierre Carle, Noisiel.

Concerning the impact on residents

How will this project impact local residents in general? How many more residents and tourist are expected?

The extension work will have a positive effect on the local economy and it will consequently contribute to the attraction of Val d’Europe. The territory will grow in number of inhabitants; the public authorities aim for the objective of 60,000 inhabitants for 60,000 jobs by 2030/40. And Euro Disney and EPAFrance hope to achieve these goals and collectively do their utmost to protect the quality of life of local residents.

In time, we expect the volume of visitors to increase, but it is difficult to quantify numbers at this stage, and an increase in visitors is not the principal objective of this extension project. With this project, we aim above all, to provide wider offering to our guests, with the hope that they will stay longer. It will probably result in an increased number of visits, but this will be supported within the framework of the existing infrastructure.

Infrastructure developments (doubling of roads, increase in public transport supply, etc.) currently underway or planned for the coming years in the Val de d’Europe agglomeration take into account this increase in traffic.

What is the impact on my daily life as a local resident, especially in terms of work and construction sites and then in terms of noise pollution?

During the construction, Euro Disney and EPAFrance will take steps to ensure a building site in good relations with the neighboring residents.

For this, it can be noted:
• That EPAFrance and Euro Disney impose on all their companies and subcontractors a specification of sector 4 of Marne le Vallée which organizes the worksites and defines the necessary prescriptions in terms of traffic and routes of construction trucks, cleaning tracks … etc
• That Euro Disney will add to this another specific specification (green building charter) that complements the requirements for environmental protection (tree protection, selective sorting of construction waste, treatment and recycling, cutting and machining off-site materials to avoid noise generation).
The Green Building Charter will be applied to the operations in order to make the nuisances as low as possible. The objectives of the Charter are those which allow to better control the environment on the building sites, namely:
> Limit risks to the health of workers
> Limit impacts on biodiversity;
> Improve waste management;
> Limit pollution;
> Limit nuisances (inhabitants / acoustic)

These provisions optimize in particular the location of the temporary storage areas of the materials and in particular limit the visual nuisance.

Will the extensions generate noise and visual pollution that adds to the existing ones?

An impact study was conducted in 2013 and included expansion of the Walt Disney Studios.
This study made it possible to pre-dimension a merlon of land that will be landscaped and will be closer to sound transmitters.
This study is currently being updated and will adjust the shape of the merlon to reduce noise impacts and ensure compliance with regulations.
In addition, it should be noted that for attractions, people will be inside buildings. The sounds emitted by the guests will therefore be in the buildings and will be reduced.

Finally, technically Euro Disney works to reduce sound emissions from the outset with
• new firework techniques improved regularly
• Sound transmitters oriented in specific directions to reduce sound nuisances.

In addition, Euro Disney carries out systematic checks for all emissions during night shows to verify the monitoring of regulatory thresholds.

For more information : see the summary of the 2013 impact study included in CNDP File available on prior concertation website

What will be the impact on my landscape and what will I see?

The park already exists, the landscape observed by residents will remain similar.

To know as today an important part of the territory, landscaped merlons of a sufficient height will come to limit the visual intrusion of the attractions and the buildings for the logistics of operating.

Only the top of the attractions will be visible from the local neighborhoods.

It should be noted that eventually buildings with various vocations (offices, activities, equipment) will be built between the attractions and housing buildings of the Studios district.

Often, we have advantages when we work in a company on its products, why not have advantages when we live in this city and in this territory to access the Euro Disney parks?

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer a specific benefit to residents because it is not “allowed (through the European Commission) to make reductions solely on a purely geographical basis”.
However, with the proximity of those living in the Ile-de-France region, there’s a great advantage to participate in many of the resort’s special seasons, such as the soon to launch Christmas Celebration, Legends of the Force (in Jan.), Pirates and Princes and Marvel (spring), and to enjoy the benefit of the annual pass.

As residents of Montévrain we are excluded from economic benefits, in our taxes for example, while we suffer the impacts on a daily basis. Why is that?

The scope of this collaboration includes Val d’Europe and Montévrain, and the benefits won’t only be in the Val d’Europe area but also in adjoining municipalities.
In fact, there are real indirect benefits for the Montévrain municipality that contribute to the energy of the region, particularly in terms of the establishment of offices and hotels and the quality of life of the residents.

What are your predictions in terms of the number of visitors?

Ultimately, we are expecting an increase in the number of visitors, though this is difficult to calculate at this stage, and that isn’t the main goal we’re pursuing in the context of this extension. In fact, with this project, our main goal is to offer our guests a more complete experience, so that they’ll want to spend more time at our destination. This will probably result in more visitors, but the existing infrastructure should be sufficient for them.
The extensions will have positive impacts for the local economy, which will automatically attract more people to Val d’Europe. The number of residents in the region will grow; we hope this will help us reach our goal of 60,000 residents for 60,000 jobs, as stated in the planning documents (public interest project). And we will collectively do everything possible to protect residents’ quality of life.
Additionally, studies carried out by EPAFrance show that the highway congestion observed in the region isn’t a result of tourism.
Later we’ll take a look at the infrastructure developments planned for the coming years in Val d’Europe, which will also be taking into account and responding to these questions.

It was discussed to create a direct access from the exit of the station the esplanade, what happened to this project which was supposed to be done by 2019 and still has not begun?

A positive point that proves that we are attentive on this subject: the new access RER A south of the esplanade (under construction and will be delivered in June 2019) will allow access to the RER without going through bag checks.
Pathways dedicated to residents already exist. Security is our first priority.
Bag checks on the plaza contribute to meeting the safety requirements. Nevertheless, as you know, we are a tourist destination. As such, we have a strong security obligation that is both part of our group policy and our commitments to the French State.
We are doing our utmost to reconcile this strong security requirement with the accessibility of all (and especially local residents) to the various infrastructures connected by the esplanade.

The public esplanade was made private and a court decision confirmed that it was not legal, nothing was done why?

The EPA is the owner of the public part of the plaza and agreed to a long-term contract of occupancy with Euro Disney to handle maintenance, upkeep and security.

Did you foresee the return of a consequent safety device on the esplanade whose entries are saturated today?

Security is our first priority.
Bag checks on the plaza contribute to meeting the safety requirements. Nevertheless, as you know, we are a tourist destination. As such, we have a strong security obligation that is both part of our group policy and our commitments to the French State.
We are doing our utmost to reconcile this strong security requirement with the accessibility of all (and especially local residents) to the various infrastructures connected by the esplanade.
Furthermore, security around the park entrances is subject to the Vigipirate plan with a military presence around the station. The safety of our guests is the priority of Euro Disney.

The inhabitants have another form of nuisance, nuisances related to tourists and especially tourist passages for seasonally occupied housing, what can be done? (Airbnb)

It is difficult to decide at this stage of the project. We are nevertheless interested in the nuisance generated by Airbnb sites in the urban center in particular. ELAN law has recently been passed by Parliament. ) the respect of the maximum number of days of rent and (iii) to aggravate the financial sanctions (fines) which can be pronounced against the hirers of furnished for a short duration.

Is the observed development of Airbnb a direct result of Disney’s hotel shortage or does this phenomenon accompany the development of all cities?

We are currently developing our hotel offer.

Val d’Europe is the first tourist destination in Europe, and the 5th largest French hotel complex. However, there is another type of hotel development that provides a different accommodation offer (Airbnb, which some people prefer independent accommodation). New legal provisions have recently been adopted, which allow the cities to regulate this new type of accommodation for tourists. Depending on the legal possibilities, particularly the size of the cities and the agglomeration concerned, elected representatives decide on the measures to be adopted.

Can a berm prevent noise pollution for a 5-floor building?

The 2013 impact study had determined an 8-m height for the acoustic berm. We are currently studying and discussing whether it is necessary to adjust the height, based on the results of the study. Now that we’ve started working on the type of attractions and shows that will be part of this expansion, this helps us to take more variables into account in this study.

All of these elements will be made available during the public inquiry.

Why plan this expansion next to an area of Val d’Europe that is becoming increasingly populated? Why not develop an area further away from the Park?

The urban center of Val d’Europe is serviced by the RER, and thus tends to structure housing areas nearby. Neighboring housing will not be attached to the Park, but will be separated from it by a dedicated area for activities and offices, which will become a protection area in addition to the landscaped merlon.

Will there be a provisional road for construction trucks? Will this bother the local inhabitants?

Infrastructure will be built in the first phase of work to allow Euro Disney to a construction area platform on-site. Site platforms and site roads will be connected to city roads, but every effort will be done to minimize the impact on neighbors.  There are also requirements for setting transit times and minimizing nuisances.

The first construction will include a road for construction traffic and construction-site platforms so that Euro Disney can carry out its work on-site.  For example, there is a construction-site charter which observes our high standards in terms of requirements and applies to all the companies that work with us.

Are you thinking about transforming Val d’Europe into a smart city including new technologies to regulate traffic lights, energy or lighting?

Euro Disney is considering this topic with EPA. These innovations are helping to improve the use and comfort of inhabitants in addition to participate in cost savings for the city.

Will there be an easier access to the visitors’ parking lot for locals?

The visitors’ parking lot is essentially built to manage the flow of visitors to the Parks.

There are currently 2 public parking lots available for local residents who wish to have access to the SNCF station.

Will there be free parking solutions around the station of Chessy for the inhabitants of Val d'Europe who wish to take the RER A to Paris?

The carpark in question (also mentioned in question n°34) is part of the program of the Chessy multimodal exchange pole, it is located in the southern part of the pole in immediate contact with the bus terminal, the RER exit and the future TGV exit.

Studies are at the stage of preliminary analyses of the planning. The question of preferential fees or no fees for the residents is part of the constraints that will be taken into account in the business plan for this project.

Meanwhile, a temporary carpark with 100 spaces is being built next to the Val d’Europe RER station, it is located west of Hergé avenue in the extension of the cours de la Tamise.

In addition, a 60-space drop-off area is planned for near the second exit of the RER in Chessy, it will be accessible from Paul Séramy avenue. It will be delivered in 2019.

Will the project be subject to report related to potential nuisances?

The project will be fully compliant with regulation in effect. Once the project achieved, it will be subject to control by public authorities.

On the construction site

Will the merlon be built at the beginning or end of the construction?

The merlon will be built during the first construction stages. In contrast, landscaping will not be done immediately.

What impact will there be on road traffic during construction?

Different specifications will remind companies of traffic rules (prioritize the A4 motorway and mandatory routes). A parking area dedicated to trucks and various machines, will be set up in an enclosure on the building site.

Road works carried out by the EPA on behalf of the State or as part of MXD secondary infrastructure are duplicates of existing infrastructures. In this case, construction will be done on rights of way parallel to the existing road while minimizing the disruption of the traffic, at the beginning and at the end of the building site that connects the building site and commissioning completed works will require organizations specific to the right of the connection points. The most important organization would be the laying of the bridge deck over the Boulevard du Parc, the limitation of the impact of the construction site will be part of the design of the structure.

What impact will there be on road traffic after construction is completed?

Rush hour in urban areas (caused by activity and city life) differ from peak tourist times. Many studies going back to 1987, show that these two effects are not cumulative. Repeated and annually completed traffic studies deal with the two topics and their interactions and make it possible to adapt and predict optimal times to build infrastructure.

In parallel to the development of the Walt Disney Studios, five main roads will be doubled, and their configurations will be finalized in time:
• The link between the south ring road and Coupvray (Hergé – Schumann – CD5 up to the RD934, the final section will be the east connection to the ring road via the RD934).
• The ring road between the C0 Chessy-Montevrain roundabout and the back-stage entrance to Disney (on the MXD side of Chessy)
• The link between the A4 and the Val d’Europe shopping center and the future Gassets shopping center.
• The west connection of the ring road with the RD934 to the right of the Chessy MXD.
• The so-called « half pipe » linking the RD96 to the Bailly interchange to the south of the A4 will have a major effect on limiting traffic from the RD406 at the Bailly-Romainvilliers crossing.

The doubling of RD 231 is planned on certain sections as part of the road investments of the county council.

What will be the working hours of the work site?

It will be a daytime work site that will respect typical working hours (Start at around 7 am until about 4 or 5 pm).

How will be organized the work on doubling the roads in addition to the extension work?

There is a work schedule to proceed by phases, with a study phase followed by work. The infrastructures to create the platform and give access to the work site will be done in 2019 before the extension work starts.

The EPA has the measuring capacity to manage optimally the flow of vehicles per work site.

Will the work site trucks drive at the level of the Baloo building, backstage of the Park?

Studies are underway to know if the roads in the backstage of the Park will be used.

The work will last 6 years, is it planned to have communication on the different phases of the work?

For the inhabitants: communication is planned on the phases of the work through site signs in the towns.

For the Cast Members: information will be available on the Hub.

How will interactions between the work site and the neighboring work sites be managed?

The coordination of the work sites is organized by EPAFrance and the providers involved in the projects.

Each work site is anticipated and steered by taking into account all of the work at Val d’Europe.


Are concrete mixing plants planned?

At the current stage of our projects (draft phase) the technical choices haven’t been made yet. Therefore, it is too early to speak about setting up a concrete mixing plant.


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