1987: the foundational agreement for Disneyland Paris
The Agreement for the creation and operation of the Euro Disneyland project in France was signed on 24 March 1987, in Paris. The signing of this document by French public authorities and The Walt Disney Company laid the foundation for building a Disney resort in France. This was the birth certificate for what would become Europe’s number one tourist destination. Construction began as soon as 1988 in Marne-la-Vallée.
1992: the grand opening of Disneyland Paris
On April 1st 1992, the Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy RER regional train line station is opened. This station links the tourist destination to the rest of Île-de-France. Disneyland Paris is now accessible from Paris in just 35 minutes.
On 12 April 1992, Disneyland Paris officially opens its doors to the public. At the time, the resort included one theme park, several hotels, and an entertainment centre, Disney Village®.
1994: Disneyland Paris is linked to Europe
On 26 May 1994, the Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy TGV station is opened. This train station, which today welcomes 88 TGV trains by day, has become the biggest TGV hub in France, serving 54 French and international cities daily. This asset adds new ways of accessing the resort. To celebrate its opening, a huge paper train 300 metres long travelled down Main Street, U.S.A.®.
2000: A shopping centre at Val d’Europe
As part of the Agreement signed in 1987 between The Walt Disney Company and public authorities, the international shopping centre of Val d’Europe opened its doors on 24 October 2000. At its opening, it housed 60 shops, a dining area, and an aquarium. Between 2012 and 2015, 26 new shops would be added, with a 21,000 m² expansion. The shopping centre attracts 16 million visitors annually.
2002: Opening of Walt Disney Studios Park
Announced for the first time on 29 September 1999, Walt Disney Studios Park opened its doors to the public on 16 March 2002, the same year Disneyland® Park turned ten. Guests were invited to discover the magic of the cinema in this new park. Today, Walt Disney Studios Park has 18 attractions – twice as many as when it first opened. Euro Disney invested constantly in this park, welcoming Toon Studio, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Tor Story Playland, and Ratatouille : L’Aventure totalement toquée de Rémy.
2010: Signing of the Amendment to the Agreement of 1987
An amendment to the Agreement of 1987 was signed on 14 September between the Euro Disney group, the French government, the Île-de-France region, the Seine-et-Marne département, and the urban planning authority of Marne-la-Vallée. This amendment was the next step in the partnership between Euro Disney and French public authorities. This amendment, which goes until 2030, provides for the continued development of the tourist destination and of Val d’Europe, as well as the development of a new tourist destination project, Villages Nature.
2014: Laying of the first stone of Villages Nature
On 11 December 2014, French Prime Minster Manuel Valls laid the first stone of the Villages Nature complex. This project was officially announced jointly by the Euro Disney group and Pierre & Vacances – Center Parcs on 24 November 2010. With some 259 hectares, it is one of the biggest tourist projects in Europe.
This year also saw the opening of Ratatouille : L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, with a ceremony that welcomed Fleur Pellerin, Secretary of Commerce, of Tourism Promotion and of the French abroad, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris. Some months later, the Chez Marianne (Souvenirs de Paris) boutique was opened next to the attraction.
2015: a large-scale renovation plan for Disneyland Paris
In order to continuing offering innovative experiences to its guests, in January 2015 Disneyland Paris kicked off an unprecedented renovation and enhancement plan. Thanks to this programme, guests can re-discover certain iconic attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain, “it’s a small world”, and La Cabane des Robinson.
2017: A quarter-century for Disneyland Paris
In 2017, Disneyland Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary, and celebrates the 30 years of the signing of the 1987 Agreement. A historic moment that brings renewed ambition for Europe’s number one tourist destination!