Dates that wrote the Disneyland Paris story

On 12 April 2017, Disneyland Paris® will officially celebrate its 25th anniversary. It has been a quarter-century full of stories and events for this resort in Île-de-France, which has today become Europe’s number one tourist destination. Between the Agreement signed with French public authorities in 1987 and the celebration of the 25th anniversary, the resort has had several big moments, including the opening of a second park, Walt Disney Studios® Park in 2002, and the construction of a brand new TGV station in 1994. Let’s take a look back on some of these dates which have written the Disneyland Paris story.

On 12 April 2017, Disneyland Paris® will officially celebrate its 25th anniversary. It has been a quarter-century full of stories and events for this resort in Île-de-France, which has today become Europe’s number one tourist destination. Between the Agreement signed with French public authorities in 1987 and the celebration of the 25th anniversary, the resort has had several big moments, including the opening of a second park, Walt Disney Studios® Park in 2002, and the construction of a brand new TGV station in 1994. Let’s take a look back on some of these dates which have written the Disneyland Paris story.

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!

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  1. Hi, there! I’m from Brazil, and I’ll be at DisneylandParis on my 40th birthday with my family (a husband and 3 daughters). May I have my “magical birthday ever”? This include a character? How I order it? We’re ordering a 1day/2parks ticket, and we have a doubt about the time of Paris Express. It leaves Disnenyland at 8pm, is that time AFTER the fireworks and night parade? We’re very excited with this family travel,and we’ll be waiting ansiously for your reply

  2. Wonderful article, please more like this!

    I’ve never seen that castle elevation artwork before, could you post it in a higher resolution? Would love to thoroughly investigate the details of it.

    Kind regards
    Disneyland Paris Treasures

  3. Greate post. Keep writing such kind of information on your blog. Im really impressed by your blog.

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  5. What’s the point of attracting adults and “reconnecting them with childhooh emotions and memories” if once they’re there you’ll treat them like they’re not welcome?
    Maybe the problem is not our perception is wrong. Maybe the problem is you really don’t want us to go.

  6. There’s a Santa Fe style hotel? Oh my! Will have to go back and stay there! Only hotel I had time to see on my first visit was the Disneyland Hotel on my way into the park to see Captain Eo after it re-opened in June 2010. I was on a one-day visit via the Eurostar from London (on holiday there from Australia) so very limited time – too limited. But I loved it.

  7. I’ve been 4 times to Disneyland Paris in the last 3 years and each time the service has been absolutely dredful and not even apologetic – would love to see how this changes.

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  12. Also my question:-) Is there a way to buy something although i’m not working at Disneyland Paris?

  13. So, so sad to see this icon show close! I first saw it in California in 1987 and was blown away by what was then incredible 3D technology, as well as Michael’s performance. When I visited Disneyland Paris for the first (and thus far, only) time on 24 June 2010 I was on a EuroStar day trip to the park from London which I was visiting for Michael Jackson 1st anniversary events with his UK fans. When I heard that Disneyland Paris and other Disney Parks were re-opening the film as a tribute to Michael, I HAD to make the journey across the channel to see it again. Needless to say, I made the most of the opportunity for repeat screenings on that day. And though I’ve since seen it repeatedly in Anaheim and Tokyo (shortly before it closed there last year) I’ll never, ever forget seeing it on the big screen for the first time since the 80s at Disneyland Paris. I’m not sure I want to go back now. 🙁

  14. It’s a shame this classic has to go, really!
    I’m glad I got the chance to experience it once again with the tribute performance.

    It was not quite the same since many of the original effects and the look and feel of the cinema were missing, still the old 3D glasses/technique and and analogue! print/and projector was used, which was and is kind of lazy from Disney. Also, the print was very worn out the last time I’ve seen it and should have been replaced long ago.

    But, still better than no Captain EO.

    Since Captain EO will never return to the Disney parks, please release a worthy blu-ray of this classic masterpiece (in 3D and 2D). I’m sure plenty of Disney-, Michael Jackson-, Anjelica Huston, Franics Ford Coppola- and George Lucas-Fans would buy it in an instant!

    I sure would!

  15. Why oh why is this closing?

    Have seen it several times at Disneyland Paris in the last couple of years and and each showing was packed out! Judging by everyone’s reaction on the way out, the audience clearly loved both the film and its effects.

    Bad decision, Disney 🙁

  16. The reason it has closed is that jardly anyone watches. Figures have dwindled and have been for years. It has been declining in the mast few years. Everyone moans and groans but it costs Disney to keep it running and if the audiences ain’t coming, who can afford to keep it.

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  19. We used these just after Christmas. Such a vast improvement since our last visit in summer 2014. Well done! I still had to wait from about 9am to get a good spot in the queue, but then we only waited about 10 minutes in the actual pavilion, as opposed to 70 minutes last time!

  20. We had a wonderfull new years evening at euro disney 2015 – 2016!!!!
    It was fantastic!!
    Thank you!

  21. Will the foliage be refurbished? Many leaves and small branches are missing and spoil the attraction so hopefully these will be refurbished.

  22. Hello We are a family of 4 with my husband and 2 children.I am 32 weeks pregnant.With the easy access card will I have access to attractions with my family.

  23. would changing the perception around DP to attract adults or a particular age groups not be at the expense of other age groups eg kids, teenagers.

  24. What a shame that they cast aside the park’s heritage, people’s memories and their love of DLP by destroying the named stones and replacing them with bland slabs.
    There were a few broken and loose ones, but surely they could have been kept and relayed to a better standard than they had previously.
    It has really dampened our DLP experience. What next? Removal of the castle?

  25. it’sasmallworld is more beautifulthan before.

    I will ride to it’s a smallworld during go to disneyland paris.

  26. i come to disney land for 20 years every year 2or3 times
    i am a real disney fan i collect it also but my complain is this year
    when y order to stay in the hotel why did they not mention
    that there is so many attraction close in the park you mention about the hotel but let also know about what happen in the park
    i hope you understand why i writhe this
    i hope that you will reply
    thanks yolande

  27. I want cast menbers . business chaienge back stage new shw works
    my challenge .
    U.S.A I want art work project menbers.

  28. Hello, I am staying at the Hotel on 9/23/16. That day is my daughter’s birthday. Do you have the opportunity to purchase a cake?

  29. Can anyone help with getting in touch with photopass for Disneyland Paris. Tried sending email through contact us but email keeps coming back undeliverable. All photos are not coming up and need them to find my photos.

  30. Not Impressed! Big Thunder mountain is one of my favorite Disney Rides! Shut! Simlarly, the Star Wars events are apparently unavailable.No mention of these attractions being shut when my booking was made in June. My grandson, for whom we arranged this trip, has extatically reached the height limit, and a star wars addict/devotee will now be denied these pleasures. Will there be a refund/discount offered?

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