Development: France’s busiest rail hub celebrates 20 years

On May 19, 1994, a curious procession made its way across Disneyland® Park: a 300-meter long paper dragon carried by 500 people stretched from the train plaza to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to celebrate the inauguration of the Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy TGV station. The first train departed on May 29.

On May 19, 1994, a curious procession made its way across Disneyland® Park: a 300-meter long paper dragon carried by 500 people stretched from the train plaza to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to celebrate the inauguration of the Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy TGV station. The first train departed on May 29.

According to event designer Thierry Magne, who has worked at Disneyland Paris since it opened, ‘We wanted to illustrate the connection between the TGV station and the park. When the dragon’s head—a festively decorated TGV engine—reached Main Street, U.S.A.®, the tail was still at the plaza!’

The commissioning of the train station twenty years ago presented a huge opportunity for the park, making it easier to welcome millions of guests from across Europe each year. Even more connections were opened in 2007 with the launch of a TGV-Est line to Strasbourg and, more recently, a new low-cost Ouigo TGV connecting to cities in southeastern France. Val d’Europe has become a busy hub in the heart of Europe with service to six countries: Britain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Today the station serves more than 60 destinations, including London with a Eurostar line that runs daily.