New B&B hotel near Disneyland Paris: meeting the person in charge of town development and architecture

On 28 January this year, Legendre Immobilier and Real Estate Development by Euro Disney inaugurated the B&B Hotel, the 5th entity of the Val de France hotel group that brings together the associated hotels of Disneyland® Paris. We met Bernard Durand Rival, in charge of town development and architecture at Euro Disney. He explained to us the sources that   inspired the architecture of the Val de France district, and in particular the new hotel.

In order to create the Val de France “style” at the beginning of the years 2000,  Bernard and his team dedicated to the tourism program started by aiming for a certain coherence with the style of the large constructions in the region. Indeed, the 4 hotels of Val de France are in line with the large farms of the Brie region, the Commanderies de l’Est of département 77, the small manors or large homes of big landowners. But in the case of this B&B hotel, the inspiration for the 400 economy class rooms came from the abbeys of the region. This new tourism facility reinforces a pole of associated hotels which, in the long term, will represent 2200 rooms.

At the end of a contest, the Euro Disney group, Legendre Immobilier and B&B jointly selected the ARCAS, Maurice Culot architecture firm. Mr. Culot, an architecture historian and a writer at heart, took extra care of the authenticity of his architecture by placing the building in an historic scenario inspired from its geographic location. According to his narrative, the hotel’s origins go back to the XIIth century, when the first monks to clear the land founded a new town  – a choice motivated by the presence of a stream that feeds the nearby ponds. They then built the abbey of St. Victor in what today is Magny-le-Hongre. Then, in the XIIIth century, the monks of Saint-Maur founded an institution on the same site. Over the years and through the work of the community, the abbey was enlarged with an abbot’s residence later converted into dormitories and gardens designed in the style of Le Nôtre, before falling to ruins during the French Revolution. In 2013, B&B bought the buildings to turn them into a hotel.

In line with this story, the architecture of the hotel is inspired by abbeys as diverse as Fontevraud, Escaladieu, Valloires, Fontenay, Saint Colomban and even Royaumont. The architects were keen to respect the authenticity of the venues’ evolutions over the centuries to create the B&B style. The public and maintenance areas are all articulated around this theme and while the reception is on the ground floor of the former abbot’s  residence, the restaurant is where the refectory used to stand with the spirit and shape of the first wooden frame sanctuaries. The rooms are set up in the former monks’ buildings. The gardens freely refer to the landscape art that existed at the time of the abbey: French-style gardens, orchards, herbal enclosures, aligned fruit trees. In completing this hotel, Maurice Culot also wraps up the vision he started developing years earlier with the adjoining residential lot, “les portes de l’imaginaire” (the imaginary doors) which he designed for real estate developer Kaufmann & Broad.

The B&B hotel was developed along a historic layout that applies to all of Val d’Europe. Bernard Durand Rival and his team chose this development procedure to guarantee the coherence and quality of all Val d’Europe. The example of the B&B hotel perfectly extends the residential district of Magny-le Hongre, while offering the hotel guests a pleasant and unique life frame.

Bernard Durand Rival, in charge of town planning and architecture at Euro Disney declares, “The size, the aesthetics and the wish to be authentic are the big difference for this B&B hotel that underlines its ambition to be unique in this range of hotels. If the success is confirmed, we have already looked into the possibility with the partners to extend the hotel, since it is built on a piece of land that is larger than necessary”.

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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

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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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  18. Would it be possible to meet with some one in hr on the 2nd idecember2015 to discuss student placement with you. Students would be 18 plus studying travel and tourism funded via Erasmus
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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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