In 2017, Euro Disney group is celebrating the 25sup>th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris and the 30th Anniversary of the 1987 Convention. These anniversaries symbolise the success of a unique partnership between the public authorities and the company which has facilitated the creation of Europe’s number one tourist destination, with over 320 million visits and the development of a new economic district: Val d’Europe.
The Disneyland Paris story is founded on a public-private partnership, signed in 1987 with the French State, the Île-de-France Region, the Seine-et-Marne Department, EPAMarne EPAFrance and RATP. The aim? The on-going development of the Val d’Europe district in order to rebalance economic power in the Île-de-France towards the east of the region. Thirty years on, the establishment of Disneyland Paris has created an economic and urban area that is unparalleled internationally.
Today, Val d’Europe is home to 30,000 people, a property portfolio, 50,000m² of town centre office space, a business park, and a shopping hub that is unique in France, comprised of the Val d’Europe shopping centre and Vallée Village. Val d’Europe also boasts a university campus with 1,400 students attached to the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, and France’s premier high-speed train hub with 54 French and international cities served daily. Its proximity to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, its large business district and its research hub make Val d’Europe one of the 14 international hubs of Grand Paris.
Since its creation, the Euro Disney group has taken care to make Val d’Europe a balanced district, where economic dynamism rhymes with quality of life. Mission accomplished, according to the results of two studies conducted by the TNS Sofres and IPSOS research institutes in 2015. Both studies confirmed that Val d’Europe is a good place to live and work. Residents’ attachment is rising, whilst the companies established in this district are also very satisfied.
“One of the biggest successes in developing the district is having been able to make Val d’Europe an exceptional destination by combining economic attractiveness and quality of life” — Francis Borezée, Vice President, Property and Tourism Development
With the signing of Development Phase IV in September 2014, two years ago Val d’Europe embarked upon a new stage of development for the coming 10 years. The roadmap is clear with economic and urban development that will mobilise 2.8 billion private Euros against 280 million Euros of public funds. This long-term vision enables infrastructure and service needs to be anticipated, thus guaranteeing their longevity.
On the cards for the these next 10 years: the creation of 3,500 new homes and 1,250 specialised residences, alongside a significant economic component with an extension to the Val d’Europe shopping centre and the creation of an additional 90,000m² of office space. The tourist dimension also lies at the heart of Phase IV with the renovation of the two theme parks, as well as the development of new experiences in order to increase the length of guests’ stay. Transport infrastructure is also a priority with the aim of improving general site accessibility and strengthening the future development of the tourist destination and the urban hub.
*Source: World Tourism Organisation