VAL D’EUROPE: DESIGNING INFRASTRUCTURE TO IMPROVE DAILY LIFE

Val d’Europe is a quickly-growing community, and part of a Projet d’Intérêt Général (PIG, or General Interest Project). The Convention of 1987 designated the 2,230 hectares next to Europe’s top tourist destination that make up this community. With only half the total space having yet been developed, Val d’Europe is already home to residences, offices, a business park, a TGV station, a shopping area including the Val d’Europe Shopping Centre and La Vallée Village outlet shops. Such a busy site requires good infrastructure, an effective network of roads, and adequate transportation equipment. Julien Carrard, Senior Manager of Infrastructure and Transportation Development at Real Estate Development by Euro Disney, talked with us about planned projects in the coming years. 

Anticipating future infrastructure needs is a key part of Julien’s daily work. As the urbanization plans for Val d’Europe take effect, Julien and his team work with the public landscaper (EPA France) and Val d’Europe Agglomération (formerly SAN du Val d’Europe) to define the major routes, transport networks, sanitation and energy needs before the development of each new residential, commercial, or touristic project. The 4th phase of development of Val d’Europe, agreed upon in autumn 2014 with public authorities, kicked off several new projects.

Resized roads

In 2015, the area welcomed over 37 million visitors: 15 million visitors to Disneyland Paris, 16 million visitors to the Val d’Europe shopping centre, and 6.5 million visitors to La Vallée Village outlet shops. Infrastructure must be adapted to accommodate both the growing number of tourists as well as the burgeoning local population.

Dual highways for better circulation on Avenue Robert Schuman and Avenue Hergé 

To decrease traffic problems, avenue Robert Schuman will receive a second lane and a new non-stoplight junction linking it to avenue Goscinny (which leads to the bus and train station and some Disney hotels). The new Art Deco-inspired district currently being constructed in Chessy is another reason to expand the avenue Hergé beginning in 2019.

A modified exit on the A4 for Villages Nature

Among other big roadworks, exit 14 of the A4 will be changed to access Davy Crockett ranch and Villages Nature, in addition to the Disney Parks. This construction will also include a bridge across the A4, linking these three major tourist hubs.

Easier access to the Marne-la-Vallée Chessy train station

The huge success of the SNCF’s new Oui-Go service, launched in 2013, impacted the road traffic in the direction of Marne-la-Vallée Chessy. “The current access road is used by local buses, visitors’ cars, coaches going to the theme parks, taxis… Today’s traffic flow can no longer be supported by the infrastructure from 1992. The work that has already begun will improve circulation and access to the train station, leading to a less congested avenue Goscinny. Lanes for cars and buses will be separated, and train station drop-off points will be redesigned with new limitations, destination-specific zones, and distinct lanes. Digital signage will display vacancies in the parking lots and the drop-off points in real time, to avoid congestion. The first positive effects will be noticeable as soon as 2016,” explains Julien.

Big changes for the bus station

The bus station at Marne-la-Vallée Chessy will also be renovated early in 2017 to accommodate more passengers. A new bus car park will be built, bringing the total parking capacity to 23 buses instead of the current 14. Construction should begin in June.

Construction of a south transportation hub

In 2017, the station will be expanded with an annex station south of the esplanade des Passagers du Vent.  Early next year, some local buses will drop passengers at the Disney Village roundabout thanks to three new stops near the Vinci car park (now called Indigo).

The southern bus station will be expanded with 8 new boarding areas by the end of 2017. In the same time frame, a new southern exit of the RER train station will allow easier access to the boarding areas without crossing the tourist area. Preliminary studies are currently being completed by the RATP transportation service and the Disney teams.

Val d’Europe : France’s n°1 TGV hub

Due to the increasing number of passengers (a whopping 4.5 million in 2015 compared to 2.6 million in 2010), TGV service could be expanded in the coming years, in partnership with the SNCF. The Marne-la-Vallée station is already the top TGV hub in France, due in large part to its extensive network and a connection to Eastern European TGV lines to Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne and to the Eurostar line to London.

Improving the quality of service on the RER A 

In 2012, the RER A voted to adopt a new blueprint to renovate the line and its the quality of service. To better serve the more than 1.1 million passengers that travel on the RER A every day, the train’s tracks will be renovated and a train maintenance area will be built at its terminus, Marne-la-Vallée Chessy.  These projects will increase the number of trains running from 6 to 18 trains per hour by 2022 at the latest.

 Val d’Europe, the future is here

With 60,000 residents for 60,000 jobs in Val d’Europe by 2030, infrastructure needs continue to increase. One of the most quickly-developing areas in France, the architects and urban planners of Real Estate Development are already designing the future of this city, with the support of Julien Carrard and his teams. Stay tuned for future updates about this exciting and ambitious project!

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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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  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

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  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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