DISNEYLAND PARIS: 30 YEARS OF EXISTENCE AND DEVELOPMENT

Disneyland Paris is not only a tourist destination. It is also a unique and lively place where people simultaneously live experiences, and which is marked not only by its dynamism but also by the desire to play an integral role in its territory’s activities. 

Val d’Europe – which is located in the 4th Sector of Marne-la-Vallee – was created based on a combination between two projects: the French government’s project – the purpose of which was to create new independent and dynamic urban centers on the outskirts of Paris – and that of The Walt Disney Company, which was looking to establish itself in a territory that offers urban planning and growth opportunities. The combination between these two goals became official on March 24, 1987 through the signing of the “Agreement for the creation and operation of Euro Disneyland”, thanks a unique public/private partnership in France.

Thanks to this partnership, we have been able to implement large-scale projects that play a key role in making Val d’Europe appealing and in developing the territory’s economy. This includes the construction of an RER station following the extension of the train line from Paris, which makes it possible to link these two iconic destinations in the region. Then, the high-speed train station was built two years later. It became the first high-speed train interconnection hub in France.

The mall, which was the first building ever built in the urban center, represents the city’s economic powerhouse. Just next door, Vallée Village – which contains more than 100 luxury brand outlet stores – is now the 3rd most visited tourist site in the Ile-de-France region.

Val d’Europe – which is a flourishing territory – has seen its population increase by 7  times in the span of 30 years. It has more than 36,000 inhabitants, including 70% of families, who are attracted by a healthy living environment, which is beneficial for everyone, and 36.000 jobs.

As Europe’s top tourist destination, Disneyland Paris accounts for 6% of French tourism revenues with more than 375 million visits since 1992. The Resort plays a key role in the economies of Val d’Europe, France and Europe, investing €9.1 billion and contributing up to €84.5 billion in added value to the French economy since 1992.

The resort today features two theme parks that have each grown by adding several new attractions and shows over the years. Disney Village – which is also being developed – has more than doubled in size since 1992. This complex – which is located between Disney Parks and hotels, really stood out when it opened due to its revolutionary design, which was dreamed up by famous architect Frank Gehry. As part of the overall transformation of our resort, and notably the expansion of Walt Disney Studios Park, it is also about to be reimagined. It will soon be given a new visual identity, which will celebrate timeless and family-friendly environments that are uniquely Disney. It will also offer new dining, shopping, and entertainment experiences, that have been redesigned.

Et Regarding hotels, transformations are also underway. For instance, the Disney’s Hotel New York became the Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel in June 2021, and a new royal version of the Disneyland Hotel is currently being prepared. These unique and completely immersive hotel experiences aim to extend the visit to the Parks like never before, by immersing Guests in the Marvel universe or the world of Princes and Princesses from Disney fairy tales.

By relying on a rich history, with more than 30 years of existence in our territory, Disneyland Paris is currently being expanded in an exceptional way and continues to reinvent itself as never before so as to develop tomorrow’s tourism industry.

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