On 12 April 2017, Disneyland Paris® officially celebrated its 25th anniversary. It has been a quarter-century filled with stories and events for the resort located in Île-de-France, which is today Europe’s number one tourist destination. From the Agreement signed with French public authorities in 1987 to the celebration of the 25th anniversary, the resort has known several momentous occasions, including the opening of a second park, Walt Disney Studios® Park in 2002, and the construction of a brand new TGV station in 1994. Let’s take a look back at some of these dates which have impacted the history of Disneyland Paris.
Walt Disney’s dream of “a family park where parents and children could have fun – together” became a reality for Europeans when Disneyland® Paris first opened its doors in April 1992. Since then, Disneyland Paris has helped several generations create lifelong memories in the Disney tradition. Disneyland Paris has grown with its guests to become Europe’s number one tourist destination. Today Disneyland Paris is a multi-day resort offering two world-class theme parks, six themed Disney hotels, two Disney Nature Resorts, a 27-hole golf course, the Disney Village® entertainment complex, and Europe’s largest integrated corporate events venue.
May it be with family, friends or loved ones, there is always something unique to experience at Disneyland Paris®. In 2019, Disneyland Paris was named the World’s Leading Theme Park Resort by World Travel Awards for the second year in a row, while fan-favorite attractions and experiences were recognized by European Star Awards, Travellers’ Choice Awards and Family Traveller Excellence Awards, among others.
The Agreement for the creation and operation of the Euro Disneyland project in France was signed on 24 March 1987, in Paris. The signing of this document by French public authorities and The Walt Disney Company laid the foundation for building a Disney resort in France. This was the birth certificate for what would become Europe’s number one tourist destination. Construction began as soon as 1988 in Marne-la-Vallée.
On April 1st 1992, the Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy RER regional train station opened. This station links the tourist destination to the rest of Île-de-France. Disneyland Paris is now accessible from Paris in just 35 minutes.
On 12 April 1992, Disneyland Paris officially opens its doors to the public. At the time, the resort included one theme park, several hotels, and an entertainment complex, Disney Village®.
On 26 May 1994, the Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy TGV station opened. This train station, which today welcomes 88 TGV trains by day, has become the biggest TGV hub in France, serving 54 French and international cities daily. This asset adds new ways of accessing the resort. To celebrate its opening, a huge 300 meter long paper train traveled down Main Street, U.S.A.®.
Announced for the first time on 29 September 1999, Walt Disney Studios Park opened its doors to the public on 16 March 2002, the same year Disneyland® Park turned ten. In this new park, Guests are invited to discover the magic of the movies. Euro Disney is constantly investing in this park, welcoming Toon Studio, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Playland, and Ratatouille: The Adventure.
An amendment to the Agreement of 1987 was signed on 14 September 2010 between the Euro Disney group, the French government, the Île-de-France region, the Seine-et-Marne département, and the urban planning authority of Marne-la-Vallée. This amendment was the next step in the partnership between Euro Disney and French public authorities. This amendment, which goes until 2030, provides for the continued development of the tourist destination and of Val d’Europe, as well as the development of a new tourist destination project, Villages Nature.
On 11 December 2014, French Prime Minster Manuel Valls laid the first stone of the Villages Nature complex. This project was officially announced jointly by the Euro Disney group and Pierre & Vacances – Center Parcs on 24 November 2010. With some 259 hectares, it is one of the biggest tourist projects in Europe.
This year also saw the opening of Ratatouille: The Adventure, with a ceremony that welcomed Fleur Pellerin, Secretary of Commerce, of Tourism Promotion and of the French abroad, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris. A few months later, the boutique Chez Marianne (Souvenirs de Paris) opened next to the attraction.
In order to continue offering innovative experiences to guests, Disneyland Paris kicked off an unprecedented renovation and enhancement plan in January 2015. Guests can re-discover certain iconic attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain, “it’s a small world,” and La Cabane des Robinson.
In 2017, Disneyland Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary, and the 30 years of the signing of the 1987 Agreement. A historic moment that brings renewed ambition for Europe’s number one tourist destination!