Eurostar is reducing direct services to and from Disneyland Paris from the new year.


From January 5 2010, direct services to and from the resort will no longer run on Tuesdays and Saturdays, except during school holidays such as half term.


The rail operator blamed the decision on the recession and the need to cut costs.


“It’s a reflection of the prevailing economic conditions and particularly a reflection of demand from the UK,” said Eurostar spokeswoman Lesley Retallack.


“The exchange rate doesn’t help, and families are having to look at their budgets.”


“Eurostar has to ensure it uses its capacity efficiently and if it can make savings it will. This is very much about being sensible and practising good housekeeping,” said Retallack.


She added that if demand picked up Eurostar could respond with more frequent services.


A spokeswoman for Disneyland Resort Paris said the company did not wish to comment because it had not been its decision but Eurostar’s.


But senior vice-president sales and distribution Norbert Stiekema said: “It is due to lack of demand from the UK market, which prefers to use the Friday service.”