Eurostar to drop direct Disneyland Paris service

Direct Eurostar trains between London and Disneyland Paris are being dropped from next summer.

The Channel Tunnel high speed passenger train operator will abandon the route from June 5, 2023. 

Eurostar blamed difficult economic circumstances plus the logistical implications of Brexit and said it was concentrating on the core cities it serves in France, Belgium and the Netherlands,The Independent reported.

More complex rules are due to come in for visitors to the European Union in 2023. The new Entry Exit System (EES) involves a new database for registering travellers from outside the EU and Schengen area as they arrive and depart.

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The UK government negotiated for British passport holders to become subject to EES after leaving the EU.

Journeys from London to Marne-la-Vallée station for Disneyland Paris take less than three hours. Eurostar runs direct to the park during popular times including school holidays and bank holidays.

A Eurostar spokesperson said: “We have taken the decision not to run the direct Disney service between London and Marne-la-Vallée in summer 2023.

“Whilst we continue to recover financially from the pandemic and monitor developments in the proposed EU Entry Exit system, we need to focus on our core routes to ensure we can continue to provide the high level of service and experience that our customers rightly expect.

“Passengers can still enjoy high-speed rail travel between London and Disneyland Paris, via Paris or Lille.

“This decision applies from 5th June 2023, and as tickets are not yet on sale beyond this date, existing customer bookings will not be affected. We will revisit options for 2024 during the course of the next year. ”

Advantage Travel Partnership chief executive Julia Lo Bue-Said said: “This is such disappointing news. I have used the service many times over the years with my own children, as have many millions of British families.

“However, this appears to be another example of the fallout from Brexit for travelling Brits, and possibly the pandemic, but I remain hopeful that given the UK is a key source market to Disneyland Paris some pragmatic thinking and practical solutions will prevail.”

A government spokesperson told the newspaper: “The Entry and Exit System will help to protect and strengthen the security of our borders by registering the entry, exit and any refused entries of third-country citizens crossing into Europe.

“We are working closely with port authorities, operators and the French government to make sure passengers are prepared and do not experience unnecessary delays at the border due to new entry and exit system checks being introduced next year.”

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