Eurostar announced on Tuesday that it would stop direct trains from London to Disneyland Paris from June 2023, blaming the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.
It was a “difficult decision” to end direct trains to Marne-la-Vallée, the town 20 miles from the French capital where Disneyland Paris is located, the company said in a statement in French, but added that it was necessary to focus on the “main roads” in order to “recover from the pandemic” and “stabilize our operations”.
The last direct train, which connects St. Pancras Station to the park in just under three hours, will depart on June 5, 2023.
Uncertainties surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU also played a role, with the company saying “we operate in an uncertain border environment”.
“As we follow the evolution of the Entry/Exit System (EES) offered by the EU, we want to focus our efforts on providing a reliable service with an experience that meets our customers’ expectations,” said he declared.
Existing customer bookings will not be affected as tickets do not yet go on sale beyond June 2023. Eurostar will continue to sell connecting tickets to the park via Lille and Paris.
The decision caused a backlash on social media, with one Twitter user calling it a “massive loss”, adding: “Eurostar is giving airlines freebies to customers with this decision.”
The decision to end the service will be reviewed in 2024, Eurostar said.