Affected by the SNCF strike? Duffy asks Eurostar some important questions.

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As you may be aware the French rail network is being disrupted by strike action which is scheduled for two days out of five right through to 28 June, as Guillaume Pépy, the boss of SNCF takes on the French rail unions with the backing of President Macron.

As a consequence of the SNCF strike action Duffy’s favourite route to Disneyland Paris the direct Disneyland Paris Eurostar service between London St. Pancras International and Marne-la-Vallée will be effected.

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Eurostar trains will be running on strike days however they will now depart at 10:14 from London St. Pancras International, 10:34 from Ebbsfleet International, 10:58 from Ashford International and will arrive into Paris Gare du Nord station at 14:03 instead of Marne-la-Vallée, there will also be a scheduled stop in Lille Europe.

This will mean Eurostar passengers will have to make their own way from central Paris to Disneyland. The quickest way is to take the RER from Gare du Nord to Marne-la-Vallée.

Passengers will need to take the RER D or B lines from Gare du Nord to Chatelet Les Halles and change for the RER A to Marne-la-Vallée / Disneyland Paris.

The RER trains operate regularly (approx. every 15 minutes) and the travel time should be between 39 and 45 minutes. Further information on this RER journey can be found here.

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There are expected to be Eurostar personnel on-board the train who will be able to provide passengers with further information and assistance.

If you booked your Eurostar train as part of a package through a Travel agent or Tour operator, Eurostar are advising that you contact them directly for terms and conditions relating to any changes you may wish to make.

If you did not book your Eurostar train as part of a package and wish to exchange your ticket to another date or claim a refund instead, you can do so by contacting your original point of sale to arrange this.

If you are returning on a SNCF strike day the Eurostar is still running, however it will now depart from Paris Gare du Nord at 18.34 instead of Marne la Vallee and will arrive at London St. Pancras International at 20:02. Passengers are being asked to make sure they arrive at Paris Gare du Nord station at least 60 minutes before expected departure.

Again passengers will need to make their own way to Paris Gare du Nord and there will be Eurostar representatives present at Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris station who will be present to answer any questions and to show passengers how to get to Gare du Nord.

The best option again is to take the RER A from Marne-la-Vallée to Chatelet Les Halles and then take RER B on the opposite side of the platform to Gare-du-Nord for one stop. Then follow the Main Lines signs to the Eurostar.

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Duffy is scheduled to be travelling to Disneyland Paris on a SNCF strike day with Eurostar he is, as you can imagine quite concerned about the disruption to his journey. So earlier this week he asked Rebecca from the Eurostar Press Office some questions he had about his Eurostar journey.

Will Eurostar commit to reimbursing RER fares between Paris Gare du Nord and Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris?

Yes, we are covering the cost of the RER fares for passengers on diverted trains. We are also ensuring we have additional staff issuing these tickets and advising passengers on how to make the connection.

If passengers have paid significantly more money to travel directly to Disneyland Paris and their train is diverted to Paris will their fares be adjusted to the cost of going via Lille (for example) which is always a much cheaper route?

The price of our tickets is always based on availability and demand for any given service. We’re focused on getting our passengers to Disney as soon as we can so that they can start their holiday, which is why we have provided additional resource and RER tickets to reduce the impact of the strikes as much as possible.

Will passengers automatically be eligible for compensation for the delay in arriving at Marne la Vallée?

Our normal compensation rules will apply, so if their journey were to be delayed by 60 minutes or more then they will be entitled to compensation and will automatically receive an email with details on this

Will passengers with special needs be expected to travel via the RER route to Disneyland Paris or will Eurostar be supplying an alternative form of transport to Marne la Vallée for them?

Eurostar will provide an alternative options for these passengers on a case by case basis.

Can passengers booked on the direct Disneyland Paris service travelling on strike days request a refund?

If a passenger is booked on a cancelled train then they will be eligible for a free exchange or refund in full.


How to get from Paris Gare du Nord to Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris.

Below you will find some very useful video guides created by our friend Thomas Ralph that will help prepare you for the trip on the RER between Paris and Disneyland which were made for the Daniel Potter’s Disneyland Paris Advice Facebook group.

The first shows you the route from Paris Gare du Nord to Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris.

The second video shows you the reverse journey from Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris to Paris Gare du Nord.

Duffy also recommends the excellent guide written by his friend Geoff Dodds for DLP Town Square to help you travel between Paris Gare du Nord to Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris.

Getting from Gare du Nord to Disneyland Paris.
https://www.dlptownsquare.com/guides/getting-disneyland-paris-paris-gare-du-nord/


Here are some useful links that will give you further information about the disruption.

Eurostar Service Information
https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/disruption/service-information

Oui SNCF
https://en.oui.sncf/en/train/strike

RARP
https://www.ratp.fr/en

The Local
https://www.thelocal.fr/


We would like to thank Rebecca at Eurostar for taking the time to speak to us this week.

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A new musical production of The Lion King to premiere at Disneyland Paris in 2019.

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Disneyland Paris adds The Lion King show to its 2019 entertainment line-up

The Lion King is ready to roar in a brand new musical stage show
at Disneyland Paris in 2019.

Favoured characters such as Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa, along with the iconic songs and the classic story from the film, will come to life onstage for a brand new musical production based on The Lion King in a newly renovated Chaparral Theater in Disneyland Park.

The Lion King show is just one of many entertainment options available to guests visiting Disneyland Paris – from live stage shows to the beloved daily parade and seasonal events.

Currently guests are choosing their side in the interactive and musical Festival of Pirates and Princesses season, while audiences in Walt Disney Studios Park are being amazed during the third season of the award-winning Mickey and the Magician show.

This summer, Marvel Super Heroes will arrive at the Walt Disney Studios Park for the Marvel Summer of Super Heroes season including an epic show at Studio Theater, with Thor, Black Widow, Spider-Man, and even the Incredible Hulk.

With this new offering and as Europe’s number one tourist destination, Disneyland Paris is strengthening its reputation as Europe’s premier location for innovative and thrilling entertainment for all ages.

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Land of the Dead to premiere at Disneyland Paris.

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In a ground breaking deal announced today between The Walt Disney Company and American based cable television network AMC, Disneyland Paris is to receive a “Walking Dead” mini-themed land to open in time for the 2021 Halloween Season.

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The “Land Of The Dead” will feature a number of Walking Dead themed attractions where Guests will enter the post-apocalyptic world of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”.

Disneyland Paris Guests will be prepared by Cast Members to fight for survival in a fully immersive journey where they will navigate through a world overrun by hungry walkers.

Those brave enough to enter the new land will follow in the footsteps of the human survivors as they battle their way through nightmarish iconic landscapes that bring the most popular television show in history to life.

Greg Nicotero (Director, Executive Producer, Special Effects Makeup Supervisor) and KNB Efx, from the critically acclaimed series, will be consulted to help with the attractions.

A zombie themed counter service restaurant “Café Zombie” will also feature in the new land where Disneyland Paris will use their existing culinary experience to serve apocalyptic military-issue style rations in a zombie like service experience.

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Jean Imbert to create the “Petit Jean” Culinary Experience at Disneyland Paris

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From Saturday 7 April 2018   French chef Jean Imbert will take over the kitchen of the Founder’s Club at the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris.  For a period of two months he will present a special culinary dining experience with a  menu called “Petit Jean” which has been developed as a culinary trip  inspired by classic Disney Films.

Gastronomy has always been a key part of Disney cartoons, with some scenes remembered by  entire generations and by tapping into his childhood memories and respecting his culinary convictions (organic local products and committed suppliers) Jean Imbert has created a unique menu of 12 original recipes. 

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Jean Imbert got a taste for cooking at an early age and made it a way to express himself.

After years of concocting dishes for friends and family whilst on holiday in Sables-D’or-les-Pins in Brittany, the young man enrolled at the famous Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon after passing his baccalaureate exams. He had several placements working with top chefs during his course such as Michel Rostang in Paris and Antoine Westermann (Le Buerehiesel restaurant) in Strasbourg.  Five years after beginning his culinary journey, Jean Imbert left the large teams behind to open his own restaurant, l’Acajou.

He became a chef-owner at the tender age of 22. He won Top Chef, a cooking programme on French TVs M6, in 2012 and grabbed the public’s attention. Popular for his cheery nature and creativity, he is now one of France’s favourite chefs and guests love joining him to try his bold local dishes.

For the “Petit Jean” dining experience, Jean Imbert was inspired by cult dishes such as the   spaghetti from Lady and The Tramp reinterpreted with pasta with organic eggs and  Limousin farmed calf .  Organic vegetables will be used in the Ratatouille de Rémy, and the Gâteau  de la Belle au Bois Dormant will be  made with only organic ingredients.

Matching wines will also be offered and the selections  will highlight vine growers engaged with  bio-dynamic and vegan products.

This special pop up restaurant is part of an approach is part of a desire by Disneyland Paris for visitors to consume seasonal, fresh and natural products.

The two and a half hour  “Petit Jean” Culinary Experience by Jean Imbert will open every evening from Tuesday to Saturday and will run from 7 April to 7 June 2018 with services at 18:30 and 21:00 at the Disneyland Hotel.

The 12 course tasting menu will include 5 organic wines and  a glass of  Lanson Green Label Champagne will cost  €150 and a  5 course Childrens menu will available at €36.

The “Petit Jean” Culinary Experience is targeted at Disneyland Hotel guests, but other guests will be able to book three days in advance if availability remains.  To book  call the Disneyland Paris Dining Reservation Service on 00 33 1 60 30 40 50.

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Marvel: Super Heroes United a spectacular new show for Disneyland Paris

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Disneyland Paris Reveals First Look of an Epic New Show for Its Incredible Marvel Summer of Super Heroes Season.

This summer, Marvel Super Heroes are landing at Walt Disney Studios Park for the Marvel Summer of Super Heroes season at Disneyland Paris. Spider-Man, Black Panther, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow and the Guardians of the Galaxy will all be there for another never-before-seen season, with multiple shows and experiences that promise to be EPIC! A brand new innovative stage show will be the main event, giving guests a truly immersive experience with their favourite Super Heroes.

This seasonal event is the beginning of a broader, long-term presence of the Marvel universe at Disneyland Paris, including a new Marvel-themed area and attraction, as well as the first Disney Hotel to showcase the thrilling world of the Avengers, Spider-Man and more rolling out in 2020. These new Marvel experiences are just one of the ways Walt Disney Parks and Resorts continues to bring immersive worlds to life for guests around the globe.

“Marvel: Super Heroes United”: a spectacular innovative production

Among the new additions for this summer, the Marvel: Super Heroes United show will bring together favourite Marvel Super Heroes for a new live show with cutting-edge technology. This live-action super-production mixes a huge 400 m² stage with one of the biggest LED screens in Europe, incredible special effects and, for the first time, in a Disney Park, the indoor use of drones beneath unbelievable aerial choreography for a truly spectacular show.

Imagine… You’re sitting in your chair with projections all around you, before some of the biggest Marvel Super Heroes on the stage, surrounded by breathtaking special effects for a unique and immersive experience. Marvel: Super Heroes United uses the latest technology to create a fully-immersive world.

The magic of video projections allows guests to move between worlds. You will travel with Doctor Strange to the “Sanctum Sanctorum,” visit Dr. Abraham Erskine’s lab (creator of the Super Soldier Serum used by Steve Rogers aka Captain America), and even enter the sanctuary of the evil villain Thanos.

In this brand new story, Thanos will bring trouble to the Avengers and their allies after finding a way to manipulate them, turning them against each another. Thanos succeeds in distracting the Avengers from their top priority which is to protect all mankind. Luckily, the Heroes will unite to thwart his evil plans. With a few more twists and turns the ultimate battle between good and evil prevails.

Backstage at… Marvel: Super Heroes United

• A huge stage measuring over 400 m²

• A projection area measuring 1,000 m²

• One of Europe’s largest LED screens

• A 180° video experience with over 30 video projectors

• Special effects and scenic pyrotechnics

• 80 light projectors and moving stage sets The Studio Theatre at Walt Disney
Studios Park has been completely reimagined to welcome this show and its
cutting-edge technology

• From initial studies to the end of construction, this project will involve almost 300 professionals.

• During the season, the show will be performed up to 5 times per day.

The Marvel Summer of Super Heroes seasonal event will be held at the Walt Disney Studios Park from 10 June through 30 September 2018.

 


 

A Growing Marvel Presence at Disneyland Paris

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In February, The Walt Disney Company announced plans for a 2 billion euro, multiyear expansion for Disneyland Paris. The new development will include a transformation of the Walt Disney Studios Park, adding three new areas that are based on Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars, along with multiple new attractions and live entertainment experiences.

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Additionally, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will be completely reimagined into a new Marvel-themed attraction where riders will team up with Iron Man and their favourite Avengers on a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure.

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And Disney’s Hotel New York will soon be reimagined to become Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, becoming the first Disney Hotel to showcase the thrilling world of the Avengers. With exclusive artwork and a new design, it will be a residence fit for Tony Stark himself.

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15,000 Euros stolen during Armed Raid at Radisson Blu Hotel at Disneyland Paris.

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In the early hours of Tuesday 20 March 2018, three hooded men stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel at Disneyland Paris.

The robbers threatened the hotels two receptionists with a gun forcing them to reveal the location of the hotels safe.

The men then proceeded to break  into the hotels safe with drills stealing 15,000 Euros in cash.  The robbers then made their escaped in a car.

Both women escaped unharmed, and no one else was injured.

The Police at Meaux are conducting an investigation.

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Catherine Powell to leave Disneyland Paris

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Catherine Powell, President of Euro Disney S.C.A.  will be leaving Disneyland Paris this summer to take up a new role as head of  Disney Parks & Resorts Western Region overseeing the operations of The Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris.

Her promotion will see her relocate to California and reporting directly to Bob Chapek, Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products.

“I wanted to thank everyone for their kind congratulations. My role is expanding as I take on the running of the parks in California and Florida in addition to Disneyland Paris. I am moving but not leaving! I am and will always remain attached to Disneyland Paris.”— C. Powell

There is no news yet on who will place Powell as the new head of Disneyland Paris.

 

 

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