Disneyland Paris was put into a state of security lock-down last night (Saturday 23 March 2019) when an escalator at Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station malfunctioned causing a loud bang.
Panicking passangers and Disneyland Paris guests fleed the area amid fears the ‘blast’ noise from the breakdown was a terror attack.
The incident happened at approximately 9:00 PM when an electrical transformer in an escalator at Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station malfunctioned causing a very loud bang.
The resulting loud noise caused a panic amoungst passangers and guests in the adjacent Disney Village leisure complex in Disneyland Paris which resulted in several reported injuries.
There were fears of explosions and even gunshots, but a spokesman for the RER station at Marne la Vallee said: ‘It seems that a malfunctioning escalator has caused the problems’.
‘It began working erratically, and causing loud noises. It may be that some people have been hurt in this accident.’
Police and soldiers were seen rushing to the area around the station and visitors in the Disney Village were briefly confined in the restaurants, bars and shops.
Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station handles 16,000 passangers a day and is very frequently forced to close due to security alerts because of unattended baggage.