Eurostar sprinkles extra Disney magic at its stations

6 Mar 2007

--Daily direct Eurostar services to Disneyland Resort Paris grow in popularity--Family fun begins before boarding the train--New giant Disney character displays give kids young and old a special send-off--Disneyland Resort Paris celebrates its 15th year
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service linking the UK with France and Belgium, is welcoming Mickey Mouse, Pluto and the rest of the gang to Waterloo International in London and Ashford International in Kent.
Building on the increasing popularity of its daily Disneyland Resort Paris service among families and groups, Eurostar has installed a host of life-size Disney character displays and spectacular artwork to welcome and accompany travellers all the way from check-in to the train.
From 6ft (1.8m) Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse cut-outs playing host in the Ashford International ticket office and a 32ft (9.5m) Magic Kingdom illustration on the exterior of the customer lift – with characters inside – to character-wrapped pillars in the Waterloo International terminal, the fun starts the moment you set foot in the station. On Fridays and Saturdays, a jazz band will entertain travellers as they wait to board.
Big and little kids alike will be filled with excitement as they hear Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse make announcements encouraging the passengers to board the unique magic train. The journey becomes the first of many exciting rides of the holiday, with travellers arriving directly at the Disney train station at Marne la Vallée, which is just a stone's throw from the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.
It is an exciting year for Eurostar and Disneyland Resort Paris. On 14 November 2007, Eurostar launches services from St Pancras International on High Speed 1, the UK's first high speed line. Also in 2007, Disneyland Resort Paris holds a year-long celebration of its 15th birthday which includes three all-new attractions, a spectacular new parade and a sparkling make-over for Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Simon Montague, Eurostar's Communications Director, said: "Welcoming the 'larger than life' Disney characters at Ashford and Waterloo means that journey and destination are brought together in a unique way. I'm delighted that the magic feeling is now spreading among our travellers from the moment they set foot in our stations".
Fares on the daily direct service start at £59 return and children under the age of 4 travel free. Tickets are available from eurostar.com or 08705 186 186.
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Editor's Notes:
1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. On 14 November 2007, Eurostar's London terminal will switch from Waterloo International to St. Pancras International. Journey times will reduce, with London-Paris down to 2h 15m, London-Brussels in 1h 51m and London-Lille in just 1h20m.
3. Eurostar will also launch services from Ebbsfleet International, a new UK station near junction 2 of the M25 motorway, close to Bluewater and Dartford in North Kent, to Paris and Brussels. Ashford International and Ebbsfleet Internaiontal will provide an extra 45% more Eurostar services for Kent.
4. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris / Brussels generates ten times less carbon dioxide than flying
5. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last nine years at the World Travel Awards.
6. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7922 4494press.office@eurostar.co.uk