As if by magic – Eurostar introduces extra direct services to Disneyland resort paris for the summer

13 Mar 2008

- Eurostar direct services to Disneyland Resort Paris grow in popularity- 33,000 extra Eurostar seats- Departure times and through fares ideal for travellers from UK regions- Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 18 March 2008Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service linking the UK with mainland Europe, will introduce for the summer extra new services between St Pancras International/Ashford International and Disneyland Resort Paris, starting on Thursday 18 July 2008. These extra trains will provide an additional 33,000 seats to and from the resort and tickets go on sale on 18 March 2008.
The daily direct services to Disneyland Resort Paris have always been popular and the demand has increased further with the opening of St Pancras International and the launch of High Speed 1, the UK's first 186 mph line, last November.
The extra direct trains will run on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from London St Pancras International/Ashford International and on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from Disneyland Resort Paris.
To celebrate the introduction of the extra services Eurostar is hosting a Disney extravaganza at its Bluewater store over the Easter weekend. The Disney jazz band will be on hand to entertain shoppers and there will be competitions and giveaways for children.
Eurostar's Director of Communications, Simon Montague, commented: "These extra services will make it even easier for families and friends to visit Europe's leading tourist attraction during the summer holidays. The midday departure times are ideal for travellers living in towns and cities beyond London, who can buy through fares and use domestic rail to St Pancras International, King's Cross and Euston to connect with Eurostar high-speed trains".
* Marne la Vallée Chessy is the station at the gates of the Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios and the Disneyland Village.** On 18, 19 and 25 August, the train will depart at 15h40, call at Ashford International at 16h36 and arrive in St Pancras International at 17h11
Disneyland Resort Paris is 2 hours and a half away from London and two hours from Ashford International. The station Marne la Vallée Chessy is only a few steps away from the gates of the two theme parks Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios.
Fares on the direct services start from £59 return and children under the age of 4 travel for free. Tickets are available from Eurostar.com or 08705 186 186.
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Notes to Editors:
1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
2. Travellers in southern England also have the choice of Ashford International station, which provides three services a day to Paris, a daily service to Disneyland Resort Paris and seasonal weekly services to the French Alps and Avignon. The station provides ample parking spaces and connects with domestic rail services.
3. Ebbsfleet International is a few minutes' drive from junction 2 of the M25 and has 2,500 parking spaces, taxi and Avis car hire facilities. Eurostar travellers using public transport enjoy free travel on connecting Southeastern train services and Fastrack buses.
4. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris generates one-tenth of the carbon dioxide produced by an equivalent flight. Under its 'Tread Lightly' initiative, Eurostar has set a target of further reducing its CO2 emissions by 25% per traveller journey by 2012. Eurostar is the world's first train operator to make all journeys carbon neutral.
5. Eurostar and Friends of the Earth are working together on Eurostar's Tread Lightly initiative and The Big Ask, Friends of the Earth's climate campaign. Friends of the Earth is advising Eurostar on ways to further reduce its impact on the environment and Eurostar is helping Friends of the Earth to build support for a really strong climate change law. To find out more about Friends of the Earth or The Big Ask please click here www.friendsoftheearth.co.uk
6. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe's leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
7. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates a vehicle shuttle service and the Channel tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.
8. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com, call 08705 186 186 or contact your travel agent.
For more information:Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7922 4494 (From 17 March, please contact us on 0207 843 5500)press.office@eurostar.co.uk
***Please note new contact details from Monday 17 March 2008***
Gareth HeadonEurostar Corporate CommunicationsT. +44 (0) 20 7843 5400M. +44 (0) 7802 260 096Eurostar, Times House, Bravingtons Walk, Regent Quarter, London N1 9AW