Eurostar will no longer operate its direct train service between London and Disneyland Paris from June 5.
The company said it wanted to focus on its main routes, including London – Paris and London – Brussels, as it recovers from the impact of the COVID pandemic and deals with the consequences of Brexit.
A Eurostar spokeswoman said: “We have made the decision not to operate the direct Disney service between London and Marne-la-Vallée in the summer of 2023.
“As we continue to recover financially from the pandemic and monitor the progress of the proposed EU entry and exit system, we need to focus on our core routes to ensure we can continue to deliver the high level of service and experience that our customers rightly expect.”
From next year, arrivals from outside the European Union and Schengen areas will have to have their fingerprints scanned and a photo taken to be registered in a database.
The spokeswoman added: “Passengers can still enjoy high-speed train travel between London and Disneyland Paris, via Paris or Lille.”
She said customer bookings would not be affected as tickets were not yet on sale beyond June 5, adding that options for 2024 would be reviewed over the coming year.
London St Pancras to Marne-la-Vallée – a station next to Disneyland Paris which is to the east of the French capital – takes just two hours and 24 minutes.
“Hoping for pragmatic reflection and practical solutions”
The route has been operating since 1996, except for a suspension during the pandemic.
Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive of Advantage Travel Partnership, a network of more than 700 UK travel agents, said the news would be “disappointing to many”.
“Eurostar suggested that they made this decision based on the logistical implications of Brexit, which does not surprise me.
“The reality is that Brexit has taken away the ability for Brits to travel freely across Europe, and taken away the seamless, frictionless travel we all enjoyed before leaving the EU.
“Given that the UK is an important source market for Disneyland Paris, I hope that pragmatic thinking and practical solutions will involve, similar to those implemented by Spain in some of its Spanish airports, allowing Britons to use the electronic gates at the entrance.