Brits who love to catch the Eurostar for a Disney adventure are set to be disappointed as the train line will be stopping the route from next year.
For the past 26 years, bar a brief halt during the pandemic, the Eurostar has run the “Disneyland Express” straight from the UK to Disneyland Paris.
Families made the track extremely popular as it took less than two-and-a-half hours to get from London St Pancras International to Marne-la-Vallée station.
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But, the train operator running the route through the Channel Tunnel will abandon the line from June 6 2023.
Eurostar has stated this is due to difficult economic circumstances plus the logistical implications of Brexit.
It will now focus on the core cities it serves in Belgium, the Netherland and France.
From next year, brits will be expected to follow the new Entry Exit System to gain access to the European Union.
This will involve a database to register travellers from outside the EU and Schengen area including Britain.
A Eurostar spokesperson said: “Whilst we continue to recover financially from the pandemic and monitor developments in the proposed EU Entry Exit System, we need to focus on our core routes.”
Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive of the Advantage Travel Partnership, said: “This is such disappointing news. I have used the service many times over the years with my own children, as have many millions of British families.
“However, this appears to be another example of the fallout from Brexit for travelling Brits, and possibly the pandemic, but I remain hopeful that given the UK is a key source market to Disneyland Paris some pragmatic thinking and practical solutions will prevail.”
British Disney fans can still make their way to the Disneyland Paris park via train by changing at Lille.
And, the Eurostar has said it will “revisit options” in 2024.
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The removal of the services is the latest in a series of moves by Eurostar that have reduced its offering to UK passengers.
Last week it was announced that it would not serve either of its stations in Kent – Ebbsfleet and Ashford – until 2025 at the earliest.
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