Eurostar is once again travelling direct to Disneyland Paris from London

Mar 25, 2022

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary next month, Disneyland Paris has become something of a landmark in its own right over the past three decades, and as of today (26 March) visitors can once again reach it directly by train from London St Pancras.

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Restarting its service between London and Disneyland Paris following suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eurostar will ferry visitors straight to the theme park from London in a time of just two hours and 49 minutes.

Since November last year, travellers bound for the sprawling entertainment complex have had to change at Paris Nord, on top of further restrictions caused by the omnicron wave that battered this past winter.

“We are excited to resume our direct Disney service this Friday, as we know how much families value being able to travel with ease and speed from the heart of London to the gates of Disneyland Paris, said Francois Le Doze, chief commercial officer for Eurostar in a statement.

Disneyland Paris (Photo by Nicola Ricca/Unsplash)

“This is another positive step on our road to recovery as we continue to increase the frequency of services across all of our core routes.”

Some of the key reasons why Eurostar is so popular among travellers include its lack of weight restrictions on baggage, minimal queue time at passport control and of course the novelty of arriving directly at the doorstep of Mickey and Co.

Related: 8 things a first-time visitor to Disneyland Paris should know

Running four days a week during term-time, rising to five days a week in summer and daily during all other school holidays, bookings are now open now until January and there are some absolute bargains to be had.

When TPG checked the website there were midweek single fares starting from under £100, with prices going as low as £72 one-way in April.

Does Eurostar have a loyalty programme?

If you’re not a member already it’s well worth joining Club Eurostar – particularly for those who hop across the Channel regularly – as you’ll earn 1 point for every pound you spend on Eurostar travel.

Related: The ultimate guide to Club Eurostar

Those booking with Club Eurostar will require 1,000 points for Standard class, 2,000 points for Standard Premier and 3,000 for Business Premier ticket purchases.

While you can’t collect Avios on Eurostar bookings, if you’re using a connecting train to reach London before changing onto the Eurostar it is also possible to boost your Avios earnings for standard rail journeys by booking via British Airways’ Trainline shopping portal.

New customers can currently earn 3 Avios per £1 spend on their first booking, and existing customers will earn 1 Avios per £2 spend.

Image courtesy of shopping.ba.com.

What COVID-19 restrictions are in place at Disneyland Paris?

In the park, meanwhile, face masks are no longer required except for collective transportation such as buses or hotel shuttles, while organisers still recommend the wearing of masks for some of the big experiences such as our parade and night-time spectacular Disney Illuminations.

Related: The ultimate guide to Club Eurostar

All COVID-19 restrictions for Disneyland Paris are in line with French rulings, which could change with any rise in cases. At present, British travellers who are fully vaccinated can enter France without showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test. They will be required to fill in a sworn statement on arrival.

You can upload the QR certificates generated by the NHS showing your vaccinations to the TousAntiCovid app. Although earlier this month Disneyland Paris announced vaccine passes need would no longer need to be shown for entry.

If you haven’t visited the European outpost of the House of Mouse as yet, now could be the time to do so. And if theme parks are your thing, get ready to enter the world of Jumanji.

Featured image by Chesnot/Getty Images.

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