Euro Disney unveils eco-resort plans
Euro Disney SCA, operator of the Disneyland Paris resort, has unveiled a new concept vacation destination that is set to be developed in partnership with Groupe Pierre Group and Vacances Center Parcs.
Back in September, after securing an agreement with the French government to expand its operations, the operator revealed a three-pronged strategy that would see its resort grow to 2,230ha – about one-fifth the surface area of Paris.
The new mixed-use Villages Nature concept will see the development of a new eco-friendly lodging and leisure experience that will, according to Euro Disney, provide "multiple opportunities for visitors to interact with nature".
Activities will be centred on boating, hiking, horse-back riding, organic farming and walking, with the entire resort set to be developed around a 3,500sq.m geothermal lagoon and an adjacent waterpark, which will be the largest in Europe.
The Villages Nature site will be located 6km south of Disneyland Paris, north of the Brie Forest, in Seine-et-Marne. Depending on market conditions, the first phase could open in 2015, although the operator said full development of the park could occupy a 20-year timeframe.