A French train carrying members of the European parliament and their teams to Strasbourg made an unplanned detour to Disneyland Paris due to a signaling error.
The MEPs and their teams were en route from Brussels, Belgium, to Strasbourg for a plenary session on Monday when they looked out from the windows of the train and discovered they were between the Art of Marvel and Main Street USA at Marne-la-Vallée, the stop for Disneyland Paris.
SNCF Networks, France’s national railway company, said the train ended up diverted to Disneyland due to a signaling error at the Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle TGV station.
Officials joked about the incident on social media.
“When magic comes to life’ -- will Disney’s slogan soon be that of the European Parliament?” wrote Emmanuel Foulon, a member of the parliament’s press team.
Dutch MEP Samira Rafaela posted a photo showing her standing with MEP Mohammed Chahim in the train’s cafe car. She captioned the photo, “Team Disneyland.”
“We are NOT a Mickey Mouse parliament,” German MEP Daniel Freund joked.
SNCF said the unplanned detour only caused a 45-minute delay for the train, which safely arrived in Strasbourg.