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Disneyland Paris 'charges Britons more than French'

By Scott D'Arcy

British holidaymakers are being charged more to go to Disneyland Paris than their French counterparts, the European Commission (EC) has claimed.

The attraction is now facing a pricing probe after it was found that Britons can be charged up to 15% more than French nationals.

EU rules allow for price differences between member countries but state that all citizens should have the opportunity to purchase the cheaper tickets.

EC sources said that complaints against the theme park were merely the tip of the iceberg, with claims of discrimination on the basis of nationality also being made against Spanish hotels, Austrian ski lift firms and the city of Venice.

A spokeswoman for the EC said that consumers were "often prevented from getting the best price" and confirmed the Commission were "scrutinising a number of complaints".

Sometimes they (companies) simply refuse delivery (of tickets) to the consumer's country of residence," she added.

According to Disneyland Paris's UK website, a family of two adults and two children would pay £232 for a one-day ticket. A family of the same size booking on the French site disneylandparis.fr are offered the same ticket for £199.

A spokesman for the theme park said the company offered EU citizens different deals throughout the year by offering "market-specific promotions".

He added: "Promotions take into consideration factors specific to people in the local market, such as school holidays and booking patterns.

"Anyone aware of a promotion running in a market not local to them can contact the central reservations office and request to make that specific booking."

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