Studio Ghibli Announce Plans for a Theme Park
Anime fans rejoice, Studio Ghibli have just unveiled plans for a brand new theme park based on the Japanese studio’s most famed films. And they’ve even released some artistic impressions of the new attraction just to get you in the mood for a trip to the land of the rising sun!
Yes, Studio Ghibli has confirmed a theme park is in the works featuring some of their most loved cartoons. The first images of the park show a range of features, all of which are shown in the studio’s iconic style. Ghibli Park will be located on a 200-hectare plot of land near Nagoya, where the 2005 World’s Fair was held.
According to reports, the main entrance gate to the park will be based on the 19th-century structures out of Howl’s Moving Castle, as well as a recreation of Whisper of the Heart’s antique shop. There’s also plans for a ‘Big Ghibli Warehouse’, which will be crammed with Ghibli themed play areas, as well as exhibition areas and small cinemas.
Other films set to feature include; a Princess Mononoke-themed village; ‘Witch Valley’, which will feature attractions for Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service; and a My Neighbour Totoro themed ‘Dondoko Forest’, which takes its name from the ‘dondoko dance’ Mei and Satsuki perform with Totoro. It will include a house from Totoro which was originally built in 2005 for the World’s Fair.
The Studio Ghibli Park was originally planned for 2020 but it’s now expected to be built by 2022 at the earliest. Last year it was announced that Star Wars Land could be coming to Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in Paris as soon as 2019.