According to Chunichi Web, Studio Ghibli is opening a theme park. “Ghibli Park” will open near Nagoya, Japan and be based on the studio’s mascot film, My Neighbour Totoro. It’s said to open as soon as 2020.
Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, announced that the theme park will span 200 hectares of land and be made up of various locations from the film. According to Kotaku, you can already explore a model of Satsuki’s and Mei’s house, and we suspect the park will recreate their tall grass backyard, too...
Ghibli Park won’t have many traditional amusement rides, reports Chunichi Web. Rather, you’ll be able to interact with buildings and natural environments like a themed natural park.
“This includes opening up all drawers, boxes, lids, doors, windows, hidden doors, clothes, shoes...you get the idea,” says illustrator Martin Zhu having recently visited the site.
It’s unclear whether the park will expand into other Ghibli films but the possibilities are near endless: the inn from Spirited Away, an explorable Howl’s Moving Castle and more. Ghibli Park marks the second and largest Ghibli exhibit in the world, following the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
Studio Ghibli recently revealed that studio founder and director Hayao Miyazaki returned to complete one final project and is looking for help. Mary and the Witch’s Flower, a film by former Studio Ghibli team Studio Ponoc, will release in Japanese theaters July 9.
Studio Ghibli are a powerhouse of Japanese animation, best described as the Disney of anime. Miyazaki’s Spirited Away was one of the first animated films to break into the mainstream western audience, winning an Academy Award.
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