Studio Ghibli, the animation studio renowned for its distinctive artstyle and critically-acclaimed movies like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, is opening the Ghibli Park, a theme park that features most of their iconic films and characters. Set to open on the first of November, the company has released some photos and a teaser video, showcasing some parts of the theme park.
This isn’t their first building dedicated to their work, with the Ghibli Museum in Inokashira Park. The new theme park will be located in the Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Nagakute City, which used to serve as the spot for the 2005 World Expo. The 200-hectare site will be segmented into 5 different places: Ghibli’s Large Warehouse, Hill of Youth, and Dondoko Forest. Mononoke Park will have to wait till Autumn 2023, while the Witch Valley is set for March 2024.
Ghibli’s Large Warehouse will be a large indoor attraction filled with tons of items and settings replicating the movies, while Dondoko Forest is an area with lots of plant life, and a place for the replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house. Valley of Witches will focus on two of the movies, that being Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service.
p class=”MsoNormal”>Judging from the available footage and pictures, the site definitely feels close to home with Ghibli’s stories and artstyle, incorporating much of the nature with the vivid colors of the animated films. The price of admission varies from the segments and days of visit, but both Dondoko Forest and Hill of Youth have the same prices for children and adults, which is 500 yen and 1000 yen respectively. Tickets for Ghibli’s Large Warehouse on weekdays will cost adults 2000 yen and 1000 yen for children, while weekends and holidays charge 2500 yen for adults and 1250 yen for children. Children below the age of 3 do not require any tickets.
(Images sourced from Studio Ghibli)
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