A Studio Ghibli theme park is happening

A Studio Ghibli theme park is happening

The NEW Happiest Place on Earth?

Text: Noelle Faulkner

Set to open in 2020, will this theme park steal Disney Tokyo’s magical crown?

For those who have fallen in love with Studio Ghibli (aka everyone who has ever seen a film made by the Japanese studio), the past few years have been a rollercoaster of emotion. We've dealt with Hayao Miyzaki announcing his retirement only to re-emerge to direct another feature film, devastating rumours of the studio's closure, the tragic deaths of colourist Michiyo Yasuda and animator Makiko Futaki, the absolutely beautiful silent film The Red Turtle, the promise of a delightful Hayao Miyzaki documentary and a brand new TV series.

And now, it has been revealed that a theme park based on the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro is being developed in Echo Park, Nagoya, Japan's Aichi region, offering fans the chance to explore the friendly spirit-monster world of the film. As reported by Variety, the park is an extension of a previous collaboration between Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi governor Hideaki Omura -a recreation of the house from the film for the 2005 World's Fair.

The announcement is still fairly new, so we're yet to see if the studio will take the Disney approach and build worlds within the park based on other Studio Ghibli films like Spirited Away, Ponyo, The Wind Rises, Princess Monoke or Kiki's Delivery Service, but it does make sense that it would start with Totoro, as the character is, in a way, the Mikey Mouse of the film studio and still one of the most popular characters in Japanese film, almost 30 years on. Yet with so much wonderful material to work with, we can only hope this park becomes the happy place we've always dreamed of.

A Studio Ghibli theme park is happening (фото 1)


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