Studio Ghibli Theme Park: Opening Fall 2022 with Five Miyazaki Worlds


Long-time Japan’s Studio Ghibli theme park is now planning a grand opening for fall 2022, / Film reports. The amusement park was first announced in 2017, and a Japan Times report in 2018 said the organizers behind the theme park were targeting an opening sometime in 2020. Development delays and the coronavirus pandemic have now pushed the park to open in the fall of 2022. Construction is underway and was shut down for two weeks in April amid the pandemic. Studio Ghibli Chairman Kiyofumi Nakajima is reportedly attending a groundbreaking event on July 28 as construction continues.

The Studio Ghibli theme park is under construction in Aichi Prefecture, near Nagoya, where Japan hosted the 2005 World Expo. The exact location is the Aichi Expo Memorial Park. According to Aichi Prefecture Governor Hideaki Omura, the park is slated to open to the public in fall 2022. The park is divided into five different worlds, each based on one or more Studio Ghibli titles.

According to the / Film report: “Three areas are currently under construction: the Hill of Youth area, inspired by ‘Whisper of the Heart’ and ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’; the Giant Warehouse area, based on “Spirited Away”; and the forest of Dondoko which is inspired by “My neighbor Totoro”. The two areas that have yet to start construction are Mononoke Village, based on “Princess Mononoke”, and Witch Valley, which is inspired by “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Howl’s Moving Castle”. Development in these areas should start in 2021. ”

The first concept images of the Studio Ghibli theme park were launched in April 2018 with great fanfare by moviegoers. The upcoming theme park is the latest milestone in Studio Ghibli’s resurgence. Not only is Hayao Miyazaki back to work on his first feature film since “The Wind Rises” (the hand-drawn animated film still has three years of production), but the studio’s first CGI animation effort “Earwig and the Witch ”is slated for a US release in the winter of 2021. The film was named an official selection at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Additionally, all films in Studio Ghibli’s filmography are released on HBO Max, the first time the titles are released in the United States.

Head over to / Film film for more exciting new details on the Studio Ghibli theme park.

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