The Studio Ghibli theme park has had a few setbacks due to the pandemic, right along with the rest of the world, but they have gotten construction safely back and track and have reported that their expected fall 2022 opening is still their goal.
Construction began early this year and faced a shutdown early on, but with safety protocols in place, they have picked up the pace to finish the work needed to complete the park. Ghibli park is being built in Aichi Expo Commemorative Park in Nagakute City, Japan on a 200-hectare plot of land, surpassing Walt Disney World by about 25%, which is huge!
The park will be divided into five lands, and will focus on recreating movie scenes and nature trails instead of rides and attractions. The three areas currently under construction are “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 Dondoko Forest that takes its inspiration from My Neighbor Totoro.”
The two areas that are set for construction next year are “Mononoke Village, based on Princess Mononoke; and Witch Valley, which is inspired by both Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle.”
Check out the concept photos for the theme park below, and let us know if you’re planning your trip to Japan in fall 2022!