Wednesday, April 25, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Hayao Miyazaki Studio Ghibli Announces the Opening of The Studio Ghibli Theme Park Near Nagoya in 2022 !

Fans of Hayao Miyazaki legendary Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio will be overjoyed to learn that today April 25 was announced the Studio Ghibli theme park, scheduled to open in Nagoya, Japan, in 2022! The fantasy world of Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki will come to life as a theme park, set to open in central Japan in 2022, the regional government said Wednesday.

Hayao Miyazaki is the cofounder of Studio Ghibli, Japan’s premier animation studio, and is renowned internationally with huge followings in Japan and abroad for his Award winning animated films including “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away”, beloved by millions of fans around the world. “Spirited Away” won the Oscar for best animated feature in 2003 — the first Japanese film to win one.

Studio Ghibli has released concept-arts for the park - that you can see above and below- which will be built by 2022 on a 200-hectare plot of land on which the 2005 World’s Fair was held near Nagoya, in Aichi Prefecture. The park construction cost and other details were yet to be decided, an Aichi official said.

The theme park will feature rides and forest trails based on the master animator’s popular fantasy films, including “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,”. The park will also be dotted with the European-themed brick towers that appear frequently in Miyazaki’s works, as well as giant installations of spider- and boar-shaped spirits in imaginary landscapes that evoke Japan’s mythical and idyllic past. The focus will be on bringing Studio Ghibli to life in a way that allows parkgoers to also enjoy nature.

The main gate should remind park goers of 19th-century structures out of Howl’s Moving Castle ( image on top ) as well as a recreation of Whisper of the Heart’s antique shop. Below, The Big Ghibli Warehouse, which is filled with all sorts of Ghibli themed play areas as well as exhibition areas and small cinemas. Apparently this are will be under a dome like Tokyo Disneyland World Bazaar.

The theme park will feature rides and forest trails based on Hayao Miyazaki films.

Princess Mononoke village will be recreated.

Above, Witch Valley, will feature attractions based on Miyazaki's Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Dondoko Forest will be Totoro themed. The area is already home to the house from My Neighbor Totoro, built for the 2005 World’s Fair.

This is extremely exciting news and Disney and more will follow the project and will let you know!

Pictures: copyright Studio Ghibli

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