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Ghibli Park unveils Castle in the Sky-style entrance in new images

Studio Ghibli said the Ghibli Park entrance “can be used free of charge from today” (23 March).

studio ghibli park elevator tower entrance

Ghibli Park, Studio Ghibli’s new theme park in Japan, has shared a series of images of the Castle in the Sky-style elevator tower entrance, which is already open to the public.

Ghibli Park’s elevator tower will serve as one of the attraction’s entrances. Studio Ghibli said the entrance is “based on the fantasy science world at the end of the 19th century, which became the model of the world of Castle in the Sky“.

Ghibli Park opens 1 November 2022

Studio Ghibli revealed in another tweet that “all the [elevator tower] lights will be on until the opening of the park” on 1 November 2022. It also said the entrance “can be used free of charge from today” (23 March).

Ghibli Park will open three of the its five themed lands, Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse, Dondoko Forest and Springtime of Life Hill, on 1 November. The other two areas, Princess Mononoke Village and Witch Valley, will launch in March 2024.

Castle in the Sky-style entrance

Ghibli Park’s areas and attractions are based on anime classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving CastleSpirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Highlights include a My Neighbor Totoro-themed playground and a life-size Howl’s Moving Castle.

The theme park is reportedly targeting an admission price of around $35, which is half the price of tickets to Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan.

New images from Studio Ghibli

“Ghibli Park is a park that represents the world of Studio Ghibli,” the new website says. “There are no big attractions or rides in Ghibli Park. Take a stroll, feel the wind, and discover the wonders.”

Ghibli Park is located within the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park.

Images: Studio Ghibli

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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