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Studio Ghibli launches theme park website with new concept art

“There are no big attractions or rides in Ghibli Park. Take a stroll, feel the wind, and discover the wonders.”

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Studio Ghibli has launched the official website for Ghibli Park, which opens to the public on November 1, also unveiling a new concept image of Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse.

Ghibli Park debuts three of the its five themed lands – Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse, Dondoko Forest and Springtime of Life Hill – on November 1, 2022. The remaining two areas, Princess Mononoke Village and Witch Valley, will launch in March 2024.

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

The park has shared a new image of Dondoko Forest, as well as previously released concept art for Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse, Springtime of Life Hill, Princess Mononoke Village and Witch Valley.

Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse, Dondoko Forest

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Ghibli Park’s areas and attractions are based on anime classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service. There will be a My Neighbor Totoro-themed playground and a life-size Howl’s Moving Castle.

The project is a ¥34 billion ($323 million) joint venture between Studio Ghibli and the government of Aichi Prefecture. Built within the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, Ghibli Park was originally due to open in 2020.

Located on on 7.1 hectares of land, the theme park is expected to attract around 1.8 million visitors each year. Annual economic benefits are estimated to be ¥48 billion ($455 million).

Late last year, the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan asked for donations from international fans as part of an ongoing crowdfunding campaign to save the attraction from permanent closure.

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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