Studio Ghibli’s many fans across the globe will be excited to find out that Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic outfit has decided to open an official theme park in Japan. It was rumored and promised for years that something like this would happen. It was finally confirmed officially this week that Ghibli will indeed be building a theme park in Japan.
Ghibli will team up with the Aichi Prefecture’s government on this project as well as the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper to build the park. While Ghibli merchandise is currently sold by Disney Parks and Walt Disney Pictures had once distributed the studio’s films in the United States as well, this theme park is not going to have an affiliation with Disney’s location in Japan.
This theme park is going to be built in the Aichi Commemorative Park, according to Producer Toshio Suzuki, Aichi governor Hideaki Omura and Chunichi CEO Uichiro Oshima who made this announcement during a press conference in Tokyo. The location is near Nagoya in central Japan.
If everything goes according to plan, the theme park is scheduled to open in 2022. It’s said to have five themed areas with the studio being in charge of the creative side. At least one of the areas is confirmed to be based on 2004’s Howl’s Moving Castle while another on 1998’s Princess Mononoke. Other Ghibli films will serve as the inspiration for the other areas.