Nearly a year after it was announced, Studio Ghibli has released the first concept art for its planned theme park, which will transport visitors to a wonderland based on the beloved films of the Japanese animation studio.
Although we already knew there will be a section dedicated to My Neighbor Totoro, not many more details were public knowledge until now. In addition to the home of Totoro's friends, Satsuki and Mei, fans will be able to enter the settings of some of their other favorite Studio Ghibli films.
At the entrance gate, fans will be greeted by the kind of architecture they've see in Howl's Moving Castle. They can also enter a recreation of the antique shop from Whisper of the Heart. They can then step into Princess Mononoke Village, or Witch Valley. The latter will include rides and attractions inspired by Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service.
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The Totoro area is Dondoko Forest, where Satsuki and Mei's house was already built for the 2005 World's Fair. There will also be a warehouse in which attendees can explore play areas, exhibitions and cinemas.
Originally targeted to open in 2020, the park will now debut in 2022 in Nagoya, Japan, on the site of the World's Fair.
Co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki, Yasuyoshi Tokum and Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli has created such films as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke and Kiki's Delivery Service.