Everything we know about the Studio Ghibli theme park so far

Photo: Howl's Moving Castle.. Image Courtesy Studio Ghibli, Fathom Events
Photo: Howl's Moving Castle.. Image Courtesy Studio Ghibli, Fathom Events /

Studio Ghibli’s co-founder Hayao Miyazaki may see Demon Slayer as his number one competitor in terms of box office earnings, but this Japanese animation director still has somewhat of a lead in the competition as his animation studio will be receiving an absolutely beautiful theme park.

The soon-coming theme park was only a hopeful rumor, with fans excited at the idea of riding a Howl Jenkins Pendragon-inspired ride. However, now that the park has been officially confirmed and is currently in development, longtime fans are nothing but thrilled that their biggest dreams are finally coming true.

Studio Ghibli theme park slated to open in Fall 2022

Families from all corners of the world can throw their heads back in amusement extremely soon as this park will officially open in the fall season of next year should it be safe to do so.

As for the location for this Spirited Away pleasure ground, it was revealed that fans will gather for a joyous time at the Aichi Prefecture in Japan after the Aichi Expo Memorial Park transforms into five Studio Ghibli lands, with each land having its own elaborate design, unique characteristics, and delightful entertainments.

Three of the five aforementioned attractions will kickstart the opening of this upcoming theme park next year and will be aptly named Youth Hill, Dondoko Forest, and Ghibli Large Warehouse Area.

Youth Hill will consist of a robust steampunk aesthetic, mimicking the same design seen in the 2004 film Howl’s Moving Castle; this land will also contain a real-life castle inspired by the one in the film. Additionally, Dondoko Forest is set to embody the beloved house belonging to Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe in the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro

Photo: My Neighbor Totoro.. Image Courtesy Studio Ghibli, Fathom Events
Photo: My Neighbor Totoro.. Image Courtesy Studio Ghibli, Fathom Events /

Likewise, the Ghibli Large Warehouse Area entails every Studio Ghibli masterpiece that has ever been created with breathtaking exhibits, play-areas filled with mementos from these legendary films, and a show-stopping airship similar to the one seen in Laputa: Castle in the Sky, included in this particular attraction.

As for the remaining two lands, Witch Valley and Mononoke’s Village, these lands will debut in 2023 following the theme park’s much-anticipated success. Witch Valley is reported to be inspired by Kiki’s Delivery Service and will have ornate replicas of different settings from the 1989 film whereas Mononoke’s Village will have the scenery portrayed in the award-winning 1997 film, Princess Mononoke.

Every attraction in this Studio Ghibli theme park is sure to be nothing less of a magnificent attraction, and, thankfully, there are a few concept designs depicting what various locations of the theme park would essentially look like (via @SGhiblisGifs).


Though there is still a little over a year remaining before we can go see this magical theme park in person, we do know that all things Studio Ghibli-related is certainly worth the wait.

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