About two years ago, I visited Harry Potter World in California. I drank at least seven Butterbeers and went on every ride twice. It’s safe to say that I felt joy in its purest form that day. I did not think another theme park could top that experience…until now.
Everyone, Studio Ghibli is getting its own theme park.
Set to open in 2022, Ghibli’s theme park will be located at the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute city, just outside of Nagoya… And frankly, the site makes perfect sense, as it already holds a scale model of the My Neighbor Totoro house.
The park will nearly stretch an unfathomable 500-acres.
…(that’s the size of roughly 663 American football fields).
The Aichi Government has promised rides and forest trails representing My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Howl’s Moving Castle, amongst others. The initial images and sketches of the park are more than enough to transport you into the films themselves.
One of the initial areas you will see is called Witch Valley. This location will encompass attractions dedicated to Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Then there’s a gorgeous Mononoke Village. It’s hard not to get nostalgic just from this image alone. And apparently, you can jump on the demonic boar’s back from the beginning of Princess Mononoke. Yeah, the image has kids on it in the picture, but that isn’t going to stop me.