The upcoming Studio Ghibli theme park, Ghibli Park, has dropped another concept image for featuring “My Neighbour Totoro”. Previous concept art included the restaurant district from Spirited Away. It will be part of the Ghibli no Daisouko Area, also known as the Great Ghibli Warehouse .
The Ghibli no Daisouko Area/ Great Ghibli Warehouse will also feature a 170-seat mini-theatre. The yellow building in the right side of the image below will be the one serving as the theatre. Meanwhile, the blue building beside it will be serving as a permanent exhibition area.
And then there’s the Seishun no Oka Area (Youth Hill), which will contain the Cat’s Office attraction, which takes inspiration from the film, The Cat Returns.
The Seishun no Oka Area (Youth Hill) also features a tower that takes motifs from both Castle in the Sky and Howl’s Moving Castle.
The park itself will have five areas, with the first three opening in 2022, and the last two opening the next year. The two areas mentioned above will be among the first to open, alongside the Dondoko Forest. Here’s how they describe each of Ghibli Park’s five areas:
- The Youth Hill features architecture from Howl’s Moving Castle, as well as Whisper of the Heart.
- The Great Ghibli Warehouse will be a facility which visitors can enjoy any weather. They can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, a video room, a children’s playground, and even a few exhibition spaces.
- Mononoke Village will include exhibits from the Princess Mononoke film, as well as life-size statues of several creatures.
- The Valley of the Witch will be kinda like the Youth Hill as it will also feature architecture from Howl’s Moving Castle. However, it will also feature architecture and attractions from Kiki’s Delivery Service.
- Finally, Dondoko Forest will feature a My Neighbor Totoro theme. It will contain the replica of Mei and Satsuki’s house, which fans can visit at Aichi Prefecture’s Expo Park.
Ghibli Park initially planned to open by 2020, right in time for the Tokyo Summer Olympics; however, it was pushed back due to various reasons.
Ghibli co-founder, Toshio Suzuki, as well as Aichi governor, Hideaki Oomura, previously announced the theme park during their conference in Nagoya. Both the Aichi Prefectural Government and Ghibli will be co-funding the operations. The prefecture also aims to attract both foreign and local tourists with Ghibli Park.
Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is known for his passion for nature conservation. Because of this, Ghibli aims to use nature-friendly construction methods which won’t cause damage to the park. In other words, they won’t be cutting any trees as much as possible.