The Studio Ghibli Park opening date is set to November of this year
Located in the city of Nagakute, Japan, the Studio Ghibli Park opening date has officially been revealed along with an official trailer. Set to open on November 1st, Ghibli Park is based on the work of famed Japanese animation film studio, Studio Ghibli.
The Studio Ghibli Park opening date was announced by the company’s Twitter that also shared photographs of the current attractions that are still under construction. Showcased are stores and shops styled after the ones discovered in the 1995 animated musical drama Whisper of the Heart, as well as a warehouse containing exhibition rooms and a theater.
Plans are for five themed areas within Ghibli Park that embrace the art and world of Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and My Neighbor Totoro. Those sections include Hill of Youth, Ghibli’s Large Warehouse, Mononoke’s Village, Valley of Witches, and Dondoko Forest, all of which will debut on the Studio Ghibli Park opening date.
Ghibli Park is being built on the 494 acre site of the 2005 World’s Fair within the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute. The site is near Nagoya in Central Japan, about 90 miles east of Kyoto and 150 miles west of Tokyo. In a collaboration between Studio Ghibli, the government of Aichi Prefecture, and the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper, the theme park project costs about $295 million (34 billion JPY).
Thrillseekers won’t be getting any roller coasters but on-rails attractions at Ghibli Park will be included along with nature trails. Co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, has insisted that trees were not to be cut down in favor of the park construction.
Scheduled to launch at Ghibli Park later in the Fall of 2023, visitors have the opportunity to experience additional sections including Mononoke’s Village and the Valley of Witches. Take a look at the trailer below for a glimpse of what’s to come.