Known for its Academy Award Winning Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli will officially build up a theme park in Japan.
Announced over the weekend, the Studio is planning to partner with both Chunich Shimbun newspaper and the government of Aichi Prefecture to build the park.
After years of vague promises and rumors, the park is scheduled to open in the fall of 2022, with additional attractions opening in 2023. The construction budget was not declared.
Walt Disney Pictures as however once widespread Ghibli film in the United States, and has continually sold Ghibli Merchandise in Epcot Resort. Reportedly, the theme park will not be associated with Disney’s Japanese site.
The Park will be built in Aichi Commemorative Park, near Nagoya in Central Japan. In 2005, the park which was the site of a 185 days World’s Fair witnessed over 22 million visitors to its 460 acre site. Ghibli had then assisted in recreating Satsuki and Mei’s house from My Neigbor Totoro.
In early may, it was however confirmed that Ghibli’s ‘Spirited Away’ is to get a cinema release in China, on June 21, – this is 18 years after it opened in Japan and other locations.