If you think that Hayao Miyazaki’s announcement that he is coming out of retirement is the best thing to happen to you this 2017, then you might want to rethink that because Studio Ghibli has announced a theme park coming our way as soon as 2020. Yas!
Probably opening around the same time as Miyazaki’s upcoming film Goro the Caterpillar, the theme park will mostly feature Studio Ghibli’s beloved 1988 classic My Neighbor Totoro and will be built in the Aichi Prefecture in Nagoya which already houses several Studio Ghibli exhibits.
To observe Miyazaki’s humility and love for nature, Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki has clarified that the theme park will not feature any amusement rides. This was also backed by Governor Omura who shared that construction will mostly occur around already existing clearings to avoid the cutting of trees and disruption of the environment.
Several Ghibli fans have taken to expressing their excitement for this upcoming park by creating their dream drafts of the theme park, several of which integrate other iconic Miyazaki films such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke.