Studio Ghibli, maker of hit movies like Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo and Howl’s Moving Castle, is finally going to give some theme park love to their avid fans.
According to a RocketNews24 report, the beloved characters will be immortalized within the Aichi Prefecture’s lush EXPO Park in Japan. The theme park will be based on the beloved My Neighbor Totoro movie.
The project is a collaboration between the Aichi government and Studio Ghibli. The theme park will be built around an existing replica of the country house where much of the film takes place. The completed “Ghibli Park” will recreate other locations and landscapes from the movie.
The movie My Neighbor Totoro was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of the studio in 1988. The movie is one of the most successful films released by the studio. There is currently no word if Studio Ghibli will eventually expand the park to include its other movies. Wouldn’t it be nice to see Mononoke, Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Porco Rosso-themed attractions?
Studio Ghibli will split the cost of the park with the Expo Park administration and is expected to open in 2020.