Studio Ghibli opened its own amusement park earlier this year, with the production company hoping to build on the theme park in the future by constructing landscapes based on some of its biggest films. Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Kiki’s Delivery Service are just a few of the films that will be shown in the new theme park, and it appears that anime lovers living outside of Japan will be able to purchase tickets next year.
The tickets will be available for purchase on Studio Ghibli’s official website beginning January 10th, with the tickets themselves slated to be made available, at first, for the time period between March 15th and April 30th, giving park-goers a good window for taking in the real world anime environments.
How Do You Live?, Studio Ghibli’s next feature-length film, is slated to be released in 2023 and is being billed as iconic director Hayao Miyazaki’s final project. The upcoming film is based on Genzaburo Yoshino’s 1937 novel of the same name, which follows a fifteen-year-old kid called Junichi Honda.
This adaptation, like Ghibli’s The Wind Rises, may not go into the supernatural as many of Ghibli’s offerings have, but it may nonetheless tug at some heartstrings. While Miyazaki has previously declared that he would retire after completing prior projects, this could be the end of his long career.
Ghibli isn’t the only anime attraction in Japan; Universal Studios Japan has created rides and tributes to anime juggernauts such as One Piece, Attack on Titan, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Case Closed, Hunter x Hunter, and others. While there are no plans to transfer any of these Universal attractions to North American parks, the recent relocation of Super Mario World from the east to the west indicates that the opportunity exists.
Are you ready to experience Studio Ghibli’s Amusement Park of Wonder?