It has been confirmed that the Studio Ghibli theme park is still on course to open in 2022 despite the coronavirus pandemic considerably halting construction.
By the autumn of 2022, patrons and Ghibli fans will have an entire theme park dedicated to their most beloved anime films.
The theme park will be located in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture and will be split into five distinct zones, like most amusement parks. Unlike most amusement parks, those zones will be base don Ghibli locations.
It will pick from the studio’s classic films including Whisper of the Heart, Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro, which are all currently under construction.
The two remaining zones have not yet broken ground on construction but will be based on a range of films. ‘Witch Valley’ will draw from Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service, while Mononoke Village which naturally takes its lead from Princess Mononoke.
Currently, there’s no telling whether the park will be open in time for 2022 or, indeed, if anyone will be allowed to visit it. We’re just hoping that we can all travel to Japan for a chance to get lost in the world of Studio Ghibli.