Studio Ghibli to open ‘Totoro’ theme park in Japan
Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli has unveiled plans for a theme park to open in 2020.
The 200-hectare site will be built in Nagoya city, in Aichi prefecture, said Governor Hideaki Omura on Thursday at a press conference.
The park will be based on the popular film My Neighbor Totoro, embodying the movie’s theme of “respecting and embracing nature”.
The studio’s feature films are loved by many and critically-acclaimed.
My Neighbor Totoro was released in 1988 and tells the story of two young sisters who settle into an old country house while waiting for their mother to recover from an illness.
Ghibli fans around the world reacted to the news of the upcoming park.
“Wow literally reading [about] a Studio Ghibli theme park and I started crying! Not joking. This makes me so happy,” wrote a US fan on Twitter.
Notably, there was much excitement from adult Ghibli fans who spoke about wanting to take their children with them to the attraction.
“I think our kids might be able to handle the trip by 2020,” Charles Tran said to his wife on Facebook.
“Time to get working on raising funds for the kids,” wrote James McGlone from Perth.
But others parents just wanted to go enjoy the experience themselves.
“Leave the boys at home, we’re heading to Japan in 2020 for the Summer Olympics and this,” said Paul Newman to his wife Anita on Facebook.
“It isn’t just children who want to ride the Cat Bus! This makes adults excited,” said Maryam Lee.
The proposed park would not be the only Studio Ghibli attraction in Japan. It currently has a museum in Tokyo and many fans visit a bathhouse in Kyoto city which was the inspiration for the Oscar-winning anime Spirited Away.
This year, legendary founder Hayao Miyazaki came out of retirement and announced plans to direct a new movie.