Aichi Park dedicated to Hayao Miyazaki’s films and his studio’s animation masterpieces promises to be free of rides, full of surprises.
For a project with such intense interest from a global fanbase, there has been a very sensible slow drop of concrete information on what to expect from visitors to Ghibli Park. It looks like that pace is going to pick up at least a bit, as the theme park based on Studio Ghibli’s animated films has finally launched its own website.
▼ The Park Ghibli website home page
The move comes shortly after the release of last week’s Park Ghibli teaser video, which primarily focuses on the pre-existing real-life recreation of the house of My Neighbor Totoro at Aichi Expo Memorial Park, which will serve as the location for Park Ghibli. The just-launched official website has yet to add many concrete details, but it does feature new illustrated concept art for the park’s Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse section, as well as a statement of what sets Park Ghibli apart from other more conventional theme parks.
“Park Ghibli, which represents the world of Studio Ghibli, is built in consultation with the forest inside Aichi Expo Memorial Park.
Park Ghibli does not have any full-scale rides or theme park-style attractions.
It is a place where you can discover its secrets as you walk along its paths and through its forests with both feet, feeling the wind along the way.
On November 1, three areas, Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse, Hill of Youth, and Dondoko Forest, will open.
We welcome you to our grand warehouse filled with Ghibli secrets and a world of buildings seen in our films.
The desire to consider not only the opinions of human beings, but also those of the natural environment itself, is exactly the kind of philosophy we expect from Studio Ghibli. The lack of traditional amusement park trappings such as roller coasters and dark rides also matches the sentiments of Goro Miyazaki, who reportedly took it upon himself to design the park but didn’t want it to look like another theme park. with an inconsequential Ghibli brand.
Studio Ghibli built its legacy by doing things its own way and not caring about the trends or expectations of other anime production companies. It will be interesting to see how this philosophy translates to theme park design when Park Ghibli opens this fall.
Source: Park Ghibli official website
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