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All Aboard the Catbus! Studio Ghibli Is Opening a Theme Park


Exciting news Studio Ghibli fans! Producer Toshio Suzuki just announced today that the studio will be getting its own theme park, fulfilling all your childhood dreams of living in a colorful and magical Ghibli movie.

The park will be in Aichi’s Expo Park in Nagoya, Japan and based on the 1998 classic, My Neighbor Totoro. Hopefully, this means Catbuses and lots of tall trees. The park currently has a recreation of Satsuki and Mei’s house, but the park hopes to expand and build for a 200-acre park.

There’s no news about whether the park will include other titles, but I feel like a nature-filled attraction suits their body of work more than a crowded and bustling park. After all, considering how many Studio Ghibli films value nature and the fact that Hayao Miyazaki opened a nature sanctuary to foster an appreciation for the environment, a  Ghibli Land seems out of place, and exciting as it would be. While we’ll still be waiting on more news about what the design of the park will look like, I’m sure it’ll be full of great Ghibli magic (and delicious food).

The new happiest place on Earth is set to open in 2020. In the meantime, you can catch your favorite Studio Ghibli movies at Ghibli Fest this summer, kicking off with Totoro, or head to the Ghibli Museum in Japan.

(via Polygon, Image: Studio Ghibli)

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