We knew that the famed workplace of Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, was being honored with a theme park in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, but now we have a first look at what’s specifically inspiring the project’s design thanks to an outline released by the government entity. The former site of the Expo 2005 World’s Fair and the current home of My Neighbor Totoro’s Satsuki and Mei, the park will be transformed into multiple areas taking inspiration from the wealth of lush animation in the studio’s filmography.
The legendary studio is an animation house rivaling Disney for its national dominance — the only difference being it has helped define what animation is, and means, for Japan. Now, its Disney World is on its way.
Created with the support of the Studio and with an emphasis on being a walkable green space, the Ghibli Park has plenty of artwork to take its cues from, which you can see in the slideshow below. Some of these draw their aesthetic and architectural details from films like Howl’s Moving Castle, Earbuds, Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, and more, with a large warehouse, older 19th-century mechanisms, a witch valley, and a field attempting to be harmonious with the landscape all complementing the park’s features.
The park is set to be completed in 2022.