Studio Ghibli fans are stoked to learn that a theme park based on the movies of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata will be built at Aichi Prefecture’s EXPO Park in Japan. Ghibli Park is expected to open in "the early 2020s."
The park – located in Nagakute City, just east of the prefecture’s capital Nagoya – was the site of the 2005 World EXPO. It sprawls over 200 hectares of land, and is rich with natural greenery and gardens. The park was initially opened in 1970 as the Aichi Youth Park (Aichi Seishounen Kōen), and was reopened for the World EXPO as the Ai-Chikyūhaku Kinen Kōen, a play on words using “love” (ai) and “earth” (chikyū) to include “Aichi” in the name of the park. While a lot of the facilities added for the World EXPO have been removed, there still remains a water park and swimming pool, ice skating rink, and a giant Ferris wheel.