Construction has been resumed of Ghibli Park theme park in the Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and the park is on course to open in the autumn 2022.
Building work for the new theme park was suspended earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hideaki Omura, Aichi Prefecture governor, confirmed the fate of the park, stating: “We are still on track and are planning to open the park in fall 2022.”
Ghibli Park is to feature five themed lands, all inspired by a different Studio Ghibli Japanese animation. These include My Neighbour Totoro-themed Dondoko Forest, Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse, and Princess Mononoke Village.
The theme park will also be home to Witch Valley, centred on Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Springtime of Life Hill, which will feature attractions from Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Sky.
A key feature of Springtime of Life Hill will be a giant elevator, where guests will be able to enjoy views of the park. Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse will be home to a video exhibition room and an exhibition room, as well as playing areas and shops.
A sculpture of the Tatarigami spirit monster will be a landmark of Princess Mononoke Village.