Amidst the concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the economic upheaval it has caused, construction on the Studio Ghibli theme park was halted for two weeks in April and May. However, Aichi Prefecture Governor Hideaki Omura has now confirmed that the construction on the park is on its way and the Ghibli Park is planning a fall 2022 opening.
The park is located in the Aichi Expo Commemorative Park in Nagakute City in Japan and is being imagined in the way of Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and other great Ghibli directors.
According to Slash Film, the areas under construction currently are The Hill of Youth area, inspired by Whisper of the Heart and Howl’s Moving Castle; the Giant Warehouse area, based on Spirited Away; and the Dondoko Forest that takes its inspiration from My Neighbor Totoro.
Mononoke Village based on Princess Mononoke and Witch Valley, based on Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle.