When I saw this design for a Studio Ghibli Theme Park I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
Unfortunately, it’s only a concept design by the talented artist and animator going under the name Takumi.
I absolutely adore Studio Ghibli and this got me very excited, as they have produced some of my all time favourite animations. Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke to name just a few of them, and all created by the genius that is Hayao Miyazaki.
To some, Hayao Miyazaki is the Japanese Walt Disney, and although there is already a Ghibli Museum, it only seems right that there should be this theme park to show off those amazing movies and characters. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be strolling through the spirit forests from Princess Mononoke and a person dressed as Totoro strolls past?
As you can see from the designs, Takumi has used a similar layout to Disneyland Tokyo and managed to merge the worlds from classic Miyazaki movies. The entrance to the park is like the abandoned theme park in Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle takes centre place like Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland, we have a monorail version of the cat bus from My Neighbor Totoro, Laputa the Castle in the Sky is at the rear, we also have the spirit bathhouse from Spirited Away, Iron Town from Princess Mononoke on the top right, Totoro’s treehouse, the pollen forests from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds and many more. Each time I look I see something new.
The Original Sketch
Here is a closer look at the magical worlds featured in the park
More Studio Ghibli Artwork from Takumi