What would the magical world of Hayao Miyazaki look like if it actually came to life? That’s what Miyazaki superfan and Japanese artist/animator Takumi asked before he conjured the idea for a Studio Ghibli theme park, simply titled “Ghibli Land,” as an ode to the director know as the Walt Disney of Japan.
While Spain recently announced plans to unveil a theme park dedicated entirely to The Smurfs in their tiny village of Juzcar, it’s hard to imagine Japan wouldn’t also jump at the chance to assemble a monument to one of the greatest animators who has ever lived. Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum, however, is already partly a theme park known for its interactive Cat Bus for kids. (Takumi wants to make that concept into a monorail.)
While the acclaimed Ghibli figurehead may be too humble to conceive of an entire theme park built around his work, Takumi spoke with ThemeGo about what he’d like to see if it ever came to fruition, and why it might give Disneyland a run for its money. “The concept for ‘Ghibli Land’ is simple,” he said. “I only embodied the feeling of my wish for there to be an attraction packed Ghibli theme park, one similar in concept to Disneyland.” He added “I would want the visitor to experience all the attractions. I would suggest seeing the fireworks and staying at the Hotel Adriano, especially if on a date.”
It’s unclear where the idea is going from here, if anywhere, but still — pretty nifty.