Though Disney certainly offers many cool jobs for its employees, John Ramirez may have one of the coolest at the company. Among his numerous responsibilities, Ramirez designs theme park attractions, taking established properties and visualizing them into rides. Kotaku reports that his latest ideas involve films from Studio Ghibli, the acclaimed Japanese animation film studio that has produced such masterworks as “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.” Though entirely unofficial, Ramirez has designed plans for a theme park ride based on Hayao Miyazaki’s “A Castle in the Sky,” about the lost flying city of Laputa and two children who vow to uncover its mysteries. He has also designed a ride for another Miyazaki film “My Neighbor Totoro,” about the relationship between two young daughters and friendly wood spirits. Check out the plans below.
John Ramirez has worked on such classic Disney films like “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Tarzan,” and Pixar’s “Toy Story 2.” Miyazaki is widely considered one of the very best Japanese directors and animators of all time, with many of his films receiving international acclaim. His 2001 film “Spirited Away” is still the highest-grossing film in Japanese history and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature as well as the Golden Bear at that year’s Berlin Film Festival. In September of 2013, Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature films.
The first picture is the “A Castle in the Sky” design; the second is the “My Neighbor Totoro” design.