Studio Ghibli theme park announces ticket prices and reservation policy

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Getting into Park Ghibli will cost more on weekends and holidays, but still much cheaper than Disneyland.

Some people will tell you that the best things in life are free. It looks like there will be a pretty strong counter-argument to this, however, in the upcoming opening. Studio Ghibli anime theme park, though.

Currently under construction in Japan Aichi Prefecturea short day trip from Nagoya city, Ghibli Park will, of course, be paid admission. As the park has mentioned before, however, they would like to keep admission affordable, and now the official Park Ghibli ticket prices, along with more information on how to book them, have been released.

Ghibli Park is built as a collection of separate sections within the pre-existing Expo 2005 Aichi Memorial Park. The first three to open to the public will be the museums Great Ghibli Warehouse, Dondoko Forest (site of the house of the Mei and Satsuki sisters of My Neighbor Totoro), and the hill of youth (with locations recreated from Whisper of the heart and The cat returns). Tickets for each will be sold separately, with the breakdown as follows.

● Ghibli’s Great Warehouse (Weekdays)
Adults: 2,000 yen (16 USD)
Children (4 years old – end of elementary school): 1,000 yen
● Ghibli’s Great Warehouse (weekends, holidays)
Adults: 2,500 yen (16 USD)
Children: 1,250 yen
● Dondoko Forest
Adults: 1,000 yen
Children: 500 yen
● Hill of Youth
Adults: 1,000 yen
Children: 500 yen

▼ Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse concept art

No discounted combination ticket has been announced, which means that if you want to see everything, it will cost adults 4,000 yen on weekdays or 4,500 on weekends and holidays, and children between 4 and 12 years old (primary school in Japan goes up to sixth grade) 2,000 yen weekdays or 2,250 yen weekends/holidays. Admission for children 3 and under is free.

In addition, Ghibli Park takes up a page from the operating mode of the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo and require tickets to be purchased in advance through an online reservation system. As with the Ghibli Museum, your Ghibli Park ticket will only be valid on the date you book and will also include a specific time when you can enter the Ghibli Park area. Once inside, you can stay as long as you want, at least until closing at 5:00 p.m. (the park will open at 10:00 a.m. on weekdays and one hour earlier on weekends/holidays). The idea behind the date/time reservation system, apparently, is to limit the size of crowds in the park and allow guests to quietly soak up the atmosphere, a policy that has contributed to the extremely high satisfaction visitors to the Ghibli Museum.

▼ Mei and Satsuki’s Dondoko Forest House

So how do Park Ghibli’s prices compare to those of other major Japanese theme parks? Adult tickets to Tokyo Disneyland range from 7,900 to 9,400 yen, depending on the season, and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka charges 8,400 yen, so a three-zone pass to Park Ghibli only costs about half that. price.

▼ Concept illustration of the Hill of Youth

On the other hand, Park Ghibli appears to be smaller in both scale and spectacle than Disneyland or Universal Studios, with a greater emphasis on ambiance and exhibits than rides and shows. Compared to the Ghibli Museumwhich only costs 1,000 yen for adults and between 100 and 700 yen for children, Park Ghibli tickets, at around four times the price, are starting to look quite expensive, although the park promises to be a place of much bigger than the museum.

It should also be borne in mind that when Park Ghibli opens next November 1, it won’t be completely finished yet. Already lit expansions include areas for popular Ghibli anime like Princess Mononke, Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castleand Kiki’s Delivery Servicewhich will be located in two other areas, Mononoke Village and Witch’s Valley, again supposedly with their own separate cost tickets.

Still, Ghibli doesn’t do anything halfway when it comes to artistry, and with the high potential for a visit to the park to become a lifetime magical memory, a ticket cost of 4,500 yen isn’t likely to deter many. fans. Park Ghibli says it’s planning for official ticket sales in August via the Boo-Woo Ticket online ticketing service.

Source: Ghibli Park, Boo Woo Ticket
Top picture: Studio Ghibli
Insert images: Boo-Woo Ticket
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