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Exploring the Magic: A Closer Look at the New Attractions and Shops in Ghibli Park's Final Area

Moving forward, if you wish to experience the full splendor of Ghibli Park, you'll require a Premium admission ticket, priced nearly equivalent to those of Disneyland.

Known for their dedication to perfection, Studio Ghibli doesn't adhere to strict timelines. The renowned anime studio, co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki, believes in allowing ample time to refine their artistic creations. This principle extends to Ghibli Park, located in Aichi Prefecture near Nagoya.

Upon its opening in fall 2022, only three sections were accessible to visitors: Ghibli's Grand Warehouse, Dondoko Forest (aka the Totoro area), and Hill of Youth (inspired by Whisper of the Heart). This month marks the inauguration of Mononoke Village, themed after Princess Mononoke. However, it won't be until the upcoming spring that Ghibli Park reaches full operation, with the unveiling of the Valley of Witches. This area will immerse fans in the realms of Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Earwig and the Witch.

We now have a precise opening date for the Valley of Witches, along with the ticket release date and a sneak peek at some of the attractions, including Ghibli Park's inaugural conventional amusement park rides. However, this excitement is somewhat dampened by the introduction of a new ticketing system for Ghibli Park, featuring unforeseen complexities and a significant price increase.

Ghibli Park features a distinctive layout where its various areas are not interconnected but spread throughout Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park. Upon its initial opening, each of the first three sections required separate admission tickets, as follows:

  • Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse: Adults: ¥2,000/¥2,500 (weekdays/weekends) Children (age 4-12): ¥1,000/¥1,250

  • Dondoko Forest: Adults: ¥1,000 Children: ¥500

  • Hill of Youth: Adults: ¥1,000 Children: ¥500

This setup allowed visitors to explore parts of Ghibli Park for as little as ¥1,000 (US$6.70) for adults or ¥500 for children, with full access costing ¥4,000/¥4,500 for adults or ¥2,000/¥2,250 for children. Later, the Hill of Youth-only ticket was discontinued, merging with the Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse ticket without any price change.

Following the unveiling of Mononoke Village, the ticketing system underwent another revision:

  • Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse/Mononoke Village combo: Adults: ¥2,500/¥3,000 (weekdays/weekends) Children: ¥1,250/¥1,500

  • Dondoko Forest: Adults: ¥1,000 Children: ¥500

  • Hill of Youth: Adults: ¥1,000 Children: ¥500

At the lower end, entry to part of Ghibli Park remains accessible for ¥1,000/¥500. Viewing all attractions now costs ¥4,500/¥5,000 for adults or ¥2,250/¥2,500 for children, reflecting a moderate increase to accommodate the addition of Mononoke Village.

The forthcoming ticketing system will largely eliminate separate area tickets, introducing three ticket classes: Ghibli Park Stroll Ticket, Ghibli Park Big Stroll Ticket, and Ghibli Park Premium Big Stroll Ticket.

  • Ghibli Park Stroll Ticket: Adults: ¥1,500/¥2,000 (weekdays/weekends) Children: ¥750/¥1,000

This ticket grants access to the park's outdoor areas excluding Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, offering a glimpse of its offerings. However, visitors are restricted from entering buildings, shops, restaurants, or participating in specific activities without additional payments.

  • Ghibli Park Big Stroll Ticket: Adults: ¥3,500/¥4,000 (weekdays/weekends) Children: ¥1,750/¥2,000

This ticket includes access to all areas, including Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, allowing visitors to engage in various activities within the park, except for certain indoor attractions.

  • Ghibli Park Premium Big Stroll Ticket: Adults: ¥7,300/¥7,800 (weekdays/weekends) Children: ¥3,650/¥3,900

This premium ticket offers unrestricted access to all sections and buildings within Ghibli Park.

While the current cost of experiencing everything at Ghibli Park ranges from ¥4,500/¥5,000 for adults to ¥2,250/¥2,500 for children, the Ghibli Park Premium Big Stroll Ticket represents a significant increase in price. However, the new pricing structure reflects the park's evolving offerings and aligns it more closely with other major theme parks in Japan, such as Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan.



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