After wrapping up a hallmark career in animation back in 2013, Hayao Miyazaki vowed to never produce animated films again—much to the disdain of his devoted fans. Thankfully, his imagination hasn’t slowed down, and while we won’t be seeing a follow-up to “Spirited Away” or “My Neighbor Totoro,” Miyazaki has revealed plans for a kids’ theme park. But unlike Disneyland, the park will feel reminiscent of his acclaimed animations—dreamy and serene—and will encourage kids to explore the outdoors. It’s slated to begin construction in 2016 on the remote Japanese island of Kume.
Animator Hayao Miyazaki is Opening a Theme Park