If you’ve ever been to an overcrowded amusement park and hated the long lines and crushing crowds, you’re not alone. Bits of information continue to trickle out about the upcoming Ghibli Park, and that includes an attendance cap so you don’t have to deal with a ton of people.
While the park will have five areas down the line, only three areas will be available for the grand opening this November: Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, Dondoko Forest, and Hill of Youth. Each area requires a different ticket, and each area has its own daily cap. Fewer people will be allowed in during the weekdays, though there’s a note that this will change when schools are on break. However, the report didn’t say what the numbers would be raised to during those breaks.
Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will allow in the highest number of people in on a daily basis: 4,000 on weekends, and 3,500 on weekdays.
Moving on, Hill of Youth has a weekend cap of 900 attendees, and 780 for weekdays.
The last area, Dondoko Forest, which is inspired by My Neighbor Totoro, will allow the fewest people in. 750 people can come in on Saturday and Sunday each, and it’s limited to 650 each day during Monday through Friday.
The Ghibli Museum also has caps on its attendance so that it never gets too many people, so it’s not as if this idea came out of nowhere. SoraNews24 noted that this seemed to be a sign that Studio Ghibli, in addition to giving more quaint movies, wants a more quaint atmosphere in its museum and park, to fit with the feeling of its films.
Tickets officially go on-sale on August 10, and they can be bought through Boo-Woo Ticket. If a ton of people try to buy tickets, Ghibli Park might use a lottery system to decide who gets them.
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