While the permanent closure of Tokyo’s 94-year-old amusement park Toshimaen will undoubtedly be bittersweet, we can’t help but be excited at the thought of finally getting our very own Harry Potter theme park. The construction for the new attraction will begin once Toshimaen officially closes on August 31 and is set for completion in the first half of 2023. Here is an artist’s impression of the entrance, along with everything we know about the theme park so far.
The thrill of being one of the first few visitors to a new attraction can be spoiled when you’re surrounded by everyone else and their mums, all trying to get a first look at the new cool thing. That won’t be the case at the Harry Potter theme park – organisers are planning to cap the number of attendees each day, so visitors can have a more leisurely experience and avoid getting squashed in the crowds.
The park will be modeled on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London where visitors can view production sets, get up-close with props like wands and potions, and meander down the shopping street of Diagon Alley. The Tokyo park, which includes a re-created indoor soundstage and outdoor backlot (fancy terms for film set), will be roughly 30,000 square metres and will take about half a day to explore.
The generation who entered the world of JK Rowling with the Fantastic Beasts franchise won’t be at a loss either, as the park will be dedicated to both the Harry Potter movies and the spin-off series. The ‘beasts’ might even be the very first thing you encounter – park officials have announced that the entrance will include a landscaping area with models of the creatures featured in the magical books.
Can’t wait until 2023? Check out the Harry Potter exhibit coming to Tokyo next year.