Main American film-making firm Warner Bros Leisure plans to open a Harry Potter theme park in Tokyo by the spring of 2023, in line with Japanese media.
Warner Bros plans to assemble the park on a part of the land that’s at present occupied by the soon-to-be-closed Toshimaen Amusement Park in Tokyo.
Warner Bros will lease a part of the about 20ha plot of land, which is owned by Seibu Group, whereas the Tokyo metropolitan authorities will purchase the remainder of the land from Seibu to develop a park.
The prevailing amusement services and swimming swimming pools of Toshimaen will shut steadily.
Negotiations are underneath manner between Warner Bros, Seibu Group, the Tokyo metropolitan authorities and others – with a call anticipated to be formally made by this spring.
The content material of the theme park is being mentioned, close to Warner Bros’ film-making studio in London the place guests can tour the studio units that have been used for the making of the Harry Potter movies (2001 to 2011).
On the tour, guests can stroll via the units, together with these of the Nice Corridor of the Hogwarts Faculty of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the procuring road of Diagon Alley and the Platform of the Hogwarts Categorical locomotive.
They’ll additionally see film props up shut, together with magic wands.
That is known as a studio-type facility, which is totally different from these of Common Studios in the USA or Common Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka, the place rides and points of interest are additionally obtainable.
Toshimaen opened in 1926 and had been a number one amusement park in central Tokyo. It consists of amusement services, swimming swimming pools and scorching spa services.
After the Nice East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the Tokyo metropolitan authorities determined to construct a big park as a part of its disaster-prevention measures. The federal government provided to purchase the land from Seibu, however negotiations have stagnated lately.
In response to sources, Warner Bros joined the negotiations final yr with a proposal of making the Harry Potter theme park, which has began the talks shifting once more.
Harry Potter is a collection of fantasy novels written by British author J. Okay. Rowling, with the titular boy wizard as the primary character. The primary novel was revealed in Britain in 1997, with its Japanese translation revealed in Japan in 1999.
Warner Bros made a display screen model of the primary novel in 2001 when the ebook grew to become a worldwide hit. Sequels of each the novel and the movie have been made in subsequent years.
The Harry Potter services in USJ opened in 2014.
USJ is pretty common amongst international guests to Japan and has additionally develop into a centrepiece of sightseeing excursions within the Kansai area.
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