Studio Ghibli fans now have the opportunity to receive a free ticket for the pre-opening preview event at the Studio Ghibli theme park located in Japan’s Aichi prefecture.
The theme park is set to officially open its doors on Nov. 1; however, a special preview event will be held on Oct. 15, 16, 21 and 23. Guests will have access to three of the park’s five areas — Hill of Youth, Dondoko Forest and Ghibli’s Large Warehouse — and may enter a lottery-based booking system to receive free admission.
Hill of Youth is inspired by the films “Whisper of the Heart” and “The Cat Returns,” while Dondoko Forest is based on Mei and Satsuki’s home in “My Neighbor Totoro.”
Each area of the Ghibli Park requires a separate ticket, and guests must choose a specific date and time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to visit the park.
Oct. 15 and 23 will be reserved for residents of Aichi, while Oct. 16 and 21 will be open for all visitors. Tickets may be booked for up to six guests, and children under the age of 3 will receive free admission.
Weekday admission prices for the Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will cost 2,000 yen (approximately $14) for adults and 2,500 yen (approximately $18) on the weekends. Dondoko Forest and Hill of Youth will run at 1,000 yen (approximately $7) per adult and 1,250 yen (approximately $9) on weekends.
Applications for the free ticket lottery will be open until 11:59 p.m. on July 15 and may be submitted on the official Ghibli Park website. Winners will be announced on July 22 at around 3 p.m.