This Disney Theme Park Designer Dreamed Up a Totoro Ride, and You'll Want It ASAP
It's hard to watch a Hayao Miyazaki film without feeling totally transported into the world of Studio Ghibli, whether it's to the Spirited Away bathhouse or to the neighborhood bakery in Kiki's Delivery Service's seaside town. Perhaps the most magical and widely beloved setting of any Ghibli film, though, is the spirit-filled woodland from My Neighbor Totoro — and if Disney theme park designer John Ramirez gets his way, it could be coming to Disneyland or Walt Disney World in the future.
Based on a detailed design that Ramirez shared with Kotaku, a Totoro-themed attraction would be an absolutely incredible addition to either of the parks. Featuring rooms based on each notable moment in My Neighbor Totoro, the ride would transport park visitors through Satsuki and Mei's new home, into Totoro's enchanted forest, and throughout the Japanese countryside via acorn ("donguri") buggy — and don't worry, the famous Catbus would make an appearance!
While Ramirez's idea for a Totoro attraction at Disney has been shot down by Miyazaki multiple times, he remains hopeful — he even promised Kotaku that he'll continue asking "until they bar me from the studio or until he says yes!" We're trying (and failing) not to get our hopes up, because however unlikely the attraction may be, it would make for an amazing park experience. If there are any benevolent forest spirits out there who'd like to help this idea grow and thrive, we'll lend them an umbrella anytime!