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Harry Potter Theme Park to Open in Tokyo in 2023

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  • The company that owns a 94-year-old amusement park in Tokyo closing at the end of August said Tuesday it has concluded a deal to convert part of the site into a new theme park based on the Harry Potter films, expected to open in the first half of 2023.
  • With an area of around 30,000 square meters, the theme park will display film sets, costumes, and props used in the beloved fantasy films based on the popular novels of the same name by British author J.K. Rowling.
  • Ann Sarnoff, chairwoman, and CEO of Warner Bros, said in a press release the theme park will offer “fans of all ages a unique way to get closer to the films” and that the company is “looking forward to creating something very special.”
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The company that owns a 94-year-old amusement park in Tokyo closing at the end of August said Tuesday it has concluded a deal to convert part of the site into a new theme park based on the Harry Potter films, expected to open in the first half of 2023.

With an area of around 30,000 square meters, the theme park will display film sets, costumes, and props used in the beloved fantasy films based on the popular novels of the same name by British author J.K. Rowling.

Seibu Railway Co, which has reached the agreement with companies including Itochu Corp and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc, said that the amusement park will be built on part of the Toshimaen site located in Nerima Ward in Tokyo.

Ann Sarnoff, chairwoman, and CEO of Warner Bros, said in a press release the theme park will offer “fans of all ages a unique way to get closer to the films” and that the company is “looking forward to creating something very special.”

It will be the second such facility, after Warner Bros. Studio Tour London—The Making of Harry Potter that opened in 2012 and has welcomed over 1.4 million visitors, according to Seibu Railway.

The railway operator has signed an agreement with the Tokyo metropolitan government to sell a large part of the 22-hectare property, which plans to create a park that will also be used as an emergency shelter area in the event of a disaster.

Toshimaen, opened in 1926, is scheduled to close on Aug 31, with the exception of a hot-spring spa. It’s one of Tokyo’s biggest theme parks with over 30 rides and attractions including a wooden carousel built in 1907 in Germany and brought to the park in 1971.

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