The Making of Harry Potter coming to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter set to open on Toshimaen grounds in the first half of 2023 Agreement executed between parties
Warner Bros. Studio Tours, operator of “The Making of Harry Potter” in London; Warner Bros. Japan; Seibu Railway Co., Ltd.; Itochu Corporation and Fuyo General Lease Co., Ltd. today announced an agreement between the parties with regard to the development of “Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter on a part of the current Toshimaen Amusement Park grounds located in Nerima – Ku, Tokyo.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to develop a public park on a plot which includes the current grounds of Toshimaen Amusement Park which is scheduled to close at the end of August this year. The development will be conducted in a phased manner. The Studio Tour Tokyo facilities will be created in conjunction with the development of this park. The involved parties will continue to work in cooperation with Tokyo’s park plans in furthering the development of the Studio Tour Tokyo facilities.
Lined with carefully maintained trees and surrounded by lush greenery, the area has a long history of being loved by many. Added to that, the easy access from the center of To-kyo makes the area an attractive location, the ideal setting for the Tour. The partners will create facilities suitable for this to become a popular new destination.
The Studio Tour Tokyo will be the second facility of its kind in the world, after London, and will offer a new type of experiential entertainment in Japan. Building on the success of the Harry Potter Tour in London which has claimed unparalleled popularity and recognition, the indoor attraction will take visitors on a fascinating behind the scenes tour of the Wizarding World series.
Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the first “Harry Potter” film, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has now been passed on to the “Fantastic Beasts” series, making the franchise an enduring and much loved one by multiple generations, as adults who grew up with Harry Potter now take their own families to the cinema.
The Studio Tour Tokyo will offer special features to enable visitors to deepen their under-standing of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts worlds. Visitors can explore the iconic movie sets that were actually designed and built by the creators of the Harry Potter series. Showcasing original costumes and props, the indoor attraction invites visitors to experience scenes from the films first-hand and discover how the world’s favourite book series was brought to life on the screen.
The facility covers an area of about 30,000 square metres, and the exhibition space within the “sound stage” and “backlot” (outdoor filming area) zones will take approximately half a day to walk through.
Ticket allocation for the Studio Tour Tokyo will be controlled in a manner that allows the optimal number of people to be in the facility at any one time to ensure the best possible experience.
The open space just outside the Studio Tour Tokyo’s entrance will be a landscaped area placing bespoke sculptures of mystical characters from the films, which will be accessible to local residents and visitors alike.
The parties plan to work in cooperation with each other to proceed with the construction of the Studio Tokyo Tour, which is set to open in the first half of 2023.
Warner Bros. chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff said: “We are delighted to be working with Seibu Railway Co. Ltd , ITOCHU Corporation and Fuyo Group to bring this world-class attraction to Japan. Warner Bros. has been telling stories for almost 100 years, and Harry Potter is among our most popular and beloved. The Studio Tour Tokyo will continue this tradition while offering fans of all ages a unique way to get closer to the films and truly immerse themselves in the Wizarding World. As an established tourist destination with beautiful green spaces, Toshimaen is the perfect environment for this attraction. It is also important to us that the local community is involved in the development process, and we are looking forward to creating something very special.”