Seibuen Theme Park in Saitama Opens Godzilla Ride

A handful of thrill seekers sped along the Godzilla Zipline at the Nijigen no Mori theme park in Hyogo, but another Godzilla attraction will soon open in Japan – this time closer to Tokyo. The Godzilla Ride the first of its kind in the world – will be part of the renewal Seibuen Amusement park in Saitama.

Photo: ©2020 Seibu Railway Co., Ltd.

Founded 70 years ago, Seibuen amusement park looked increasingly retro obsolete limit over the years. It struggled to compete with mega attractions like Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Japan. However, unlike the centennial Toshimaen which was demolished to make way for a Harry Potter attraction, Seibuen was to be renewed instead. And it will be relaunched in May with a host of new features.

Seibuen
Photo: ©2020 Seibu Railway Co., Ltd.

With the renovations, the park will reflect on its history with a Showa era (1926-1989) theme, featuring a model city replicating 1960s Japan. In addition to the all-new Godzilla ride, Seibuen will also feature dedicated attractions to Osama Tezuka’s Astro Boy, another series that rose to fame at the end of the 21st century.

With recent installments like the 2021 movie “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the Godzilla franchise may initially seem incongruous with the park’s nostalgic theme. But, as the original film was released in 1954, the ride could prove to be the perfect bridge between the Showa era and modern Japan.

Details on Godzilla’s highly anticipated ride have been scarce so far. We know it’s a seated indoor dark ride – and its unveiling will coincide with the reopening of Seibuen May 19. We will keep you informed of the opening of the park.

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