What could be more exciting than the idea of a “Pokémon” theme park? The franchise is already based on interactive video game media, and going one step further by bringing it into the real world seems like a logical next step. Plus, all of the “Pokémon” content that has been created over the past few decades ensures that much of the groundwork is already done.
“This strategic alliance with Universal Studios Japan reflects our commitment to continue to deliver the joy of Pokémon in ever-evolving ways for years to come,” said Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara. “We look forward to the day when we can welcome fans from all over the world to enjoy it all together.”
The sentiment was shared by JL Bonnier, CEO of Universal Studios Japan: “Popular Pokémon characters around the world, combined with Universal’s innovative approach to create authentic and unique theme park entertainment, promise to l enthusiasm for the whole family. Our efforts to develop new guest experiences will continue to help reinvigorate the tourism market. “
It seems that beyond providing an awesome theme park experience with fun rides at “Rhydon”, the Pokémon Theme Park aims to bring more visitors back to Japan after the COVID-19 global quarantine. Only time will tell for sure if the park will be successful, but given the popularity of “Pokémon” and Universal Studios, it’s nearly impossible to consider that it wouldn’t.