The Nijigen no Mori (Awaji Island Anime) theme park is set to unveil a life-sized attraction revolving around the legendary monster’s head and upper body in 2020.
For the iconic B-movie beast, “life-sized” means 65 feet high, 82 feet wide and 180 feet long — the exact proportions from one of the films about the beast, CNN reports.
The ride — dubbed “Godzilla Interception Operation” — will be the first ever to-scale, permanent installation inspired by the superstar “kaiju” introduced in Ishirō Honda’s 1954 classic “Godzilla.”
And it won’t just be for show: The interactive structure will host several activities called “missions”, including a zip line into the mouth, a shooting game — no confirmation on whether the “King of the Monsters” is the target — and, of course, a gift shop offering meta merch.
The theme park’s location on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture is also Godzilla’s native land, according to a blog post on the park’s website.
“The legendary figure of Godzilla was first confirmed at the beginning of the Meiji era when a typhoon hit Awaji Island. Godzilla, who appeared with the high waves, roamed the island, causing tremendous damage.”
The amusement park also features anime-themed rides. Regular construction updates are posted on the venue’s Japanese-language Twitter account.
Meanwhile, miniature mock-ups of the attraction are already making the rounds on Twitter thanks to superfans, the gamer blog Kotaku reports.
“Godzilla Interception” will be far from Japan’s only ode to the building-stomper: The monster consistently pops up all over the nation, including at Tokyo’s Hotel Gracery, where a 39-foot Godzilla head spits fire, to visitors’ delight.
The next film in the enduring franchise, “Godzilla vs. Kong,” starring Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) and Kyle Chandler, is set to premiere March 13, 2020 .
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