If the central focus of your dream involves an amusement park, this indicates that you are looking forward to positive and happy events up ahead, or it can indicate a need for excitement in your day-to-day life. Oftentimes, dreams about amusement parks are not as straightforward as we think.
Dreams about amusement parks are very easy to overlook because they seem so harmless, and common.
In reality, when our subconscious uses dreams about amusement parks to communicate important themes to us, we should sit up and pay attention.
The answers you walk away with might leave a profound impact on your day-to-day waking life.
The general meaning of dreams about amusement parks
Amusement parks come in a wide variety, some have interesting rides, and others are more down-to-earth.
What they have in common with each other is that you get to take a break from reality.
A lot of the stuff that is fun, exciting, and amusing in your life is somehow distilled into an intense experience in a short period of time, in a specific place.
This is why amusement parks are quite popular all over the world.
When your dreams are populated by this type of imagery, this indicates that you either are going through an intensely positive period of your life up ahead, filled with happy events, both memorable and less memorable.
It can also mean that you crave excitement.
Maybe you feel that your life has fallen into some sort of routine.
Maybe you feel that in many areas of your life today is exactly just like yesterday, which was a carbon copy of the day that went before.
You may be convinced that at least when it comes to your life, nothing much is happening.
You’re looking for something exciting, you’re looking for dramatic changes, you’re looking for something that will get your blood pumping again, and be careful what you wish for.
That’s the first thing that comes to mind.
And the second thing that comes to mind when it comes to this type of dream imagery which is fulfillment is you better be ready.
What does it mean to dream of being in an amusement park without a friend or relative?
If you find yourself with complete strangers in an amusement park, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that you just need to take a break from your daily routine.
You’re thinking that by changing things up, mixing and matching, or even going out on a limb, as far as the day-to-day things that you do things will get exciting again.
The danger that you run with this type of attitude is that you’re looking for work that you need to do and the life that you need to live to be some sort of entertainment.
The entertainment doesn’t come.
The emotional engagement and entertainment don’t come from outside but that’s what you’re looking for.
The better approach would be to re-examine your attitude.
How do you look at your day-to-day existence?
Is it one chore leading to the next?
Is it some sort of ordeal that is some kind of cosmic punishment for what you did in a previous life?
Your mindset and interpretation of what you do on a day-to-day basis have a big role to play in whether you enjoy yourself or not.
The way you frame your life this far really speaks to how excited you are about living yet another day.
Because at the end of the day, whatever excitement or amusement that you’re looking for, doesn’t come from outside it comes from within, it’s how you read the stimuli that the universe sends your way.
Your subconscious is trying to tell you that you’re just trying to get an escape from your daily routine.
Maybe you’re looking for emotional engagement, maybe you’re looking for a sense of psychological refreshment.
You may be barking up the wrong tree.
The better approach is to work from within, work with what you have because you can take a million vacations, but when you come back, it’s the same old grind.
This reminds me of a passage from John Milton’s classic, Paradise Lost.
Satan said wherever he went, hell came with him.
The same goes for you.
If you’re feeling trapped in your life, if you’re feeling that your career is just one daily grind or school has basically become an hour deal it doesn’t really matter where you go, it doesn’t really matter where you physically travel to.
When you get back, the problems will remain.
In fact, in many cases, you bring your problems with you.
So focus on the solution within, maybe it’s how you look at things that make you feel tired and overwhelmed.
What does it mean to dream of an empty amusement park?
One of the most famous songs of the group, Linkin Park is called “In the end”, in the refrain, the singer sings with utter desperation.
In the end, it didn’t really matter.
A lot of us define success as an amazing point of victory at the end of this long chain of sacrifice, trials, struggle, and effort.
We look at success as the crowning achievement of our lives.
We just need to get there like some sort of desperate race.
You just have to ignore our day-to-day challenges and just keep focused on the end goal, “Keep your eyes on the prize” they say.
But what happens when you get there?
It turns out that with each step in your journey, your journey changes you.
And if you’re not aware of these internal changes by the time you reach your destination, it’s a big letdown.
I ought to know just how I used to live my life.
Back in elementary school, I couldn’t wait to go to junior high school because that’s where all the big kids are and that’s where all the program musical programs are.
When I got there, I didn’t really enjoy myself because by that time I was looking forward to high school.
I want to get into journalism, I want to go to the symposiums that the school was sending student delegates to, so I didn’t enjoy myself in junior high.
My eyes were fixed firmly on High School.
Sure enough, when I got there, the pattern repeated itself again, I couldn’t wait to go to Northern California for college being raised by traditional Catholic old school parents, I just wanted to escape.
So high school was an ordeal because it didn’t end fast enough.
What do you think happened when I went to Northern California?
I went to a college that is known worldwide for being the hotbed of hippie culture in the 1960s.
It was where the free speech movement began and spread throughout all colleges and universities seemingly throughout the world.
While I was looking forward to my first corporate job, I was an intern and I was looking forward to actually climbing up the corporate ladder.
So I didn’t have much fun in college because I was so focused on working my way through so I can work my way up.
Everybody that I was hanging out with was still busy, enjoying the moment looking for themselves, challenging the belief systems that their parents gave them or the world that they woke up in.
In other words, they were doing the right things, they were doing what people who evolve on a spiritual level do, but I couldn’t be bothered with all that.
I had my eyes on the prize.
So, when I got my first corporate job, I still wasn’t happy, because I wanted to go to graduate school.
I hope you see the pattern here because you have to let the journey change you.
Otherwise, you get this distinct feeling that you arrived at an abusive park with absolutely nobody, there are not even staff.
It’s an empty victory.
Because you looked at your life as a series of destinations instead of enjoying each step of the way and allowing yourself to be entertained and amused by the challenges.
This cuts against the grain because we’re supposed to be upset by challenges.
How does their life put up difficulties?
How would their life be unfair?
But that’s what life is.
It works with you, it’s a push and pulls you, it’s a struggle and the struggle is not necessarily negative.
Did you know that one of the most powerful names in the Christian Bible is Israel?
Israel means he who struggles with God.
You’re struggling with the universe and it’s a beautiful thing at least if you allow yourself to see the beauty in it.
What does it mean to dream of a small truck in an amusement park?
If you see a small truck out of all the details in an amusement park, this can indicate that you are easily distracted and manipulated, this can indicate that there’s a part of you that is very gullible because you expect to see the world as a certain way.
You have to understand that there are people out there who have a skill in figuring out how others see the world.
They then come up with well-crafted stories and “suggestions” that exploit this weakness.
I’m not just talking about politicians, I’m not just talking about bureaucrats and policymakers.
I’m also talking about everyday people that you meet on the street, in fact, some of them might even be family members.
Be aware of your emotional blind spot.
You may otherwise be an intelligent person with a decent IQ but all of that goes down the toilet once somebody gets to your emotional buttons.
Know what they are, know when you’re being played because your subconscious is showing you this image of a small truck.
It may seem like a distraction but it actually speaks to your inner gullibility.
What does it mean to dream of a roller coaster in an amusement park?
I’ve written an in-depth analysis of this specific image in this blog.
Click here for a very rich and highly detailed analysis of this very popular amusement park ride.
What does it mean to dream of a Ferris wheel in an amusement park?
Ferris wheels are a lot of fun, aren’t they?
I remember the first time I went on a Ferris wheel, it was FERIA in the Philippines.
I was about maybe four or five years old, my nanny at the time they didn’t know that. I was too young to ride a Ferris wheel but that was part of its appeal.
As the Ferris wheel went up, I could see 20 feet above the ground it was as if the whole heavens opened up.
I know that sounds kind of grandiose but keep in mind I was such a little kid so focused on the ground and on the horizon in front of me.
I didn’t realize that there was this big expanse at the top and it really well brought it home because I was seeing the lights of martial law era Manila flashing in and out of the smog and what remains is the fog blowing in from Manila Bay.
It was beautiful, despite the smoke, and the faint hint of burning pork and deer.
I still remember that childhood memory because the Ferris wheel was a central part of that experience.
If you see a Ferris wheel in an amusement park, pay close attention to how you emotionally respond to your daydreams, your fantasies, and even memories.
It’s okay to be emotional but you have to have the right intent.
Because a lot of people use their emotions as some sort of psychological sedative or drug to numb them from having to make hard decisions in the real world today.
In fact, some people even confuse the emotional rush they get when daydreaming about becoming rich, meeting the right person, landing the ideal job, and so on and so forth with actually doing something about those goals.
Do you see how this could be dangerous?
Do you see how this can lead to one dead end after another?
What does it mean to dream of an amusement park with few people?
This dream is kind of in the middle of the typical amusement park dream where there are a lot of people milling about and one where it’s totally abandoned.
In this version, if you’re seeing quite a number of people but there are not too many of them, they are few and far between, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that you will need some time for solitude.
This is not some sort of personal “time out” where you feel you’re being penalized or it’s some sort of penance that you have to pay for overextending yourself.
Instead, you need to recharge.
You have to understand that attitudes are infectious.
Social media can easily become psychological cancer.
And when you take some time off to collect your thoughts and to just reacquaint yourself with you talking to yourself internally, this is our internal monologue as well as just reacquainting with the sensation of being comfortable in your skin, you become spiritually recharged.
You find your bearings again, and then you will be able to interact more with the rest of the world, and you become more effective.
I’m not saying that you are an introvert because this sounds like an introvert internal recharge process.
But all of us have this in us, we need to take a break from time to time.
Now if you’re a total extrovert, you need to probably do this less often than somebody who was more introverted.
Regardless, you need to do it.
What does it mean to dream about a closed amusement park?
Imagine in your dream you going to an amusement park with your kids, everybody’s pumped up, your partner is excited, and then maybe whipped out some snacks and you’re at the wheel with a big grin on your face and a nice hat to match.
Everybody’s excited and when you pull up to the gate whether it’s Knotts very berry farm in Orange County, California, or Six Flags or Disney World, there’s a big sign closed.
If your dream involves this type of imagery or variations of it, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that you are suffering from a sense of loss.
Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Shouldn’t I be the first person to know if I would have suffered a loss? Wouldn’t that be obvious”
That’s what you would think.
The problem is, that our waking minds can be so focused and distracted sometimes that we lose sight of the full extent of our loss.
In fact, in many cases, we don’t even recognize loss until something else happens that triggers an event where we achieve a moment of clarity.
For instance, you may have gotten into college and you may have got into a major that you thought was very competitive, that may be a loss.
You only signed up for it because everybody else was signing up for it.
You didn’t put in the time to properly examine yourself or figure out what you truly wanted to do.
You have to understand that college is not a vocational school.
A lot of people look at college really as a way to get a job that their course has to line up for the job that they’re looking for.
No, it’s not.
College is way more important than that, college is supposed to unleash your spirit, and college is supposed to communicate with your deep and profound sense of curiosity and intuition to let you mature into the full person you can be.
That’s what college is supposed to do.
But people turn it into a prison, a mental and emotional one where they straight jacket themselves into their major.
So when you find yourself in that situation, where you signed up for a course that everybody else was signing for, that may be a loss.
So think along these lines when it comes to the concept of loss your subconscious is trying to communicate to read through the symbology of a closed amusement park.
You are being invited to define what loss is in your life.
You’d be surprised as to how many losses there are.
But this is no time to grieve over them instead change your mindset, learn to wake up and every day pretty soon will become a victory worth celebrating.
What does it mean to dream about riding an amusement park ride alone?
There are two variations of this.
Let’s say a party of three, you, your partner, and your kid and, of course, you let your partner ride with your kid.
So you take a ride on the next seat back, but you’re riding alone.
In that context, this indicates your willingness to sacrifice yourself, and your needs for the greater good.
This extends far beyond the family.
Instead, it indicates that you are truly a team player and this is a sign of future success because you’re willing to go through whatever it takes to become an asset instead of a liability.
If you work for somebody else, this means that you’re not the type of worker who will do the very least just not to get fired.
Instead, you go beyond the call of duty, not because you’re gullible, not because you’re easily exploited, not because you enjoy being pimped.
No, it’s because you believe in investing in your character, you believe in putting in 120%.
Even Stevie Wonder can see that you are an asset, not a liability, and you have successfully written on your future.
On the other hand, if you see yourself riding an amusement park ride alone because you didn’t come with family or nobody was with you or you were told, “get in the back alone”, this indicates a fear of loneliness.
This indicates that a big part of you define yourself based on how other people see you.
This can be very debilitating.
You have to first learn how to accept and love yourself because if you don’t love yourself and accept yourself enough to be comfortable being alone then you have no love and respect to give.
You’re constantly going to go from one “depend on relationship” to another, you’re constantly going to ask for people to hold you and support you because you can’t hold and support yourself, you have nothing to live from internally.
Do you see what’s wrong with this?
Do you see how this can be a problem?
What does it mean to dream of being trapped in an amusement park?
On the surface, nothing could be more fun than being trapped in an amusement park.
Imagine getting to ride Space Mountain several dozen times?
Or how about enjoying some free snacks on the monorail at Disney amusement park?
But the problem is life doesn’t happen solely on the surface, eventually, all that will wear out.
You’re then left with the creeping and heavy sense that you are stuck in a rut.
You’re trapped in a routine.
And no matter how seemingly exciting that job or relationship was at first eventually turned into some sort of personal prison.
Personal prisons are worse than actual prisons because in fact with actual prisons, there are physical walls once you go past those walls, you know you’re free.
In a personal prison, the walls are invisible because they are like Satan in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, “Go with you wherever you go”.
The famous French philosopher John Paul Sartre once said that “Hell is other people”.
I beg to disagree.
Hell is yourself and what you choose to believe in.
If you’re feeling stuck, it’s because of your mindset.
And just as your mindset put you in that personal, emotional, and psychological pit, it could also pull you out.
Your subconscious is showing you the metaphor of being trapped in an amusement park, to let you know that you have defined yourself out of happiness, fulfillment, and a sense of possibility.
This is actually good news.
Now, you might be shocked why is this good news.
Pay close attention to the sentence, you define yourself.
If you did it, then you can undo it.
Simple and shut case.
Now the best way to screw yourself up is to convince yourself that you’re some sort of victim and that your parents did this to you or that society did this to you or to beat bullies at school or at work did this to you, then you have a problem.
That situation is going to be harder to solve because you’re not taking responsibility for where you are.
What does it mean to dream of buying tickets for amusement park rides?
If the main focus is on the buying itself, this is your subconscious reminiscing about your happy childhood memories.
This is of course all taking place in the context of taking a break from your daily routines.
There’s nothing really wrong with this, but pay close attention to its long-term impact.
Because if you keep thinking about your happy childhood, when faced with day-to-day challenges, or worse yet, comparing your present life with how “good things were in the past”, you may be using nostalgia as a crutch.
Just as it’s a waste of imagination to worry about stuff that has yet to happen, it is also a waste of insight, intuition, and imagination to wallow in nostalgia.
The past is the past.
It may give you warm, fuzzy memories, but it happened in the past.
Focus instead on how you can feel warm and fuzzy with the people in your life now and the things that you’re doing now and the life that you have now.
Life is too short to live in the past.
Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.