What It Really Means When You Dream About Amusement Parks

As unpredictable as dreams are, there are a dozen or so common scenarios that you'll find yourself in once you turn out the lights. One that many encounter is dreaming of being at an amusement park.

Going to a theme park in real life is a chance to loose yourself in a unique atmosphere that you can't get anywhere else; it's almost dreamlike in a sense. So it's no surprise that you can often find yourself dreaming of memories you've had at places like Disney or Six Flags over the years — particularly during the pandemic, when so many parks were shut for so long.

But sometimes, dreaming of amusement parks can come out of the blue — even if you've never even been to one before in your life. Like most dreams, there can be some meaning attributed to the sudden visions of rollercoasters and other attractions. Whether it's your subconscious telling you to slow down and have fun or that you're getting too easily distracted, this is what it really means when you dream about amusement parks.

Dreaming about theme parks can say a lot about your inner child

On the positive side of things, dreaming about amusement parks is often linked to a desire to go back to the simpler days of youth, according to Aunty Flo. Thought of as a "representation" of that inner child, these types of dreams can often be a marker that you need to make more time for yourself — especially if the park is busy, as this can signify that you need to carve out time in your life for some fun escapism. Female First agrees with this notion, adding that your subconscious might be telling you that you need that feeling of freedom and enjoyment in order to achieve that perfect work-life balance.

As for how big the theme park is, if it's on the larger side (like Disney World), this can suggest that your life is full of opportunities, while a small, local park (like a state fair) may mean you have more limited choices in terms of your social life, Aunty Flo notes.

If you see more negative things, like dreaming of rides falling apart or theme parks being closed or abandoned, these situations suggest unexpected events in your life or a need for change, according to What Dreams Mean. And while Female First did note that theme park dreams could signify the importance of separating yourself from your everyday go-go-go, the site also suggests that dreaming of theme parks could, alternatively, mean that your attention is focused the wrong thing, and you need to focus less on distractions and more on your life and career.