Ever dreamt of Disney or Universal parks?Walt Disney World: Share any dreams you've had that involved any of the Disney or Universal parks.
From Mark FairleighEver have a dream, the sleeping kind, that involved either a Disney or Universal park?
Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:50 AM
Once, I dreamt I lived on an expansive estate with it's own river and waterfall area. I walked the grounds, exploring the landscaped area only to discover to my astonishment that it bordered right on Big Thunder Mountain! You'd think I'd know my own place, but I was thrilled!
NOTE: I'm changing the rules and opening this baby up!! Any park, not just Disney/Universal!!
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From Stuart HennyI occasionally have a nightmare where it's the last day of my 2 week holiday and I haven't ridden anything yet. I wake up in a panic!
Posted March 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM
From Andy MilitoSurprisingly, I've never had one related to theme parks.
Posted March 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM
From Mike GallagherI have dreams about amusement parks ALL the time. The thing that always strikes me about them is that, although I am fully aware of what park I'm in, it never looks as I know it to look.
Posted March 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM
But since the poster specified Disney/Universal, I'll sit this one out.
From James TrexenMike, the same for me, and good job for describing it perfectly (I tried, but didn't think anyone would understand).
Posted March 22, 2012 at 5:50 AM
From Mark FairleighMike, James...go for it! Shouldn't have been so exclusionary. ;)
Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:52 AM
From Mike GallagherWhile I appreciate Mark opening this thread up to other parks, it's tough for me. I used to keep a dream journal. I'd wake up, jot down what images I remembered from the dream, then try to reconstruct scenes. But I don't do that anymore, and it's difficult to remember. I also haven't had any recently that stayed with me.
Posted March 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM
I had one that involved Voyage or El Toro running out of track and ending up in nothing but dirt. I also remember one where Nitro was nothing but a monorail-type ride, with no drops at all. Boo. Hiss. Don't like to think about that with Opening Day two weeks from today. Nitro and Toro and bizarro, oh my!!! That's all I got. Maybe I should rev up that dream journal again.
My all-time favorite dream is one I remember from my teen years..it's never left me. I was walking through a walk-through (well, THAT's appropriate!) fun house on the Seaside boards on the Jersey Shore (no Snooki, though..she wasn't even BORN yet!) They were pretty ubiquitous back then..the kind with slides, barrels, tilted rooms, moving stairs..the kind you never see any more :(
So I open this door which led to an area which was not part of the attraction. I discovered two armies of miniature, troll-type creatures waging war on each other..good vs. evil..deep within the bowels of the funhouse. I ended up helping the "good" army (In a dream, you have no choice, I guess.) I do believe this dream is rooted in an incident when I was around 8 years old..true story. I went in one of those simple, dark, no special effects walk throughs that are basically just a tractor-trailer semi with partitions to create a maze you have to grope your way through. I was in there less than a minute, and could not find my way any further or back. I was crying and screaming bloody blue murder, and the attendant had to come in and get me.
Boy, that was cathartic to write. Maybe now I won't be scared of the big rides anymore :)
Seriously, I held a fear of dark walk-through haunts for a big chunk of my life, but now I love them. And you haven't lived until you've gone through the Cornstalkers maze at Dorney with an autistic girl (once in a wheelchair, once not) being chased by an actor with a chainsaw.
From Skipper AdamSince I work at Disney it gets in my dreams. When I was first dealing with the hurdle of Space's monotony of button pushing (versus Jungle Cruise Skippering) I had a nightmare. Disney has this safety rule, if we hear or see something out of the ordinary of the running of the ride, we hit the E-stop (unless it's fire, because then we would trap people in a burning building). But management is really strict and hands out reprimands for hitting the E-stop by accident or even if you think there is a danger. So my nightmare was that I got in trouble for hitting the E-stop when I wasn't supposed to and then didn't hit the E-stop when I was. In other dreams at the time, I was constantly pushing buttons, whether it was a Disney dream or not.
Posted March 22, 2012 at 8:27 AM
From Rob PastorA short detour here. But it is in a way connected with Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Many years ago I watched a TV interview with Rod Serling. He said most of his plots came from dreams he had. He kept a note pad on his bedstand, and when he awoke during or after a dream, he wrote down the details. Must have been some tough nights in that bedroom.
Posted March 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM
From Mark FairleighThanks for sharing, everybody, keep 'em coming. Good stuff. :)
Posted March 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM
That's interesting about Serling...one of my favorite episodes of TZ is about an actress in a hospital for exhaustion having a recurring nightmare where she ends up following a nurse down to the hospital basement. Won't spoil it, but a great dream-related episode.
From Mike GallagherI'm a huge TZ fan, Mark, and I know the episoder to which you're referring. It's far from my favorite, though. Just saw it recently on Syfy's New Years Marathon.
Posted March 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM
So Serling and I have/had something in common....
From Jeff ElliottMy dream always starts on the Haunted Mansion ride.
Posted March 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM
In the séance room, the ride jerks to a stop. I hear the spiel about staying in the vehicles and settle back in for a bit of a wait. More than likely they are trying to load a disabled person and had to cut the ride for a moment to get them on.
No big deal.
The audio however continues……and gets a little annoying.
More waiting……and the audio is starting to get more than a little annoying…..
Suddenly the audio winds down like a record player having the plug pulled where it gets slower and slower, deeper and deeper, then finally stops. With a loud pop, the lights all go out.
But they don’t all go out.
Madame Leota’s head is still lit up and floating. Somehow giving the illusion of movement even though the entire ride has been shut down and silenced like there was a power outage…..which there probably was. Creepy, yes. But not really scary, after all this is Disney. It is probably luminescent paint and the movement is probably related to my eyes not having a reference point.
I whip out my smart phone to play some Angry Birds while I wait for the ride to come back on. In the distance I hear a child crying quietly and a female, probably the mom, trying to calm them.
As the happy music of Angry Birds starts up, my phone suddenly gives a sizzle and the screen goes black. Once again not a big deal, my phone does freeze up from time to time. But everything together is starting to make my skin crawl a bit. I try to hit some buttons on the screen to revive my phone, but nothing seems to be working. As a start working on pulling the back off my phone in order to pull off the battery, I look up and jump.
About six inches away from my face is Madame Leota’s head floating in its ball. Staring at me…..
“Jeff,” she says, somewhat muffled and scratchy. This does not sound like the polished audio of the ride, but as if the sound was coming from inside of the ball. I just barely choke back a cry of fright.
“You have insulted the spirits of the mansion.”
“Ummm,” I say trying to rally some coherent thoughts. “I thought it was just a ride.”
“It used to be just a ride,” scratched Madame Leota. “But after people started leaving behind ashes of the dead in this mansion, real spirits have actually come to live here. It is these spirits that you have insulted.”
Behind Madame Leota shadows start to materialize, looking too good to be theme park trickery.
“Until you can learn to mend your ways, you will live in the spirit world, chased and tormented by those whom you torment and insult.”
With a bang and a concussion that throws me back in the Doombuggy, Madame Leota and her floating crystal ball have disappeared. What has not disappeared is the shadows that were forming behind her, now taking the form of the rotted dead, reaching out toward me.
Trying not to panic, but thinking that theme park rules at this point were for sissies, I wiggle as hard as I can to try and get out from under the safety bar holding me into the vehicle. A ghostly hand reaching in through the side of the vehicle is all the further prompting I need and with a super burst of strength, I find myself standing next to my Doombuggy. The Doombuggy suddenly lurches and quickly moves off down the track at a much faster rate than the ride normally has.
I step back just in time before the next Doombuggy nearly takes me out. The speed of the ride vehicles has sped up to a blur and oddly with no people in them. I glance around and find what Madame Leota had called “real” sprits closing in on me. Unable to run up the track, I duck and scramble through the scenery and find myself in the middle of the ballroom.
The room is eerily quiet. I can see the animatronics that show up as ghosts in the mirror trick and while they are not moving, the room is still full of real spirits that are dancing and moving about. One of the spirits notices me and a hush falls on the rest of the room. The faces that a moment ago resembled the ones on the animatronics are slowly turning in to what can be best described as grave rot and anger.
“Interloper,” I hear one of them say in a very unpleasant gravelly voice.
I thought that I had held up extremely well up until that point, but everyone has a breaking point. I scream and madly dash past the evil and dangerous looking spirits. I dodge around the table and start to break into a run when a searing pain screams across my right calf. As I lose my balance, I look down and see a ghost hand gripping my leg. I tumble to the ground, tuck carefully and roll, pulling away from the ghost hand which takes a chunk of calf meat with it, and tumbling into a wall.
But wait, the wall didn’t stop me. It must have been weak and I just rolled through it. I collect myself and stand up before I look back and find that there is no hole in the wall. I look down at my leg where searing pain is still the music of the day and find a large gash has been removed, exposing the raw red meat of my leg. But it is not bleeding. The pain is real though.
Taking an inventory of the situation, I count walking through walls as a benefit and the ability to be maimed as a definite drawback. I look around and find myself on the inside of the loop at the load platform, the vehicles still whipping past so fast that they are a blur. Well, if I can walk through walls, I think to myself, I should be able to cross the track with no problem, regardless of the vehicles. I reach out tentatively toward the blur of the vehicles.
The impact of vehicle is so intense it rips the first two fingers of my right hand off.
I swear as the pain blasts up my arm, chasing away any other thoughts I may have had.
It takes a couple of moments for the tide of pain to go out far enough that I can try for rational thought again, and I say rational thought, but what I really need is some good irrational thoughts to deal with this irrational situation. There is no blood, but that is little comfort to the two ragged stumps that were once my fingers.
I walk back and forth slowly on the wrong side of the exit trying to figure a way to cross the vehicle lines. At one point there is a mushy spot on the floor, before I know what has happened, my leg has disappeared up to the knee right directly into the floor. I lose my balance, rotate helplessly, trying to reach out to something that is solid and fall through the floor.
I fall. I turn once in midair and then land painfully in a stark concrete tunnel. Nearby is a door with a sign that says “Haunted Mansion”. I gain my feet and head away from the door. As I move away, I notice a few spirits down in the tunnels that were moving around as if working that have now stopped and are looking at me. I quicken my pace, but that seems to have been the thing they were waiting for. I break into a sprint as the spirits give chase. I take random turns in the tunnel labyrinth trying to shake my pursuers, but they seem single minded in purpose. Signs and doors for other attractions flash past me as I run. I see a sign for “Costumes” and duck inside looking for a place to hide.
Established rules: Can walk through walls, but spirits and moving vehicles cause un-repairable damage, but no blood. The spirits appear to be going through the motions of running the park. Large gash out of the leg of the main character and two fingers missing.
From Manny RodriguezI had a dream similar to Jeffs here"s the dream. As i strode through Cinderella castle heading to the Splash MT but as i was near Frontier land The Zombie Bodies of Disney Princesses!!!!!!!!! Start to Chase me....... as i Run toward Haunted Mansion The entrance is filled with the Dead bodies of Other visitors that day and then they started changing into Zombies Then i run to Jungle Cruise And The Zombie Animals and Birds from Tiki room Start to peck at me I find Refuge on the Monorail And Drive it toward Epcot then My dream stops So if you want to End My dream and Decide my Fate.
Posted March 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM
From James TrexenAlright, one I can remember is "riding" Forbidden Journey. The dynamics felt the same, but all the scenes involved screens, some with the entire Weasley Family. Another was riding Pinochio @ Disneyland, but the seats were just a single chair for one person to ride at a time. Then there was the time where The Simpsons had one screen per vehicle. And my all-time favorite was Disney World and Disneyland were next door to each other, and you could choose which one to go to by taking different paths.
Posted March 23, 2012 at 6:15 AM
From Matt BabiakGetting back on topic... This is actually a true dream:
Posted March 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM
So I walk into IOA, and Buzz Lightyear meets me at the entrance. He starts yelling at me "Why aren't you at a Disney park?" A bunch of Disney characters come and start yelling at me. Buzz shoots me with his laser.
From Giovanny CruzThere was this dream where I parked on the regular universal parking but the entence of USF was a soccer field then I was gonna ride mummy and mummy was in a bridje and down the bridje I saw downtown disney
Posted March 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM
From Giovanny CruzMatt I just laugh out loud that's a dream I would to have
Posted March 26, 2012 at 6:13 PM
From Mike GallagherI had a park dream last night. The only image that stayed with me was of an Amish horse and buggy being driven along a wooden coaster track.
Posted April 3, 2012 at 7:27 AM
Maybe that comes from last week's hysterical Family Guy episode that featured roller coaster gags at the beginning and end, sandwiched around a story that took place in Amish country.
From Rob PastorMike: When the Amish guy turned, facing you, did his face bear a remarkable resemblance to Rod Serling?
Posted April 3, 2012 at 7:56 AM
From Mike GallagherI simply CAN'T picture Serling with a beard. Considering how much he smoked, he probably woulda burned it off!
Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM
From Rob PastorMike: The beard could have been fake. Was there any twilight zone type music playing in the background?...I'll be on ToT in 3+ weeks. I'll be on the lookout for Amish.
Posted April 3, 2012 at 9:16 AM
From Jadesola BejideThis year I've dreamt of Disney world cause I'm going there this year with my mum, dad and sister! SO EXCITED!
Posted April 3, 2012 at 1:17 PM
From Rob PastorJadesola: Good luck to you on your Disney dream trip. It will be even better than you imagined.
Posted April 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM
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