Free admission for Fiafia Park reopening
The Fiafia Amusement Park at Tafaigata will reopen at the end of this week with the management advising that admission will be free.
The Owner of the amusement park, Tupa’i Bruno Loyale, told the Samoa Observer that he has been given the green light to reopen and the public will be offered free admission.
“You know what we’re going to do, let’s just make the people happy. Free admission,” he said.
“We will make special prices for rides and food. We got all things planned so we’ll have a great time here."
The reopening of the amusement park comes on the back of the Government relaxing state of emergency (SOE) orders after the Ministry of Health (MOH) declared Samoa coronavirus (COVID-1)-free.
The SOE and its lockdown would have been stressful for the public, according to Tupa’i, who says Samoans aren’t used to getting locked down.
“It’s a very difficult thing all over the world so I think this will give a chance for the people to come out with their kids and have a good time,” he added.
Tupa’i revealed that the lockdown affected the amusement park and its staff but that has not stopped them from practising for the circus show.
“We got people depending on making income for their families and we can’t stop practising and we don’t want to stop practising because then everybody gets out of shape," he said.
“The most important thing, we are really blessed to be in Samoa. When you really look at the world right now, it’s pretty bad.”
Tupa’i also revealed his future plans for the amusement park and its connection to Samoa’s tourism industry.
“That beautiful place at Eleele-Fou, the waterfront is a place you can just walk around and there’s nothing there. What if there was no admission whatsoever, you go there and you have a beautiful ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, a self-serve ice-cream stand,” he said.
Confident that his set-up at Tafaigata can contribute to the growth of tourism, he said there will be benefits for our visitors.
Tupa’i revealed that once the rides are moved, the park's current location will be transformed into a waterpark, miniature golf course and a zipline will be added.
“Here would be something completely different. It’s a simple concept and something that we are capable of doing,” he said.
“First of all, the castle will be completed in the near future. It will be beautiful for birthday parties and weddings. Also, we have a luxury suite in there, if people from overseas want to come and stay there, they have a spa and a swimming pool. So the castle is dedicated to tourism and for things like that.
“And a beautiful waterpark. With the big slides and everything like that. A waterpark would be ideal here combined with miniature golf.
“We can actually make that whole thing here in Samoa, you don’t even need to bring anything in because we got a lot of creative people and artists we can do it Samoan style with the fale and everything.”
Staff at the amusement park have been training behind-the-scenes during the SOE lockdown and Tupa’i is confident they will come out firing during the opening.
“I was supposed to send the teachers back to Cuba. I kept them here and we’ve been talking and they’re going to stay longer now. They’ve done more teaching, we’re going to have a better show than we’ve ever had because of it. So there are some positive things, out of everything negative comes something positive.”
The park will be open this Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm.