Breaking: Sources inside Busch Entertainment say the company has been sold to Blackstone

Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2009 8:41 AM | Contributed by rollergator

Employees of Busch Entertainment tell CoasterBuzz that Anheuser-Busch InBev has sold the company to the Blackstone Group, and that an official announcement is forthcoming.

Related: News 13 and The Orlando Sentinel.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:03 AM

This could VERY interesting. Blackstone has its fongers in everything from hotels to telecom to baking.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:24 AM

I can't stop laughing at the word "fongers" to comment intelligibly on this. :)

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:30 AM

Apparently it's a German Bicycle Company. ;)

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:41 AM

Hmmmm.... interesting where this will go.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:49 AM

Jason, thanks for that link, it has some really good old bicycle photos.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 10:01 AM

Quickest derailing of a thread ever.....

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 10:17 AM

It's not German. Looks more like Dutch.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 10:18 AM

Inside employees? I knew the Dippin' Dots guy was a reliable source. ;)

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 10:20 AM

If they are waiting to announce until they can inform their personnel on the west coast (it is only quarter after 7:00 there now) then I give them credit for doing that. Classy gesture to their human resources.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 10:36 AM

this must be true thats why they were so quick to close bbw someone at inbev wants it for themselves so they had to get it out before the sale was made public

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:05 AM

There's a picture of an 1898 Fongers military folding bike here http://www.foldingcyclist.com/Fongers-1898-military-folding-bike.html. Also there's the history of folding bikes on the site too. It's an interesting read.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:08 AM

I was reading the comments on one of those links by someone who name was seaworld employee and his fear was he would be fired and hired back for 5.00 an hour less.

I would think the wages will not change and the bennies will go up ie.Free admission to universal for seaworld employee's and vice versa (do they have that already?)

As a customer will they sell AP's for seaworld,busch and universal ?

Will Universal start a shuttle there (soon to be)sister parks ?

Will onsite at universal hotels get you front of the line at seaworld and busch ?

Will HHN and HOS get a both parks ticket ?

Will there be cross advertising and promotions for the Parks ?

Will the new rides and area's force disney to step up with new E ticket attractions (or a whole park)

Last edited by kevin38, Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:09 AM
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:12 AM

You should have ended your post with something like "Find out next season on the internet". You had the perfect ending to a cliff hanger of a season ending of a show with all those questions haha.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:20 AM

Keven38, I know that Universal employees and Sea World Employees can visit each other's parks for free...

I'm not entirely familiar with Blackstone. I worked for Universal for a year, and except for the pay, it was a very good experience. Is this news good or bad? I am hoping that the Busch parks will have minimal changes.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:27 AM

Blackstone operates it's parks under Merlin Entertainments. They are the largest amusement park operator in Europe and the 2nd largest world wide. I don't think they will do anything detrimental to the parks judging by how the parks they own look. Although I've never been to any so I can't really comment on that.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:41 AM

If this happens, I think it will be a good thing. I would assume that most any plans at BE have been shelved since the InBev purchase. Stagnation is never a good thing. You are either moving forward or going backwards.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 12:01 PM

New 2010 at BGE ... Big Bad Wolf!!!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 1:05 PM

^ But they're going to rename it "Fonger." So we can say that Blackstone is giving us the Fonger.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 2:41 PM

Oh boy! I didn't mean to make that typo!

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