Busch among interested to buy VisionLand

Posted Monday, August 12, 2002 4:42 AM | Contributed by rampagelover

Busch Entertainment Corp. and Wild Adventures are two of as many as four companies that have expressed an interest in buying VisionLand, sources familiar with the negotiations said. The park is up for sale for $25 million, said Bessemer Mayor Quitman Mitchell, who is chairman of the West Jefferson Amusement and Public Park Authority.

Read more from the Birmingham News.

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Monday, August 12, 2002 5:20 AM
It would be great if Busch were to buy this park. It already has a world class woodie, maybe Busch would add a good Steel coaster and it would definitely be well themed. Best of all the park, and Rampage most importantly, wouldn't be left idle. It sounds as if Wild Adventures is more interested though, but that wouldn't be bad either.
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Monday, August 12, 2002 6:29 AM
Just as long as SF doesn't take it. But luckily I don't see there name in the article.

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Six Flags, the only chain of parks that can manage to have stacking with a one train operation. *** This post was edited by RllrCstrDude187 on 8/12/2002. ***

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Monday, August 12, 2002 7:20 AM
The only reason that i would like to see six flags gouple up these parks is so my season pass is good there.

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Monday, August 12, 2002 9:41 AM
Six Flags is not going to buy Visionland. The only way they would be interested is if they could purchase the park, relocate the rides, and sell the property. SF has been investing too much money into making SFoG the 'Super Park of the South' to purchase and operate another park that is just 2 hours down the road.

Plus, I very seriously doubt they will sell to a company that plans to dismantle the park. The city wants someone to come in and invest in the park which will in turn spur economic development of the area, giving more tax revenue to the city.

My hopes are for Busch to buy the park, but at this point almost anything is better than the current situation. I wonder if one of the other 2 unnamed companies interested is Cedar Fair?

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Monday, August 12, 2002 3:51 PM
I just hope the park opens next year as I may visit becuase my cousin lives in Birmingham. Plus Rampage looks sweet and it would be a shame for it to be a permanent SBNO.

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