Sad sight at BGA.

Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:50 PM

I just visited BGA this weekend in almost 9 months.

We all know that the hospitality house with free beer samples is gone, but what made it worse was the removal of all those glass cases showcasing the history of Anheiser-Busch, the beverages they make, and the ingredients on how it's made along with their conservation and recycling efforts.

They opened up the old hospitality house today (which is now called Garden Gate Cafe), and they stripped it of all history of Anheiser-Busch. They even removed the flat screen TV's showing commercials of their beers from the past.

They even removed the TV's from the Clydesdale stables showing the commercials with the horses in them. Even Sprint the donkey is gone.

I know InBev is trying to sell these parks without the stigma of being related to alcohol, but to me, it's just sad. Busch put this park and the one in Virginia on the map.

Oh well, a tradition is now gone. :(

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Monday, February 2, 2009 9:29 AM

That is a little sad. Odd how AB was able to make their marketing messaging in those parks not seem dirty.

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Monday, February 2, 2009 12:46 PM

Ironically, Budweiser commercials with the Clydesdales were all over the Superbowl yesterday.

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Monday, February 2, 2009 2:07 PM

I have heard that they sold the Donkey to a farmer that works for BGA. I am sure its in good care where it is. I don't know about the Donkey at Sea World. That sounds weird how fast they took the stuff out of there. They only quit serving Yesterday.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009 3:31 PM

Ensign Smith said:
Ironically, Budweiser commercials with the Clydesdales were all over the Superbowl yesterday.

But our good friends at InBev marketing chose the commercial with the Clydesdale that came to America from Scotland....Adolphus Busch was born in Germany. They could have at least paid a little more respect to the founder than that. That sound you might have heard at the end was several generations of Busch's rolling over in their graves.

Tradition doesn't mean much to those guys apparently.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009 3:58 PM

Word around the campfire is that there's a buyer doing its due diligence at the parks as we speak. There is apparently some massive auditing going on of virtually everything at the parks, and there's an absolute freeze on capital expenditures.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009 4:13 PM

I assume that's not affecting the final work on Manta?

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009 4:31 PM

Jeff said:
Word around the campfire is that there's a buyer doing its due diligence at the parks as we speak. There is apparently some massive auditing going on of virtually everything at the parks, and there's an absolute freeze on capital expenditures.

Gee, that sounds familiar...

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009 4:46 PM

Yeah, obviously signed contracts aren't going to go away, but you can bet they're not starting anything new.

I'm trying to dig some more to see if I can discover who is poking around, but no one has slipped up enough for me to find out!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 6:51 PM

^ good luck on that Endeavour Jeff ;)

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