Wild Adventures withdraws bid for Visionland

Posted Thursday, October 10, 2002 5:00 AM | Contributed by SyntaxError

Officials with Wild Adventures said Tuesday the offer to purchase VisionLand will be taken off the table and the company will not submit a bid to buy the park by the new Oct. 15 deadline. They say that the sale approval process is taking too long and would prevent renovation projects from being completed in time for a spring opening.

Read more from The Birmingham News.

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Thursday, October 10, 2002 4:38 PM
Surprise!! Surprise!!! Visionland still does not have a owner, I wonder why...:)

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Thursday, October 10, 2002 4:40 PM
Simple, really sethman, because this is Birmingham, and nobody in any position can get their heads out of their collective butts long enough to see that their posturing is destroying the city. But that's just one citizen's opinion.
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Thursday, October 10, 2002 5:00 PM
What makes me wonder about all this is how this supposed 'third company' (see earlier articles) keeps popping up as interested in bidding. I'm wondering how much all this delaying is because of that company. However I do agree with JustBo, except that it isn't just B'ham that is like that, its pretty much the whole state.

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Don't even get me started with Montgomery.

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Friday, October 11, 2002 5:19 AM
Simply put gentlemen and ladies:

They want more money than the park is worth. The town of Bessemer wants the companies to pay $25 million for the entire park. They don't want to allow for any kind of dismissal of back payments or debts. They are screwing themselves royally. I tell you what. They really shot themselves in the foot this time. Wild Adventures would have easily brought a ton of people into that park, and would utilize a joint season pass for both parks. They would have been some legitimate competition for SFOG. WAdv would have brought in some new rides immediately. Also, if any of you have been down to WAdv, you will also note that they are a park that takes excellent care of their rides. This is just a sad day. No Rip-Roarin Rampage next year.

This bites!

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"Sit down, enjoy much airtime and put your feet IN the fire!" *** This post was edited by Scorcherboy on 10/11/2002. ***

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Friday, October 11, 2002 6:29 PM

The third company is a figment of the small-time political crooks' imagination.

Remember when they said Busch was interested and the Busch brass not only specifically and emphatically denied it, but documented all the (unsolicited) communication about the park offering too? That says loads about the Busch park brass--and all of it good. They weren't going to let those hoodlums inflate the price due to 'competitive interest.'

Their strategy might work on some other planet, but this is Earth. It's chock-full of people that can count.

-'Playa

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Saturday, October 12, 2002 5:26 AM
Good point CPlaya, that seems to make more sense.

It looks like Visionland probably won't be sold in time to open next year.

EDIT: I guess we were wrong CPlaya, I just contributed a news item about the so-called second park. But from the sounds of it, this may have been a last minute bid that the board didn't know about when they made the claim.

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Saturday, October 12, 2002 3:35 PM

The third company is from san diego called ProParks here is a link to the story.

http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/1034414111160170.xml

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Army Rangers lead the way

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Saturday, October 12, 2002 8:02 PM
I am still hoping that Themeparks LLC will get VisionLand and do what they did to Kentucky Kingdom here.

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The buzzer that used to be rampagelover.

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 7:27 AM
rollergator's avatar Well, you know me and my *crackpot* theories....the owner of Wild Adventures is one Kent Buescher....now, I know all of US can spell and whatnot, but how about an "honest mistake" where someone saw the name Buescher and confused it with Busch...possible, although unlikely. I am one of those cynics that believes that honest mistakes balance out in the long run and that true deception usually comes back around. Time should tell which one this is....

bill, saying "buy my bridge before someone else does"...;)...Supplies ARE limited! *** This post was edited by rollergator on 10/13/2002. ***

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Monday, October 14, 2002 8:11 AM

While on the one hand there is a third bidder it sure isn't a deep-pocketed 'white horse' that would drive up the price or strike terror in the hearts of its competitors. Same ol' same ol'.

The article goes on to reveal even more facets of the little shell game they continue to play with prospective bidders.

What are they thinking?

-'Playa

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