Monday, August 4, 2008

Blackstone After Busch Parks?

News has begun to spread that the Blackstone Group, a U.S. private equity firm (who owns part of Universal and tons of other companies) might be interested in picking up the Busch Entertainment parks if they can.

Blackstone also owns Merlin Entertainments Group, the European based company that owns many amusement + theme parks and entertainment centers, along with a wide selection of aquariums and the like.

All speculation at this point, but they would make an interesting owner. Their U.K. division runs Merlin and Blackstone has Universal on American soil... so they'd have to choose who to "team" the Busch Entertainment Parks with.

Wouldn't it be weird if Universal Orlando, IOA, Sea World, Busch Gardens, were all under the same company?