Vote of the week: The emerging Blackstone theme park empire
Written by Robert Niles
The week's big news was Blackstone Group finally announcing its deal to buy the Busch Entertainment Corp. theme parks, including SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. In separate investments, Blackstone holds a major interest in the Universal Orlando theme parks, as well a majority control of Legoland California. Essentially, with this deal, Blackstone's now got its money in just about every top-quality, high-budget theme park in the United States not owned by Disney.Tweet
My questions for the week are about your experience with and opinion of the parks now owned (wholly or in part) by Blackstone.
What would you like to see Blackstone do with the Busch theme parks? Post your suggestions in the comments, please. Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading Theme Park Insider!
Update: At around the 400-vote mark, I crunched the numbers a bit. Here's a ranking of the parks, dividing the number of people who claimed each park as their favorite by the number of people who voted that they'd visited that park in the past five years:
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