It seems to me that keeping everything the same as it has been would be in InBev's best interest. That allows InBev to continue to leverage the established values of the Busch brands, and to maintain the value of the park assets. Why start selling off or eliminating brand value? It's not like InBev is going to rebrand Bud beer as InBev.
I also could see moving the brewery ops out on Jan. 1, since the expectation would be that they would leave under the new owner anyway, and it'd be cleaner from an accounting perspective to eliminate all non-transferring (to a new owner) assets from the parks at the beginning of the fiscal year (assuming that's Jan. 1).
On the other hand, though, if I were running the joint, I'd just leave the brewery stuff in and try to license it to the new owner, as the in-park placement provides good marketing value to the various beer brands. But, hey, what do I know about beer? :-)
I don't much care what they call the Parks , although I don't think it makes any sense to change them,so long as they are still there for us to visit and are well maintained.
I've already stated my feelings about such an iconic and long established brand as Busch having to sell up. Let's just hope the new owners continue to provide the same excellent level of entertainment that the Busch Group has done over the years.
The owner of the Universal parks has also taken a look. Rumor has it that Disney expressed interest previously, but Florida's government denied it because it would be like a monopoly for the state's theme park industry.
So far new passholders should not be worried; the parks are doing everything in their power to make the change as unnoticeable as possible. Of course I'm still worried because something about Busch Gardens and Seaworld make it totally unique from any other theme park. My first I-have-finally-turned-21 alcoholic beverage was at Busch Gardens. Hopefully it won't go the way of Cypress Gardens.
Closing the Hospitality areas and reducing the brand exposure of the beer brands you just bought in theme parks you also just bought (parks that attract millions of customers annually) makes no sense, even if you are about to sell those parks.
What I've pieced together, so far: The farther down the food chain you are at BEC, the more wild the rumors you are hearing. Front-line people are hearing rumors of massive new branding and shut-downs. But management types (whom I'm more inclined to believe here) are hearing that nothing's going to change, save the corporate name and the corporate (but not brand) logos.
I think that in the telephone game that's being played among some front-line employees there's confusion about corporate versus beer brand versus park names and logos, so that some employees are hearing that all are changing. (Same thing with the donkey and the horses.)
But that's just my opinion as a local in Williamsburg. Time will tell.