Anheuser-Busch was sold to Belgian beverage giant InBev NV in 2008. InBev divested their interest in Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Busch Gardens Tampa in 2009, so the Clydesdale horses have left the park.
The Blackstone Group purchased the Busch parks and SeaWorld properties for $2.7 billion. They created the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment division which includes two Busch Parks, three SeaWorld parks, four water parks, Pennsylvania's Sesame Place and Florida's Discovery Cove. Blackstone also operates other attractions such as Madame Tussauds and LegoLand.
The two Gwazi coasters have a combined length of 6,800 feet and took one million feet of lumber to build.
©2012 by Joel A. Rogers.