SeaWorld in San Diego, the fourth-most-popular theme park in California, may soon have a new owner.
Reports surfaced Friday that private equity firm Blackstone Group is closing in on a deal to buy 10 theme parks owned and operated by Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Busch Entertainment Corp.'s largest parks include SeaWorld attractions in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, Fla., as well as Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla., and Williamsburg, Va.
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Blackstone Group is in the process of acquiring the theme parks for $2.5 billion to $3 billion. Executives at Anheuser-Busch, SeaWorld and Blackstone declined to comment on the reported deal.