Interesting.... and is only Sea World Orlando on sale or both Sea World parks? It wouldn't make much sense buy just one would it?
This is just a little alarming to me as a Disney fan... with Universal running the Studios, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and two water parks... they'll have a complex in Florida on the scale of WDW! Disney could have some competition...
I sorta wish Disney would have some guts and buy the parks... then they could convert the larger park into DisneySea and also finally have that luxurious niche park they always wanted.
Universal/SeaWorld consolidation on the horizon? With Orlando pushing for a light rail system, it's not too hard to imagine the properties being connected in the near future if that's the case.
EDIT: I've seen several sources report that Blackstone, which owns the other half of Universal Orlando, is also bidding for the Busch parks. The plot thickens.
Keep in mind, whenever a property like this has even a hint of going on the market- ALL of the major players sign on as "interested parties" - even if they don't intend to make a purchase, it's a great way to get data and see just where a competitor really stands. Disney, Universal, Merlin Entertainment all show up for this kind of thing.
I'd like to s33 another WDW sized complex actually brawl it out with Disney it'd be a good thing for the consumer.
In your scenario DIsney would by out everything and prices would go insane and quality would turn lower then vomit. It's already obvious that Disney is mostly unmotivated to try hard in the florida market.