I think that Shapiro seemed to have the right idea as well. I don't blame him for all the problems of the past few years. Not only did he inherit a giant mess, but he had to deal with it in the middle of an economic crisis. Despite that adversity, standards and customer experience at Six Flags has greatly improved. If he was voted out or fired, I'm not so sure that Six Flags made the right move.
The early years of the Paramount parks (1990's) were good ones (at least for Kings Island), but by the end, it seemed that a culture of mediocrity was starting to settle in. Whether it was budget or vision, they weren't putting as much care into ride designs and environment like they initially did, and aside from Nickelodeon, they took very little advantage of all the media that Viacom/Paramount had to offer. Al Weber was CEO of Paramount Parks from 2002 till the Cedar Fair sale in 2006. While that fact doesn't necessarily indict him as a sole reason for the company's decline, the fact is worth mentioning. By all accounts, it seems that he's a temporary CEO. Whoever they find to be the permanent CEO, I hope it's someone who also has the spirit of entertainment, and isn't just a corporate "suit" that's out of touch with the amusement/theme park industry and its customers.
That's certainly their right; but I think they'll have a tough time finding anyone clearly better than Shapiro for this gig. He did well, in a very tough position.
I think Al Weber can do a good job, I mean he does have the experience. Now, if they can only get Al Weiss.......
Where are you getting this information?
Six Flags' balance sheet was sunk long before Snyder too over. In fact, that's why and how he took over - because the company, under the former Premier Parks management, was so over-leveraged that bankruptcy appeared imminent.
In hindsight, Snyder should have let Six Flags go into bankruptcy then, and bought the company's best parks in bankruptcy auction. Then, he could have started with a clean balance sheet and raised capital to remake the parks along a more family-friendly model, instead of pouring capital into debt service.
But he didn't, and SF ended up broke anyway.
There's no way any informed person can blame Snyder and Shapiro for what happened to Six Flags. Blame Premier Parks for that. Shapiro gave it a go, and couldn't pull off a miracle.
If the park's new owners wish to move away from Shapiro's course and reposition a thrill parks for locals, good luck with that. The chain will be back in bankruptcy within the decade.