Shapiro sounds like your typical corporate MBA type: Rather than creating the best product or service possible, and simply letting profits follow as a result, he's just out to turn Six Flags into a money factory, and to blazes with anyone or anything that gets in the way of his much-vaunted goal of "shareholder value."
Or, to put it more simply, "Profit at ANY cost!" Talk about self-defeating...
At the risk of sounding harsh, though, I would not mind seeing Six Flags Marine World get rid of what little animal population they have left, and go completely over to a ride-based economy, as it were. When a park chain's CEO becomes that worried about The Bottom Line, I get a queasy feeling in my guts about the long-term quality of the care given to any park's animal population, especially the high-cost critters like marine mammals.
If Shapiro is that desperate to cut costs, I would hope one of the ways he does so is to ship SFMW's animal population off to REAL oceanariums and zoos, places that would be fully committed and prepared to consider their long-term health first, and the cost of providing it second.
Keep the peace(es).
I fully expected the Oklahoma City move to happen. I can't see the new owners leaving their palaces in New York for the comforts of Oklahoma. I really don't see Six Flags being in any position to buy Paramount Parks though. Closings and streamlining aren't enough to raise that kind of money.....and also I just refuse to believe the possibility of Kings Island becoming Six Flags Kings Island.....God help us