WASHINGTON -- Mark Shapiro is two months into his tenure as chief executive officer of Six Flags Inc., and he's outlined plans to turn the theme park company into an alternative to Walt Disney World and bring in corporate partnerships.

He plans to have costumed characters walk the parks, put on daily parades, sell "Flash pass" tickets that get buyers to the front of the line, and build minicoasters for parents to ride with their children -- all taking a cue from the Disney park in Orlando, Fla