I just saw Wall-e this morning this post isnt about the film but ill suffice it to say it is awesome in so many ways not the least of which is its very powerful message.
At its heart it takes many of the behaviors of people today and projects them into the near future, out of control consumerism, digital alienation of people, the increased weight gain of a lethargic over fed improperly fed populace.
( As a truly disabled person with MS the scenes of the overweight atrophied humans getting around in hover chairs reminds me of the many times I needed to use an electric wheelchair only to find they were all taken by people I suspect were just too overweight and out of shape and not really disabled with a debilitating disease)
But all these seem to fly in the face of the way in which Disney markets to its guests! In a way the film IS about a typical guest experience at the parks being bombarded with junk food and plushy toys from china, t-shirts and just plain overpriced junk.
I havent been in the last few weeks but i am curious to see how they are marketing wall-e in the parks, are there endless plush robots etc??
I guess one question is, IS there a way for Disney to both capitalize on the films popularity but do it in a way that PROMOTES the films messages??
As for new ride/attraction ties there are possibilities but only if they also promote the messages of the film.
It does have monorails in it (they no longer work btw! how prophetic!)
And it has a people mover but it would be an impractical design for the parks as it is just a flat platform for carrying robots and people.