While you are certainly entitled to feel any way you like about that, I do think 'no wearing masks on newly-completed walking paths abutting Seven Seas Lagoon' seems like an awfully specific belief system.
I'm not so worried about a lack of story in Space Mountain (the ride). There are plenty of exciting roller coasters. The thing that distinguishes SM is the setting and the ambiance. I think a Space Mountain movie has to nail that above all else. A well written script that builds the queue...
For what it's worth, Animal Kingdom was my first Disney park. (I was 30.) I was knocked over by the level of detail. It single-handedly converted WDW from a vacation that my wife dragged me on, to pretty much my favorite place in the world. (In the World.)
I hadn't actually seen it. I assumed that it was shaped more like a conventional semi with screens covering the sides. After Googling it, I can see how articulating isn't really an option. Much taller and narrower than I would have thought.
I retract my statement.