Just speaking for myself, but when I talk about bringing Epcot Center back, I am not talking about the original rides. I'm talking about what FW represented when the park opened. And that is the view that innovation and free markets create improvements to our quality of life. Nowadays we are told corporations are the great evil in the land and only pollute and plot ways to take money.
This would not only "placate" the traditionalists, these type fun and informative views of the future would thrill the "masses".
I agree with your statement wholeheartedly, because for me Epcot Center not only stood for that, but was an upgrade of the amazing '64 Worlds Fair that I had the pleasure of experiencing. That exhibition had as Eddie said earlier, Spirituality. It's our inner will that pushes us to seek the next Horizon , and from the beginning I saw EPCOT Center as a continuation of that. It's not Horizons or WoM, but the bigger heart. I think he also hit the nail on the head as to why Illuminations affects people so viscerally (but subconsciously).
It may not be as much Disney or Imagineers or CM's loosing that sense of spirituality, but rather too many of the guests have. In an attempt to cater to that population, it appears that Disney is in turn loosing some of its...
For us fanboyz then, crying for the return of Horizons, or Toad or EPCOT Center is not so much for that item as it is using that item to represent the larger spirituality.
In thinking about what Eddie discussed about that warmth or primal "magic" that seems to be part of Illuminations.....what will happen to Epcot if/when Illuminations is replaced as many seem to be wanting? Will they be able to integrate that spiritual/tribal/earthy essence into a new show or will it be just fireworks and colors? Now I've really gotten myself depressed...