My God, you guys are so depressing sometimes.The loss of RoE feels like the final stake in the heart of EPCOT, yes. For me too. EPCOT Forever is really just the funeral music they play as we watch the coffin being lowered into the ground. Songs the departed loved.
It took a while for ROE to grow on me but once it did, I really fell in love. It's a kind of simplistic approach to something way too complicated to be summed up with fireworks, lasers and a few projections...but the music just hits all the right emotional beats for me, and helps to make ROE feel optimistic & hopeful to me rather than fake & cherry-coating (which is an accusation that gets thrown around often). It's definitely flawed (the concept of the projections on the Earth is cool, but just doesn't work in its current form; as a local, I watched ROE 2-3 times a week for years and rarely had a good view of the Earth, no matter what country I was viewing from) and old enough now that I can understand the need for a replacement. Still devastated to see it go.It's sad that that's all you see, because it's so much more than a bit of fireworks with a multi-colored ball spinning on a lake. It's a beautiful story if you actually listen to the opening announcement and look at the images on the globe and listen to the ending song. Once I actually listened and paid attention to the story, I really started to love it. I know it's not for everyone though.
I'm generally more flexible on IPs than some on here (Frozen in Norway doesn't bother me; GOTG coaster does) but super apprehensive about the use of IPs in Epcot Forever. Not really sure how they plan to pay homage to past FW attractions like Kitchen Kabaret while also using IPs in a multicultural/international tribute similar to ROE? These seem like concepts for two completely separate shows to me. If used subtly/sparingly, I think IPs like Coco could suit this show well, but like others have said...really don't want to see this become Happily Ever After 2.0 but with some countries tossed in.