I, like everyone else on Earth, welcome good change and loathe bad change. If by "futurist" you mean being onboard with Iger's current and future plans to convert World Showcase into Disney-Pixar-Fantasies-from-around-the-Globe and convert Future World from being about actual Futurism to a hodgepodge of Marvel and Pixar IP fantasy without any overall meaning, and by "traditionalist" you refer to people that don't like Iger's plan and prefer the traditional approach - creating something affecting and with substance in light of the real world - as envisioned by the luminaries who created EPCOT Center (remembering Fantasy was only 1/3 of Walt Disney's trifecta - Yesterday & Tomorrow ought not to go missing), then I'm the latter, in this case. I know that's the losing side, but so it goes. I know institutional investors may feel that Administrator Iger is doing the prudent thing business-wise (in the "pave paradise and put up a parking lot" kind of way), though he has lost my family's dollars.Again, if you poll an audience under the age of 45 who have ridden both rides, I'm confident 95% of them would strongly prefer FEA. I find the snowman more than charming, and really enjoy the beginning sequence... It's a question of futurists vs. traditionalists... liking/accepting change vs. hating change.
I also don't think FEA is regarded as the massive improvement you think it is by 95% of the public (set up a poll to test). I'll acknowledge that there are some improvements over Maelstrom, such as the queue and extending the track to take over the theater space. But even if you prefer saccharine, Disney Princess book report rides with punishingly-painful voice-work (IMO) by Oaken and Josh Gad, FEA, objectively, has some design drawbacks over Maelstrom. Lighting design being one as in some scenes it directs your sightline straight at ceiling lighting rigs (major WDI weakness of recent years). There's the lack of waterfall opening to the Square - maybe necessary for the ride, but it was a charming, unique feature. It has a couple sections that are completely unthemed and look like backstage (eg, just at the top of the lift). Above all, FEA has a much more tenuous, even insulting and embarrassing, connection to Norway. I don't think FEA is bad at all. I think it would be a good and welcome addition... to Fantasyland (see paragraph one).
People want rides in World Showcase (I have since the beginning). Parents want rides the whole family will love. That doesn't mean Iger had to sell the park's soul - you could have had original, country-based rides that appeal to kids/tweens the way FEA does.