I think by now most people understand that the iconic character (vulture) is probably moving to the a prominent place in the new lobby of the revised 33 experience. That in addition to the elevator car being there too!
ALL members will have access to the new lounge, so original members can't claim sour grapes of not having access. The new lounge will be accessed BY all members.
Sorry the Courtyard is gone. In reality the same number of people who went through it in any given year will be the same...it will just be different people. Don't forget that before NOS was there...we had a chicken house...which I am SURE was loved by many, but they moved on when NOS was added. I hope people will be able to move on quickly. In my 30+ years of experiencing Disney parks in CA and FL many of my favorite attractions have gone...20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Country Bear Jamboree, Mr Toad, Residential Street, The Dailies Theater, Here Come The Muppets and more...and the things that replaced them...may or may not not have been great. Change overall is good.