wasn't tomorrowland supposed to represent a view of a utopian future and ignite imagination and wonder? it seems like it has become a re-dressed fantasyland. Think of it this way:
Space Mountain as well as the other attractions that no long exist there had a few things in common. One was that they all dealt with the future travel and the vision of humanity. The other was that they were immersive yet generic. Generic? you might ask. Well for lack of a better term, yes. Space Mountain, the TTA, even Galaxy Palace theatre are all generic enough where what is presented is a there to be a springboard for what YOU make the experience for whatever time you are on it. The queue for SM may remind people of a book they read, a dream they had, their own manifestation of what a space station might be, they could refer to Star Wars or Star Trek, the possibilities are only limited by you and you would be so immersed that you can just run with it however you wanted. Now, as they force feed us the cluster f*ck of movie tie ins that are only there to sell character merchandise we lose the creative freedom to make our own experince...and the experiences they feed us aren't even complementing the other attractions, nor the land. It's like reading a book as opposed to the the crappy, let-down movie version of the same story.
I also wish the brass over in Team Disney or Feature Animation or Celebration Place would get their heads together. You don't need character merch everywhere to sell merch. You can have really cool stuff and if it's there people will buy it. Same things with rides/shows. SM, TTA, PotC (pre movies), Soarin, M;S/ToT, IllumiNations (ROE) are all things that are popular and successful with no direct tie in to characters and their merch. and then you has that heinous rendition of HSM in tomorrowland that would be right near the store that sold pirates merchandise but that's a whole nother story.
Tomorrowland was always my favorite land, it's a shame it's been so bastardized.