royalguard96, it's eerie how much I agree with nearly everything in your post (including that we're the same age)--l love all 6 movies and the Clone Wars, like and admire Lucas/Lucasfilm for the same reasons you state, and was even kind of hoping for the dawn of a nice quiet "dark times" in the past couple of years, because I thought that would strengthen Star Wars in the long run. My thoughts diverge from yours when it comes to the new movies, though. Yeah, it bums me out a bit to see Lucas turn over the control that he fought for (and won) his entire artistic life, but I get him wanting to call the shots on this process rather than having his kids involved in some sort of nightmare scenario after he's gone. I'm glad that he's unburdened of it all, as much as he can be, at least. And as much as I don't really give a damn either way about Disney (I think the last thing in their animated canon I saw was probably "The Fox and the Hound", whenever that came out), it seems to me that they treat the jewels in their crown fittingly, excepting all those garbagey direct-to-video sequels.
What gets me excited for 7/8/9, aside from the whole "WTF?" of it all, is his "extensive and detailed story treatments" and his past inability to let things go completely...look at how heavily involved he's been with The Clone Wars--I feel like his "creative consultant" role will be more than even he probably thinks right now, but who knows. As for Ep7's roots being financial rather than (or more than) creative, you may be right, but I hope that's not the case; I wonder when he came up with these story treatments, aside from his old notes from the 80's. I'm treating this next trilogy as "real" Star Wars; anything beyond it (without Lucas involvement) will probably be akin to "pick and choose" EU for me....I might love it, or I might ignore it. Out of respect to your last paragraph, I'm absolutely not trying to persuade you differently, because your reasons are perfectly valid and very well-stated--it was just interesting to me how much of your post I feel like I myself could've written up to that point.
Oh, and I remember you from years spent on Rebelscum--then again, it's hard not to remember somebody with worthwhile stuff to say in the middle of that massive shithole.