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Old 05-28-2002, 04:48 PM   #1
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**FLASH** JIYI does open on Saturday 6/1/02 and STAR TOURS is being UPDATED!!!!!!!

Check it out! Super article on Disney's update of JIYI - and it's new name! Also - hello - surprise at the end of the atricle - Star Tours is being updated - FINALLY! And you just gotta love the title of this article - LOL! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] Enjoy!

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/busin...ines%2Dtourism

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Thanks, Steve. Interesting article. And I can't wait for the ride!
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Re: **FLASH** JIYI does open on Saturday 6/1/02 and STAR TOURS is being UPDATED!!!!!!!

I noted the line at the end, "Figment may become EPCOT's Mickey.: I thought he already was. That was why most of us were so upset when he was taken away.
Thanks for the article!
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Re: **FLASH** JIYI does open on Saturday 6/1/02 and STAR TOURS is being UPDATED!!!!!!!

Good news. We never even bothered to ride the new (soon to be old) version.

I agree, Figment has always been the Mickey of Future World. It took Disney awhile to capture the idea but you can bet they're gonna run with it now.

Can't wait to read the first reviews.

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Thanks for the updatee Steve.
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Steve, I love the articles you direct me to read.
This is just another great one. Thanks!
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WDWMagic is reporting soft openings within the week.
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WOO HOO!! It's about time!!!! Wondcat will be thrilled!!!!!!!!

By the way, Gonzo, you are cracking me up w/ all of your new clip art!! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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Has anyone heard of possible dates for the StarTours updating?
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Oops! I must have glicked too soon. I'll try again. Has anyone heard of possible dates for the StarTours update?
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