-It Takes People To Make The Dream A Reality- DCP Summer 2018 Highlights Trip Report! (NEW 1/18x2!)

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  1. PlutosRHM55

    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    What a dream that would be. *fingers crossed*

    Thank you! And it was. Definitely one I can remember most vividly even outside of the videos I took.

    DO IT. You MUST. Sending pixie dust your way so it may be so!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Never Forget The Day I Sang to My Puppy Prince
    6/2/18: Disneyland With My New CP Besties

    We've now made quite the jump in this "highlights report" that will be one long 24 day vacation of sorts. It's been a minute since my last adventure in the park and in that time, I've essentially finished training which means I'm on a regular work schedule meaning I made daily visits to the park in order to make it to my shifts on time and not stress about catching the bus on time. The bus was never on time.

    The curse of TranStar truly follows one forever.

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    Curse intact, I hopped on the 10 bus, got myself to Disneyland, went through Harbor Pointe to drop off my bag with my costume and other essentials in my locker then popped back out into the Esplanade. A truly perfect daily routine.

    Forgetting one thing though!

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    My ticket to happiness and YUP, NO PROBLEMS AT THE MAIN GATE. I would give them my blue ID, they'd pop out whatever iconic Pixar duo was in the stars for me, take my pic and I was on my way for a jaunt in the magic. Oh blessed day!

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    I checked the Disneyland app to see the times of certain characters and I saw Aurora would be coming out by the Wishing Well soon! I had yet to meet her since having park access so I thought better now than never that I stop by. When I got there, the line had already formed but it wasn't too too long so I grabbed my spot and was ready to wait it out.

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    As I waited, Gaston started to make his way through into the main courtyard of Fantasyland so I pulled out my phone just as he was about to pass and... well...

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    Needless to say, the thoughts going through my head after that moment are not appropriate for a family event like the DISBoards. It seriously was too much for my poor gay heart to take though. Ugh, GASTONNNNN.

    Not long after he passed and had distracted me sufficiently, along with many others in line, Aurora showed up. The Queen of my Childhood was here and I was so excited to finally get to meet her in such a picturesque spot.

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    She was as sweet as the Briar Rose she is named after and as I remembered. She was gagging over my outfit choice since I matched her and Flora. Then she noticed my bracelets which included a blue one for Merryweather. We definitely needed to get green for Fauna. She is the mediator of the bunch so she is necessary. I also had to tell her how much I loved her adorable castle and her story. Overall, it was a lovely overdue visit. I'd definitely be back to say hi to her again.

    Ducking out into the main courtyard of Fantasyland, possibly wanting to follow Gaston... possibly not, I realized I hadn't visited Toontown since I'd been here. So deep deep DEEP into Fantasyland I traversed until I passed under the cutest little sign.

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    In Toontown, the first house I came upon was Goofy's and lo-and-behold the man himself was standing outside. He had a very short line that looked like it might be close to being cut off since his host was watching the end of it very closely I got in.

    He was very gracious when I got to the front, especially when I complimented his house.

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    I asked him about Max and why he wasn't around. Goofy pointed to the second floor of his house and he told me he was sleeping. I told him I should be more like Max in that instance. Goofy happily agreed, being that I probably was one of my many visitors since the park opened a few hours earlier. He still had a minute for a photo...

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    ...and a hug goodbye.

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    As if on cue, right outside of Goofy's abode was another fave pup mine, more fave one might say...

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    If you didn't watch the video, YOU NEED TO WATCH IT. Keeping it short, Pluto was dancing his best life out in Toontown and being the loud mouth I am and a lover of a more pop variety of music said to Pluto that he needed better music. He then ran up to me and asked me to sing for him. Pretty sure the dog had my tongue because I was like "WHOA me sing let's not." I am a musical theater child, but singing is not my strong point. The practice I do on my singing far outweighs that of my dancing practice or learning lines. He insisted as did his house. I asked him what song I should sing and the host suggested, "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse." If you know that song, it's pretty repetitive but for my boy I DID IT. A huge mob surrounding us including a child who tried to interrupt our little moment. The host stepped in luckily and blocked the kid off. After I was done, Pluto gave me a big hug, pointed at my phone to signal a commemorative photo.

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    So yeah, that was the story of the time I sang to Pluto in Toontown. Unexpected, unplanned and I'm not sure I would do again. I don't get sunburnt but having me do wild things, as much as I agree to them, makes me red red RED.

    After the occasion, I decided I was in need of some sustenance so off to New Orleans Square it was! And for those of you who followed my adventures on Instagram know this could only mean one thing...

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    Thank goodness for that CM discount or I would've gone so broke on my Mint Juleps and Mickey Beignets but GURL they were addictive! And I'd down them so so quick. Hence why they eventually became my brand on Twitter and... yeah everywhere. Especially after I discovered Ralph Brennan's, but this is getting ahead. Back to the present of this trip report, as I ate them I realized that the Haunted Mansion didn't have a long wait. Then I noticed the times for FPs and they were like... nearly now. I hadn't gone on the Mansion in awhile so I thought "Why not?" I ran to the kiosk, grabbed an FP and after a bathroom break, I was able to hop right in line.

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    I believe that I mentioned before that while I prefer Magic Kingdom's Mansion, DL's Mansion from the outside is far prettier. It fits the theming better of New Orleans Square (like what is even its purpose in Liberty Square?) and is so iconic. I grew up with the Disneyland Sing Along VHS so it was always nostalgic walking up to this mansion. But a facade is only a facade for so long when soon you are in the boundless realm of the supernatural.

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    Mansion is Mansion and I always feel right at home after socializing with some grim grinning ghosts. I took a moment to myself to just take in the New Orleans Square outer areas when I noticed that my friends Katie and Monica were in the park. I messaged Katie and asked where they were at and if they wanted to hang out. She was all for it and said that they were at Splash Mountain and to meet them over there. Party of one was about to become party of three!

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  4. missjackiemcg

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    Sounds like perfection tbh!!

    What an incredibly fun and special memory with your favorite dog!!!! :) Love this picture so much!
     
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    Great character photos!! Your moment with Pluto sounded too cute, love the video!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Oh it was. No more waiting unnecessarily long to get into the park.

    I miss him so so much! I'm giving him the biggest longest happiest most emotional hug ever when I get back and take all the cute photos.

    Still lowkey embarrassed by it but ah fun times!

    Thank you! It was. He's so precious. I need to see him again asap.
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Queens Introducing Princesses to Princesses and Princes, A Thing
    6/2/18: Disneyland With My New CP Besties

    In our plans to meet up with one another, Katie & Monica had no issues finding me or I finding them as we walked right up to each other. We were standing right by the Davy Crockett Canoes, which Katie suggested as something to do. I had said before I really wanted to try them out since they are seasonal and not always open so I was all for it and we got in line or a lack thereof, but we were too many for the canoe that was about to leave so we had to wait a few minutes for the next one. Again, a near walk on! I was doing well bypassing waits on this day.

    We were handed our paddles then settled immediately into a spot on the canoe. I wasn't planning on taking out my phone while in the middle of the Rivers of America so I got a selfie before we took off.

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    And we were off, doing the Davy Crockett thing! I was having a blast. Our guide on the canoe was hilarious cracking a lot of jokes that I'm not sure most normal CMs could get away with but for them I guess it was fine? It was entertaining and I loved just going around the Rivers of America at a very unique perspective. However, not everyone was enjoying the physical workout. People were taking breaks left and right and the guide continued to call them out to light chuckles. Katie, the one who suggested this, was one of them and was like "I didn't expect it to be THIS much of a workout."

    Ok sis ok.

    Overall, we all agreed it was something you had to do. Maybe not on a super hot day, but for cooler ones it was fun. Even if I was splashed by someone, pretty sure it was Katie even though she denies it. Whatever, it was warm so I dried quickly. Katie and Monica had no plans after this minus so I asked if they wouldn't mind joining me to the Royal Hall. They hadn't been so they were all for it so we trekked back across Disneyland to Fantasy Faire, which was the closest part of Fantasyland to New Orleans Square. I think we might've stopped in Frontierland to get some food or water, I can't remember since I don't have any pics. We did get to the Hall after though.

    There was a show going on in the Fantasy Faire Theater so the line for the Hall was very short and we were brought in quickly. A family was ahead of us but I still squealed when I walked in. At this point I had visited the Hall a few times, a regular visitor one might say, and Ariel was a pretty good friend of mine. I really hoped she remembered me though since I only met her a few times now. Luckily, right as we walked up she twirled and came in for a big hug. She was very excited to see me. Love that Angelfish.

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    Whoever was in the room next to us made the video a bit difficult to hear along with my overbite make me mumble a bit, but I think I brought up something about being a performer. Katie thought Ariel & I were adorable so she had to get a video of us. They also ended up getting photos with her after and had their own little conversations. It was so much fun and it let the family in the next room bump ahead.

    In the next room was us WDWCP's homegurl, Miss Cinderella!

    Katie ended up being the first one in the room and near scared herself as well as Cinderella. I still was the first one to go up and talk to her.

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    I don't remember what this conversation was about. I'm guessing it was about my day and she probably told us something about her shoes or Jaq and Gus. Y'know typical Cindy conversation topics. She was super chill though and we spent quite a bit of time. Monica and Katie were way too entertained by me meeting characters to care much about getting a photo so after my photo, we all scuttled along into the next room where SURPRISE SURPRISE, Snow White was waiting patiently.

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    I apologize for the blurryness of the photos by the way. We were testing out Portrait Mode in the Hall and it didn't always work well. Anyways, I don't remember what happened in this conversation, it's been so long and many conversations with Snow later you forget some. I know it was a perfect ending to our time in the Hall though and we left feeling pretty happy with our time in there. As we came out of the exit, we saw that Flynn Rider aka Eugene Fitzherbert was making his way over to his meeting spot so we decided to go hop in line for him. He always had a short wait by himself so once again a walk-up! Slayin the game today I'm tellin ya.

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    I don't know what I brought up, but Flynn turned to me asked me to smoulder for my friends. I probably said we were nervous to be near a master of smoulder like him or something so... well... this happened:

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    He told me I'd practice and that for now, we'd take a nice photo since the smoulder really wasn't my thing.

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    Yeah, I try to be slick hehe

    Monica and Katie both met him separately after me. He hardcore flirted with both of them, checked on them to see if they were ok after the smoulder. It was hilarious. The best was when Flynn was admiring Monica's flower ears and he spotted Aurora passing by from afar. He got her attention and showed her Monica's ears. If you read the bio I made for her, Aurora is Monica's FAVORITE. She adores her hence why Katie made her the pink flower AURORA ears. She was shook. It was so cute and we all got fabulous photos courtesy of Portrait Mode. Far better use out in the sun than in the awful lighting of the Hall.

    The Fantasy Faire was beginning a second showing and we saw they hadn't closed off the gates so we decided to hop in and find a spot for ourselves. It was the Beauty and the Beast show (hence why Flynn was out meeting), a personal stage favorite of mine since I starred in my middle school's production of it. And this was a particularly entertaining production.

    It even attracted one unlikely but totally likely viewer.

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    After the show ended, I said it was best for me to start heading out so I could clock in on time. I'm not sure where either of them headed off to after, but I was back on Main Street enjoying a little of that atmosphere before I ducked backstage.

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    I didn't stop for much but the lovely voices of the Dapper Dans and I was out and off to work. I can't remember anything particular about the shift on this day. I'm guessing it was lovely and most likely in Grizzly Peak. I was there a lot during the early days of my CP. We'll still say me walking out of Disneyland ended my day though and I'll be back soon with another thrilling adventure in the life of @thatdisneykween!

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    This is amazing! Sounds like Flynn was totally on point this day!! He seems to be rather hit or miss in WDW in my experience, so I'm a bit jealous!
     
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    Your 'smolder'.....on point!:tinker: Flynn was 'meh' compared to yours. Try that on a cute boy and I'll be reading about your engagement.:thumbsup2

    Great report as always, looking forward to more.
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    I've loved him on both coasts, but he has NO LINE at Disneyland whereas he is a god basically at WDW so he spends TIME. Too much fun.

    Omg STOP. It is terrifying. Flynn outdid me by miles. He'd get all the cute boys if he wanted.

    Thank you! I'll be updating as much more as I can. :teeth:
     
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    Got super far behind on all my TRs!

    I think most people expect it to come back. Maybe after the DCA Food and Wine festival (it’s hard to deal with the parade route and food booths)?

    What an awesome interaction!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    I heard that was part of the reason it left. I'm still not sure since I heard from some Entertainment friends other things aside from issues with the booths and fitting Paint in there. I just don't want to get my hopes up too high for them to be shattered.

    One of many, just you wait. :goodvibes
     
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    Sounds like a good day in the Hall! And your pics with Flynn are so cute!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    It was! And thank you, he's such a dream boat *sigh*
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Down Down Down The Rabbit Hole
    Part I
    6/15/18: Incredibles 2 Premiere Day!

    Picture this: The sun was shining bright. The day was just that perfect temperature. An Incredible day was here for sure! Just for the Parr family, of course.

    Most of my friends had seen it the night before, but I had been working until close so I wasn't able to make it to a showing so today I was going to see Incredibles 2. My friend, Kaitlyn and I coordinated our ticket times so we'd be able to see it together. However, that wasn't until later in the day so I had plenty of time to play in the parks beforehand because WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO ON YOUR DAY OFF AND HAVE FREE ACCESS TO THE PARKS?!

    If you answered Universal, you either must think you're in California or you're in the wrong area of the interwebs entirely.

    Anyways, I got up relatively early and headed straight for the parks. It wasn't super busy, granted I was getting there around 11am which was before the afternoon rush so I wouldn't be running into too much trouble. As I walked into the park, I saw they had special buttons for the Incredibles 2 premiere day and knowing how those tend to run out before my friends get there, I grabbed a few. Here was mine with my Pixar duo for the day:

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    If it's Joy & Sadness on the park ticket, you know it's gonna be a good day. It would've been cool if it was Edna and Jack-Jack though like on the banner in the Esplanade. That would be the bombdotcom, but alas not the situation by any means so I'll be happy having Joy & Sadness by my side on this day.

    I didn't have any concrete plans, only to make it to the mid-day showing of Incredibles 2 and meet up with Kaitlyn beforehand so we could go in and grab seats together. So I did my usual thing in the parks which usually began with a trip to Fantasy Faire to go say hi to the ladies of the Hall. When I got over to the Hall, the line was literally nonexistent to the point the queue wasn't even used you just walked right in. I saw out of the corner of my eye a familiar winner of the No Belle Prize right before I went in...

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    After getting in line, I decided to check out a little bit of the show going on over at the Fantasy Faire theater when some other Fantasyland friends came wheeling by...

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    These are the reasons why Disneyland's Fantasyland is objectively better than Magic Kingdom.

    FACTS ARE FACTS AMERICA.

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    Anyways, it was time to meet the girls and test out the DSLR in the Hall. I'll post both the M&G photos along with the DSLR shots. Yeah, I'm totally showing off hehe

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    Overall, it was a nice visit to the Hall. The host that was there taking photos for me when I was with Cindy and Ariel was super nice and super cute (yes, I was a bit distracted). He even suggested poses for them and I mean the photos all came out really good on my iPhone so FOUR KEYS CARD TO HIM!

    He disappeared when I met Snow and another host was there, but he wasn't necessary as Snow became the highlight of the three that day. She immediately took notice of my Figment shirt so we began talking about Disney World, me working there, me working at Disneyland, what we love about Disney World, IT WAS LIKE TALKING TO A FELLOW CP ALUM OR WDW NATIVE OR FORMER CM EXCEPT IT WAS SNOW WHITE. I was talking with her for quite some time and she honestly made my day. I had been missing Disney World and had few people to vent about things I missed so it was nice to have Snow to talk about it with. Gah, love that gem.

    After a hug goodbye from Snow, I headed back on out into Fantasyland. I decided to go venture into Toontown to see if Pluto was out. Before I did, I noticed the Pearly Band, Bert and Mary were out performing in front of the Castle so I stopped to watch them.

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    Stepping in time all the way to Toontown, I discovered Pluto near immediately. He wasn't meeting which seems to be his cup of tea out in Toontown. Him and his host were just wandering around Toontown getting into mischief.

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    I didn't stay with him for long after because he started playing with select CHILDREN so I headed on back into Fantasyland. As I was walking by the teacups, I noticed the Hatter and Tweedles were out. Hatter's pretty regular at Disneyland usually in this area of Fantasyland or hanging out by Coke Corner. Tweedles really aren't out that often and I saw they were stopping to meet by the Matterhorn so I hopped immediately in line. Then lo-and-behold look who came to join them!

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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Down Down Down The Rabbit Hole
    Part II
    6/15/18: Incredibles 2 Premiere Day!

    LITERALLY EVERYONE FROM WONDERLAND EXCEPT THE TITULAR ALICE WAS OUT BY THE MATTERHORN AND I WAS GOING TO MEET THEM ALL ON MY LONESOME. WHAT I WOW SHOOQ

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    I'm not sure I could even remember after what happened. I know the Tweedles and the Queen immediately encroached upon me then Hatter was brought in and the White Rabbit was kind of forgotten. I'm not sure what we talked about. I think the Queen was upset we didn't match even though I said the yellow worked well with her dress.

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    No trouble finding his way in though in the midst of the chaos. And he was the one in the bunch I hadn't met so after all was said and done I asked for a separate photo which he was more than happy to oblige although he was once again late for a very important date.

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    If this was only the beginning of my day, for sure I was in for a supremely magical day. I was READY for more!

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    I love how hatter is peaking around your shoulder.
     
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    This is super nice!

    That's so wonderful! What a little burst of magic! Sounds like just what you needed.

    OH MY GAWSH! How exciting!!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    He just couldn't not photobomb the perfect photo.

    I'm here all day lol

    Thank you! I did my best with that awful hall lighting.

    It was! Ugh, Snow made my day. We stan the OG princess.

    I was actually shaking, it was so amazing. Legendary moment.
     
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    OMG that pic with the whole Alice gang!!! So jealous, that is amazing!! And I love the solo pic with White Rabbit!
     
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