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Three ways I relieve chronic pain at Disneyland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After California legalized cannabis for recreational use in January of 2018, (it has been legal for medicinal use since 1996), Disneyland added marijuana and CBD to its list of items not permitted into their theme parks.  I will share my thoughts on this subject another day, but for today I want to share what I bring with me to get through a day in the parks without medical marijuana or CBD products.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

Whether I was sitting in my wheelchair all day or walking everywhere as I do now, my spine takes a beating and must be tended to all day long.  To minimize swelling around my spine and in my hips I use a drug-free pain-relief device called Oska Pulse.  This little beauty is what made it possible for me to retire my wheelchair last year. It uses pulsed electromagnetic fields to reduce inflammation and pain like nothing I have ever tried.   While there are many PEMF therapy products available, this is the only one that is portable and safe to use wherever and whenever you want.  Click here to learn more about Oska Pulse.  FYI: As an Oska Pulse affiliate, I am able to offer you a discount of $55.00 when you enter my promotional code DIVA at checkout!

Click here to discover all the different pains and symptoms that this device has either greatly reduced or eliminated. Click here to visit Oska Wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The downside to only treating pain with Oska Pulse is that when I am in the parks, I need to address pain in more than one area of my body.  When my lower back and knees flare at the same time, I often (especially in the cooler months) place my PEMF device above the worst knee and a Thermacare heat wrap at the base of my spine.  In warmer months I will place my Oska Pulse near my spine and use icepacks on my knees.  Heat wraps help relax my back muscles and provide comfort and relief.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last, but not least, I bring along a blend of essential oils formulated for pain relief such as Mend.  While not as powerful as my CBD infused oils, they do help relax muscles and reduce pain well enough to keep me from having to leave earlier than I had planned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave all CBD and cannabis products at home, in your car, or hotel room.  It is my hope that one day, as long as the guest can provide their medical marijuana certification, guests may be allowed to medicate with it in the parks, with the exception of flower because there are alternatives.  But until then, let’s respect Disneyland’s policy and find other ways to keep our pain levels low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disneyland Park Accessibility Update January 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Quick update!

Since I last updated the guide there have been a few new updates.

  1. Dumbo:  This attraction’s queue is now fully accessible to mobility aids, both manual and motorized.  All guests enter the same queue.
  2. Matterhorn:  The queue to this attraction has been widened making it easier for mobility aids to use.
  3. The Enchanted Tiki Room: This is my favorite update!! Gone is the awkwardly small and outdoor elevator for those unable to enter via the stairs.  In the entrance area, there is now a ramp to the right of the waiting area for guests to use.  In the past, guests unable to take stairs had to exit via the elevator and back through the entrance, now they exit out the same door and down ramps into the new Tropical Hideaway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obsessed with Disney Ears!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you as obsessed with Disney ear headbands as I am? Some think that Minnie ear headbands are just to wear while visiting a Disney Park, but guess what? They are WRONG!!!  Disney headbands can be worn anywhere and at anytime of year.  For example, what disnerd wouldn’t be thrilled to wear a birthday headband out to dinner?  Ear headbands are perfect for Disney bounding and showing everyone your love of Disney.  I wear mine everywhere and have yet to have someone make a rude remark! In fact, my ear headbands make people smile and often prompts them to share their favorite Disney related memories.  Join me in making the world a happier place by wearing your Minnie ears while out and be sure to tag me (The Disabled Diva) if you post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Don’t have ears? Or are you like me and need more?  Click on the ears below to expand your ear wardrobe!  OOOHHH and one last thing, there are few holiday headbands that are on sale! Scroll down to see which ones!

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

Disney Minnie Mouse Ear Headband – Swap Your Bow * Bow is removable  * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Snowflake Ears Headband for Adults * On Clearance * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Mickey Mouse Birthday Ear Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Jack Skellington Ear Headband – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Timeless Ear Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Bride Ear Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Halloween Ears Sequined Headband * On Sale *  Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Americana Ears Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Belle Ear Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Rose Gold Sequined Ear Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Ear Headband – The Haunted Mansion * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Fuzzy Holiday Ears Headband for Adults * On Clearance * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Ear Headband – Rainbow * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Ear Headband – Silver Sequins * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney ”It’s My Birthday” Ear Hat for Adults * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney The Haunted Mansion Tightrope Walker Ears Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Holiday Ears Headband for Adults * On Sale * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Sequined Ear Headband with Satin Bow * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy Days at Disneyland: What to do, wear, and bring!

Rainy Days at Disneyland: What to do, wear, and bring!

Rainy southern California days may cause mudslides and flood streets, but they shouldn’t ruin your Disneyland vacation.  I learned long ago, before living here, that you never know what the weather is going to be like.  We have experienced cold and wet winter weather during spring break and triple digits on Thanksgiving, The good news is that those strange weather days never last for long and if prepared, they shouldn’t disrupt your vacation either.  Here are some tips for cold and rainy days that will keep you warm, dry, and happy!

 

 

 

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when purchases are made via my links. The proceeds offset the expense of running this blog and fund the prize pools for my Facebook groups. I am not affiliated with Disneyland or the Disney company.

What to do

There are a few rides that may be shut down when it rains, but they are outdoor rides and not ones that you would run to for shelter. Use this time to discover areas that you haven’t made time for in the past and enjoy lower wait times for everything else since most people leave when it begins to rain. In addition to attractions, there is nothing more beautiful than to walk throughout the park in the rain.  Low crowds make it a perfect time to get some awesome photos of your favorite views. It is also a wonderful time to go shopping or to enjoy a meal at a sit down restaurant.

Here is a quick list of indoor attractions that have mostly indoor queues (if the lines are short, you shouldn’t have to wait outside):

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  1. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  2. The Disney Gallery
  3. Space Mountain
  4. Star Tours
  5. Buzz Lightyear
  6. Star War’s Launch Bay
  7. Tomorrowland Theater
  8. Roger Rabbit
  9. Mickey and Minnie’s houses
  10. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle walkthrough (just be careful of wet floors and stairs)
  11. The Golden Horseshoe
  12. Indiana Jones
  13. Pirates of the Caribbean  (just be warned that there is a risk of getting wet on this ride)
  14. Haunted Mansion (when there is little wait)

California Adventure

  1. Monster’s Inc
  2. Guardian’s of the Galaxy Mission Breakout
  3. Animation Academy
  4. Soarin’
  5. The Little Mermaid
  6. Toy Story Mania

 

What to wear

All it took was one vacation in 1998 where the weather was freezing for one day of our multi-day visit to make sure to pack for at least one or two cold days.  We haven’t always needed our winter attire, but my family was sure thankful I brought it along when our vacations were interrupted by a cold front.

Always bring clothing that can be layered. Make sure jackets are water and wind resistant. Wear rainboots or cover your sneakers with rain covers. Warm hats, earmuffs, gloves, and scarves will also keep you cozy while playing on a damp and cold day.

What to bring

Here is a quick list of items you should always bring on your Disneyland vacation to ensure that a day or two of chilly and rainy days won’t ruin your vacation. BTW Rainy days aren’t the days to wear your favorite Disney bounding outfit or cutest Disney dress, they are the days to dress for comfort, warmth, ability to stay dry, and functionality.  Skip the ears and instead put a bow in your hair!

  1. Rain and wind resistant jacket, raincoat, or poncho.  (Do not waste your money purchasing a poncho in the parks.  Why spend $10 on something of the same quality that could be purchased at your local dollar store or online for far less? Save your money for something that will last like a sweatshirt or hat.)
  2. Extra socks!! Even if the weather is warm, an extra pair of socks always comes in handy whether your feet get wet from the weather or water rides.
  3. Umbrellas and covers for strollers and wheelchairs and umbrella holder for your stroller, wheelchair, or rollator.
  4. Hats, earmuffs, gloves, and scarves.
  5. Ziplock baggies!! I keep my Oska Pulse (a drug free pain relief device) nice and dry inside a plastic baggy.  My family also uses them for our phones and anything else we want to keep dry.

Click here to discover all the ways that PEMF therapy has improved my chronic pain. Click here to learn more about Oska Pulse. And as always, my discount code DIVA will save you $55.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disneyland Holiday Dining Tips

 

 

 

 

 

Disneyland Holiday Dining Tips

Have you visited Disneyland on a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas Day?  If you did, did you make reservations at one of their sit down restaurants?  If yes, did they have the entrée you had planned to order when you arrived?  The reason I ask this is because, my family and I made reservations at one particular restaurant for Thanksgiving and we were shocked to find out that our favorite dish was not available on that day!!!  Continue reading to find out what went wrong and how to avoid our holiday mishap!

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when purchases are made via my links.  The proceeds offset the expense of running this blog and fund the prize pools for my Facebook groups.  I am not affiliated with Disneyland or the Disney company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via the official Disneyland app guests can view menus from every walk-up and sit-down restaurant and food cart.  They can also make reservations up to 60 days in advance.  Reservations can be made through the app, online, or by calling   (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.  Reservations are recommended, especially during peak and holiday seasons.  As you can see in the picture above, we were able to view what the Thanksgiving special entrée and dessert were going to be as well as view the rest of the menu for Café Orleans.  We knew that not everyone in our party would be interested in the Thanksgiving entrée, but felt safe making reservations as there were other dishes that our guests would have been thrilled with. With that said we placed our order……..

So the person who was not looking forward to trying the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo was me!! Sorry, but it just sounded disgusting (get used to this word)…..  What I wanted to stuff my face with was their original Monte Cristo.  Here is how placing our order went:

My husband: We need two checks.  One with a regular Monte Cristo and basket of Pommes Frites and the other with one Thanksgiving Monte Cristo, one regular Monte Cristo, and a basket of Pommes Frites.

Waitress: We don’t have the regular Monte Cristo today.

Me: Is it possible to get the gravy on the side?

Waitress: No

Me: That’s disgusting!

My husband: Could they get the cheese Monte Cristo?

Waitress: Yes.

We were off to a bumpy start, but I let it go since it appeared that I would get to eat something that I liked.  By the way, any Monte Cristo from Disneyland is huge and easily feeds 2 people, keep that in mind when ordering.  Thankfully this is something that we already knew and didn’t order more than we did for four people.  Thinking that the worst of our dining experience was over, we waited patiently for our food to arrive.

Well hello basket of Pommes Frites (garlic, parmesan fries)!!!

OOPS, where’s our second basket??!!!

We requested that both baskets be served prior to our entrees, but our waitress only noted our request on one of the tickets…. so we waited and waited and waited for the second to arrive.

By the way, the fries are delicious and come with a special sauce that has a little kick to it.  Personally I am not a fan of the sauce, so I request a side of ranch.

Whew, we all have our fries! Now we can relax, dig into our baskets, and enjoy the rest of our meal when it arrives.

 

So, what should arrive? A mess!!!! Not one dish was correct!! Even the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo that was ordered was delivered to our table with gravy on the sandwich and on the side!! Then instead of receiving two cheese Monte Cristos, our table was graced with the presence of two more Thanksgiving Monte Cristos with gravy on the side. DISGUSTING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this point there was a shift change and our new waitress was stuck with the mess our original one created.  She apologized for the misunderstanding, but couldn’t fix it because the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo was the only one being served that day.  My heart went out to this girl, first for having to work on Thanksgiving, the second to deal with the mess another cast member created.  We had a good laugh and she charged us the lower price of the entrée we had actually ordered. My daughter and brother in-law ended up liking the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo, but I thought it was…. wait for it…. disgusting… LOL….

I did mention to her and the manager that it would be nice if they app and website could inform guests not just of what the holiday dishes are, but what won’t be available on the holiday.  Had we known this, we would have made our reservations somewhere other than Café Orleans.  Because of this fiasco, we changed our Christmas Day reservations to Carnation Café, where there are plenty of entrees for us to choose from should we not decide to order the Christmas special.

My favorite part of the meal was dessert! Santa’s Lumps of Coal Beignets were amazing!!!  You are lucky I snapped this picture before they were gone! The dish came with four beignets and peppermint ice cream.

Do you have any Disneyland holiday dining disasters to share?  We’d love to hear about them!! In all of our years of dining in the park, this truly was the worst dining experience we have ever experienced.  And this was NOT our first Thanksgiving in the parks, in fact it was our fourth.  I get it, mistakes happen, but all of this could have been avoided had the app and/or website noted that the other Monte Cristo versions would not be available on that day.  Having a waitress who understood this would have helped too, but…………   Anyways, what is your favorite meal from Café Orleans?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween at Disneyland

It is Halloween time at Disneyland!

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Are you ready for a spooktakular season of haunted rides, attractions, and snacks?  Join my family and I as we dive into the Halloween season at Disneyland.  We will be in the parks at least once a week throughout the Halloween season to give you updates on accessibility, new attractions, and tell you which tasty morsels are worth planning a trip for.

You can follow our adventure by following Disneyability on Instagram and for even more information we invite you to join our Facebook group Disneyability.

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that at no additional cost to you, this site earns a few pennies when you make a purchase through our links, which offset the expense of running our blog and website.

Who are we?

I, The Disabled Diva, my daughter Abi, and husband Drew have been annual passholders since 2014.  Drew and I both began visiting Disneyland in the mid-eighties and Abi was 3 years old on her first visit.  Our Facebook group is filled with people who have been visiting the parks all of their lives, are planning their first trip, and somewhere in between.  Some of us have physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, or special needs.  Some use a wheelchair, motorized scooter, rollator, cane, and/or have a service animal.  Not all topics are related to health issues.  We also discuss how to visit the parks on a budget and how to plan the perfect trip.  Most of all we are group of people who call Disneyland HOME.

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Don’t forget to fill your backpack with snacks and any other necessities.

What to look forward to

There is tons to look forward to this Halloween season!  From Sept. 7th thru Oct. 31, 2018 the parks will be filled with spooky fun lights, characters donning their Halloween costumes, delightful treats, and more attractions will have received a holiday makeover.  In addition to Ghost Galaxy (Space Mountain), Haunted Mansion Holiday (Nightmare before Christmas), and Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark TWO more rides are getting Halloween makeovers!!!! You won’t want to miss Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree!

We will be sharing everything you need to know about enjoying all the festivities on Instagram and our FB group! Have a question? Ask in the comments, in our FB group, or on our Instagram page.  We want everyone to have as much fun as we do!

Join our FB group see everything that is going on!

Mousewait vs. the Official Disneyland App

Mousewait vs. the Official Disneyland App

I am the unofficial “Tech Geek” here at the Disneyability website. I love exploring new gadgets and technology. Of course, this love carries over and merges with my love of Disneyland as well. In the coming months, I’ll be exploring different aspects of tech as they relate to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. In this first article, we’ll look at two apps I use almost every time we’re in the park.

The two leaders in Disneyland apps are Mousewait, and the official Disneyland app. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but which is best? On our last trip to Disneyland and DCA, I put the two apps to the test head to head. Here are the results of the Test:

Price:

Disneyland Official: Free
Mousewait: Free and Paid Version ($9.99)

I use the free version of Mousewait, and from what I can tell, upgrading to the paid version doesn’t offer many benefits other than ad removal. Unlike other apps that offer a pared down free version, Mousewait’s free version is very robust and should suffice for most users.
The Basics:

Both apps offer a wide range of information. They both give blackout dates for annual pass holders, show times, attraction wait times, park restaurant locations and menus, and the ability to make reservations at park restaurants (Mousewait offers a link to the Disney Reservation website, whereas the official Disneyland app allows you to make the reservations’ directly in the app).

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The official Disneyland App stores your Fastpass and disability return times

So how do they differ? Here are few items that are exclusive to each app:

 

Disneyland Official: On the official app,  your admission is pass available from your phone and can store and present fast passes also from your phone. You will also get a reminder that will pop up when your Fastpass is available to use at an attraction. The app actually displays a map of the park and your current location, which can be helpful for those who aren’t as familiar with the layout of Disneyland or DCA. For those that have paid to add Maxpass, you can obtain Fastpasses directly from the app without having to physically go to the distribution point for that attraction. You can also manage your photo pass from the official app. The official app lists the location of character meet and greets as well. This can be a life saver if your child has their hearts set on meeting certain character and will save you hours of searching the parks trying to get that photo op with Goofy! There is also a “Guest Services” tab that shows you first aid locations, restrooms, service dog relief areas, disability services, EVC rental locations, and even AED (automated external defibrillators) locations.

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Mousewait app includes weather and interactions with other users

Mousewait: Mousewait’s key features revolve around your ability to interact with the app and other app users. The attraction wait times are updated by you and other Mousewait users. This can lead to either extremely accurate, or incredibly inaccurate wait times depending on how often they are updated (more on this in the wait time accuracy section). Mousewait offers a couple of simple yet valuable pieces of information, weather forecasts and crowd index. Yes, most people probably have their favorite weather app they will consult for this purpose, but it’s nice to have a reliable forecast directly available in an app. Crowd indexes tell you roughly what percentage of capacity each park is currently at. We use this feature all the time to decide if we want to switch from one park to another. If the other park looks a bit too crowded, we may just decide to stay put and enjoy the park we are currently in rather than fight the crowds at the other park. Mousewait also offers a hidden Mickey checklist (this will save you $$ over buying the hidden Mickey guidebook) and a picture of the card used to decipher the writing on the walls of the Indiana Jones Temple of the Forbidden Eye attraction. It also offers a “Lounge” where you can post and interact with other Mousewait members.

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Ride Wait Time Accuracy:

This is most likely the main reason you are using these apps. You want to know how long the line is for Thunder Mountain before you walk all the way to the ride from Tomorrowland. I tested the apps out on three rides, and the results were fairly consistent:
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Ride 1: Star Tours
Both Mousewait and the Official Disneyland app listed the wait time as 25 minutes. This was also the time posted outside the ride. Our actual wait time was right at 20 minutes. This was still very early in the day, and I’ve found that wait times are hard to predict because the lines can fluctuate quickly this early. This is a problem for Mousewait. Early mornings and later in the evening, there are less guests updating wait times, so Mousewait becomes less reliable, even though it didn’t play out in this particular test. So, I count this round’s results as a tie.

Ride 2: Pirates of the Caribbean

This was the only ride that the two apps listed different times. Mousewait listed the wait time as 25 Minutes, the official app listed the time as 20 minutes and the posted time at the ride was 30 minutes. Our actual wait time was 23 minutes and 30 seconds. I found it odd that the both official app and the posted time were off by this much, as it is presumably updated by Disneyland cast members. This is where the Mousewait app’s user update format really shines. Mousewait was even more accurate than the posted time of the ride. Mousewait won this round.

Ride 3: Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout!

Mousewait, the official Disneyland app and the posted time were all the same at 70 minutes. The actual wait time was 67 minutes and 45 seconds. Pretty accurate all around here. This test also resulted in a tie.

Conclusion: Mousewait is extremely accurate during peak times when users are constantly updating the times. Early in the morning, and late in the evening I would  stick with the official Disneyland app. I still think the edge here goes to the Mousewait app.

Apple Watch Support:

At this time, only Mousewait offers Apple Watch support. It will give you a home screen with crowd indexes for both Disneyland and DCA, pass holder blackout dates, show times, wait times and will allow you to update wait times for attractions. It was designed pretty well, and is very intuitive to use. I have enjoyed using my Apple Watch rather than picking up my phone all the time, and this app fits the bill for things I expect a watch app to do. Why Disney has overlooked this in their own app is a mystery to me. Having your pass or Fastpass available on the watch would be something I would expect going forward, especially with Disney’s close ties to Apple.

 

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Mousewait app on Apple watch

Conclusion:

So, which app do I recommend? Both actually. There are features on each app that are not available on the other that I find indispensable. As they are both free, I recommend downloading both. If you find you are not using one of the two, simply delete one and use the other. I you were to force my hand, I would probably pick the official Disneyland app, just for the ability to have all my passes linked to my phone, and for the character meet and greet and disability services listed. The accuracy of the wait times is good enough, although it clearly has some room for improvement. Disney definitely needs to add Apple Watch support, but in the last couple updates they have added a wealth of features that have won me over.

 

Which app do you use and why? I’d love to hear your thoughts below, especially if you use an app not listed in this review! Thanks for continuing to read and support our site!

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