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Enter for a Chance to Win an Adventures by Disney Trip to San Francisco, the City that Inspired San Fransokyo in Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6′

posted on March 3rd, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


With the recent release of “Big Hero 6” on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, I have exciting news that will make you want to fly as high as Baymax. Our Adventures by Disney team wants you to know about a current sweepstakes opportunity that could send you and three guests on a quest to the captivating city of San Francisco, the inspiration for the film’s fictional city, “San Fransokyo”.

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From seeing expansive views of the San Francisco skyline to visiting a scenic vineyard in Napa Valley to discovering the magic of the Walt Disney Family Museum, this four-day, three-night Adventures by Disney vacation lets you discover what San Francisco and Napa have to offer. And one lucky winner of the Big Hero 6 Big Adventure Sweepstakes will receive this exciting Adventures by Disney vacation.

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For more information on how to enter for a chance to win, please visit Big Hero 6: Big Adventure Sweepstakes. Also, don’t forget to pick up your copy of Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to Disney Movie Rewards Members who are legal residents of the 50 US/DC, Puerto Rico & Canada (excl. QC) 13 years and older only. Sweepstakes starts 2/3/15, ends 5/1/15. For Official Rules, including eligibility, odds, and prize descriptions, click here.

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Top 5 Junior Adventurer Activities with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Anyone who’s ever traveled with children knows that it can be challenging to find ways to keep the kiddos entertained. Luckily, Adventures by Disney vacations are designed with families in mind so adults can relax, knowing their Junior Adventurers are engaged and having the time of their lives.

While every Adventures by Disney vacation offers unique activities designed for younger travelers, here are my top 5 Junior Adventurer activity picks.

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England and France
Travel to England and France, where you’ll step into the illustrious Louvre Museum in Paris, home to the Mona Lisa and other fascinating pieces of art. As adults tour the museum with a local expert, Junior Adventurers will have the chance to participate in an interactive scavenger hunt, uncovering clues leading to hidden secrets of the Louvre’s art collection.

Scotland
Visit Scotland, which is home to Rothiemurchus Estate, one of the greatest tracts of natural forest in Britain. While adults enjoy a tour of the estate, Junior Adventurers will mount up and spend the morning riding Highland ponies over peaceful hills and heather moorlands, past stunning views of the Cairngorm mountain range.

Wyoming
Sure you’ll get to see the famed Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, but on the Adventures by Disney Wyoming vacation Junior Adventurers will also get to make their very own geyser during an interactive presentation that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Greece
Who says kids can’t enjoy a visit to a winery? While adults indulge in a wine tasting experience while vacationing in Greece, Junior Adventurers can have some fun as they stomp through grapes at the Volcan Winery. After stomping away, the whole family can enjoy a private Greek lunch made with fresh local ingredients.

Ireland
With a picturesque view of the emerald Irish countryside, Junior Adventurers can test their luck on the Ireland vacation during an exciting shamrock hunt in Cashel on the same grounds where Saint Patrick once stood.

These are just a few examples of the many ways your kids will the vacation of a lifetime with Adventures by Disney. Plus, Junior Adventurers can also look forward to special dinners, games and Disney movie nights offered on most itineraries – a perfect ending to days full of exploring.

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Discover Scotland’s Majestic Castles with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 3rd, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Journey back in time and explore the authentic beauty of some of Scotland’s most noteworthy castles on an Adventures by Disney Scotland vacation. Full of mystery and enchantment, these castle walls offer intriguing stories for you to uncover!

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Venture to Urquhart Castle and discover the mystery behind Nessie, the rumored Loch Ness monster. This mighty fortress has unbelievable views of Loch Ness. Travel there via canoe or motorboat. Either way, keep your camera at the ready!

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Here I am at Dunnottar Castle, the inspiration behind Merida’s castle in Disney•Pixar animated film Brave. Dunnottar Castle is perched on cliffs that rise high above the blue sea, overlooking what was once a strategic merchant route during the Middle Ages.

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At Glamis Castle you’ll discover beauty and mystery. This castle was the setting for Shakespeare’s iconic play, Macbeth. You’ll be fascinated by tales of the castle and be awed by the captivating décor.

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You’ll also dine where Scottish monarchs, such as Queen Mary of Scots, have dined at Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy a festive affair, complete with live bagpipe music, and feel like royalty as you enjoy a delicious dinner in one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles.

Exploring enchanted castles is just one of the many activities offered on this nine-day, eight-night Adventures by Disney Scotland family vacation. Get all the details at AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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Uncover the Treasures of Spain with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Adventures by Disney recently announced a new Spain vacation for 2015! With its bustling cities, rich culture and the moving beat of the flamenco, Spain offers something for everyone to enjoy. On this 9-day, 8-night vacation, you’ll visit must-see monuments and castles, indulge in delectable Spanish cuisine and embrace the natural beauty of Spain’s coastal communities.

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Join local experts and your Disney-trained Adventure Guides on privately guided tours of some of the country’s most well-known sites. Admire beautiful European art in the Museo Nacional del Prado, home to some of the world’s finest collections of Spanish art, including pieces by Goya, Velasquez and El Greco. You’ll even get to admire Picasso’s most fascinating masterpieces in Barcelona. Other memorable stops include Córdoba’s Grand Mosque, Seville’s Plaza de España and Barcelona’s La Sagrada Família church, just to name a few.

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Mouthwatering cuisine and Spanish history come together as you try your hand at making paella in Taberna del Alabardero, a restored 19th century mansion, hotel and cooking school in Seville. Enjoy authentic Andalusian cuisine with premium seating while watching a flamenco show of sensational performers at El Palacio Andaluz. Speaking of cuisine, you’ll dine like royalty in Segovia’s oldest inn, master the art of blending sangria in Marbella and say “Salud!” over dinner in a romantic 17th- century restored farmhouse.

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Plus you’ll unwind during a two-night stay in Marbella, an upscale coastal community where you’ll relax, bike ride and explore the beauty of the sea. Pedal your way down to Marbella’s picturesque 10-mile boardwalk, lounge on the beach, feast on fresh seafood and shop around the beachfront boutiques dotted along the coastline.

From an exclusive flamenco dance lesson (Disney provides keepsake fans and castanets) to rowing your own boat along the Grand Canal at Seville’s Plaza de España, there is so much more to be explored on an Adventures by Disney Spain vacation!

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Taste Your Way Through Tuscany with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 5th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


With its vivid and rustic cuisine, Tuscany is a culinary adventure waiting to be discovered. Learn the secrets of authentic Italian cooking and more on a new 7-day/6-night food-inspired Tuscany tour with Adventures by Disney.

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Filled with natural beauty and medieval villages, the Tuscany region of Italy provides the perfect setting for guests to enjoy a picturesque picnic in the countryside, hands-on cooking lessons, winery tours and hillside castles.

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Bring out your inner chef (and appetite) as you enjoy authentic culinary experiences that are woven throughout the journey. At Borgo Pignano, you’ll toss your own hand-thrown pizza in an ancient outdoor Tuscan wood-fired pizza oven. Learn the ancient art of making pasta at Fattoria San Donato, even make your own bruschetta and dine al fresco under the star-filled Tuscan night sky. Feast on local cheeses, create honeycomb candles and enjoy a farm-inspired lunch at the charming Borgo di Cortefreda.

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For the wine enthusiast, there is no better backdrop to learning the fine art of winemaking than Castello Vicchiomaggio, a 15th- century castle once home to Leonardo da Vinci. Expert vintners will give you a firsthand look at how combining complex flavors and aromas create the perfect glass of wine. Junior Adventurers will create their own cantucci, or biscotti, along with an olive oil infusion activity. Adults will also enjoy their own gourmet exclusive dinner at a superb restaurant by a critically acclaimed chef.

Take a walk down an ancient Roman path in the lovely Gaiole-in-Chianti, where you’ll learn about how local farmers would transport food from village to village. Join an expert truffle-hunter and his dogs as you track down the elusive truffle. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is complete with a very special lunch that is sure to be memorable.

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From the hills of San Gimignano to the sites of Florence, you’ll discover a world of savory flavors on the newest Adventures by Disney vacation to Tuscany. Visit AdventuresByDisney.com today for more information on this exciting destination. Buon viaggio!

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Top 5 Cultural Experiences with Adventures by Disney

posted on December 29th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Traveling the world is always an adventure, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn about new cultures and timeless traditions. Whether you’re meeting the Tjapukai tribe members in Australia or Carnivale mask makers in Italy, you’ll be welcomed with open arms as you take part in authentic customs and rituals that are enjoyable for the whole family.

Here are my top five cultural experiences with Adventures by Disney:
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Shanghai
Stroll through the narrow streets of Old Shanghai with its preserved classic architecture on the Adventures by Disney China vacation. In Fuxing Park, you’ll learn the art of fan dancing and martial arts as you take in the beautiful scenery of the park, which was designed by French émigrés to remind them of their beloved Parisian parks.

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Tuscany
The new Adventures by Disney Tuscany tour takes you on a culinary adventure as you taste your way
through the Tuscan countryside, including embarking on a special “Truffles in Tuscany” walk and lunch. You’ll seek out this elusive delicacy with an expert truffle-hunter and his truffle-hunting hound, and then experience its exquisite taste during a truffle-centric lunch.

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Laos
On the Adventures by Disney Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos vacation, you’ll rise and greet the monks before breakfast, as they gather alms in Luang Prabang. Kneel on a cushion among the locals and participate in this ancient practice as you give an offering of sticky rice. Hike up the steps of Mount Phousi – the “Holy Mountain” where you’ll pass serene golden Buddha statues, flowers and sticky rice offerings on your way to the peak. Once there, soak up spectacular panoramic views of the landscape below.

Spain
Bustling cities, an artistic past and the infectious beat of the flamenco are all part of the new Adventures by Disney Spain vacation. In Seville, put on your dancing shoes as you enjoy private flamenco lessons, complete with fans and castanets. Then dine on a 4-course meal and prepare to be wowed by the rhythm, passion and energy of professional Flamenco dancers.

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Peru
Get up close and personal with llamas, alpacas and rare vicuñas at the Awana Kancha Camelids Center on your Adventures by Disney Peru vacation. At 9,160 ft. above sea level, you’ll get to see how the soft wool from these South American “camels” is used to make beautiful woven textiles. Master weavers in Cusco will also demonstrate their intricate art of spinning and dyeing alpaca wool.

On each Adventures by Disney trip you’ll immerse yourself in the people and culture of your destination with the help of local experts that will show you more than just the sights. To learn more about other vacation destinations, visit www.AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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Top 5 VIP Experiences with Adventures by Disney

posted on November 25th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Imagine traveling around the world and vacationing like a VIP in some of the world’s most incredible destinations. With Adventures by Disney you can do just that! An Adventures by Disney vacation includes admission and private access to popular attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, and front-of-the-line access, all with world-class Disney hospitality.

Adventures by Disney trips offer front-of-the-line access to locations and opportunities that would often be difficult to experience without Disney. Here are some of my favorite VIP experiences.

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Wyoming
Enjoy a rustic but luxurious stay at the historic Brooks Lake Lodge, which is reserved exclusively for Adventures by Disney Wyoming vacation guests during your stay. As awe-inspiring as the day it was founded, this historic lodge offers incredible views of Wyoming’s mountainous landscape, as well as access to activities such as horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, canoeing and archery.

Italy
The sights, the tastes and the history of Italy make this popular destination a must visit. But imagine having the Sistine Chapel all to yourself? When you travel to Italy with Adventures by Disney you can explore some of Michelangelo’s magnificent achievements as your Adventure Guides take you on a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican City Museum and Sistine Chapel with a local expert.

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Australia
Take a trip “down under” to Australia to see the largest coral reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders on Earth. And with Adventures by Disney Australia vacation you’ll enjoy the knowledge provided by a private marine biologist who joins your journey and can answer any questions as you snorkel around the reef, or view it from 3 feet below the surface on a semi-submersible vessel.

France
What could be better than visiting the Louvre museum in Paris? How about dining just steps away from the Mona Lisa in a room with a seriously impressive view? On the Adventures by Disney France itinerary you can enjoy an exquisite farewell dinner in a private room at the Louvre overlooking its famed glass pyramid entrance in the Cour Napoléon.

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Southern California
Combine a behind-the-magic private tour of the Walt Disney Studios, exclusive access at Walt Disney Imagineering and the Jim Henson Company Studios, a unique visit to Walt Disney’s apartment inside Disneyland park, a 2-day VIP experience at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park with special Disney’s FASTPASS service and reserved parade seating, and you’ve just begun to scratch the surface of all the special, behind-the-scenes treats in store for you on an Adventures by Disney vacation to Southern California.

From a private catamaran excursion in Costa Rica to dance lessons in a Broadway theater in New York City, you can enjoy an array of other VIP experiences with Adventures by Disney. Start your planning today at AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Adventures by Disney

posted on October 14th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


‘Tis the season for traveling! The holiday season is a perfect time to plan a holiday getaway with your loved ones to some of the world’s greatest vacation destinations. Whether you prefer dog sledding in a winter wonderland or something on the warmer side, Adventures by Disney vacations have something for everyone this December!

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Winter in Wyoming
The Winter in Wyoming Long Weekend itinerary is a must do this holiday season. View the wonders of the famed geyser Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, take a dip in the hot granite springs and learn the art of mushing as you guide a team of sled dogs through the powdery terrain. Then warm up with some tasty s’mores and swap stories with your fellow adventurers by the fire.
Trip departure dates: December 18, 2014 – December 22, 2014 and December 23, 2014 – December 27, 2014

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England & France
Ever wonder what the “City of Light” or Windsor Castle looks like all decked out for the holidays? See these and many more sights on the Adventures by Disney England & France vacation. On this trip you’ll hop aboard a red double-decker bus for a private tour of London that is sure to get you and your family into the holiday spirit. You’ll even have the chance to explore historical castles along the English countryside and the 1,063 foot-tall Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Trip departure date: December 26, 2014 – January 2, 2015

Australia
Take a trip “down under” this holiday season to the Great Barrier Reef and explore the scenic sights and history of Sydney on the Adventures by Disney Australia vacation. Soar over eucalyptus trees on zip lines and paddle your way through the waters of Coles Bay, even catch a glimpse of koalas and Tasmanian Devils in the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. You and your family will also learn about the culture of the Tjapukai Aboriginal tribe members, and even learn how to throw a boomerang and spear!
Trip departure dates: December 17, 2014 – December 28, 2014 and December 20, 2014 – December 31, 2014

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Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos
Discover the beauty of Southeast Asia as Adventures by Disney takes you on a vacation that is sure to excite your inner explorer. You and your family can participate in a Vietnamese cooking class, learn from a Tai Chi master about meditation and embark on an exciting elephant ride through the majestic temples of Angkor Wat. An unforgettable panoramic view of Luang Prabang awaits you after hiking up the famous Mount Phousi.
Trip departure dates: December 19, 2014 – December 30, 2014 and December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015

With two Adventure Guides leading the way, you can rest assured knowing it will be an unforgettable holiday getaway for you and your family. This December give the gift of time together with Adventures by Disney.

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Top Five Hands-On Food Experiences with Adventures by Disney

posted on September 29th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


With more than two-dozen incredible destinations to choose from, Adventures by Disney allows you to see the world while finding your inner foodie. From creating traditional svele pancakes in Norway and crafting handmade pasta and pizza in Italy to harvesting rice in Laos or grape stomping in Greece, you can immerse yourself in local flavor and cuisine no matter which itinerary you choose.

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Here are my top 5 unique hands-on food experiences:

1. Vietnam – The Adventures by Disney trip to Southeast Asia allows you to savor the regional cuisines of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In Hoi An you can participate in a private cooking class, where you’ll learn how to make some of Vietnam’s delicious traditional dishes. You will even get to pick your own fresh ingredients and spices at a local market with the help of an expert chef.

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2. Greece – As you explore the picturesque Cretan countryside, you’ll get the chance to learn from a shepherd how to make your own cheese pie with honey. In Arolithos, learn how to make your own tsaziki dip, made of a spicy yogurt mixed with cucumbers. You’ll also get to enjoy Greece’s famous moussaka in Delphi, which is an eggplant/potato dish that was part of the Ottoman Empire cuisine.

3.) South Africa – In Stellenbosch, the heart of Cape Dutch wine country, it’s time to roll up your sleeves for an interactive pastry making class hosted by the renowned Institute of Culinary Arts. Learn to prepare Koeksuster, an Afrikaans pastry akin to deep-fried fritters dipped in orange-scented syrup. Then devour your fresh creations as you sip Rooibos tea – a famous Afrikaans combination!

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4. Nashville – Our newest Long Weekend itinerary, Nashville, brings together the best of Southern cuisine and country music history. Here you’ll have the chance to create your own BBQ sauce to take home! You’ll also get to try your hand at making fluffy, buttery biscuits, a true Southern staple.

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5. Germany – Explore the storybook splendor in Germany as you taste your way around castles fit for a royal family. Raise your stein to beer tastings at a local brewery, then put your own twist on rolling and shaping your own fresh pretzel creation at the Striffler Bakery in Rothenburg. The city’s oldest bakery, Striffler’s has been making their famous pretzels since 1644!

I don’t know about you, but talking about all this amazing food is making me hungry! Check out AdventuresbyDisney.com for even more ways to tantalize your taste buds.

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Top 5 Reasons to Travel with Adventures by Disney

posted on September 5th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


With Adventures by Disney, planning a family vacation to new and exciting global destinations is easier than ever. With more than two dozen different itineraries, Adventures by Disney offers something for everyone. There are so many reasons to take an Adventures by Disney vacation, but here are my top 5 picks:

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Two Adventure Guides
No matter which Adventures by Disney itinerary you choose, you’ll be accompanied by two Disney-trained Adventure Guides. Adventure Guides bring stories to life by introducing you to the culture and traditions of the places you’re visiting … with a side of Disney magic of course. You might even consider them part of the family after your trip!

Private VIP experiences
What truly makes an Adventures by Disney vacation unique is an array of private experiences in some of the world’s most recognizable destinations. From a private after-hours tour of the Vatican Museum or a behind-the-scenes look at Lucasfilm, to learning a dance number from a Broadway show or canoeing across Loch Ness in Scotland , you can enjoy a host of VIP opportunities designed just for Adventures by Disney guests.

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Junior Adventurer activities
On an Adventures by Disney vacation the whole family can have fun while traveling the world. While you visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, your Junior Adventurers can participate in an interactive scavenger hunt around the museum. While the grown-ups sip wine in Tuscany, the kids are invited to their own tasting session as they sample Italy’s finest olive oils. Each itinerary includes an opportunity for the adults to dine while Junior Adventurers play games with the Adventure Guides.

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World class hotels and dining
From fantastic views of the fjords in Norway to staying in a fairytale castle in Germany, specially selected accommodations allow you to spend your nights in some magnificent settings. You can dine like royalty with a private reception and dinner at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, or hop aboard a pirate-themed schooner and sail the Venetian lagoon for a private dinner. You can even step outside your hotel overlooking Vatican City and explore the unique shops and restaurants right at your doorstep.

Hassle-free planning
With Adventures by Disney the stress is taken out of planning your vacation, allowing you to simply focus on creating lasting memories with your family. From Long Weekends to extended trips, it’s as easy as choosing your next destination and leaving the planning to us!

Check out www.AdventuresByDisney.com for more information on planning your next big adventure.

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