Episode 32 – Trip Report: Carowinds

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On this episode, it’s time for yet another Trip Report as head out to the Carolinas to visit Carowinds!

Yes, friends, we are On Location from the North and South Carolina border.  We are visiting Carowinds, a park that’s home to some of the coolest coasters in the world.  Fury 325, anyone?

Find out our thoughts on Fury 325, as well as coasters such as Intimidator, Nighthawk, and Hurler… and find out if Tiffany rode anything!

Plus, we offer some more thoughts on our trip to Dollywood including a mini-review of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and the Alpine Coaster at Goats-on-the-Roof!

Come take a ride with us where the Carolinas come together!

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Episode 31 – Trip Report: Dollywood

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On this episode, it’s time for a Trip Report as we head out to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to visit Dollywood!

We are ON LOCATION from Pigeon Forge, TN for this special Trip Report.  We got to visit Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, and we have all the details!!

Lightning Rod?  CHECK!  Wild Eagle?  CHECK!  Cinnamon Bread??  DOUBLE CHECK!

Sit back and relax as we discuss Coasters, Greenery, and FINE Southern Hospitality!

(And we have another Trip Report dropping NEXT WEEK!  This time, we’re heading to a certain park that happens to cross into TWO STATES!)

Come take a ride with us in the heart of the Smoky Mountains!

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Episode 30 – Memory Lane: Theme Park Cuisine (w/ Joe Krstulich)

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On this episode, we reminisce about Theme Park Cuisine – past and present – on another installment of Memory Lane.

We hope you’re hungry… Special Guest (and father of Stephen) Joe Krstulich joins us to talk about food and drink… snacks and treats… and other delicious items from Theme Parks.  We talk about Pancakes and Fritos at Disneyland!  Fried Chicken and Fun Buns at Knott’s Berry Farm!  Oriental Cheese Dogs (?) at the Magic Kingdom!  And EVERY FOOD ON THE PLANET at Epcot!

WARNING: Listen on an Empty Stomach!

We also quickly review the recent reboot of Ghostbusters, and discuss the recent announcement about Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout coming to Disney California Adventure in Summer 2017.

Save room for dessert!

Also, if you’d like to make the Oriental Cheese Dog yourself, check out the Recipe Card below from our new segment Cooking with the Queue!

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Episode 29 – Flashback: Ghostbusters Spooktacular

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On this episode, we Flashback to the classic Universal Studios Florida attraction “Ghostbusters Spooktacular”!

When there’s something strange in your neighborhood… Who ya gonna call?

That’s right, friends, we’re taking a look at a really neat (sadly extinct) attraction from the OPENING of Universal Studios Florida.  Ghostbusters Spooktacular opened in 1990 (and again as a redone version in 1992) and featured a paranormal experience with some wicked special effects (for the time, at least).  We explore BOTH versions of this classic show.

Special Thanks to YouTube users MamboDan and UniversalEvolution for allowing us to use some of their home videos of the show  for our Flashback.

Also, in honor of all things Ghostbusters, we try some Hi-C Ecto Cooler and some Key Lime Slime Twinkies!  (The results may not be pretty)

We are now selling OFFICIAL “Extended Queue” T-SHIRTS (and long sleeve shirts… and hoodies!)  Head on over to BonfireFunds and order yours today.  This is a limited run and they will only be available until July 26th, 2016.

We ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts!

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Episode 28 – Ultimate Ride Battle: Thrills of Disneyland Resort (w/ Jeff DePaoli)

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We take eight rides from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure and pit them against each other to declare one final winner in the Ultimate Ride Battle: Thrills of Disneyland Resort!

We take 4 rides from Disneyland and 4 rides from California Adventure and let them fight to the death!  Okay… maybe not to the death.  But certainly in a Battle Royale for our amusement (and yours)!  Follow along with our convenient and handy-dandy bracket sheet (see below).

Also, we review the new Disney-Pixar film “Finding Dory“!

Joining us for this adventure is our good friend, and co-host of Dizney Coast to Coast, Jeff DePaoli!

May the best E-Ticket win!

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Episode 27 – Trip Report: Universal Studios Hollywood (w/ Shane Rhodes)

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On this episode, it’s time for a Trip Report as we head out to Universal Studios Hollywood!

Wizards, Fast Cars, and Minions – OH MY!  We take an in-depth look (it’s a long one, folks) at the all-new (for the West Coast, at least) Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  We ride the rides, shop the shops, and drink ALL the Butterbeer!

But it doesn’t end there, folks… we also take a look at Springfield, Transformers: The Ride 3D, Jurassic Park The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy The Ride, WaterWorld, and the World Famous Studio Tour featuring King Kong 360 3D and Fast & Furious: Supercharged!

Frequent guest, professional show writer, and somewhat decent guy, Shane Rhodes, joins us for the adventure.

See the Stars and Ride the Movies!

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Episode 26 – So You Wanna Work at a Theme Park?: Entertainment Stage Technician (w/ Nick de los Reyes)

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On this episode, we learn what it’s like to be an Entertainment Stage Technician on a new installment of So You Wanna Work at a Theme Park?

Our friend, Nick de los Reyes, stops by to discuss (along with host Stephen) what it takes to be a Theme Park Entertainment Technician.  Who are these dark-clothing-clad wizards of the shadows?  They run sound boards, lighting consoles, follow spots, video cameras, PYRO!, and any other thing you can think of to make that technical spectacular go off without a hitch!

Stephen shares his experiences working at Universal Studios Florida, while Nick shares stories from his time at SeaWorld San Diego.  Learn why it’s important to know proper knot-tying techniques, how to NOT act as an audience member, and why it’s so much FUN (sarcasm) to work with animals!

Plus, we briefly discuss our thoughts on the latest ride videos for Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure, Soarin’ Over The Horizon, and TRON Lightcycle Power Run from the soft opening of Shanghai Disneyland!

This is your places call!

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Episode 25 – Trip Report: Legoland California & SeaWorld San Diego

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**SEASON 2 PREMIERE** On this episode, it’s time for a Trip Report as we head out to Legoland California and SeaWorld San Diego!

…and you thought we’d never come back??  Of course, we were gonna come back!  We miss you!!  Welcome to the 1st Episode of our exciting 2nd Season!  We experience the very very (very) kid-friendly attractions of Legoland California in Carlsbad, California, then we check out the aquatic wonders of SeaWorld San Diego in San Diego, California (obviously).

We have a fancy new intro (with voiceover by Darren Marlar), an updated logo, and an updated Website!  Check out ExtendedQueue.com to access episodes by Segment, and our new Friends of the Show tab for many different Theme Park podcasts, news sites, and bloggers that you must ABSOLUTELY check out!

SEASON 2 BEGINS NOW!!!

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Episode 24 – Ultimate Ride Battle: Batman v Superman (w/ Garett Simcox)

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On this episode, we take 8 coasters based on the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight and and pit them against each other to declare ONE FINAL WINNER in the Ultimate Ride Battle: Batman v Superman!

We made it, folks!  It’s our SEASON 1 FINALE… and we’ve saved the best for last!  Our friend Garett Simcox (the Coaster Fanatic himself) from the Park Fanatic Podcast joins us as we take 4 Batman coasters and 4 Superman coasters and whittle them down to determine ONE… ULTIMATE… WINNER!

Stephen was on an episode of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast talking about working on the Disaster attraction (and also doing a *stellar* Christopher Walken impression!)  Check it out here: The Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast – Episode #188

Extended Queue will be returning with SEASON 2 on Friday, May 13th, 2016.  During our break, we’ll be taking a few trips, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!  Keep an eye out!

Look up in the sky!  It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… OUR SEASON 1 FINALE!

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Episode 23 – Back in My Day: Creating Maelstrom (w/ Mark Rhodes)

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On this episode, we talk to former Disney Imagineer Mark Rhodes about what it was like creating the classic Epcot attraction, Maelstrom, on a new installment of Back in My Day.

That’s right, listeners!  Vikings… Trolls… Polar Bears… OIL RIGS!

Learn about how Mark Rhodes (Rhodes to Imagination, Inc.) became an Imagineer in the late 1970s, and how that lead to him working on a mysterious Epcot project that would take riders through the past, present, and legends of Norway!

Maelstrom closed in 2014 to make way for the new Frozen Ever After attraction opening this year.

Plus, hear our mini-review of Disney’s new animated feature, Zootopia, and hear our thoughts on the VR Coaster experience coming to Six Flags parks this year!

And, don’t forget, our next episode is our Season Finale!  Look for that Friday, March 25, 2016.  (And mark your calendars for our Season 2 premiere – Friday, May 13, 2016.)

You are not the first to pass this way… nor shall you be the last…

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Episode 22 – Ride Battle: Haunted Mansion (w/ Sean Graham)

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On this episode, it’s time for a Ride Battle as we compare the California and Florida versions of Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

Our friend Sean joins us from the other side of the planet (China, to be precise!) to take two same-but-different versions of the classic Disney spook-fest and declare ONE ULTIMATE WINNER in our latest Ride Battle.

Plus, we hit our 10,000th Episode Download this week…. and there was much rejoicing! (Yay!)

On top of that goodness, the Extended Queue SEASON 2 Premiere will be Friday, May 13th, 2016!  This means our SEASON 1 Finale is coming up soon (March 25, 2016).

Welcome, Foolish Mortals!

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Episode 21 – Memory Lane: Planning a Disney Wedding

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On this episode, we look back at what it was like to plan a Disney Wedding on a new segment called “Memory Lane”.

We celebrate Valentine’s Day by doing a little reminiscing.  We go all the way back to 2012 and discuss EVERYTHING that goes into planning the PERFECT* Disney Wedding!  The decor, the cake, THE FOOD!!!  It’s all here!

We also mention a Blog Post that Tiffany did all about our wedding planning process…

…and here it is: http://www.disboards.com/threads/planning-our-november-2012-disney-world-wedding-photos-added.2779246/

Take a walk down the aisle!

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*if I do say so, myself.

Episode 20 – So You Wanna Work at a Theme Park?: Show Writer (w/ Shane Rhodes)

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On this episode, we learn what it takes to be a Show Writer on a new installment of “So You Wanna Work at a Theme Park?”

The always dependable Shane Rhodes stops by (for his 3rd time!) to discuss what it’s like being a “Show Writer” for themed attractions.  Show Writers aren’t just limited to Theme Parks.  They can be utilized for shows, shopping centers, specialty venues — anything that requires theming, and more importantly, a STORY.  Shane explains what the creative process is like, what he learned from his dad (show writer and former Disney Imagineer Mark Rhodes), and what it was like working on Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Theme Parks.

Also, Stephen and Tiffany react to their first ever NEGATIVE REVIEW!!!  There’s a lot of wackiness on this, their 20th EPISODE!!

Let’s turn the page!

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Episode 19 – Top Ten: Upcoming 2016 Attractions

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On this episode, we countdown our Top Ten picks for the Upcoming 2016 Attractions we’re most excited for!

That’s right, folks!  We’re back from our one-week-longer-than-usual break.  No more Star Wars talk, here!  This is all about some of the coolest, neatest, dare-I-say BESTEST attractions opening in 2016!  We are counting down the Top Ten new attractions we can’t wait to ride (NEW SEGMENT ALERT!).

Also, after each one, we ask the most important question ever: Will Tiffany Ride It?!?

Let’s see what the New Year has in store for us…

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Episode 18 – Movie Review: STAR WARS The Force Awakens (w/ Shane, Andrew & Hollie)

On this episode, we review the 7th chapter in the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens!

Can you believe it?!?  After… YEARS OF WAITING… we are here with a full-on Review for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII, if you will).

Joining us are friends Shane Rhodes, Andrew Matthews, and Hollie Winnard, to discuss the ins and outs of the newest chapter in the Star Wars saga!

The first part of this episode is SPOILER-FREE.  This part is for those of you who haven’t seen the film yet, and wish to hear basic thoughts and whether or not we liked the movie.

However… after a 4-minute musical intermission (courtesy of friend-of-the-show DJ Elliot DJ Lobot) we will have our second part, WHICH DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!!  This part is for the many of you who, like us, went on Opening Night, saw the movie, and are curious as to whether we had the same thoughts as you about specific aspects of the film.

(You have been warned… and in the episode we give P L E N T Y of warning!)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

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Episode 17 – Flashback: Star Tours (Original 1987 Version)

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On this episode, we Flashback to the original 1987 version of the classic Disney ride, Star Tours!

Yes, folks, it’s PART 2 of our Extended Queue Star Wars Trilogy!  Take a ride with us back to 1987 and we go through and breakdown one of the greatest simulator rides OF ALL TIME!!! (Mic drop)

While the drinks were poured (oh boy, brace yourselves, folks!), we answer the difficult questions!  Why are they called “Goose Droids”?  What’s up with the Safety Announcement Video Lady’s HAIR?  Is R2-D2, deep down, a complete asshole?!?  Find out in Episode 17!

And, of course, don’t forget that NEXT WEEK brings Episode 18 – our REVIEW of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! (That’s December 18th, 2015)

Lightspeed to Endor!!!

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Episode 16 – Trip Report: Disneyland (Star Wars: Season of the Force)

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On this episode, it’s time for another Trip Report as we check out the Star Wars: Season of the Force event at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California!

We hope you like Star Wars!  We’re talking Star Tours.  We’re talking Hyperspace Mountain.  We’re talking BB-8 Sipper Cups!!!  We share our experiences at our recent trip to Disneyland.  What did we think of the Attractions?  Or the Food?  Or the bountiful quantities of Merchandise?  Tune in to FIND OUT!

…also, we accidentally review “The Good Dinosaur”.  So, we’ve got that too…

Prepare for more Star Wars episodes!!!  WEEKLY ONES!!!!  We have another Star Wars-y episode coming your way on December 11th and December 18th!!   Oh yes.  We’re excited about Star Wars.

The Force is strong with this one!

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Episode 15 – Yay or Nay?: Fastpasses (Park Fanatic vs Extended Queue)

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On this episode, Gabe & Garett from the Park Fanatic Podcast are here to debate about Fastpasses in a new segment called “Yay or Nay?”

It’s time to settle this!  Fastpasses…. are they AMAZING? or are they THE SCOURGE OF THE THEME PARK WORLD?  Gabe and Garett from the Park Fanatic Podcast take the YAY! side, while Stephen and Tiffany take the NAY! side.

Who will win??? WE… HAVE… NO… IDEA!

After the episode, head over to our Twitter page (@ExtendedQueue), where you can VOTE on who won the debate!

Prepare yourselves for the Fight of the Century!

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Episode 14 – Back in My Day: Working at the JAWS Ride (w/ Elliot Hansen)

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On this episode, we talk about working at the classic Universal Orlando JAWS Ride on a new installment of Back in My Day!

Our good friend, former JAWS Skipper and current DJ Extraordinaire Elliot Hansen (Walt Disney World, Star Wars Celebration, New York Comic Con) stops by as he and Stephen share their experiences working at Captain Jake’s Amity Boat Tours.

Learn what it was like working at this iconic attraction.  And prepare for a Special Treat as Stephen performs his JAWS show for the first time in OVER A DECADE!  (Seriously, you’ll want to wear headphones for it… It sounds cool!)

We’re gonna need a bigger boat!

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Episode 13 – The #ScareTiffany Halloween Special

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On this episode, we’ve got Trip Reports from TWO Las Vegas Haunted Attractions: Fright Dome 13 and the Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror!

WARNING: This episode contains some scary sounds and noises, frightening situations, and lots of embarrassing screaming!
May not be recommended for younger listeners.

Stephen, Tiffany, and special guest Tarion Lutrell, present the first ever Extended Queue episode recorded outside at an event – in this case, the Freakling Bros.’ Trilogy of Terror in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We have interviews with the creator of Fright Dome 13, Jason Egan, and one of the masterminds behind the Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror, JT Mollner.

Top that off with a Fright Dome 13 Trip Report… plus On-The-Spot Trip Reports of Freakling Bros. mazes The ALL-NEW Coven of 13, the infamous R-rated Gates of Hell, and *Actual Audio* of Stephen, Tarion, AND Tiffany going through Castle Vampyre……. and you got yourself one heck of a Halloween Special!

Sit back and Relax as we attempt to #ScareTiffany!

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Episode 12 – Flashback: Back to the Future – The Ride

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On this episode, we Flashback to the classic Universal Studios attraction “Back to the Future – The Ride“!

In honor of not only the original film’s 30th Anniversary, but the approaching “Future Date” of October 21st, 2015, we are Flashing-Back to one of our all-time favorite Theme Park attractions “Back to the Future – The Ride” from Universal Studios Florida, Hollywood, and Japan.  Not only will we discuss the Ride Experience, but we go in-depth – nitpicking the hell out of it (for entertainment, of course).

How is Biff not-at-all phased by being in the future?  Could a T-Rex really swallow a DeLorean?  Is the dinosaur scene…. actually in the FUTURE??

All these questions – and MORE – will be… well… pondered, at least.

When this baby hits 88 MPH, you’re gonna see some serious s***!

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Episode 11 – So You Wanna Work at a Theme Park?: Scareactors (w/ Jakob)

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On this episode, it’s another installment of our continuing series “So You Wanna Work at a Theme Park?” as we look at the rather unusual Halloween position of the “Scareactor”!

Extended Queue co-host Stephen and returning guest Jakob Wetzel discuss their experiences working as a Scareactor.  Stephen recalls his time as an undead tribal villager in the 2003 “Jungle of Doom” maze at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, Florida.  Jakob shares his stories from his time at the short-lived year-round Las Vegas haunt Eli Roth’s Goretorium.

What’s it like to be a Scareactor?  Find out on this episode!  Learn about the audition process, make-up process, some celebrity stories (an insanely scared Justin Bieber), and getting harassed and injured by guests (and, in Jakob’s case, Football Players!)

We also talk about our recent quick day-trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain where we (finally!) rode Twisted Colossus and met up with our friend Garett from The Park Fanatic Podcast!

Things may get a little scary

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Episode 10 – Ride Battle: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (w/ Shane)

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On this episode, we announce ALL of the 2016 attractions coming to Six Flags parks, and then, it’s time for another Ride Battle as we compare the California and Florida versions of “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad”!

Joining us for the ENTIRE EPISODE (gasp!) is our buddy Shane, an attraction show writer from Los Angeles, California.

Also, it’s our 10th EPISODE!  Double Digits, Baby!!!!

This here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!!!!

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Episode 9 – Trip Report: Knott’s Berry Farm (w/ Jakob)

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On this episode, it’s time for another Trip Report as we head out to Buena Park, California and visit Knott’s Berry Farm!

Find out which rides were our favorites, what we thought of the ALL-NEW “Voyage to the Iron Reef”, and what happens to Tiffany’s southern accent when a roller coaster is too much for her!

Come take a ride with us!

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Episode 8 – The D23 Expo 2015 Special: On Location from Anaheim, CA

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On this episode, we share what we saw, our thoughts and impressions, and all that jazz from the 2015 D23 Expo!  What exhibits did we see?  What panels did we get into?  How long did Tiffany wait in line to GO SHOPPING?!?  Find out all that and MORE on this VERY SPECIAL episode!

Plus ALL THE NEWS from the Walt Disney Animation, Pixar Animation, Walt Disney Pictures (with Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm Ltd.) and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts panels!!!

On Location from Anaheim, California!!!

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