Your #1 Pet Peeve at Theme ParksWhat is the one thing that happens at theme parks that gets your blood boiling?
From Amanda JenkinsI have mentioned in previous posts how it truly drives me up the wall and back down when guests complain about having to wait in line. I am curious to see what everyone else's pet peeves are when visiting their favorite theme parks.
Posted June 20, 2010 at 2:40 PM
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From M. Ryan TraylorPeople who stop in the middle of major pathways to have a discussion.
Posted June 20, 2010 at 3:44 PM
From Kathryn LeighRides that make you wait outside the actual queue, especially when the queue is awesome. Like ET at Universal, or Space Mountain at Disneyland. I could probably think of more....
Posted June 20, 2010 at 4:09 PM
From David L.At sixflags parks, i wish they would add some thing to keep you interested in the line whether it's info like how tall the ride is or a backstory.
Posted June 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM
From Tyler BellWhen people stink really bad,when they should of put Deodorant on .
Posted June 20, 2010 at 4:31 PM
From Adam NodjomianWhen waiting in line, and people have absolutely NO sense of PERSONAL SPACE!
Posted June 20, 2010 at 6:20 PM
People will literaly push up against you as if YOU are the one that's preventing them from getting to the ride.
From Tim WPeople that just throw trash on the ground, or stick gum under tables, benches, etc. Yuck! Keep the parks clean!!!
Posted June 20, 2010 at 6:45 PM
From Rhys EvansI hate all of the varied forms of "pay extra for front of the line" passes. Naturally, Disney's Fast Pass is not in that group. What it really boils down to is a "haves" and "have nots" issue, and it just steams me. That said, I will travel hundreds and even thousands of miles to visit a theme park or amusement park, and I CAN afford to pay extra, but I refuse to. It's just not right.
Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Exact opposite, what I REALLY like: single rider lines. Though I don't always use them (but I often will, even if it means splitting up my group), it's a nice feature to have (and I HATE seeing empty seats on rides).
From Bruce LaneWith any show: Pre-show advertising on a huge video screen built into the stadium backdrop, or piped over the PA system. Sick Flags in Vallejo is definitely guilty of the former. The one time I saw it, back in the early 2000's, it struck me as highly obnoxious, and such an obvious attempt at SeaWorld-Wannabe it was downright pathetic.
Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:26 PM
I have the same problem with pre-movie advertising in theaters. You've already paid to see the movie... what's with the frelling ads?!
From duncan hennyi hate the queue haters too and people who do not smoke in the designated areas
Posted June 21, 2010 at 12:14 AM
From Sylvain ComeauI can't stand idiot parents who bring their brats to the parks and let them run rampant, not lifting a finger to control them. I know theme parks are a great place for kids, but if your children are misbehaving, do something about it. Don't ignore them as if they were someone else's brats, or smile and laugh as if their obnoxious behavior was somehow funny. It's not.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 2:23 AM
From Rob PThe single person holding a place in line for a family of what seems like about 100 more. Just when you think that you're finally going to get on : up step the mother, the father,the grandparents, the uncles, aunts, assorted kids, friends and associates.Suddenly you're way back where you started.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:45 AM
I'm not against one member of a small group of, say, FOUR, holding a place. But any more than that makes me boil.
Another thing that "gets me" are parents who seem to think that the whole world revolves around the needs and desires of THEIR kids only. Pushy parents should be left at the door with the excess baggage.
Amanda........you do realise that your thread is opening up a groundswell of suppressed negative emotions. It's quite cathartic actually. Nice one..
From TH CreativeThere's never enough hippos,
Posted June 21, 2010 at 5:25 AM
From KJ SimpsonI overheard a lot of complaints about this during my last WDW trip- the abuse of "electronic convenience vehicles" by folks who are not actually in need of them.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:32 AM
From Hermione PotterKJ, I think the teens who rent regular wheelchairs are the worst offenders actually. They think they can get to the front of the line with it and then cause trouble in line when they find out they can't.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:41 AM
The ECV thing only bugs me in the summer when there aren't enough to go around...in the off season if they want to spend all that money to be lazy I say let them.
From Amanda JenkinsLOL Rob, I felt that since this is such a crowded time of year at the theme parks, that we needed to blow off some steam here. I would hate to see any of us on Youtube or the news having lost our cool and attacking some "guest" at a park ;)
Posted June 21, 2010 at 9:43 AM
Many of everyone else's pet peeves bother me also. Especially the pushy parents and those who hold places in line for parties of thirty.
As a parent of two small boys, I tell them throughout the line to meet characters that they must wait until the castmember tells them they can go up there. At character dining restaurants I don't let them get up until the character is at our table. It is just good manners and it teaches them that there are things in life you have to wait on no matter how excited and anxious you are.
And yes TH...there are never enough hippos to shoot.
From Melissa DonahueStrollers... 'nuff said.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 11:46 AM
From Robert NilesI'm feeling the need for a "Robert's Levels of Theme Park Hell" post. Able-bodied people renting wheelchairs to cut the line would be placed in one of the lower levels of theme park hell. People who stop in pinch-points to talk to their group, while annoying, would be in one of the higher levels. (Lower is bad.)
Posted June 21, 2010 at 1:47 PM
Cutting the ticket prices while raising parking fees would get you somewhere in the middle.
I'll watch this thread for nominations. Love some that I've read so far.
From bryan shepardI hate a nasty park... gum stuck all over trees, people writing crap with markers and pens all over the place, its so trashy... spending tons on money on a new ride, then theme it to fit, only to never clean it again, and find people throwing trash all over the place... I hate it.. If i were a manager of a park, i would not sell gum, and would ask guests not to chew it in parks if they can't toss it in the trash when they finish...
Posted June 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM
I just hate nasty parks, and nasty people... LOL
From Tim WRobert, does that really happen?? That is very shocking and those types of people who fake having to use wheelchairs should be ashamed!
Posted June 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM
From Robert NilesI saw it many times back when I was working.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:01 PM
From James RaoGreat stuff so far, and I totally agree with most everyone else.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 7:59 PM
Park related things I can't stand: Up-charge attractions, common midway rides, and one train running on a popular coaster.
People related things I can't stand: slow (or inattentive) ride ops, excessive tattoos on the unwashed masses, people who cut in line, and anyone who puts on a skimpy bathing suit that really should know better. Ewwwww....
From Anthony MurphyFlash Photography on rides such as the Haunted Mansion
Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:08 PM
Stopping in the middle of Main Street USA
People standing up in front of everybody during a fireworks show
From Tony DudaThe sudden stoppers.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:32 PM
People going to parks while obviously contagious.
One person in queue holding a place for 6 who come late.
Screaming, crying children in dark attractions.
And not to let the cast members off - Standing in line a long time and finally getting to the load area and seeing the unloading cars are 25% empty.
From steve leeThere's a new number one that just started...
Posted June 21, 2010 at 9:05 PM
Vuvuzelas at the Magic Kingdom.
From David SunLine cutters make my blood boil. There's something about them that screams "The rules don't apply to me because I'm more important than everyone else."
Posted June 22, 2010 at 2:39 AM
Smokers who smoke non-allocated places also make me angry. There was one woman who must have smoked 3-4 cigarettes in the exit queue of the botanical gardens in WWOHP's Forbidden Journey while her daughter maintained her place in line.
From Tim WPeople that stand for a parade when they are in the front
Posted June 22, 2010 at 4:25 AM
From Deborah DavisI have a few combinations of earlier pet peeves:
Posted June 22, 2010 at 5:57 AM
When you have parties of 20-30 following 1 person in a wheelchair, then getting front of the line access.
Also, I hate people that don't pay attention in line, leaving big gaps that are then filled by line-jumpers.
One last thing: what's up with people that bring newborn infants to theme parks? Imagine the germs that are floating around. Do you really want to bring an unvaccinated child into that plethora of international bugs?
From Scott SandersGreat topic:
Posted June 22, 2010 at 8:21 AM
1- The Horizontals - groups of 4 or more people who decide to walk down the pathway horizontally and completely take up the entire walkway so no one approaching them can get through without playing a game of red rover.
2- People who just stop and talk in the middle of a pathway
3- People who continually bump into me while I'm standing in line waiting for a ride. Sometimes, I think they are having a contest to see how many times they can step on the back of my shoes and bang into my back. Jeebus that kills me.
4-Little kids who cut in front of you in line. This happened several times this past week. You are standing there and the line moves past a corner and all of a sudden these brats are now standing in front of you.
5-Recently at Hershey park, I saw bratty kids climbing poles and basically acting stupid. Of course, mom and dad were also participating. Stupid parents = stupid kids.
6-PDAs - Kids, get a room. Really, motel 6 really isn't that much.
7-High school kids/college frat boys that participate in kids activites to show how cool and edgy they are. Hey look at me, I'm up at the Festhaus doing the chicken dance with a bunch of 5 year olds.
From Anthony Murphy#7 is how my brother got his cell phone back when my parents thought he was texting too much at the Crystal Palace.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:20 AM
From Leland MyersI am standing up and giving your #3 a loud round of applause.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 10:45 AM
I cannot STAND the idiots who have zero personal space, or who think that they can get on the ride faster if they ride my butt.
The biggest pet peeve for me is the RUDE Tourist. They wear a HUGE backpack good for 40 people on a 40 night stay. They have NO idea how big the backpack is. So if you happen to get anywhere near them and they turn, they will knock a drink out of your hand, or my favorite was at Disney when you have to walk back thru the food queue with a tray full of food and Mr. Backpack turns around and knocks over 2 drinks and my lunch onto the floor.
Please Mr. Huge Backpack, don't go to theme parks on the days I will be there!
From Ray SchroederPeople with new borns. You just had a baby, STAY HOME for the next 5 yrs. It's not like you didn't know it was coming.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 10:55 AM
Motorized scooters. If half those people walked, maybe they wouldn't need one.
Young people sitting on the bus while the elderly are standing. What ever happened to manners?
Texting in the parks. You're on vacation. Who the heck are you talking to? Give it a rest and pay attention to where you're walking, because I won't move.
Thank you. I feel better now.
People who talk during shows. It can't of been that important as you've been standing in line waiting to get in and should of covered the topic then
From Neil ReeceProfane language in a family friendly atmosphere. I'm not a "saint" & I expect a slip up now and then at a more "adult" park, but spouting off like Yosemite Sam with a stream of cussin' while in Fantasyland is a bit out of line.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 12:12 PM
From Thomas CaselliProfane language is a good one. When my family and I were at Walt Disney World in 2000, we stayed in a tent at Fort Wilderness Campground. Every night when we were at our tent, there were people in the next campsite over from ours screaming and yelling at each other with every profane word that there is. When at WDW, you do not expect anything like that. I felt like complaining about it, but never did.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 12:27 PM
From Thomas CaselliAs far as waiting in line is concerned, if one doesn't expect to have to wait in line for sometimes long periods of time, you are either stupid or ignorant. When there are tens of thousands of people at any given theme park, there will be long lines. If you don't want to wait in line, stay home.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM
From Jason GloverI'm probably going to list something that has already been said, but here we go:
Posted June 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM
1- Kids that are WAY too old/big to be sitting in a stroller. Hey mom and dad, how about making junior use those legs and actually get some exercise (and let's be honest, a lot of kids I see at the parks these days really need it). Plus, you remove the stroller and free up space on the walkways so other people can actually walk.
2- Since we've already discussed the growing plague....err, trend of motorized carts in the parks, I'll switch gears and talk about these abominations on cruises. I'm a Disney Cruise Line addict, and nothing is worse than an already-small walkway being further congested by an official John Deer combination motor scooter/RV (have you seen the size of some of these things lately? They can hold a family of four and seem to have enough torque and raw horse power to pull the entire Main Street Electrical Parade behind them).
3- Photographers in dark rides. I really enjoy hearing "Pirates" after being blinded by a boat-load of amateur picture-takers who not only want pictures...but enough pictures to completely capture the entire experience. Boat in queue (flash), boat taking off (flash), there's Davy Jones (flash), look at the cavern (flash), look at more of the cavern (flash)...and so on.
4- Obnoxious groups. This doesn't have to be just kids (but I'm sorry to say, they are the majority), but I speak of any group who tries too damn hard to be noticed.
5- Pushing and shoving. Ever been in the queue on "Dinosaur" or "Tower of Terror" and you happen to be standing near the door that will open once the pre-show is over? On a good day, you can casually walk through that door and continue on your way. But on bad days, you end up getting shoved aside by the tsunami of rude park guests who have all decided that they are getting to that door first...no matter how far back in line they are.
I have plenty more, but I think this is enough for now!
From Amanda JenkinsI believe we may need to make a "Good Manners at Theme Parks for Dummies" book.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 1:01 PM
I completely agree about the profanity. When we were watching Illuminations there were a group of college kids that had clearly been drinking around "the world" and were cursing as loud as they could. So lovely.
Now I do have a cousin who is disabled and she has made sure that her scooter and walker are not large and she tries to stay out of everyone's way. What she usually does is make the rest of us walk in front of her so that it is us who gets run over, LOL.
From Caroline DavisMy favourite is just when you walk into the park, the family in front of you stops and gets the maps out. This is a particular problem in Magic Kingdom as soon as they get onto Main Street.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 1:11 PM
The personal space thing is horrible. And queue jumpers don't get past me, I block them, there was a whole family trying to do it for a TWO HOUR wait in Disneyland Paris.
There's also those people who decide that crazy chanting whilst going up lift hills is a good idea. It's fine for a little bit, but it gets so annoying over and over and over again. Especially when they're waiting for everyone else to join in, and won't stop until they do.
From Andy Milio1.) Waiting in hour long lines for a ride that takes 60 seconds
Posted June 22, 2010 at 1:36 PM
2.)When people don't move out of the way when they are walking right towards you (while moving from attraction to attraction)
From Melissa DonahueSitting down on a ride seat after someone's obviously been on a water ride (or wet themselves -- which would be even worse). I can't stand it when my dry clothes must serve as a mop.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 1:44 PM
From Pyra Dong- Fat, young people in wheelchairs... obviously not for a disability
Posted June 22, 2010 at 2:37 PM
- cussers... yeeeaaaa, i'm a good little girl!
- HAHHA, you're right. I don't like groups of impromptu cheerleading either... although I don't mind the singing Brazilians.
- the smelliness of people after going on a wet ride
- people who enter the park with a bad attitude and so think EVERYTHING in the park is out to get them hours later. GRRRrrrrr
From Thomas CaselliThose who complain about waiting in line for rides and such must be the ones who would rather pull out in front of you on the road then wait 2 seconds for you to go by and the roadway be clear.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 3:36 PM
From Brian CreedonHands down, lowest possible level... scooter renters!
Posted June 22, 2010 at 4:31 PM
No doubt there are those that do need them. But far far too many people do not. Not only does it effect your theme park experience, but what about your transportation? The theme park effect is nothing compared to the bus line! Ever been in line at the closing of the Magic Kingdom and have to wait the extra 5 minutes per bus (could add 30-45 minutes to your wait) for the separate line of scooters to be loaded first. That line usually has just a few people with almost no wait. A few suggestions:
1. No need for a separate line for transportation, those lines are wide enough with ample room for the scooters to navigate. This would also allow for several buses to be loaded quickly where there is a large section of line without anyone needing assistance, thus moving the line quicker. As it is now, just about every bus is held up during loading to assist those in need.
I know I sound insensitive, but we all know there are a large number of people renting these things that truly don't need them. For those that do need them they serve their purpose which is to assist them in getting around the theme park and access the bus. No need to move them to the front of the line.
From Barbara SimsOkay, how about this: you've staked out a prime front row spot for a parade an hour before it starts and at the last minut e some inconsiderate parent thinks they can shove their kid up front next to me with a drippy ice cream cone.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 4:55 PM
From Kari HarrisonPeople who bring their big giant strollers and then don't pay attention to where they are going. At least once every trip I either get run over or have to jump out of the way of someone who's completely oblivious to their surroundings.
Posted June 22, 2010 at 7:33 PM
From Michael GreboInner city teens, yeah i said it....N this and N that, rapping in line to themselfs, yelling real loud to the friend at the front of the line for no reason, wearing jeans and timberland boots on water rides (they never seem to have swimsuits), talking on the nextel two way to tell their homie that they are about to get on the ride, smoking, spitting, cursing...I really could go on forever. This is the main reason I stay away from SFGA even though I love the rides, I would rather drive (and I do up to 8 hours to go another park instead)
Posted June 22, 2010 at 11:15 PM
From Rob PAnother one I forgot to mention. Parents who are over 6 feet 5 standing at the front of a show with a kid perched on their shoulders just in case there might be one person behind who was still getting a partial view. Idiots.
Posted June 23, 2010 at 2:08 AM
Soft ice creams that melt immediately before you get even a single lick and those that are so frozen that they aren't edible until 30 minutes after the Park closes.
From James RaoThe cussing issue is a big one for me, too. Nothing worse than having to cover your six-year old's ears because some unwashed scumbag thinks it's cool to fire off an eff-bomb every other word.
Posted June 23, 2010 at 6:23 AM
And speaking of 6' 5" parents with kids on their shoulders... I also hate when people refuse/forget to remove their hats at shows. Oh, and healthy males who refuse to give up their bus seats for women, children, or the elderly. It's called "common courtesy", people!
Chivalry is dead, I fear.
From Thomas CaselliWhen loading the buses, guests are supposed to go all the way to the back of the bus. There are always some dopes who will, no matter how busy it is, stop midway back and make people climb over them.
Posted June 23, 2010 at 4:46 AM
From Carrie HoodI call them the "Line Complainers". You know the ones, standing in line they complain about everything from the weather to their shoes. These are the same ones who feel it's their right to first at every attraction and god forbid your in line in front of them!
Posted June 23, 2010 at 4:53 AM
People who complain about smokers, even when most of us are nice enough if asked politely will move out one someones way... in the designated smoking area!
The "I had kids because I had to" group, the ones who haul a kicking and screaming child onto attractions. Let them scream/throw food/kick things and simply ignore it. Now I can understand ignoring your child when their acting out but this is insane! I've watched this time and again, it always drives me bonkers.
Pushing in line, because to know knocking over a small female who's waited the exact amount of time you have is really going to make you get their faster!
Though I have to say, most of the time if your nice about it and ask people to stop they will. Though I have to say the worst I've ever encountered was at my time last year to Magic Kingdom, I had to sneeze while waiting to cross the road before the parade. So naturally I cover my nose and mouth and "ACHOO!" this one jerk turns around and starts screaming at me that I'm trying to give him "swine flu" and "how dare Disney allow me into the park with a killing illness!".. all because I sneezed and you know that simply must be against the rules or something. I honestly turned around and asked him to "Shut the hell up" after about 10 minutes of pretending to be deaf.
From hannah calleri have many pet peeves when it comes to theme parks that include............
Posted June 23, 2010 at 6:32 AM
People who have no idea of an attraction before queueing, i dont think ive ever been on Jaws without a screaming, shaking, terrified child in the boat, my parents took me on Back to the Future when i was 6, i didnt go on another ride til i was 18 (kraken was my first suprisingly)not only is is annoying to have screaming kids on a ride its traumatizing for the kid!
im a smoker and while i appreciate and respect that a lot of people dont like it, nothing is more annoying than a non-smoker who comes and sit on a bench right at the edge of a smoking area and complains, there are a million other benches scattered about, why oh why do you have to sit at that bench?
people who talk during shows also annoys me, my party had a really loud gang of girls sitting behind us at Fantasmic about 3 years ago, they were teenagers about 15-19 and they were shouting curse words at the tops of their voices, everyone was bothered about it and in the end i turned around and told them to either shut up or leave and that people have not come to the park to hear them screaming and shouting, everyone clapped me and then they got up and left!
people who use strollers as weapons, YOU DO NOT HAVE AUTHORITY OVER EVERYONE STOP TRYING TO RUN ME DOWN!
people who dont look where they are going, i seem to spend my whole day at a theme park dodging other people most of them just seem to be in a zombie like state!
From Ryan SMy pet peeves are
Posted June 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM
is when I'm next on line for a ride, and you have that person arguing that their child is tall enough to ride and the ride ops hold the train for this person.
I also hate the people who don't pay attention to the rider instructions and take 50 million years to get their restraint secured.
In addition when there are 6 ride ops on ride, but only 1 is checking the harnesses and 3 are standing around being lazy.
AT food courts when 1 person is saving multiple tables for their group.
this one may not annoy some of you, but it attacks the OCD side of me is when people will be talking about a ride and they will add an article in front of the name, names are proper nouns, therefore no articles.
I also despise that person in line who swears the roller coaster goes "like 150 MPH" or the one who claims that space mountain(WDW) (or similar intensity) has inversions.
From Michael SmithMy number one pet peeve is people standing double or triple wide on the speed walks at universal. If you want to be fat and lazy that's fine, just stay to one side so I can go around you and shave some time off of the 30 min. walk from the parking lot to the park.
Posted June 23, 2010 at 4:28 PM
From luis gonzalezstinky europeans/middle eastern tourist
Posted June 23, 2010 at 4:42 PM
a parent refusing to take their crying child out of a show
rude park employees
half empty ride vehicles
people blocking the fastpass line
From Rob PI think "stinky people" may have been sufficient there Luis.
Posted June 24, 2010 at 12:23 AM
You may have inadvertently added yourself to a lot of European/Middle Eastern visitors' list of pet peeves at the Parks.
Meanwhile thousands of people en route to Orlando are, as we speak, busily dousing themselves with the perfumery of their choice just in case they happen upon you at Animal Kingdom and cause offense.
From Charles JohnsonBeing knocked about by huge backpacks.
Posted June 24, 2010 at 3:19 PM
Being run over by strollers.
But, the number one:
Being whipped in line by the kid yanking the chain.
From Tyler StoverThere are many suggestions here that strike a nerve with me, things that are definitely on my pet peeve list and offenses I would banish people to "Theme Park Hell" for
Posted June 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM
With so many options to choose from (what can I say, I'm a crotchety old man trapped in a 20-something's body) I'm going to go with one that isn't just about annoying me, but creating a problem for others: parents who force children to go on intense rides that the kid doesn't want to go on. If I recall correctly we hashed this out in a theme park cast member story comment section, so I'll just let it go on that. Selfish, inconsiderate parents who ruin what should be a happy day for their children.
From Carrie HoodI have to agree as I said before. I used to work the parks down in Orlando and I was never so happy as when the "Upset Child" rule was accepted. It made things easier when you could tell a parent you where not allowed to dispatch a ride with a highly upset child on it. Granted, it got you screeched at in a volume normally only heard by dogs but at least you knew some poor kid wouldn't be traumatized for days/weeks/years/life because their parents forced them onto something.
Posted June 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM
Oh yes, I forgot to add my personal favorite!
From Tiffany AlfonsoI wrote a HubPages hub on the pet peeves at theme parks, mainly geared towards Walt Disney World. Here are some of them:
Posted June 25, 2010 at 6:58 AM
Tantrumers: although I don't blame some of them for being autistic like me, children scream and pine enough to make me melt down on the inside. It's number one on the pet peeves list!
Spot Savers: they include large families cutting in line for an attraction or some Argentinean youth herd getting in front of you when you're about to see a parade!
Illiteracy: some people neither can grasp the fact that Universal Studios is not part of Walt Disney nor realize that Elmo is not a Disney Character.
Turismos: I mentioned the identical-bag-wearing, mostly-normal-clad Argentinean youth herds, but a lot of you who go to Central Florida in the summer or winter are just as familiar with those blasted Brazilian tour groups (who mainly wear identical shirts) as well! (I recently saw 3 of the latter days ago at Universal's Islands of Adventure.) Both types have something in common - the schools of teens mostly celebrating their 15th birthdays are guided by adults with flags that stick out of the crowd, they cut lines, and they chant so loudly. One person noted vuvuzelas at the MK posts ago, but I'd rather listen to 5 or 6 turismos chant at the same time throughout a whole day (open-close) at any Central Florida theme park than those horns!
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