Djurs Sommerland photo report.

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Djurs Sommerland photo report.

Postby _koppen » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:05 am

So I finally visited Djurs Sommerland again. I had something preventing me from going last year, so It was a really long awaited trip.

Of course the park delivered what it always does. A class A+ experience.
A long with Sweden's both city parks, Gröna Lund and Liseberg, this is the best park we have here in northern Europe.

Since I have not ridden Piraten in two years, I was very curious to see if it still was my favorite, since I have ridden a lot of new coasters since my last visit. The answer is YES! It still is the best IMO. The sher amount of ejector and the from start to finnish intensity is just unmatched by any other ride. The only two rides in the world that could change my opinion would probably be El Toro and Skyrush.

New for this year was Juvelen, a brad new family thrill coaster, made by our one and only Intamin of Wollerau, Switzerland.
It is probably one of the best rides in the world, if you count in all aspects like theming, ride experience and accessibility for all ages. (if you don't count Disney rides). The only other family thrill coaster I can think of the deliveres this performance is Winjas.

It's just a really good ride, with a good amount of track, cool pre-show, good launches (the second one is pretty insane) and really cool trains. The direction changes after the second launch was seriously some of the most fun I have had on a coaster.

Since I am a huge fanboy of Djurs, I didn't want to come here and rave about how good Juvelen is sounding like a fanboy, but it really is amazing. If you ever have the chance to come and ride it, do it!

But, Piraten is still the star of the park, for me. Even though Juvelen is pretty darn close behind.

Another cool thing with Djurs is that there are no bad coasters here, (except the kiddie credit) they are all quality A material.
They do a really good job at adding good rides, and I think a lot of it has to do with the CEO being such a fan of theme parks himself.

Ayway, onto the pictures. I will split it in two parts.

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Let's end part one with a little splash. The rest of the pics will be up very soon.

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And the drop.

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The lift.

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Children's flume ride.

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Djurs is really shaping up to become the Europa Park of Scandinavia, and I can't wait to see how it looks in 10 years from now.

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I'm just so impressed with how much theming they have done in the recent years. Sure it has always been great, but now they are just going balls to the walls.

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A Zamperla spinning ship.

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Tilting family drop ride, with a cool theme.

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In the sunlight.

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Splash area.

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No, this one actually works!

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The splash box.

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Or what do you think?

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Just amazing looking.

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It also has some GREAT theming.

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But more on that later, here is the park's water coaster.

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And heres the awesome helix, right after the drop.

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Here is the parks main attraction, and my favorite roller coaster in the world.

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Let's walk in to my favorite area of the park.

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This is something I like to see at more parks. Fruit stands. I'm not talking about more healthy food options, just fresh fruit. Some water melon and pineapple was like a gift from the goods in the heat during the day.

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Balloon ride. I didn't take pictures of all the rides, there are a few more, including the kiddie credit.

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A SBNO topple tower?

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The other way.

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Helicopter ride.

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complete with rotating car wash.

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Little car ride.

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Let's take a walk through the children's area.

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The park has a big picnic are, with grills, that were really popular during lunch time.

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And the other way is green as well.

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Did I mention that the park is green?

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Walking through the western area again, now with another target.

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Here's a funky looking children's ride.

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And a little more nice.

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Let's keep walking in this great park.

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Some of the greenery is really starting to grow in.

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This ride is just such a great package.

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Here's the exit ramp, leading in to the gift shop. The guy in green is actually the park's CEO, a big coaster enthusiast.

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Some rock work, and a waterfall on top of it. Good looking? YES!

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The inside of the station had a really good atmosphere.

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Looking towards the ride's exit.

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The attention to detail...

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Simply stunning.

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This was full, earlier in the day.

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Just really nice.

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I see you as well, more on you later!

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The theming for the ride is just stunning. Every time this park builds a new coaster, it just gets better and better.

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Since the opening report, roof has been added above the launches, like the other similar rides that Intamin has built.
However, I don't like these roofs. They don't match the level of theming that the rest of the ride has. I know that they were rushed to get them up in the last minute, but I really hope that the park replaces these ones with some better looking roofs in the coming off-season.

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This is the only picture I took of the actual track of Juvelen, the park's brad new Intamin ATV coaster. The sun was not on my side, and there really wasn't any other angles to get a good photo of it.

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This weirdly awesome flat was new last year. To my disappointment is was broken.

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The new Mexico area looks amazing.

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And this is what required the relocation.

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Just a good looking area.

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Lots of trampolines for everyone.

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And it looks great.

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It is filled with awesome play grounds all over the place.

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This is a new area of the park. Both these were relocated for this season.

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Okay, here's one more.

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And one last photo of Thors Hammer.

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Going up, towards the helix.

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Biggest, and best, drop on the ride.

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Helix of death, above the water of death.

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The station is just as awesome.

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Some guys having a party.

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The almost famous milking goat.

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Good looking table area.

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The park is so nice and green.

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More theming.

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Let's walk to the entrance.

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The mouse part of the ride.

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See for yourself.

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It has some great theming.

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Ah, yes. One of the best family rides in northern Europe.

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What is this I see?

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Let's keep walking. The park is spotless, thanks to all the cleaners.

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Here is the Cannibal Pots, a standard tea cup ride, that is just so much more fun thanks to the name and theme.

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Non political correct ride, which had a really annoying ride attendant with a water gun.

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I spy something AWESOME! Is it Piraten? Yes! (for those of you who have seen Brother Bear).

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Moving along to Africa. Sorry, no photos of King Kong :(

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Buffalo themed bumper cars, new for last year.

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Awesome backwards american flag themed wave swinger.

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The other way.

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Here's the wild west section of the park.

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Just as the log flume, this ride has some great theming.

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Floating down the calm part of the ride.

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The sunlight kinda ruins this one.

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Let's do the park's rafting ride!

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Of course, it's not a sommerland without a big ass playground.

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Here's the entrance.

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A really good looking flag.

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Can you see the rainbow?

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Still working.

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Here is the first splash, and the lift up to the final drop.

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The theming is great!

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With a big splash.

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Djurs is home to the best looking Flume in Scandinavia (which really doesn't say much)

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Some cleverly hidden slides.

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Just a really good looking flat ride.

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Hurry up and get on, before it breaks down!!! (which it did later)

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Welcome to Djurs Sommerland!


If you wish to watch more pictures of Juvelen, from backstage, check out Hanno's opening report here

A funny thing to note is that I have never encountered this Intamin down time that everybody is talking about. And I have ridden a lot of them, plus that our parks here in Scandinavia has quite a few of them.

This day however both the Intamin rides in the park had problems. Piraten was up and running all day, but there was a mechanic in the station almost all day that watched the cable lift, and at a few times it gave away a really loud bang when the train entered the ascent. Eventually they removed one of the trains during the day, despite big crowds, so something must have gone wrong.

As for Juvelen, it only had one train operating the whole day. They had a sign in front of the entrance apologizing for it, and also a ride attendant standing there, telling people that the line was over an hour.

I don't know what was wrong with the second train, but there have been a lot of complaints about the lapbars tightening on smaller kids, so maybe that was being addressed. Anyway, it didn't look that good to have the parks new main attraction with a one train operation in the middle of the summer vacation. I only got three rides thanks to this, but I really don't mind, since the ride was so amazing.
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Re: Djurs Sommerland photo report.

Postby Olov » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:15 pm

Nice photo report you have there!
My, oh my how the park has grown since my first visit some 15 years ago when the only main ride was the log flume. It was a great park then, it's an awesome park today :) (well when I visited last time in 2009 it was awesome)

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Re: Djurs Sommerland photo report.

Postby _koppen » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:19 pm

Part 2

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Water coaster from another angle.

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Would you like some more Megalite pictures?

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Well, you gonna get it, either way.

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A lagoon in front of it.

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Lift hill.

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The queue, inside the fortress.

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Station building

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One from the inside.

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People getting some ejector.

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And then some even stronger ejector.

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Lift hill again.

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For the cable dorks.

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Test seat.

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More nerd shots.

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Heres the helix again.

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The evil twisted hill. (but not as evil as the ones later in the layout!)

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The helix again.

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More megalit lift hill goodness.

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Another lagoon.

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The awesome skull fountain, recently closed of for the night.

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Outside of the station, and the mechanics golf car.

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Walkway.

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Attention to detail.

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Playground for the smaller pirates.

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Some more theming, along with some built in benches.

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A majestic sight.

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And one last shot of Piraten.

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A happy girl, after a REALLY good day.


The park also has a water park section of it, and the water park nerd in me wants to show you photos of it, but the truth is that it's a pretty bad one. The only decent slide is the half-pipe from Polin, but it has so much water flowing in the bottom, so you stop half way, and you have to walk out of it. There is a decent play structure from Whitewater, but the water is so could (because it has it's own water loop) that I was not able to enjoy it. Seriously, when have you ever heard small kids complaining about to cold water? Never!

They have invested a lot on the dry side in recent years, but now I think it is time for an overhaul of the water park. If they did a big investment of around €5 millions they would get so many nice slides and maybe a lazy river in, and then they could leave it for another 10 years. But something has to come to the water park soon, that's for sure.

Another thing to note is that Djurs has the best operations on their coaster in all of Scandinavia. They are so ridiculously effective, and not to mention nice and polite.

I remember one instant, on Piraten, where somebody held up the ride attendant (around the middle of the train) asking for something. Then the other one who were finished checking his side jumped over the rails and checked the rest of the other side, so that they could start the ride asap. Many MANY thumbs up for the staff.

Hope you enjoyed reading, and please leave a comment.
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Re: Djurs Sommerland photo report.

Postby _koppen » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:29 pm

Olov wrote:Nice photo report you have there!
My, oh my how the park has grown since my first visit some 15 years ago when the only main ride was the log flume. It was a great park then, it's an awesome park today :) (well when I visited last time in 2009 it was awesome)


Thank you!

I really wish that I have had the chance to visit back then, to see how the park has evolved during the years. :)
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Postby chickenbowl » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:31 pm

The park looks truly amazing! If I ever get out to Europe, I'll be sure to stop by this park!
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Postby StealthFan » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:20 pm

Some really great pictures there. The park looks really different from my visit in 2009. I do have one question. Does the park still have the open fire where you can make your own bread?

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Re: Djurs Sommerland photo report.

Postby Sneaky » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:37 pm

Very nice report, with lots of amazing pictures.
I've always heard good things about Djurs, but apart from the coasters I didn't know a thing about the park.
Your pictures provided me great insight in the look of the park.
It really looks like a great park and I hope to visit it, preferably sooner rather than later.
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Postby Geauga Dog » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:47 pm

Very nice photos of a very nice looking park. Piraten is quite a photogenic coaster - loved the various angles you took of the ride. I also like the look of the pirate themed area.

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Re: Djurs Sommerland photo report.

Postby GigaG » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:42 pm

Warning - RANT AHEAD-

Ah, yes, the elusive Mega-Lite in his natural habitat. Never been on one because for some reason, despite the rides intensity and compactness, no American park wants to buy one! :( Seriously, you have SLCs all over, and nobody wants to buy a more intense ride on a similarly small footprint? I find it hard to believe no park can advertise a Mega-Lite in America. Can't you advertise the intensity, airtime, and twistiness rather than "Loops and hangs below the track" or "Loops and goes backwards"...

And even if it costs more, what makes it any more worthwhile in somewhere like the Happy Valley where a Mega-Lite co-exists with a giant SLC? If the GP are that loop-crazy, wouldn't the people at Happy Valley want to ride the SLC instead? Or is it something with America? Lawsuit risk for an intense coaster?
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Re: Djurs Sommerland photo report.

Postby crazywolf88 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:29 pm

^It's America. Our GP prefer loopy loops over actual intensity.

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