Complete Guide to Vegan Options in Downtown Disney (July 2022)

Welcome to Downtown Disney! Let’s eat some vegan food!

A few tips and notes before we begin:

Please note that I am just a guest, like you, and I have no control over any decision made at Disneyland. If you would like to express how you feel about the (lack of) vegan options, please send Disneyland an email or comment on one of their official social media accounts.

If you would like to eat at a table service restaurant in Downtown Disney, you can try to make reservation, but it’s usually fine if you can’t get one – just plan in advance, and do a walk up, just knowing that they might tell you that it’s a 30, 45 minute wait, for example.

By the way, nothing below is meant to be health food; rather, it is theme park food. Whenever I have access to ingredients lists, I do post photos of them, but this is not so that you can pick them apart for not being healthy enough. The point of showing the ingredients is that I’m trying to be helpful and show how the item does not contain meat, dairy, eggs, or honey. I have no control over what goes into the food, so I do not need to hear about it when you think something isn’t healthy enough. I pour a lot of time, effort, and money into maintaining this website, and I do all of this research for you for free, so I appreciate you not leaving negative, unhelpful comments about whether or not the food is healthy enough. Any health policing comments will be deleted 🙂

Please tag me on Instagram whenever you have photos of vegan food in Downtown Disney or notice anything new/different that I can update! 🙂

Table of Contents (Jump to a section!)

Happy Ice (Truck near the Lego Store/Star Wars Trading Post, 2:30-11pm, until Sep 5)
Black Tap Burgers and Shakes (Table service)
Ballast Point (Table service)
Salt and Straw (Quick service)
Wetzel’s Pretzels (Quick service)
Earl of Sandwich (Closed)
Tortilla Jo’s (Table service)
Taqueria (Quick service side of Tortilla Jo’s)
Splitsville (Table service)
La Brea Bakery (Counter service)
Starbucks
Naples (Table service for Naples; Quick service for Napolini)
Sprinkles Cupcakes (Quick service)
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen (Table service)
Uva Bar and Café (Table service)
Catal Restaurant (Table service)
Jamba Juice (Quick service)
Marceline’s Confectionary (Retail location)
Sephora (Retail location)
Curl Surf (Retail location)

Happy Ice

This is a Philly Water Ice truck that you may have seen at vegan festivals all around southern California, and they have a brick and mortar shop in LA as well! It’s so exciting to have our vegan community on Disneyland property, and they are Black-owned as well! Please go support them whenever you can!

The truck is parked at the far end of Downtown Disney, by the Lego Store and the Star Wars Trading Post, each day 2:30-11pm. They will be there at least until September 5, but hopefully they will stay long and/or come back soon after!

Philly Water Ice is a bit like Hawaiian shave ice, but with a different texture. If you like shave ice, you’ll definitely like this stuff! It is just the perfect thing on a hot summer day!

They have various flavors; you can get any 3 you like, or the whole rainbow. Below, we got them with watermelon, pineapple, and mango:

Black Tap

They recently changed this menu, and the Vegan Nashville Hot Sandwich seems to be gone, at least for the moment. The menu seems to be downsized.

Their main entree option is the Impossible All-American, and it comes vegan as is, with a vegan bun, vegan special sauce, and vegan cheese! This is a pretty epic burger, I highly recommend it if you’re in the mood for a burger!

It comes with fries (in a shared fryer), but if preferred, you can get the house salad as a side instead.

Also, don’t miss the Vegan Black ‘N White CakeShake! This epic shake has returned after a hiatus, and if you have a sweet tooth like me, you will love it.

It is a vegan chocolate milkshake with frosting and chocolate chips on the rim, topped with a giant piece of vegan chocolate cake and vegan whipped cream!

They also have the vegan version of their Classic Shakes on the menu. I have asked on different days and sometimes they tell me they have them, and sometimes they tell me they don’t.

You can order a shake from inside the restaurant as usual, or you can go up to their walk-up shake window outside the restaurant for a quick shake to take with you.

The vegan version of the shake is a soymilk based vegan ice cream. To order a vegan shake, ask for the vegan ice cream base on the Classic Shake, and then choose any flavor except for nutella (which has dairy). The vegan flavors are: coffee, vanilla, chocolate, black cherry, strawberry, caramel, peanut butter, and oreo cookies and cream. 

Note that their lactose-free whipped cream that comes with the classic shakes is not vegan; it is merely lactose-free, but still contains dairy. I remember asking before if we could get the vegan whipped cream that comes on the Vegan Black ‘N White CakeShake, but to my knowledge, that was not an option.

Below is a classic shake with the Black Cherry flavor.

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Ballast Point

They recently (July 2022) updated this menu and really leveled up in my opinion! The Soyrizo Tacos and Impossible Lettuce Cups are gone, but in their place we have the really tasty things below!

On the menu, they label vegan items with (v) and vegetarian items with (vg).

The fully vegan labeled items are:

Romaine Heart Wedges: romaine hearts, green goddess hummus, watermelon radish, and everything bagel spice

Island Crunch Salad: pineapple, cashews, lettuce bok choy, shredded carrots, bean sprouts, sesame ginger soy vinaigrette

Vegan Birria Empanadas: Oyster Mushroom Birria mixed with vegan moxxarella cheese, garnished with pickled red onions and micro cilantro, served with a side of consommé.

Vegan Cheesecake: Cheesecake made with cashews and coconut milk, served with honey pickled peaches [the server told me that it’s actually agave, but just to be certain, you can specify “vegan” when you order, either with you server, or on the app] tossed in brown sugar, simple syrup, panko graham cracker crumble, and garnished with fresh thyme

The server also said that the Fudge Brownie could easily be made vegan by omitting the whipped cream. Everything else about the dish (the brownie itself, the garnish, etc.) is vegan.

I checked out the new menu in July 2022, and we got the Vegan Birria Empanadas, the Island Crunch Salad, and the Vegan Cheesecake, all pictured below. We will get the other items as soon as we get a chance next time.

Island Crunch Salad: This was such a great salad! Lots of bok choy, really lives up to the crunch in the name. The dressing was great, lots of flavor, and I love pineapple in everything. I would probably add avocado next time.

Vegan Birria Empanadas: These were so good!! The Oyster Mushroom and vegan cheese filling was just so tasty. The pastry part was nice and flaky and tender. I loved the soyrizo tacos from before, but I think these are even better! If you are super hungry, these might seem a bit small though – maybe a bit more than an appetizer, but on the small size for an entree. We were 2 people and had the salad, the empanadas, and the cheesecake below, and it was a good amount for our appetites.

The new Vegan Cheesecake is so exciting – what a level up for them to add a vegan dessert! It is cashew and coconut milk based, and has the most luscious texture. The graham cracker crust was amazing as well – just sweet enough, not too sweet. I would go just to get the cheesecake!

The still have the Bavarian Pretzel, it’s now called Bavarian Pretzel Sticks, and just in case, I would suggest specifying vegan when you order, i.e. no butter on the pretzel bites, and normally it comes with a cheese dip and a mustard dip. The mustard is vegan, so just get that instead of the cheese dip. Below is an older photo from @leathercouch73 with a vegan chipotle aioli they used to have, so ignore that part, but this is generally what they are:

For the beers, they will be mostly all vegan except for the rare case of a milk stout type situation, or gelatin, or other types of hidden clarifying agents. They rotate out pretty often, so please ask your server, or check on Barnivore.

Salt and Straw

Salt and Straw is a Portland based ice cream company with lots of vegan flavors! They are all marked clearly on the menu with a (V).

The two vegan flavors on the permanent menu are:

1. Marionberry Sherbet
2. Freckled Mint Tcho-colate Chip

Below is a scoop of the Freckled Mint Tcho-colate Chip from the permanent menu:

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The sugar cones, which are pictured in all of these photos, are vegan. They are also sometimes called kid’s cones. The waffle cones (the larger ones) are not vegan; they contain egg.

You can also get scoops in a cup, as seen above.

They have seasonal flavors that rotate about once a month, and there is usually at least one vegan flavor among the seasonal flavors! Check my instagram for the most recent into about the ever-changing seasonal flavors.

Wetzel’s Pretzels

Wetzel’s menu appears to be the same from before the closure. The original pretzels are vegan as far as the dough goes, but they typically brush them with butter when they come out of the oven. Not to worry though — they make new batches frequently, so all you have to do is request to have one without butter, and they’ve give you one from the next batch if you can wait for a minute or two.

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The Pretzel Bitz without the butter are also vegan:

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Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich closed recently as part of the large refurbishment of the West side of Downtown Disney. I’m excited to see what new restaurants will appear in that area in the coming months!

Tortilla Jo’s

Tortilla Jo’s has a limited version of their menu currently. Note that the Tableside Guacamole is not currently available, but they can make it in the kitchen for you.

They still have the Vegetarian Burrito on the menu, which is still vegan by default. It has house made quinoa meatballs, black beans, roasted tomatoes, poblano peppers, and red onion, topped with salsa ranchera and served with cilantro rice.

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They can also make an off-menu vegan version of their fajitas with their grilled veggies (onions, peppers, zucchini, etc.), black beans, cilantro rice, etc. They used to have a portobello mushroom version of the fajitas, but those are not on the the menu anymore.

And they can make an off-menu vegan version of their enchiladas that are filled with those same veggies. I had the server verify with the chef that the green enchilada sauce is indeed vegan, doesn’t contain chicken stock or any other lurking animal products:

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Just for reference if you want to get any sides or modify any menu items, the server told me that the red rice is made in chicken stock, and the refried beans contain lard. So the vegan alternatives to those are the cilantro lime rice and the black beans.

They have told me before that their horchata is vegan – no cow’s milk, just rice milk! Please double check when you order though.

Taqueria (quick service side of Tortilla Jo’s)

The Taqueria in Downtown Disney is the quick service side of Tortilla Jo’s, where you can get some similar menu items as the sit-down side of the restaurant, but a lot faster and a little cheaper. You can build your own tacos, burritos, bowls, or nachos, sort of Chipotle-style.

Choose one of the types: tacos, burritos, bowl, or nachos.

Choose your Protein: quinoa meatballs, which are labeled on the app menu as vegan now.

Choose your Fillings: beans (just make sure to do the black beans, not the refried beans, which contain lard), lettuce, onion-cilantro, and pico de gallo.

Make sure to choose the cilantro lime rice (the red rice contains chicken stock).

Choose your Toppings: salsa verde and guacamole. The salsa roja contains chicken stock.

For example:

Bowl with quinoa meatballs, black beans, cilantro-lime rice, guacamole, pico de gallo, and lettuce:

Burrito with quinoa meatballs, black beans, cilantro-lime rice, guacamole, lettuce:

Splitsville

So exciting that Splitsville has reopened! I even saw people bowling in there too!

Here’s the lowdown on what’s vegan at Splitsville. The most obvious option is their Impossible Burger, where you just have to request no cheese and no special sauce to make it vegan.

The Veggie Roll is another solid choice. Make sure to specify vegan to your server, i.e. omit pickled radish, and you may substitute avocado instead. Make sure to get the regular ponzu sauce instead of the kimchi ponzu sauce, which contains fish.

Another good one is the Spicy Veggie Bowl. Make sure you’re getting the regular ponzu sauce instead of the kimchi ponzu and tataki; both of those contain fish.


La Brea Bakery

Their menu is divided into brunch/lunch, but all of their items are available at all times of day. Below are menu photos for your reference, and you can also view the menu on La Brea Bakery’s website.

The vegan entree is a modified version of the La Brea Bakery Burger. Normally you can choose between their house made veggie patty and an Impossible patty, but this day they didn’t have the veggie patty available, just Impossible. Here are the modifications:

  • Choose either Impossible patty, or the veggie patty if available
  • Change bread – the normal bun isn’t vegan, so ask for the telera bread instead
  • Remove cheese and mayo, and sub avocado. They were very nice to not charge me extra for avocado that day!
  • Vegan side options are fries, yam chips (both of those in a shared fryer), mixed green salad with a balsamic vinaigrette, or fruit (pictured below).

One tip – they asked me how I would like my burger cooked. I am not often asked that so I wasn’t entirely prepared! Also, I have had so many overdone Impossible burgers in my day, that I decided to ask for “medium rare” to try to compensate for that. It turns out that the chefs at La Brea Bakery are not playing around! They really did it medium rare, which is why it’s quite pink here! If you ask for medium, of course, it won’t be as pink as in this photo.

I was not expecting the double patty, that was very generous of them! Along with the generous portion of avocado. It was huge, I was glad I got the fruit instead of the fries as a side. Overall, very well executed Impossible burger! Much better than the Impossible burger that they have at Smokejumper’s Grill obviously!

A few more vegan items to note – they have Nancy’s Fancy Gelato, and two of the flavors (Coconut Stracciatella and Chocolate Fondente) are labeled as vegan:

They also have a brunch special currently, an Avocado Toast that could theoretically be veganized by removing egg, shrimp, etc, but it might not be worth the price ($19) after you remove the most expensive parts of it.

Also, they have almond milk available if you are getting a coffee.

Starbucks

Both Starbucks locations in Downtown Disney are now reopened and serving their full assortment of many different coffee drinks with soy, oat, almond, or coconut milk.

Naples (Table Service) / Napolini (Quick Service)

Naples has reopened with a limited menu. I haven’t been back yet, but I have a photo of the menu board here, followed by info about those items before the closure. Since I haven’t been back yet, you can tell it’s pretty far down on my list of the good vegan food in Downtown Disney.

The current menu board:

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The minestrone soup, bruschetta, panini alla verdure, and vegetable sides appear to not be on the limited menu.

You can still veganize the pizza by asking for no cheese, extra sauce, and toppings of your choice. The photo below is a pizza with eggplant, artichokes, black olives, and arugula:

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They still have the Della Casa Salad, which is pictured here with added chickpeas:

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If they bring out bread before your meal, make sure to double check that it’s vegan, but last time I was there, they had two vegan breads – the ciabatta bread on left, pizza dough bread on right:

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Napolini is the quick service side of Naples, and they reopened recently. You can get a pizza with no cheese and your choice of toppings. Here is the menu board to give you an idea of what toppings are available:

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles has recently reopened! They have one vegan flavor, the Vegan Red Velvet. It is delicious and I highly recommend.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Their limited menu still has their Impossible Burger, which was added relatively recently.  Here is the current menu board (it is the same for lunch and dinner):

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Before the closure, they were using different buns entirely, so I had to switch out the bun on the previous version. But I asked again this time and had the server verify with the chef that the bun contains no egg, dairy, or honey, and the default bun is actually vegan now, so there is no need to switch the bun.

You do have to omit the aioli, which contains egg. So that is the only modification to make, just ask for the Impossible Burger with no aioli.

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The fries are in a shared fryer, so switch them out for another side if you prefer (salad, veggies, etc).

They also have a Vegan Pasta that has been on their special diets menu for quite some time. Currently it’s described on the menu as “Spinach fettuccine tossed with peppers, onions, oven-roasted tomatoes, baby arugula, zucchini, yellow squash, olive oil, tomato basil sauce.”

I got this one quite a while back, so this photo might not look exactly how they are making it now, but it gives you a general idea:

They can also make an off-menu vegan version of their jambalaya, which I haven’t had yet, but I’ve seen it around! Will get as soon as I can.

They have a full bar, so they can make lots of cocktails and things. I got a virgin mint julep there for the first time and it was very refreshing! Quite different from the ones in Disneyland – less sweet and more fizzy. No cherry, though.

The Express side of the Jazz Kitchen just has a couple of items, nothing remotely veganizable unfortunately. They have a few drinks though, e.g. the virgin mint julep. Maybe one day they will have vegan beignets like they do at the Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World!

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Uva Bar and Café

This menu changes often, so make sure to double check with your server whenever ordering something! That goes for everything that you read here on my blog, but especially for Uva.

I haven’t been able to get there during breakfast hours yet, but they list a Veggie Sandwich that may be able to be served vegan:

Veggie Sandwich
Vegan Sausage patty, White Cheddar, Tomato, Guacamole, Brioche Bun

If you omit the cheese, and ask about the bun (whether it contains eggs/dairy/honey), then it might be possible! Or they might have something else off-menu that they can offer you. Please let me know what they say if you go and ask!

They have a variety of brunch-style cocktails, most of which are vegan, and a variety of beers and wines. You can look up each one on Barnivore if you are so inclined!

For lunch and dinner hours, they have a Veggie Burger that has had many iterations over the years, and the current version is described on the menu as follows:

Veggie Burger
Impossible Burger Patty, Shredded Lettuce, Caramelized Onions, Secret Sauce, served with Sweet Potato Fries

Many thanks to @gunnerbeaglesmummy for the updated info and photos below!! The buns are now vegan (in the past they were sometimes, sometimes not), and the modification here is to omit the secret sauce. The fries are cooked in a shared fryer, and those who are concerned about cross contamination may get a mixed green salad as a side instead.

In the appetizer section of the menu, they have a hummus plate that seems to have replaced the older version of the trio of Mediterranean dips. The last time I asked, the pita bread wasn’t vegan, but they were able to substitute cucumber slices for dipping instead. Below is the older version, the Mediterranean dips, and the new version is just described as hummus, but it is probably similar:

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They also have a buffalo cauliflower on the menu, and I don’t know whether it can be made vegan (by omitting cheese) – there may be egg in the breading or something to that effect. Please let me know what they say if you ask!

For the Manchego salad, omit the cheese and it should be good to go.

For the Beet and Quinoa Salad, omit the cheese and double check on the dressing. If they dressing isn’t vegan, they should be able to substitute one for you.

For sides, they have a mixed green salad with a balsamic vinaigrette, fries, and sweet potato fries. For the latter two, just get them with ketchup only instead of ranch.

Sweet potato fries with ketchup:

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They have a variety of cocktails, most of which are vegan, and a variety of beers and wines. You can look up each one on Barnivore if you are so inclined!

Catal Restaurant

Catal has recently updated their vegan paella! This used to be off-menu, but now they have it on the menu and have started clearly marking their vegan items. They used to make custom things if you said that you’re vegan, but now they’re marking vegan items for all to see. I love this kind of progress!

On the menu below, you can see on the key at the bottom that “vg” is what they use to mark vegan items.

Here are the clearly marked vegan items:

Pan con Tomate. Grilled rustic bread, vine ripe tomato purée, sweet garlic, evoo, sea salt (appetizer)

Vegetarian Paella. Fideo seco, broccolini, vegetable sofrito, smoked carrots, peas (entree)

Sautéed Mushrooms. Garlic, thyme (side)

Many thanks to @vanessa_ainsley for getting these photos of the updated menu! Below is her photo of the new version of the vegan paella!

Jamba Juice

Many of Jamba Juice’s smoothies are vegan by default, i.e. the following smoothies in the “Plant-Based” section of their menu:⁣

Blackberry Smoothie⁣
Apples ‘n Greens⁣
Mega Mango⁣
Smooth Talkin’ Mango⁣
Strawberry Whirl⁣
Greens ‘n Ginger⁣
Pomegranate Paradise⁣
Peach Perfection⁣
Amazing Greens⁣
Vanilla Blue Sky⁣
Protein Berry Workout⁣

They also have smoothie bowls, which are smoothies with toppings such as granola, berries, chia seeds, and nuts. The following bowls are vegan without modifications:⁣

Vanilla Blue Sky Bowl⁣
Peachy Green Goodness Bowl⁣
Nutty Almond Butter Bowl⁣

Many of the other smoothies can be veganized with a substitution or two as well! For example, omit the Greek yogurt and swap it for oat milk.

Here is the Vanilla Blue Sky, which is unsweetened almond milk, vanilla coconut milk, bananas, pineapples, and blue spirulina:

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They also added a breakfast sandwich with an Impossible patty recently. You have to remove the cheese and egg, but the bread is vegan, so it’s still feasible. I have heard that they come pre-made and that they just throw the egg and cheese in the trash if you order it that way, so for me, that is not ideal at all, because it doesn’t indicate that I ordered it without, and as far as the ledgers look, I bought the cheese and egg. So I won’t be getting this one until they make it fully vegan or at least until I’m confident that it can be modified in a way that makes a difference.

Marceline’s Confectionary (Candy Shop)

The vegan options tend to rotate out quite a bit, but in general you will get a variety of allergy-friendly Enjoy Life treats and some other things. Below, the Cinnamon Swirl Mini Rice Crisps, the pretzels, the Roasted Nut Mix, the Crunchy Spicy Mix, and the Fruit and Nut Mix are all vegan. See each ingredients list below:

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Also, keep an eye out for these Enjoy Life treats that are sometimes there:

And of course these lollipops, which are almost always there:

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Heads up on the Cocoa Dusted Dark Chocolate Almonds: for many years, they were vegan, with no dairy involved, but now (as of November 2022), they are showing milk in the ingredients list, no longer vegan. Maybe one day they’ll change back, but for now, they’re not vegan anymore!

Sephora

There is quite a bit of vegan and cruelty-free makeup and skincare here. Last time I was in there, they told me I wasn’t allowed to take photos, so unfortunately I can’t give you a very detailed update on what is currently available. But Sephora’s website will tell you whether any given product is vegan.

Curl Surf

I looked into Curl Surf quickly and saw that they do still stock the vegan sunscreen Sun Bum. Most of Sun Bum’s products are vegan, just look for the word vegan on the label.

That’s going to do it for now! I’ll update this post whenever I get more info. If you go to Disneyland, DCA, or Downtown Disney and have any photos of the food, please tag me on Instagram!

If these guides are helpful to you and you would like to show your appreciation, you are welcome to buy me a Dole Whip 🙂

I hope to see you in the park real soon!

If you’re looking for vegan options in other parts of the Disneyland Resort, please see my most recently updated Complete Guides for those:

17 comments

  1. I was just in Downtown Disney yesterday and got the vegan pumpkin ginger snap ice cream at Salt and Straw. It’s a limited edition flavor. I thought it was FANTASTIC, but I would only recommend this flavor if you love pumpkin and ginger because it has a very strong flavor profile. It’s like eating frozen pumpkin pie 😍

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  2. I was in Downtown Disney yesterday and I got the vegan pumpkin ginger snap ice cream from Salt and Straw. It was FANTASTIC! This is a seasonal flavor so I’m not sure how much longer it will be available. It’s like eating frozen pumpkin pie. Super creamy and very decadent. I’d only recommend this ice cream if you like pumpkin and ginger because it has a very strong flavor profile!

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  3. Just visited July 23, 2022
    Black Tap currently only has the impossible burger vegan option on their menu. Also, all of the shakes can be made vegan.

    Ballast Point has only the Birria Empenadas as well as a salad for vegan options.

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    1. Yes, I was aware of the change but I was trying to find time to go and get an update where I could ask all the servers and chefs all the questions I needed to ask about the new menu! I went last night, updating now.

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