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Knott's Berry Farm Reopened May 21! — Here's What to Expect

by Mommy Frog on July 15, 2021 55 Los Angeles

Oh, hoppy day! Knott's Berry Farm reopened May 21, 2021! The reopening kicked off the summer-long 100th-anniversary celebration, which will run all the way through Sept. 6. We were so excited to hop back to the fully reopened western-themed Knott's Berry Farm! The park had been closed since March 14, 2020, due to COVID-19, but it operated food and beverage events since July 2020 without rides. We had gotten a taste of Knott's, but its been toadally awesome to jump back into the full theme park with rides! Yeehaw!

Hop over to our guide to visiting Knott's Berry Farm this summer for more fun and details, as well as to our post on Knott's Berry Farm events to learn about more fun heading your way during the rest of the year!

Out-of-state visitors are now welcome to visit Knott's Berry Farm! You may be wondering about masks. Masks are no longer required outdoors. Unvaccinated guests are required to wear them indoors. Don't froget a mask for the tadpoles for indoor rides. Of course, we all have different comfort levels so you may see a lot of guests still choosing to mask up outdoors as well.

Knott's Berry Farm Reopening May 21 - A guest dressed in Berry theme chats with a pioneer

Tickets and Details for the Knott's Berry Farm Reopening

Knott's Berry Farm Reopened May 21! — Here's What to Expect-Guest pass under Ghost Town signs

Tickets for Knott's Berry Farm are available now. Ghost Town is no longer a Ghost Town, as park guests wander through, chatting with western characters, eating at picnic tables, shopping and maybe even finding themselves caught up in a gunfight!

Knott's Berry Farm Reopened May 21! — Here's What to Expect - Guest pose in giant Summer Nights beach chair

If you already have a season pass, its expiration date will be extended. All 2020 Season Passes purchased by Dec. 6, 2020, and all 2021 Season Passes purchased between Dec. 7, 2020, and May 5, 2021, will be extended through May 5, 2022. All associated season pass add-ons will also be extended. Season passes and add-ons purchased after May 5, 2021, will be valid through Dec. 31, 2021.

Dining plans and drink plans are valid. For now, if you have the refillable drink plan, an employee will get it for you and hand the cup to you. You can use that or pour it into your souvenir cup. From 5 p.m. until park close, you can purchase tasting cards ($45) with six tastings during Knott's Summer Nights. You can find picnic tables and additional seating all around the park, including in front of the stages. If you'll be there all day, you can purchase an all-day dining plan (online to save a few dollars or in-person). You'll receive a wristband and can walk up and order food every 90 minutes. You can stuff your face with yummy Knott's food and save money!

Knott's Berry Farm Reopened May 21! — Here's What to Expect - Happiness Is show

When we visit, we like to arrive early so we can quite literally hop on rides the first hour or two! Most attractions are open. The train and stagecoach are the only rides that remain closed for now. We have been hoppy to experience entertainment during the Knott's Berry Farm reopening. During the day, catch Happiness Is ... with the Peanuts. You can also interact with citizens of Ghost Town. (You can find them on balconies and rooftops!) At night, enjoy a DJ and musical acts. On weekends, catch a marionette puppet show.

Operating hours vary. You can always view the most up-to-date hours online. Hours increased in June with Saturday nights staying open until 11 p.m. Visit the Knott's Welcoming You Back page for more information.

What About Safety Protocols?

The state of California ended its mask mandate and theme park guidelines on June 15, 2021. You no longer need to wear a face covering outdoors at Knott's. Unvaccinated guests are required to wear a face covering indoors. You'll still find plenty of hand sanitizer around the park. Ride vehicles are operating at full capacity and physical distancing is up to guests. Guest no longer undergo a health screening before entering, and reservations are no longer required. The State of California strongly recommends that park guests be either fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending the park or wear a face covering. Use contactless forms of payment, including credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

You'll still see plexiglass barriers between guests and employees in some locations. And Knott's is still routinely cleaning seats, restraints, headrests and armrests on rides.

Tips for Visiting During the Knott's Berry Farm Reopening

Knott's Berry Farm Reopening May 21 - Snoopy waves from a safe distance in Camp Snoopy

Here is what to expect and some hopful tips for visiting Knott's Berry Farm this summer.

  • Save money with discount Knott's Berry Farm tickets (our price includes the tax).
  • Arrive before opening for the shortest wait times of the day.
  • Stay late to enjoy Summer Nights.
  • If someone in your party has a disability that prevents them from waiting in a standard queue, talk to employees at guest relations about accommodations.
  • Use the Knott's app to find showtimes and character meet and greets and check ride wait times.
  • Hop in food lines before you are too hungry (especially for Fireman's BBQ or Boardwalk BBQ).
  • Consider the all-day dining plan (you can eat every 90 minutes!).
  • During Knott's Summer Nights, after 5 p.m. you may purchase a tasting card for six tastings. It's $45 and does not need to be used all in one night.
  • Consider the souvenir bottle for free drink refills (every 15 minutes) day one and only $1 for refills on visits in 2021.
  • Visit Peanuts characters in Camp Snoopy and Whittles in Ghost Town.
  • Look for QR Codes in Ghost Town to learn more.
  • Take advantage of hand sanitizer.
  • Contactless forms of payments are recommended.

Knott's Berry Farm Reopening May 21 - Family wears face coverings on log ride

A New Ride to Enjoy During the Knott's Berry Farm Reopening

Knott's Reopening - Bear-y Tales Entrance

The new ride, Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair, is now open! This all-new 4D interactive dark ride celebrates a beloved classic attraction with a reimagined gaming twist. Climb aboard themed vehicles equipped with “jelly blasters” to try to recover stolen boysenberry pies. Travel through whimsical environments such as the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp and Weird Woods. With jelly blasters shaped like jam jars, feel free to splatter up the place. Be sure to take a whiff when you ride. The ride culminates in a celebration at the County Fair. We love having a new ride to experience! Also, is anyone else craving boysenberry right now? We've definitely developed a taste for Knott's Berry Farm!

Knott's Berry Farm Reopening May 21 - The Berry Blaster is shaped like a jam jar

California Marketplace

The California Marketplace is open. You can enjoy Mrs. Knott's Chicken-to-Go Restaurant, Farm Bakery and the Knott's Berry Market (in case you need some boysenberry pie!). Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant is open. We recommend reservations.

In the Marketplace, Knott’s has marks on the floor to show where to stand for social distancing, a roped queue and has added plexiglass and hand sanitizers in front of registers. Guests use scanners to do a supervised, touchless self-checkout and self bagging.

Have you headed to Knott's Berry Farm's reopening? What was your favorite part? Be sure to share with us in the comments below!

Related: What to Expect When the Southern California Theme Parks Reopen

Related: Disneyland Reopening — What You Need to Know

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Aug 15, 2021 at 8:25 p.m. Lorena Escalante Says...

Is Knotts Berry open to out of state visitors?

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Aug 16, 2021 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorena!

Yes, out-of-state visitors are welcome!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2021 at 8:17 p.m. Cassie Says...

I'm looking forward to a visit in December, will your park be open in December?

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Aug 2, 2021 at 5:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cassie!

At this time, we haven't heard of any Knott's closures or reduced hours in December - things should be open as usual, but we'll be sure to update if we hear otherwise!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 31, 2021 at 3:38 p.m. Stacie Says...

Will I be able to make a reservation for Knott's Berry Farm for the end of September soon?

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Aug 2, 2021 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacie!

Reservations are no longer required for guests.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 26, 2021 at 3:06 p.m. Keysha Baptiste Says...

Are reservations required to enter the park it's my son birthday and we decided we want to go today

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Jul 26, 2021 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keysha!

Reservations are no longer required at LEGOLAND California.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 8, 2021 at 7:07 p.m. Melissa Says...

I tried purchasing my ticket through AAA for the discount, and it was pending for 6 days. I wanted to purchase early to reserve the tickets for a certain day. Now I cannot reserve for the day my family is going. Is there anything I can do?

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Jul 9, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

Unfortunately, there isn't too much you can do, but it's worth checking back to see if more reservations open up (though it's not guaranteed or likely). If you can change the visit to a different day, that would be your best bet. But if not, you can try in person. Visit the information window for help or try to talk to a supervisor to explain the issue. They might be able to accommodate you. You can also try calling Knott's for assistance, but it can be hard to get through. We suggest calling right when the phone lines open at 9 a.m. PT.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2021 at 7:28 p.m. Bradley. Says...

What is the capacity of the park per day the week of July 5th with the reservation system in place ?

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Jul 3, 2021 at 5:36 p.m. lili Says...

I would like to get fastpass for my one day tickets but I read that they are limited. I do plan on getting there early but do they usually sell out quick or before the day of ?

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Jul 8, 2021 at 7:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lili!

You can purchase Fast Lane passes online in advance, and you're able to view the availability calendar there too.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2021 at 4:24 p.m. Myriam Says...

My ex and I have reservations for the 10th. I wanted to reserve an electric wheelchair but an error message keeps popping up. Are there E Wheelchairs available to rent?

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Jul 6, 2021 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Myriam,

If it's showing an error, then it's likely that the electric wheelchair rentals are sold out for that day. However, we can see that manual wheelchairs are available for the 10th if you need an alternative.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2021 at 6:41 a.m. Daniel Vargas Says...

What if I purchased the wrong date for soak city tickets and didnt notice till I was printing the tickets out and the date had already passed a week ago. Can I just show up and be able to get in park with my purchased ticket or do I have to make a whole new reservation cause I've tried every possible darn thing on your knotts app and website and ain't got no answers or new tickets that I've already paid for and would like to use for my boys before the summer is gone. Thank you Danny

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Jul 7, 2021 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danny!

Your tickets technically expire on the day you purchase them for, but you can apply the value of expired tickets to new tickets. The cost difference is between what you paid for your ticket and the cost of a ticket on the new date you're going. (Many times there is no difference in price, but sometimes it can be a small difference of a few dollars.) If you purchased from knotts.com, you'll need to call Guest Services directly at (714)-220-5200 or visit the Information Booth when you arrive. If you're not a local, you can see if Guest Relations can get you in on the day you visit since it was a mistake. While reservations are needed to visit, we've seen Knott's help guests who have made mistakes get into the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 2, 2021 at 8:03 p.m. Mia C. Says...

If I have an expired ticket can I exchange it for a current ticket at the window?

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Jun 11, 2021 at 8:19 p.m. Grandma Says...

I have a pass but my grandsons are under 3. How can I make a reservation for them? (the system requires a ticket or pass #)

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Jun 14, 2021 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Since your grandsons are under 3 and don't require park tickets, they do not need reservations either.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 2, 2021 at 4:56 p.m. daniel c franco Says...

Hi there, I'm a pass holder and my 2 friends who are from out of state who are fully vaccinated want to come with me Today. Is it still possible for them to get in if I buy the tickets for them?

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Jul 2, 2021 at 11:09 p.m. MistyFofo44 Says...

Nobody at Knott's is checking for proof of residency. They post strict regulations but not monitoring at all.

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Jun 1, 2021 at 9:15 p.m. Sabah Says...

I purchased my season pass for 2020 so I could take my son who was under 3 at that time. Can he still join for free since they've extended the passes now that he's over their age requirement for a free ticket?

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May 28, 2021 at 11:12 p.m. Happy Camper Says...

My Granddaughter is staying with us this summer. We want too buy her a pass since she's never been to a theme park. She lives in Arizona. So will we be able to get her a pass?

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Jun 1, 2021 at 4:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

At this time, attendance at Knott’s is limited to California residents, but policies may change by June 15, so stay tuned!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2021 at 5:04 a.m. Shawna Says...

Did you notice if they were taking the time to check all ID'S? We've recently moved and don't have updated ID'S yet but plan to go to Knotts in a couple days. Will we be turned away? Refunded? Thoughts? Thank you for your time.

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May 26, 2021 at 8:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawna!

We'd recommend bringing another form of proof of residency, such as a utility bill or lease agreement in your name.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2021 at 8:27 p.m. Shawna Says...

Good idea. TY

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May 26, 2021 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are very welcome - have fun! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2021 at 6:54 p.m. Matt Says...

How was mask compliance and enforcement ? Did you see them wiping down or spraying down ride vehicles?

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May 24, 2021 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

From our visits, we experienced great mask compliance. We saw them occasionally wipe down rides, but not after each ride. However, hand sanitizer is available for guests to use before and after riding. Guests are physically distanced from other parties on rides.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2021 at 6:53 p.m. Daniela Harrower Says...

Hi!

Do I have to make a reservation for a child under 3?

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May 18, 2021 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniela,

Since children under 3 do not need tickets, they would not require reservations either, as you have to link your ticket number to your reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 13, 2021 at 3:43 a.m. malinda cortez Says...

So "pass holders" are those like season passes or are they purchased ahead of time

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May 13, 2021 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Malinda!

That's correct; pass holders have season passes, which are purchased ahead of time. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 13, 2021 at 12:10 a.m. Courtney Says...

Wondering if you purchase a reg admission ticket and at the end of the day want to upgrade to a season pass. Can you apply the ticket amount from earlier that day to a season pass? Know they do this at Disneyland, wondering if knotts does the same????????

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May 6, 2021 at 7:01 p.m. Anne Koenig Says...

Paid for Knotts Scary Farm, will that event be happening this year?

Otherwise do we get a refund?

Thank you

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May 6, 2021 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne,

Knott's Scary Farm has not yet been announced for 2021, but we'll keep you updated once we hear anything!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 6, 2021 at 12:49 a.m. Trish Says...

I could not find online if toddlers must wear a mask and if so what are the ages and what if a toddler has autism and will not wear a mask he will not allow covering on his face not even the hat with the clear plastic?

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May 6, 2021 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish!

All guests age 2 and older are required to wear a face covering at this time, except while in the RelaxZone, while dining at a table or bench, while waiting in line for water attractions at Soak City Waterpark or when experiencing water attractions or pools at Soak City Waterpark.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2021 at 5:53 p.m. Katherine Lopez Says...

I want to renew my season pass which I got during February-March of 2020. How do I do this?

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May 5, 2021 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katherine,

All 2020 passes have been automatically renewed and are valid until May 5, 2022.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 27, 2021 at 5:38 a.m. Nancy Says...

We are planning to go the end of May. I saw online that the refillable drink cups are available to add to your ticket purchase, will the coke freestyle machines be open?

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Apr 29, 2021 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy!

They are open, but there may be different procedures in place due to COVID. They may give you a new cup to pour into your cup and may have an attendant helping acquire drinks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 26, 2021 at 3:25 p.m. Cally Williams Says...

I don't see a tab to make a reservation for passholder preview days.

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Apr 26, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cally!

Reservations open at 10 a.m. Pacific, so stay tuned - you should see something pop up in the next few hours :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 22, 2021 at 9:46 p.m. Jennifer Ramos Says...

I purchased my season pass Dec 2019 for the 2020 season. When will my payments pick back up as we were on a payment plan

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Apr 23, 2021 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

For 2020 Season Passholders who purchased prior to 12/6/20 participating in the Easy Pay Program and had monthly payments paused, billing will resume on 4/19/21. Your payment date will remain the same as it was prior to the pause.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 22, 2021 at midnight Jeni Says...

No thanks. I’ll pass. California really knows how to show us a good time.

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Apr 21, 2021 at 6:18 p.m. Jean Gomez Says...

Where and how are we to register? What time? And please dont allow people to register for people out of family.

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Apr 21, 2021 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jean!

Reservations will be available April 26th at 10 a.m. PST on Knott's website. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 21, 2021 at 5:22 p.m. ELIZABETH VEGA Says...

If I have a season pass do I just show up on May 6- or after?

Thank you!

Lizz Vega

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Apr 21, 2021 at 2:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lizz!

You'll need to make a reservation to attend, which will be available beginning April 26 at 10 a.m. PST. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. Adela Dominguez Says...

am a pass holder for several years, in the beginning of Covid we were told our passes would be renewal for a year does that still apply I have not heard anything for knotts regarding pass holders and the extension. also do I need to reserve for the 6th of may if so how do i go about that, I have not seen anything on the website.

Thank you Adela Card holder of 7 passes

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Apr 20, 2021 at 4:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adela!

All 2020 Season Passes purchased by 12/6/20 and all 2021 Season Passes purchased between 12/7/20 and 5/5/21 will be extended through 5/5/22. All associated Season Pass Add-ons will also be extended. Season Passes and Add-Ons purchased after 5/5/21 will be valid thru 12/31/21. Reservations will be available starting April 26 - as soon as we have a link, we'll be sure to add it so that you can hop on those reservations! :) Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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