Disney fans love to show their Disney spirit! Take a walk down the halls of a Disney Cruise Ship, and you will quickly see how spirited they can be. Not only will you find stateroom doors decorated with custom magnets, you also might see sets of pockets hanging on the wall beside the door. These sets of pockets are called DISNEY FISH EXTENDERS and are used to exchange goodies with other Disney cruisers.
Fish Extenders got their name because they are usually attached to the metal fish that is to the left of the stateroom door. Disney Cruise Line employees often use this fish as a place to leave excursion tickets, bills and other things. Disney Cruisers decided that they would also like a way to communicate with other Disney cruisers and came up with Disney Fish Extenders.
Disney Fish Extenders can be elaborate or very simple. They can be purchased online or you can make your own Fish Extender using these instructions. All you will need is fabric and a sewing machine capable of making a basic stitch!How to find a Fish Extender Group?
Those who are interested in joining in on the fun of a Fish Extender Exchange simply find a group hosting an exchange either through The Dis Boards (or similar Disney Fan Site) or via Facebook. The host of the FE Exchange will supply a spreadsheet with family names, ages and their State Room Number. Each guest puts together a small gift for each person participating and leaves them in the pockets of the Disney Fish Extender at some point during the cruise.
What to give as a Fish Extender Gift?
When deciding on what to give, understand that it isn’t about the cost. Be creative. Here are 50 great Fish Extender Gift Ideas. You can also find some great Fish Extender Gift ideas on Pinterest! Some of our favorite gifts have been things were symbolic of one’s home state (or country), ordinary items given a touch of Disney magic or something totally unexpected. Whatever you do, make it something fun!
Have you participated in a Fish Exchange? What types of gifts did you receive?