If you have been on a Disney Cruise, you might wonder what the cute hanging pockets are outside some guest’s staterooms. If you are about to go on a cruise, you need to know all about Fish Extenders and the gift exchanges you can join.
If you have a cruise booked and would like to find other families that are on your sailing, do a search on some of the Disney message boards or on Facebook for your Disney ship and sail date. It is a great way to find other kids the same ages as yours, meet new people, find a group to do a specialized class like wine tasting or learn about the cities you will be visiting. These groups often start a gift exchange group that is so much fun to be a part of. If you want to participate in the Fish Extender group you can sign up with your stateroom number, names of everyone in your family and the ages of your kids.
Outside each Disney stateroom is a cute metal fish to hold notes from the staff or reminder cards for spa or dining reservations. The Fish Extender (or FE) hangs over the fish and becomes a mailbox of sorts for gifts to be delivered. You can make your own or order a custom Fish Extenders on sites like Etsy.
Once you have signed up for the exchange, you can make or purchase small gifts to give to everyone on your list. These gifts can range from magnets for the stateroom doors, pins to trade, or postcards or other mementos from your hometown. We have received wonderful, practical gifts like hand sanitizer, emergency sewing kits, and laundry detergent for onboard washing and fun things like luminaries, streamers for the sail away party, and candy treats.
Gifts can be delivered any time during your cruise. You can add a note explaining the gift or who it is from and; then simply drop off in the Fish Extenders for the staterooms in your group. It is just so much fun to check the pockets throughout the day when you are back at your room! I think the adult enjoy it s much as the kids.