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TorontoGirl
10-19-2010, 09:01 AM
I have been on one cruise Sep 5-12 2009 and there were only 800 kids on it (vs 1600 the week before) and I don't know if that made a difference but we didn't have any magnets stolen off our door.

We were on Deck 2 and now we are on Deck 6 for Oct 23-30...I doing FE for the 1st time and will secure my FE holder to my Fish but I am worried that my gifts will be stolen and that the gifts I give out will be stolen as well!

I am doing candy for some of them (it is a Halloween cruise ;) )...

Is this common? Does what deck you are on matter? Is there a good time to give out your gifts so people get them faster?

Jodijo
10-19-2010, 10:16 AM
We have been on 4 cruises (On deck 5). We did the FE on every one of them. We only have had 1 magnet stolen out of all 4 times. I don't think I would have noticed except we had 2 cabins and 2 of each magnets. When we went to pack up, one of the magnets was missing from only one door.

As far as FE gifts being stolen, how would you know? I mean, unless you saw the gifts in your FE and did not collect them, and then went back later and they were gone, you would not know. Besides, I don't think anyone is going to spend that much time watching your FE and taking every gift the minute you get it. Even thieves need to go to eat! LOL

Sccrmnky2005
10-19-2010, 10:38 AM
We've been on three sailings and three different decks. Always done FE and never had any problem with magnets or my FE being stolen:goodvibes

mmmears
10-19-2010, 11:02 AM
I was worried about it for our first cruise last April. It was Spring Break and I think the ship was pretty full and had lots of kids on it. I don't think we had any magnets taken, but I did try to personalize them to make it less attractive to "thieves." (A pain, since now I have to print out some new ones...).

As for our F/E, we used a tote bag so it wasn't really in reach of the smaller kids. We tied it to the fishie. I guess we won't know if some things were taken or not, but we did get lots of surprises and it was really, really fun.

We were about 7 doors away from the main elevators last time. For our upcoming cruise, we're right by the elevators, so I'm much more concerned since more people will see our door. Sad that we have to be worried about things like this.:sad2:

BealsRwe
10-19-2010, 11:03 AM
We were on a cruise in August...my 11th, but 1st FE. No magnets stolen. I did notice on one of our previous cruises that a Mexican fiesta snowman magnet I did was on a door down the hall. It was more than likely due to it falling off our door, and someone putting it up on a door. I generally have our magnets presonalized. I packaged our FE gifts and put them so people couldn't see what was in the small package when I delivered. I am hopeful people are honest enough not to steal them. If we had any missing from our cruise, we never knew it.

PS Our adult and girl FE gift that we handed out are pictured below. Boy gifts were the same as the girls only with boy items, such as Toy Story decks of cards and pencils.

cruisecastle
10-19-2010, 11:15 AM
I have been on one cruise Sep 5-12 2009 and there were only 800 kids on it (vs 1600 the week before) and I don't know if that made a difference but we didn't have any magnets stolen off our door.

We were on Deck 2 and now we are on Deck 6 for Oct 23-30...I doing FE for the 1st time and will secure my FE holder to my Fish but I am worried that my gifts will be stolen and that the gifts I give out will be stolen as well!

I am doing candy for some of them (it is a Halloween cruise ;) )...

Is this common? Does what deck you are on matter? Is there a good time to give out your gifts so people get them faster?

Magnets have been stolen from all 8 of our Disney Cruises. You can usually find them a few doors down on another door. Usually just moved as a joke. No biggie.

schimj
10-19-2010, 11:47 AM
Put us in on the group of never having been "vandalized." We've sailed twice, once in Jan '09 and again in Nov '09 (a Jersey Week sailing), and we haven't had any magnets stolen/moved or missing stuff from or FE (did that on the 2nd cruise only). Looking forward to our next cruise...right after yours, OP, is over...we're on the 10/30 sailing. It's a Jersey Week again, so we'll see if our luck stays the same.


(the fact that I'm mentioning its Jersey Week isn't a comment on New Jersey & it's residents, but a comment on the fact that it boosts the kid count...just wanted to point that out before anyone got the wrong idea!)

ducky_love
10-19-2010, 12:06 PM
I just wanted to share that it isn't always done "on purpose" or by bad kids. On one of our cruises I had magnets on our door that had ribbon on them. One day we were walking along behind a family and one of their little kids reached out and grabbed the ribbon and kept on walking - stealing my magnet.

The parent noticed then saw me open the door and was horrified. They started fussing at their kid about stealing and being punished. It was only then that the little girl (maybe 5 years old?) showed her mom that she had about 10 magnets stuck in a big pocket in the front of her overalls. They asked if they were mine or if I knew who to return them to. But by that time the little girl was crying her eyes out. I just didn't think a 25 cent magnet was worth upsetting her like that. I told her I wanted her door to be pretty like mine and to pick out another few magnets to take with her. To please stop taking them.. but that I understood why she did and I wasn't mad.

So in the future if mine ever get taken again I choose to believe it was a little kid that wanted their door to be pretty too!! (with mortified parents that should have been watching them!! :lmao:)

Anjelica
10-19-2010, 01:27 PM
While it doesn't always help making the magnets and FE's as personalized to your family as possible is one tip I have used. I have our last name on the FE and some of the magnets - hopefully that deters folks from stealing it, etc.

MommaMouse411
10-19-2010, 01:36 PM
@ ducky love..:rotfl: that would be my son...I have soooo many magnets..if one or two gets taken I'll be okay with that...I just don't want them to take the ones that I personalized or had requested from creative boards to personalize..

now for my FE...I have all our names on it..so unless a family has all 4 of our names...I think I'll be okay...

but I have read that magnets and FE stuff have been stolen..

TorontoGirl
10-19-2010, 01:59 PM
I should have clarified - I'm only worried about the personalized magnets (I scrapbook/keepsake box EVERYTHING) or that the FE gifts I am giving out will not get to their rightful receipiants...I'm even making ones that are general (Canadian Mickey Head, Jack Skellington & Stitch mickey heads) to give away and I don't mind if people take a few.

On my last cruise I was given such from other DISboarders and that's how I found this place :-) One family changed their door everyday and one day they had their whole door COVERED in palm sized mickey heads to create a door sized RAINBOW! It was awesome and lots were missing by the end of the day but I know they didn't mind - I have a few they gave me when I complimented them on it :-)

I agree I don't think it is worth upsetting a child over a cheap magnet - but at lease the parents WERE horrified ;-)

nenner1
10-19-2010, 02:47 PM
Somebody tried to take our FE before, we found it askew and hanging from the zip tie overtop the fish (luckily we had zip-tied it down!!!)

We also suspect we may have lost some gifts, as we saw things in other people's FE's that we did not have.:confused3

Can't really avoid it, best thing is to check it as often as possible and tie dwon/personalize anything you can!

sdoner
10-19-2010, 02:53 PM
We have been on 7 cruises and have never had a problem. Most of the magnets do have our name on them.

PrincessShmoo
10-19-2010, 07:22 PM
We've been on 3 Disney cruises.

We did a few magnets for the 2d one. Had 1 magnet taken - it had our names and room # on it.

3rd cruise, our door was covered with magnets by the end of the cruise . I allowed for some to go missing. Nothing got taken. So I started putting the extras on the empty doors I found on the ship.:goodvibes

:cutie:

Dicecatt
10-19-2010, 07:55 PM
We only had 6 participants on our FE exchange on our Oct 7 Wonder cruise, and one of them had their FE stolen...the whole thing! On the very last night. She went to grab it to pack, and it was gone.

I've been on 5, and have never that I noticed any missing magnets. Our FE is very personalized, and has a big black boa as a tie that would drip feathers if stolen, lol.

clawmachine
10-19-2010, 08:06 PM
I plan to use a zip tie on our FE. My Mom made it and it is special to us. I realize of course that a thief could just cut the tie, but I think most crimes of this sort are opportunity crimes, and making it just that much more difficult to walk away with could be a deterrent.

MommaMouse411
10-20-2010, 01:39 PM
wow a whole FE!! I would cry...who would do that...they probably don't even want it just wanteed to ruin your day...

I got my zip ties ready...

orlandothebeagle
10-20-2010, 01:53 PM
We had lots of magnets from scotland on our doors, when it started to get near the end of the cruise, we started to put them on all the doors around us and told family members that they were a gift, its so funny, cause I think the families never spoke to each other, either that they didnt want them and they kept get put back on our door, I always meant to ask our room steward if it was him.

ducky_love
10-21-2010, 09:24 AM
We had lots of magnets from scotland on our doors, when it started to get near the end of the cruise, we started to put them on all the doors around us and told family members that they were a gift, its so funny, cause I think the families never spoke to each other, either that they didnt want them and they kept get put back on our door, I always meant to ask our room steward if it was him.

Aw - they were probably just being honest and thought kids had moved them. On the last days of our cruise I put my "junk" magnets out and my whiteboard and wrote, "Magic magnets - free to a good home". They all went pretty quick! :rotfl:

dursin
10-21-2010, 09:55 AM
wow a whole FE!! I would cry...who would do that...they probably don't even want it just wanteed to ruin your day...

I got my zip ties ready...
It's typically just teenagers looking to just cause a little trouble. If you're ever missing a FE or a door magnet, look around the hallways near you. Sometimes they'll think it's funny to just 'relocate' things rather than actually steal or destroy them.

Sorcerer Mom
10-22-2010, 09:13 AM
Never had magnets stolen or, as far as we could tell, gifts from our FE. I remember being happy about that especially since our room was right by an elevator and kids did hang-out on the stairs at night. We do use zip-ties for our FE. I realize this happens sometimes :sad2:, but we had such fun decorating and participating in FE's, a few bad apples wouldn't prevent us doing it again.

chernabogfamily
10-22-2010, 01:01 PM
We've only been on 1 cruise so far, and decided to do magnets after reading all about them on the Boards. I made sure I personalized them, hoping to deter thieves. But, it didn't...2 were taken (both had my kids names on them). They were quite sad over this. We have another cruise planned, and now I am really worrying about doing the FE exchange for the first time.

ppony
10-22-2010, 01:39 PM
We've only cruised once so far and got qite a few magnets stolen in addition to some very rude comments written on our whipe board so we took that down. They weren't magnets I cried over losing. Anything we put on our door, we knew could walk off. And they did. I don't think any of our FE stuff was stolen and we did zip-tie it to the fish. I won't do a F.E. Again tho. :sad2:
Oh and I should add, we were on deck 8, so far less foot traffic than other decks. :confused3 I doubt deck makes a differnce other than the more numbers you have, the higher the risk.

dylan'smom
10-22-2010, 03:50 PM
I'm so sorry to read about things disappearing from doors...:sad2:

We haven't ever had that experience so guess we were lucky. I love doing FEs so will keep trusting that it will go well...but maybe add a zip tie....for insurance!! :lmao:

LisaG520
10-22-2010, 05:26 PM
I'm so sorry to read about things disappearing from doors...:sad2:

We haven't ever had that experience so guess we were lucky. I love doing FEs so will keep trusting that it will go well...but maybe add a zip tie....for insurance!! :lmao:

We've never had any trouble either.

Love your gifts last week!!!!

dylan'smom
10-22-2010, 05:48 PM
We've never had any trouble either.

Love your gifts last week!!!!


Thanks, loved yours too!! BTW are we both Platinum now? :laughing:

Glad to know that you haven't had this happen either though. That must take some of the innocent fun out of it for some, for sure.

AdventureLover67
10-22-2010, 06:11 PM
We only went on one cruise and did not have anything stolen BUT I have wondered why some gifts ended up in our FE. They were from people who were NOT on our list!:confused3

dylan'smom
10-22-2010, 06:15 PM
We only went on one cruise and did not have anything stolen BUT I have wondered why some gifts ended up in our FE. They were from people who were NOT on our list!:confused3

Haha it could have been the result of people like us who drop off extras in FEs when we see them!!

It's partly because it feels like a random act of kindness and partly being too lazy to check the list :lmao: ...so we usually bring extras!

AdventureLover67
10-22-2010, 06:20 PM
Haha it could have been the result of people like us who drop off extras in FEs when we see them!!

It's partly because it feels like a random act of kindness and partly being too lazy to check the list :lmao: ...so we usually bring extras!

Too funny!!:lmao:
I wonder where people sign up for FE's other than the disboard?

Forever a Princess
10-22-2010, 07:52 PM
Hello!

We have been on three cruises so far. We have never had any magnets stolen.

We take them in at night (magnets go on the room side of the door). Out they go in the morning. I had heard to do this from some other disers a while back and this has worked (so far) for us.

If I have a really special magnet with us that I absolutely can not part with I keep this on the inside of the door.

Have fun on your cruise!

LisaG520
10-22-2010, 09:30 PM
Thanks, loved yours too!! BTW are we both Platinum now? :laughing:

Glad to know that you haven't had this happen either though. That must take some of the innocent fun out of it for some, for sure.

Deb & John hit platinum - we have to sail 3 more times to get platinum - which we have booked in the next two months :cool1::cool1:

LisaG520
10-22-2010, 09:34 PM
Haha it could have been the result of people like us who drop off extras in FEs when we see them!!

It's partly because it feels like a random act of kindness and partly being too lazy to check the list :lmao: ...so we usually bring extras!

We do that too. I know on one cruise we found out later they were people from the Dis but they booked the cruise so close to sailing they were just going to put stuff they brought for the kids.

CrazyBoutDisney
10-22-2010, 09:50 PM
We've been on 3 cruises so far and participated in the FE's on all. Never had a single magnet taken or anything from the FE that we know of. We DO zip-tie the FE but we don't take in the magnets or anything. I'm also one who brings along extra FE goodies and magnets so I can share some of the magic with folks we meet who may not know about the DIS or magnets or FEs. Warms my heart when I hear the squeal of delight from down the hall after I've spread a little pixie dust!!

steelek_29
10-23-2010, 11:47 AM
We've been on 3 cruises so far and participated in the FE's on all. Never had a single magnet taken or anything from the FE that we know of. We DO zip-tie the FE but we don't take in the magnets or anything. I'm also one who brings along extra FE goodies and magnets so I can share some of the magic with folks we meet who may not know about the DIS or magnets or FEs. Warms my heart when I hear the squeal of delight from down the hall after I've spread a little pixie dust!!

That seems like a great idea!!! Where do you live the FE gifts, if they don't have FE??? I would love to do that in my next cruise ( NYE!!!!!)