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Old 02-21-2011, 08:33 AM   #256
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ok I have read the entire thread (great info ) but I still don't know whAT a fish extender is. We are booking our first cruise and I have heard the term come up a lot on here but I still don't know what it is ?
On the Wonder and Magic, outside your stateroom door, there is a message clip in the shape of a fish. If the crew needs to leave something for you, this is where they leave it. (On the Dream they are seahorse shaped.) DIS cruisers have developed a game of leaving small presents for each other, but the fish clip is not conducive to this type of thing, so a fish extender was developed. The fish extender is a fabric hanging pocket system personalized with specific Disney favorites or cruisers' names. Picture a wooden dowel with ribbon for hanging the dowel, from the fish or seahorse clip, parallel to the floor. From the dowel extends a piece of fabric (with interfacing to make it sturdier) onto which pockets are fused/sewn. DISers leave the small gifts in the pockets. How many gifts and how often they're left are things folks in each FE group decide together. Sometimes it is just left up to your own discretion. We've been in groups where the gifts centered on things from your home town, homemade items, silly bandz, pirate items, candy, tissues, Shout wipes, emergency kits, koozies, embroidered items, Disney gifts, etc... It is a lot of fun to participate!
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:47 AM   #257
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I LOVE all these ideas

thank you so much for sharing them
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:44 PM   #258
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Sooo wonderful!! I just enjoyed reading the entire thread and took lots of notes.

I agree with those who mentioned becoming active on your particular cruise thread and participating with the activities they may decide to do as a group. On our last cruise, we had 100 people for an excursion and about 60 on another. Such fun and wonderful memories with folks we hope to cruise with again. Even had a meet for dinner and a drink at the port the night before. We had 3 groups for FE since there were so many of us. Several of us were in all 3 groups so as not to miss ALL the fun.

Don't forget to check out Cove Cafe late afternoon when wine is available. DH and I met up with another Dis couple and shared a glass of wine along with the free offerings of cheese, olives and crackers. Great way to relax before getting ready for our late dinner seating.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:13 PM   #259
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A little while ago someone posted on this thread that you can make coke floats.

Great idea!

I also like them with root beer.

Tip: If you are going to try one and have never made one before, put the coke or root beer in first and then the vanilla ice cream.

If you put ice cream in a glass and then add the soda, you might end up with froth all over yourself.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:33 PM   #260
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Can anyone tell me more about the "hidden mickey challenge?" I would really like to know!! We love searching for hidden mickeys and this sounds just perfect! ...Even though I have no clue what it is!
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:16 AM   #261
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My mind i s swirling w/ ideas right now... as for "Thank You" treats for the CM... how about gum since that is a "RARE" (ok, no where to be found) commodity anywhere in the parks, much less the ships. I'm sure some of them miss this item

Avid gum chewer... love my Orbits bubblemint gum . Kills two birds w/ one stone... heartburn (yes, chewing gum cures it, plus mint is a coolant for it) and the need for gum.

Love the photo ABC challenge, may be using it for us...
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:42 PM   #262
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Can anyone tell me more about the "hidden mickey challenge?" I would really like to know!! We love searching for hidden mickeys and this sounds just perfect! ...Even though I have no clue what it is!
We went to the Guest Services desk and asked for the Hidden Mickey list. They had to hunt for it themselves, but said they were able to get it from the kids club CM's. So I'd check with either the kids club or Guest Services.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:36 PM   #263
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On my upcoming cruise, we are trying to put together our SM group. HELP! I need ideas for what kind of things to give. And if there is 1 person organizing it, will that person know who their SM is? Thanks.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:33 AM   #264
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On my upcoming cruise, we are trying to put together our SM group. HELP! I need ideas for what kind of things to give. And if there is 1 person organizing it, will that person know who their SM is? Thanks.
Just curious why you're choosing SM over FE?
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:23 AM   #265
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Just curious why you're choosing SM over FE?
One doesn't have to cancel out the other. We actually had both on a cruise and folks would just sign up to whatever they felt like. Most did the FE and a smaller group did both FE and SM. Nobody decided to do SM but no FE.


Susie; if you use the simple "assigning" of Secret Mickeys then yes you'ld know your SM if you'ld be organizing things. You could also use online features especially designed for secret santas and people not living together. It's basically like drawing papers with names on them, but you just do it online. Nobody knows anything.

On formentioned cruise, I organized the SM. I decided to go with the "assigning" way. I'ld rather spoil myself out of not knowing my SM than make it more difficult on the others. You see, we had more info gathered that needed to be exchanged. Like likings, allergies, personal info and more so a SM could have somewhere to begin thinking about the gift(s) for said cabin (we did it per cabin). As a group we didn't want that info laying around and ended up going with me "assigning" and then forwarding that info to only the SM. It actually turned out easier this way as I could help trouble shoot for some little problems that occured onboard. If I hadn't known all of the combinations of who's whose SM, it would've needed some ruining surprises to smooth over that little bump.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:55 AM   #266
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We have 218 days left until we cruise the dream. I LOVE this thread! Thank you so much for the little tips.
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:01 PM   #267
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So here's a silly question, that probably does not belong on this thread, but i'll ask any way

I've noticed that signatures (plate picture posted above) are almost identical to the onces I got at the world. Are the characters taught how to sign?

Also, for the pillowcases/place mats/plates etc. .... does one person sign all the signatures or is each character siging? The reason I ask, is if you are going to put in, say a box of candy .... who gets it? The person at GS or the first person to sign ...?
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So here's a silly question, that probably does not belong on this thread, but i'll ask any way

I've noticed that signatures (plate picture posted above) are almost identical to the onces I got at the world. Are the characters taught how to sign?
My guess is that this is part of the Disney consistency thing and yes they probably would have to learn the "right" way to do a signature.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:55 PM   #269
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Love this thread!

Thanks so much for all the great ideas-- keep 'em coming pelase! I'm making a list for our cruise. Cannot wait for our cruise next month!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:07 PM   #270
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mY niece was "friends" with Cinderella, Snow White and Mary Poppins and in the beginning Pluto--YES they are trained in many things and signature is one of them!
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