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Old 09-07-2008, 01:34 PM   #31
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We have decided to split our main fish extender group of 37 staterooms into 3groups, but I think I will be giving out more than one gift per stateroom. I have one "home area" gift per stateroom which I will making, and then specific things for Halloween and for Pirate night and specific things for the children also. I may even make extra things for staterooms not on my list if I happen to pass any on my travels. We are also having a trick or treat so I will be taking things for that too! It's all very exciting and I am really looking forward to the Fish Extender exchange, especially as it is my first cruise! Now all I need to do is get on with making the fish extenders and the gifts!
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:11 PM   #32
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WOW - thats a lot of cabins - I thought we had a lot with 37 staterooms participating! We have also decided to split up our FE exchange into 3 groups of 12 / 13 to make it more manageable. Did you actually deliver to 136 staterooms or did you split them up!
We designed and had pins - similar to Disney trading pins - made that we distributed. We gave 1 package of 2 pins per family. So if a family had more than one stateroom listed in the FE exchange, we only left at one of them. (There were occassional exceptions to this rule, but we just didn't have enough made for 1/person.)

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Have you ever been dissapointed with a FE gift you have received???

I spent a decent amount of money on our FE gifts..they are personalized.
But because of this I can only give two per stateroom on the list.

I am afraid people will be upset that there were only two and not one for each person in the cabin. I know if I post this on our meets thread everyone will say that of course they would not be upset...but I would like to hear more opinions.

(sorry I can't say exactly what they are but my thread peeps are *everywhere*!)
No, we loved opening our door to leave or coming back to the room and seeing new things in our FE. The fun was in the giving and the finding new surprises more than what we received.
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:19 PM   #33
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We designed and had pins - similar to Disney trading pins - made that we distributed. We gave 1 package of 2 pins per family. So if a family had more than one stateroom listed in the FE exchange, we only left at one of them. (There were occassional exceptions to this rule, but we just didn't have enough made for 1/person.)


No, we loved opening our door to leave or coming back to the room and seeing new things in our FE. The fun was in the giving and the finding new surprises more than what we received.
Were yours the Black flags???

There were several gifts that I told dh we needed to find out where they had them made! LOL! Just in case I need *bulk* stuff again!
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:41 PM   #34
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Were yours the Black flags???

There were several gifts that I told dh we needed to find out where they had them made! LOL! Just in case I need *bulk* stuff again!
Yes. I'll send you a PM with the link where we had them made. It was a lot of fun deciding what to do and designing them for the FE.

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Old 09-07-2008, 03:00 PM   #35
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BTW, about the FE that was shown earlier...........I got the same one for my cruise in May, but it was in pink. I got it off of eBay. Here is a link to the seller. It looks like they only have blue available right now, but usually have others (if you want a different color, I'd suggest contacting them):

http://cgi.ebay.com/Disney-Mickey-Mo...QQcmdZViewItem


Here is a link to a pink one (different seller):

http://cgi.ebay.com/Disney-Mickey-Mo...QQcmdZViewItem


BTW, these don't pull up if you're searching for "fish extenders". I've had to enter "Mickey Mouse hanging storage" to find these guys.
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:08 PM   #36
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I had seen on other FE posts that people suggested checking out www.orientaltrading.com to find gifts for the exchange. I used them on both my last cruise and my upcoming one. They work out well because you can buy things in bulk, there's all sorts of neat things (too many to choose from!), and it's fairly inexpensive. BTW, they have all sorts of neat pirate stuff!
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:25 PM   #37
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there were lots of FEs on rooms not in our group but it was fun seeing everyone's FE and decorated doors.
Now that's interesting.

I thought the FE was a DIS-exclusive kind of thing.
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:12 PM   #38
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We had 54 cabins participating on our first cruise. i made the mistake of thinking at first that all FE's were ours. i quickly realized i would run out and had to go back and retrieve some from doors not on the list. I had about 60 bags and i gave 2 to a couple of rooms that i knew had a bunch of kids, but somehow i did run out. i must have given to some not on the list. i felt bad because i had to skip one room at the end!!

Some things i enjoyed - day one a survival bag with bandaids, rubber bands, 2 clothing pins, q-tips, and a few other things. came in handy

we loved the candy - nice treats and do not have to be packed to go home.

we loved the magnets added to our doors as the trip went on

we loved the pens/pads - again useful.

pirate stuff was great for pirate night

We really were not disappointed in anything as it is really about the fun of finding things each time you come back to your room. the above things stand out. pretty sure i am doing candy this time.
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:19 PM   #39
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Anyone have any good ideas where I can find an inexpensive FE? I sure wish the Dollar Store would sell them!
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:21 PM   #40
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I had seen on other FE posts that people suggested checking out www.orientaltrading.com to find gifts for the exchange. I used them on both my last cruise and my upcoming one. They work out well because you can buy things in bulk, there's all sorts of neat things (too many to choose from!), and it's fairly inexpensive. BTW, they have all sorts of neat pirate stuff!
Wow Great Idea.
THANKS!
I already get their catalogue.
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:45 PM   #41
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Yes. I'll send you a PM with the link where we had them made. It was a lot of fun deciding what to do and designing them for the FE.

Those are fantastic!!! I didn't want to share with the kids but had the dilema of them both trading for pins. DS came up to me one day so happy that he had found a pin for our cruise....a 3rd pin!!! No more dilema. LOL!
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:55 PM   #42
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Great thread!

I'm actually going in on a group gift. About 5 or 6 of us are combining our monies to give a better gift. Then we can also share the responsibility of delivering the gifts. Saving us precious vacation time.
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What about if you are traveling without kids? Is is still fun to participate?
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Old 09-07-2008, 07:01 PM   #44
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Here is a picture of our FE from our cruise last December.


We only had about 8 rooms participating in the exchange. It seems like most of us had stuff for each day to deliver. We all put something from our homestate in there. We had some ornaments, some pencils, postcards, candy, pirate stuff. It was a lot of fun.
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Now that's interesting.

I thought the FE was a DIS-exclusive kind of thing.
Not anymore.
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