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Old 02-02-2013, 09:56 AM   #46
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Several of you have asked for an explanation of Fish Extenders. So here is the explanation I posted a couple of pages ago to help you understand the system:
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For all you first-timers (and those CC members who aren't sure) - here's the FE (Fish Extender) explanation:

Outside each cabin on the ship by the door is a pewter fish. The crew uses this to leave you messages and other things. For example, if you rebook onboard, they will send you the confirmation in an envelope and it will be placed on the fish.

So, many years ago, a creative DISer decided that they could improve on this concept and "extend" the fish by adding hanging pockets from it. Then they could play secret santa and run around and leave small surprises in everyone else's "fish extenders" too. And the Fish Extender was born.

A Fish Extender exchange is organized by someone on your cruise meets thread. That person (or team of people) volunteers to coordinate a list for everyone who wants to participate. Often they will also post cabin updates, etc. on their door in case something changes once onboard. I'm happy to do this.

So what do you give/get in a fish extender? Really, anything you want. Some people will buy FE gifts, things like candy, special cruise pens/pencils, pirate accessories, etc. Others get a bit more creative and make things like cruise music cd's or cruise survival kits with aloe, aspirin, kleenex, highlighters, etc. Still other crazy individuals will handmake their entire gift. I have seen things from cross-stitch bookmarks, individual oil paintings, keychains, and luggage tags, to personalized picture frames, door magnets, and Disney lithographs. There is no cost guideline - but I would say the average spent is about $5 on each FE gift. That said, there are no rules and it's the thought that counts.

FE gifts are generally delivered after dinner the first night until mid-day the last day. They are not delivered during the last evening because that's when everyone is packing and leaving. On a 3-day cruise, that does limit when they can be delivered. But the groups tend to be a lot smaller on 3-day cruises.

You can deliver one general gift to each participating cabin, or you can personalize them for each cabin - for example, something small picked out especially for each member of that family. For example, somthing appropriate for a young girl, a teenage boy, and two adults. Or something for two adults, or something for two young girls and one adult. It's entirely up to you! You can also put your name and contact info on the gift, or keep it anonymous. Many people like to thank folks for the gifts they receive, but others really like the "santaesque" quality in staying secret.

Pros:
- Get to see all over the ship!
- Can peek into most kinds of cabins while wandering and really get a feel of the different categories.
- Meet fun people
- A GREAT way to convince the kids to leave the clubs - they'll really want to see what surprises might await in their pockets.
- Get wonderful souvenirs of your Disney cruise that you couldn't buy anywhere.
- Get creative and have a ton of fun preparing for your cruise - it extends that vacation feeling

Cons:
- Are there any?
- Ok, yes a couple.
- if you have a big group, this can really take a toll on your baggage, particularly if you are flying. I had a FE group once that had 80 cabins - that's a LOT of stuff to haul with you! (And take home!)
- If you've got a lot planned for your cruise, this can add to your time schedule.

There are several DIS threads that go over FE's, just search for Fish Extender. Also, you can make your own FE. There are duct-tape FEs and pot-holder FE's or stocking FE's. Or you can buy them from artists on Etsy.com and Ebay.com. They tend to run $20-30 +shipping depending on how fancy you want to go. Here is a picture of ours:


So that's the story on FE's. I hope you all will sign up! It's really a lot of fun to have 10-20 cabins involved!!!
If you want to see examples of things that people have made, instead of purchased, for their FE gifts, check out this thread:

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If you're crafty, here's a great thread to follow on FE gift ideas!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....907032&page=53
If you decide you want me to add you to our group, please send me your information. You can post it here, or send it to me in a PM. Below is the information that I need:

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Hi All!

Shall we start a FE List now?

I'm happy to keep track if folks are interested:

Just post:

Family Name or DIS Name:
Individual First Names, Genders, & Ages:
Cabin Number:

Let's plan on making the cutoff date 30 days before the sail date - so Feb. 28 will be the last day to sign up. It's getting close!!!!
I think we are up to potentially 11 cabins now once I get everyone's information.

Sounds like fun!
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:51 PM   #47
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Can I join U, My first disney cruise march 28. My daugter birthday will be the 30 she will be 13. Cabin number 8570. So happy!!! Dont have any idea, so help me please!! already order my fish extender and my magnets. One disney mom and one disney daughter.
My son turns 14 on 3-30 too! Seems like we are always at Disney for his Spring Break Birthday!

Getting ready for the Fe my twins are very excited. Thanks 3PrincessMommy for organizing this. Should be fun
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Remebmer to add me to the fishe extender group!!!
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Remebmer to add me to the fishe extender group!!!
I have you on the list, but have no name to put with it...
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I have you on the list, but have no name to put with it...
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DD Karina 12, but turning 13 on the 30th.
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Hi guys I don’t have enough post to message yet… sorry just joined but would love to join in on the Fish Extender. We have two rooms, room 7546 and 7544. It’s my mom (Michele- 46), Dad (Jeff-46), Brother (Jared-14) and I (Justin-18). Can’t wait to find everyone’s rooms. Anyone have any ideas on gifts LOL
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Got you both!

That brings us up to 11 I think. We've still got several weeks for folks to sign up, so I'd plan on 15 or so for those of you who need to get started with your preparations.
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Got you both!

That brings us up to 11 I think. We've still got several weeks for folks to sign up, so I'd plan on 15 or so for those of you who need to get started with your preparations.
Wow that’s a lot! Can’t wait to explore the ships finding all these rooms!
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Wink Looking for Edge mates

We will be traveling with DS13. I see a lot of tween girls on this thread was hoping to see some boys. Hoping our son can find a buddy to hang out with. His sport of choice is swim team. But he also enjoys Video games like mine craft & Halo.

We are DVC members and are staying at ak a few nights before. This our first ever cruise. Very excited !
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Hi guys I don’t have enough post to message yet… sorry just joined but would love to join in on the Fish Extender. We have two rooms, room 7546 and 7544. It’s my mom (Michele- 46), Dad (Jeff-46), Brother (Jared-14) and I (Justin-18). Can’t wait to find everyone’s rooms. Anyone have any ideas on gifts LOL
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Justin, will Jared be hanging out at edge or vibe? My DS13 (Matt.) will probably have to go to edge due to his age. Looking for a bud since he doesn't have a brother.
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Justin, will Jared be hanging out at edge or vibe? My DS13 (Matt.) will probably have to go to edge due to his age. Looking for a bud since he doesn't have a brother.
I would like to say yes but I cannot guarantee it. On our last cruise he really didnt go but checked it out. Maybe if I tell him your son is going they can possibly talk before so it wont be awkward for him. Is your son big in sports? Jared loves basketball so I am sure he will be there most of the cruise, LOL.
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We will be traveling with DS13. I see a lot of tween girls on this thread was hoping to see some boys. Hoping our son can find a buddy to hang out with. His sport of choice is swim team. But he also enjoys Video games like mine craft & Halo.

We are DVC members and are staying at ak a few nights before. This our first ever cruise. Very excited !
We have a 13yo who is at this very moment playing Mine craft. PM me and maybe they can e-mail each other.

For those of you looking for FE ideas, I found great stuff on EBay, Amazon and Etsy Wonderful people who are more talented at crafting than me sell cute handmade stuff at very reasonable prices! I found a woman who already made the cutest little boxes for me and sent to my house already on Etsy. Really looking forward to deliving our FE!
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We have a 13yo who is at this very moment playing Mine craft. PM me and maybe they can e-mail each other.

For those of you looking for FE ideas, I found great stuff on EBay, Amazon and Etsy Wonderful people who are more talented at crafting than me sell cute handmade stuff at very reasonable prices! I found a woman who already made the cutest little boxes for me and sent to my house already on Etsy. Really looking forward to deliving our FE!
We also found great things… our idea is things people can use on a cruise and home… don’t want to give to much away! Can’t wait to deliver them.
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I would like to say yes but I cannot guarantee it. On our last cruise he really didnt go but checked it out. Maybe if I tell him your son is going they can possibly talk before so it wont be awkward for him. Is your son big in sports? Jared loves basketball so I am sure he will be there most of the cruise, LOL.
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My son Jack is 13 turning 14 on the cruise. He loves basketball and video games, not sure if he will check out the clubs. Glad you are enjoying the FE too.
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We have a 13yo who is at this very moment playing Mine craft. PM me and maybe they can e-mail each other.

For those of you looking for FE ideas, I found great stuff on EBay, Amazon and Etsy Wonderful people who are more talented at crafting than me sell cute handmade stuff at very reasonable prices! I found a woman who already made the cutest little boxes for me and sent to my house already on Etsy. Really looking forward to deliving our FE!
Not enough to post need 7 more before I can IM. Very interested ! Talk soon !
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