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Cruise secrets that DCL doesn't tell you

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by misseulalie, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. stephent92

    stephent92 Member

    Free Stuff! There is a ton of free stuff onboard the ship for you to lay your hands on.... unfortunately you normally have to do something to get it!

    The kids clubs have boxes of Disney stuff (Tattoos, small toys, postcards etc.). They use them for prizes and bribes. It is amazing what you can get by helping tidy up!

    The ships use to have trading cards that you could collect from each department. These were discontinued back in 2005, however, some are still about (Wonder and Magic only).

    DCL has a set of coins which can be collected. You normally have to 'win' them. Gold coins are in Youth Activities, Silver on Castaway, Ent Staff have blue...

    Coke Float. The best invention ever! Why not put some ice cream in the bottom of a coke cup and then top up at the drinks station?

    If you don't ask, you don't get. If you have a special event happening in your family, and would like something special - ask! They might say yes, they might say no - but if you don't ask, you don't get.

    If your young'un has to do some sort of homework activity about their vacation ask guest services or Youth Activities for some help. I had a child that had to write a report about the ship - I was able to get an exclusive tour of the bridge for him, and a short Q&A with a bridge officer.
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  3. princessarielle

    princessarielle Red Heads Rock!!

    Great tips!

    I'm already planning on doing a pillowcase for my daughter but I like the photo mat idea too.
  4. jtw999

    jtw999 Member

    :surfweb: Love these ideas! Thanks!
  5. Camonkeygirl

    Camonkeygirl Member

    Thanks for the info. DH was a quartermaster in the Navy, so he is really into that stuff

    Where did you go to ask. May send DH to do that to keep him busy.
  6. glassslipper2004

    glassslipper2004 Mouseketeer

    Thanks for all the tips!
  7. jujupixiedust

    jujupixiedust Earning My Ears

    My best tip is clothespins, not for your laundry, but for keeping your towel on the chair. Not only does it not blow away, but if you get up to get a drink. take a dip in the pool or even a potty break, others will know your seat is occupied. pixiedust:
  8. juliebug1997

    juliebug1997 DIS Veteran

    I read in one of my books that they don't do the pillowcase/mat thing any more. Has anyone who has gone recently done this? Thanks!
  9. Sir William

    Sir William Mouseketeer

    We had some plastic clothepins with hooks on them. We used them to hang things in the shower, and also on the veranda (usually on the back of the chairs when in port). I never thought about using them at the pool. Good idea!
  10. Sir William

    Sir William Mouseketeer

    They did it on our 8-15 January cruise. I gave them a Tinkerbell totebag on Saturday to get signed and asked for as many characters as possible to sign the back of the bag. I also gave them a fabric marker and left a bag of candy for the CM, all inside of a plastic bag.

    The following Friday the bag (and marker) were returned to our stateroom.
  11. DizDaddy

    DizDaddy Mouseketeer

    I've seen several VERY RECENT entries that indicate that they still do this. Do a search on 'pillowcase' and you should find quite a bit of info. We plan on doing the pillowcases and mats on our next cruise.
  12. melmar136

    melmar136 Mouseketeer

    I'm so glad! Told my DD about this, and she was more excited about it than I thought she would be! :) We found a person on etsy.com who embroiders them with name,dates,and ship. Very cute!
  13. DizDaddy

    DizDaddy Mouseketeer

    I hope she is not disappointed! I don't intend to get any hopes up.....hopefully someone that has cruised very recently will reply with more information.
  14. Lake_Mary

    Lake_Mary Member

    We got off the Magic yesterday and brought 2 pillowcases to be signed, along with a pack of assorted color sharpies. Dropped it at guest services Wednesday and the pillowcases and markers were returned to our room Friday.

    Yes, they still offer this service :thumbsup2
  15. Billinaz

    Billinaz Waiting to spend time in our home away from home..

  16. Princess Sleepy

    Princess Sleepy Mouseketeer

    Castaway Cay treasure hunt anyone?
  17. Erickson99

    Erickson99 Member

    You guys ROCK. Subscribing to this thread!!! THANKS!!!
  18. llqool

    llqool Mouseketeer

    Do you have a link to the person on etsy? Thanks!
  19. jamielynn

    jamielynn Enjoying Happily Ever After!!


    She also does Fish Extenders and has a FB page. Jen is WONDERFUL to work with!!! :thumbsup2
  20. spacecanada

    spacecanada Member

    My husband would absolutely love this. Where do we sign up? We're celebrating his birthday onboard and this would be the best present ever for him.
  21. tracielynn

    tracielynn Member

    This is so great!! Thanks! :worship:

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