• On Apr 2, 2019
    Susan from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    What is the history of F/E's and decorating the doors with magnets

    Ahoy Susan!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Let's talk fish extenders!  I love the timing of your question as today I just started working on my fish extender gifts for our Mediterranean cruise on the Disney Magic this May.  When I saw your question pop up I just had to take a break and chat with you!

    The fish extender phenomena and gift exchange is not an official Disney Cruise Line activity.  It was actually started by a Disney fan website and the members posting on their popular DISboards.  Guests wanted a way to get to know the other guests they were sailing with prior to their cruise.  In doing so, they created this fun gift exchange as a way to meet their cruise mates.  The creator of the exchange gifted bags for participants to hang on the fish plaques outside their stateroom door and boom!  The fish extender fun was born!

    To participate in a fish extender exchange, you can search for your cruise date and your ship on Facebook.  Typically someone who is sailing on your itinerary will have already set up a Facebook group so you can get to know your cruise mates and participate in not only fish extender exchanges but ornament, candy and even sock exchanges!

    Although I don't know the origination of decorating doors onboard, I can imagine the magnets arose out of necessity.  Since nothing can be affixed to the stateroom doors, magnets allow people to decorate within the guidelines and beyond Disney Cruise Line's In-Room Gifts and Shopping when celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and more.  

    I hope you enjoy being a part of all the extra magic onboard Disney Cruise Line!  Bon voyage!  Angie
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Meet the Panelist: Angie, Minnesota

Hello there Castaways! I have followed the adventures of mermaids and pirates alike since I was a young princess myself.  Disney and the sea are two of my passions.  My husband and I, along with our two little adventurers, love traveling the world sailing on Disney Cruise Line.  Let's work together to chart a course to a vacation that you will remember for a lifetime! Learn More About Angie

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