• On Feb 15, 2019
    Melissa from TN 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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    We are taking our first Disney cruise the end of April. We are on the Disney dream. I keep hearing about the fish extenders, is there a place I need to sign up for that? All new and just trying to figure out how I can. Melissa

    Ahoy Melissa! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    How exciting that you will be taking your very first Disney Cruise this spring!  You are about to embark on a high seas adventure that will leave you with magical memories to last a lifetime.  My kids still talk about their first cruise with Captain Mickey and have made a paper chain to count the days until we go next.

    I do remember on that first cruise walking by staterooms and seeing these hanging "mailboxes" wondering what I was missing out on!  After some research when we returned home, I found these staterooms were participating in what is now know as Fish Extender gift exchanges.  This is not a Disney Cruise Line onboard activity, but rather a movement of like minded cruising enthusiast that use this exchange as an opportunity to get to know your fellow cruisers from all over the world!  Fish Extender groups are typically created by an administrator on the corresponding cruise's Facebook page (this is unofficial and not created by Disney Cruise Line).  A quick search of your sailing date on Facebook will likely help you find your group and inquire about Fish Extender exchanges.

    We love delivering our Fish Extender gifts and meeting people onboard!  For more activities and opportunities to meet your fellow cruisers, use your Personal Navigator newsletter left in your stateroom each day or the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App to check for times and locations of family events.  Look for onboard activities in the D Lounge, a family space that hosts games and parties.  It is the perfect venue to meet other families like yours!

    Enjoy making magical memories on your first Disney Cruise!  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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