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  • Writer's pictureMichele Benard

Unlocking the Magic: Fish Extenders on Disney Cruise Line

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

Are you preparing for an upcoming Disney Cruise Line adventure? If so, you're in for a treat! Disney Cruise Line offers a unique way to connect with fellow cruisers and add an extra touch of enchantment to your voyage through something called "Fish Extenders." Haven't heard of them? Well, let's dive right in!

What Are Fish Extenders?

Fish Extenders (often abbreviated as FE) are a delightful tradition exclusive to Disney Cruise Line. They are essentially hanging pockets or organizers that dangle from a fish-shaped hook found outside the stateroom doors on the ship. These whimsical contraptions serve as a hub for spreading pixie dust, fostering community, and sharing surprises with other cruisers.

How Do Fish Extenders Work?

The concept is simple yet magical. Here's how it typically goes down:

  1. Join a FE Group: Prior to your cruise, you can join a Fish Extender group via social media or Disney Cruise Line forums. These groups consist of like-minded cruisers who want to participate in the fun.

  2. Craft or Buy Your Extender: You can purchase ready-made Fish Extenders or unleash your inner Disney DIY craftsman and create your own. They come in various shapes, sizes, and themes - the more creative, the better!

  3. Exchange Information: Once in your FE group, you'll exchange stateroom numbers and any preferences or allergies among participants. This ensures everyone gets tailor-made surprises.

  4. Spread the Magic: During your cruise, simply pop surprises into the designated pockets of your fellow cruisers' extenders. These surprises can range from small toys and Disney-themed trinkets to handwritten notes and even snacks.

Why Fish Extenders Are Awesome:




  1. Building Connections: FE groups provide a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with other Disney-loving cruisers. Friendships that start here often last well beyond the cruise.

  2. Surprise and Delight: There's something utterly heartwarming about finding a little surprise in your Fish Extender. It's a sprinkle of Disney magic when you least expect it.

  3. Creativity Unleashed: Crafting your extender or picking out surprises can be a delightful family activity, allowing you to add a personal touch to your cruise.

  4. Memories to Cherish: The memories created through Fish Extenders are cherished by cruisers of all ages. The excitement of giving and receiving surprises is truly magical.

In Conclusion

If you're sailing with Disney Cruise Line and you're ready to add an extra layer of enchantment to your vacation, Fish Extenders are the way to go. They're a unique, heartwarming tradition that exemplifies the spirit of Disney – spreading joy, making connections, and crafting unforgettable memories. So, pack your extender, set sail, and get ready for a cruise filled with surprises and smiles that only Disney can deliver. 🚢✨

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