Every stateroom on a Disney Cruise has a Fish Extender. This is a fish that is used for Disney Cruise Line CM’s to leave you notes. For example if your child drew something in one of the kids programs they can attach it to your Fish Extender so you can see it and remove it from the extender for a keepsake.
There are Fish Extender groups, i.e. FE groups that you can join for your cruise. An FE group is a group that gives gifts to other rooms that have signed up. You can find FE groups for you cruise on Facebook or on various Disney Forums like DisBoards.com
Each person who joined the group will hang a fish extender from their fish extender. This will have pockets for gifts to be left inside. You can google Fish Extender for ideas and either make your own, or buy one. You can buy a fish extender on Etsy or Ebay.
When you first get to your cabin you will hang your fish extender so it is ready to receive gifts. Everyone in the group you signed up for will deliver to you, and you will deliver to them. You can deliver once per cruise, or every day of the cruise, or any amount of days in between. This is totally up to you.
What do you give to others? That is totally up to you. Some people like to make gifts, while others buy them. I do a combination of both. I make a gift for everyone’s car, and buy gifts to go with it, trying to make each gift useful. On our last cruise some of the things I enjoyed the most were the personalized magnets we were given, and the dishtowel from a member who lives in Canada. The dishtowel was purchased, while the magnets were made, and both were very appreciated. Use your imagination for the gifts you give.
One question I frequently see is how much do you spend on gifts for the FE group? You can spend as little or as much as you want. I personally spend about $10.00 per cabin, and I purchase the gifts throughout the year so the cost doesn’t happen all at once.
Being part of a fish extender group is a lot of fun. A Disney Cruise is magical, and this just adds more magic to your cruise. I highly recommend becoming part of an FE group.