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These Disney cruise fish extender gift ideas are perfect for adding a touch of Disney magic to your next cruise vacation. Whether you’re looking for something practical, personalised or just plain fun, there’s something on this list for everyone.
What Is A Disney Cruise Fish Extender Gift Exchange?
If you’re new to Disney Cruise Line, you may be wondering what a Fish Extender (FE) gift exchange is. Simply put, it’s a fun and creative way to connect with other passengers on your cruise.
The Fish Extender tradition started when guests on a Disney Cruise Line sailing began hanging small, fabric organisers on the fish or seahorse-shaped hooks outside their stateroom doors.
These organisers serve as a “mailbox” for fellow cruisers to leave small gifts and trinkets during the trip.
This is a completely optional activity, but it’s one that many Disney cruisers look forward to and enjoy, especially if it’s your first cruise. These days there is a Facebook group dedicated to each Disney cruise sailing so you can join in the fun.
For teenagers and tweens, consider gifting items that are both trendy and practical. They are at that awkward in-between stage where cute gifts aren’t as appreciated as they are for younger kids, but they still want a little Disney, Marvel or Star Wars magic of their own.
Disney cruise pixie dust gifts are another way of sharing a little extra fun while on your DCL cruise.
Pixie dust gifts are not pre-organised like a fish extender group. Instead, you just randomly gift people in their fish extender holder or hang gifts on stateroom doors or the metal fish beside their cabin door.
Most of the little gifts included in the list above would work just as well for pixie dust gifts if you are participating in both or just doing pixie dusting.
We did both for our cruise, mostly using leftover fish extender gifts we had made to pixie dust random cabins.
Our Favourite Fish Extender Gifts
We got some really cool Disney cruise fish extender gifts on our first cruise on the Disney Wonder. It was actually crazy how much we brought up and we were so appreciative of everyone’s kindness and creativity.
Some of our favourites included an engraved wooden tic tac toe board with the ship name and dates on the back and a handmade resin dominos set with gold fleck and Mickey heads instead of dots.
The kids especially loved the Disney craft and activity kits, socks and make-a-sundae kit.
Planning Your Fish Extender Gifts
When it comes to planning your fish extender gifts, there are a few things to consider.
If you’re bringing a lot of gifts, you may want to consider packing them in a separate suitcase. You’re going to need room to take gifts back home too.
Don’t forget to attach a gift tag with your name and cabin number if you want others in your FE group to know who your gift is from. This isn’t compulsory but it’s nice.
Overall, the best fish extender gifts are the ones that come from the heart. It’s not about how much money you spend, but about the thought and effort you put into each gift. Whether it’s your first Disney Cruise or your tenth, participating in the FE program is a much fun way to meet new people and make lasting memories.
We hope these tips help you plan your fish extender gifts and make your Disney Cruise even more magical!
Disney Trip Planning Resources
If you are planning a visit to a Disney park soon or a Disney cruise, check out our Disney guides to help you plan some magical adventures: