What is a Fish Extender and how does it work?

If you have ever been on a Disney Cruise you may have seen things hanging outside a person’s cabin door.  Did you wonder what it was?  Well, it probably was a Fish Extender.  What is a Fish Extender you might ask?  Well, a fish extender is a kind of mail box that hangs from a string, held together by a set of dowel rods along the top and bottom of the fabric. The fish extender has 2 or more pockets made from fabric which are added along the front.

It can be fancy:

Examples of some Fish Extenders






Or it can be simple:

Simple Fish Extender








You need to make sure your Fish Extender is no more then 8″ wide.  What do you exchange?

Pretty much anything goes here! Some of the things people have given are:
– – – Magnets from their home state
– – – Anything Pirate
– – – Anything Disney
– – – Anything with our cruise sailing dates on it (pencils, pens, candy . . . )

It isn’t about how much you spend, it is about the fun in exchanging and seeing what you get!  Who can join?  Anyone and everyone! Even if your stateroom is 2 adults, you can join and have just as much fun!

You can join a group that has already planned to do the Fish Extender on the same cruise you are going to be on.  You can find groups here:  “Disboards” or you can just do your own thing.  If I was going to do this, I would probably join a group to ensure that you get things in your Fish Extender.

Every stateroom has a fish hanging on the wall outside the door. This is part decoration and part message center. The fish is there for Disney to place important communications to you such as excursion tickets and notes from the Cruise staff. It is like a mailbox for your room.

Fish on the door of your stateroom





You can Google Fish Extenders and find lots of more information.  This is just the basics of Fish Extenders.  Have fun with it!