May 042011

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! — Jiminy Cricket

Do you have a Disney dilemma? Give us a little whistle and we’ll help you sort it out. Questions should be sent to If your dilemma is trip-related, make sure to include when you will be traveling.

Q. We are going on the Disney Wonder to Alaska on June 14. I have been reading on blogs about Fish Extenders. They sound like fun! Do you know how to get on the “list” to do this? (Submitted by Lois B.)

A. Hi Lois!

Fish Extenders are a fun way to connect with other Disney fans.  For those who don’t know, on Disney Cruise Ships, there is a decorative fish outside each door that serves essentially as a glorified refrigerator magnet/clip.  A Fish Extender is essentially a pocket organizer than hangs from the Fish. This pocket organizer can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. (For example, some people have used things like mail organizers and others sew and create their own. You can even purchase pre-made ones off of places like and

The purpose of a Fish Exender is that many people will join together who are sailing on the same cruise and play sort of a Secret Santa type game with other cruisers who are participating too.  Those who are playing the game will leave a little gift in everyone’s Fish Extender pouch.  The gifts are generally inexpensive knick-knacks.  They can be something related to the Cruise, Disney items, or items that relate back to where you call home.  Many people also make homemade gifts that are really quite special. The sky is the limit, but it’s always fun to come back to your room and see what people have left for you!

There really is no specific list to get on, as this is sort of an unofficial “game” played by the Disney online community. The best advice I have is to visit different online message boards and see if there’s a list that’s already been compiled for the dates of your trip.

I hope this helps and Bon Voyage!

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