I heard that people decorate their doors on a Disney cruise. Will I feel left out if I don’t do mine? What do they do? – Kara from Long Island
Kara, I will be the first to admit that I did not know about the door decorating when I cruised and I felt like I missed the memo every time we went by our cabin door! Decorating doors is definitely a tradition on DCL and it’s lots of fun to see all the different themes and decorations! So where do you start? There are several ways to get awesome door decorations, the first being to by them. Etsy and Ebay both have lots of artists who will customize and produce the magnets for you. If you’re a craft fiend like me though, you can make them yourself really easily. There are templates all over the ‘net that you can customize, print, laminate or have laminated, stick a magnet on, and put up! Here’s a fun link to get you started so that you can end up with a fantastic door like the one below!
A few quick rules about decorating your cabin door: 1) NO TAPE. It damages the paint which will cost you for the damage! You don’t need to make the entire back of your signage magnetic, either. Small magnet strips or dots will do! 2) Nothing that sticks out into the hallway. It’s pretty narrow to begin with! 3) Nothing offensive or profane. If you wouldn’t want to show it to your mom, don’t put it up. Have fun with it!
What is a fish extender? Do I have to clean anything that’s alive if I get one? – Lisa from Connecticut
Lisa, great question. I know when I first heard the term I had some uncomfortable thoughts that involved very long fish. Fortunately, fish extenders don’t involve real fish and are actually lots of fun. A fish extender is a series of pockets that hangs off the decorative fish on the wall next to each cabin door. Fish extenders are a mailbox of sorts and a place for people to leave fun gifts and notes. Fish extender groups get together on Facebook or the Disboards and plan to meet on cruises and have great times! Like door decorations, fish extenders can be purchased or crafted by you! You can also make the little gifts to go in and can find some fun ideas for those on Etsy as well. For more information on fish extending, check out this super-informative blog post.
Happy Cruising, and until next time, ears and cheers to you all!
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