When sailing on the Dream and Fantasy, one of the first things you will notice when entering your stateroom is that the lights will not turn on when you push the buttons located on the wall just inside the door. The staterooms on the Dream class ships have a built in energy conservation measure that will automatically turn off the lights, TV, and reduce the air conditioning when a Key to the World (KTTW) card is not inserted into the slot above the light switches, located just inside your stateroom.
Just imagine the impact this single energy saving feature has on the environment by reducing the resources required to generate the electricity that would normally be wasted in an empty stateroom; the one big trade off is convenience. The stateroom doors have RFID locks which enable you to leave your KTTW card in your Castaway Club lanyard, but in order to turn on the light you must pull out the card. There is also an issue when your KTTW is in the slot… I instantly became the villain when I grabbed my card on my way out while my wife is in the shower and our daughter watching a Donald Duck cartoon. No card, no lights, no TV… my bad.
As you can see in the first picture, the slot does not require your actual Key to the World card. In fact, you can stick about anything that will fit into the slot like the corner of the “Do Not Disturb” hang tag to activate the electricity. One solution is to leave an old hotel key card or gift card in the slot, but it will be removed by your stateroom host, even if you leave it ajar. Having an extra card on hand is a great tip, but it still did not make it any easier to quickly turn on the lights of a dark stateroom.
While I was assembling a door magnet for our last cruise, a solution presented itself. My daughter has a collection of gift cards which she uses as bookmarks, and on that particular night a payment method for her pretend store. Sure enough, there was an old Disney Cruise Line gift card with Mickey and Minnie in her stash to which she allowed me to use.
Using some of the same adhesive magnetic sheeting I used for the door magnet, I cut a thin strip the same length as the narrow side of the gift card.
Then, I stuck the magnet strip to the back of the gift card. I’ll save you the time of checking; the card has no money on it so do not bother trying to use the number pictured below.
You now have your very own Disney Cruise Line Gift Card refrigerator magnet. All kidding aside; the walls in the staterooms are magnetic just like your refrigerator! See where I am going yet with this tip?
Now, all you have to do when you leave your stateroom is to remove the card and stick it to the wall. When you return, it will be right where you left it!
This magnetic card trick worked much better than I originally anticipated. We never had to fuss with our Key to the World cards upon returning to the stateroom, or swap cards on the rare occasion where one of us left while someone was in the shower. Who knows – this tip may soon be relevant on the Magic & Wonder. For now, this card has earned a permanent spot in our cruise bag.