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A Holiday Surprise at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

It is always fun to see what creative displays the pastry chefs can come up with for the Christmas season. If you are staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, you have a fun new opportunity.

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As shared on the Disney Parks Instagram page:

Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge woke up to a wild surprise in the lobby this morning! This gingerbread baby giraffe was made by our talented Pastry Chef Team and is on display through January 1. Get a closer look in our Instagram Stories. 

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Disney Parks not only shared a picture of the gingerbread creation, they also added a picture of the magnificent tree at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Sadly, if you are not staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, you will have a hard time seeing the new gingerbread baby giraffe. At this time, Walt Disney World is not allowing Guests to park at the Resorts. You need to have a dining reservation or be staying at a Resort in order to park there.

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Of course, the most famous gingerbread creation at Walt Disney World is back this year. In 2020 there was no Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. There were still beautiful decorations, but we were thrilled when we learned that the Gingerbread House would return this year.

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It is easier to visit Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa than Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. All that you need to do is to park your car at the Transportation & Ticket Center.

From there, you can take Monorail to Disney’s Grand Floridian. Make sure that you get on the Resort Monorail instead of the Express, because that one will not stop at Disney’s Grand Floridian.

There is also a walking path that you can take if you have the time. From the Transportation & Ticket Center, take the walking path to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Ask a Cast Member if you aren’t sure where to go. If you pass through Magic Kingdom security, you’ve gone too far.

On the other side of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is Disney’s Grand Floridian. (You can walk between the two.) The Gingerbread House is located in the lobby. Seeing it is worth the effort.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.