The holiday season has officially arrived at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and we couldn’t be more excited! #DisneyHolidays is boasting sights and sounds of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at Disney Parks, where gingerbread treats and other magical displays are dropping jaws in the most spectacular and mouthwatering ways. The pastry teams have been working as hard as Santa’s elves at Walt Disney World Resort to continue the annual tradition of baking some of the most stunning gingerbread and chocolate displays in the country as true destination-worthy displays of food as art. These gorgeous culinary masterpieces are must-see experiences for guests of all ages! Check out the details and locations below for eight amazing displays, as we get ready for what’s to start rolling out across Walt Disney World beginning November 9th.
1. Life-sized Gingerbread House @ Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Life-size holiday gingerbread house (with over 10,000 pieces of gingerbread) in the hotel lobby. The Bake Shop uses a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria to make their gingerbread houses, ornaments, and cookies. Gingerbread house decorating demos are conducted in front of the gingerbread house daily. This year, the gingerbread house pin will feature penguins from Mary Poppins and celebrates its 19th year as a tradition at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. See the time-lapse video by clicking here to see Disney’s bakers hard at work bringing this holiday favorite to life.
2. Life-size Holiday Carousel @ Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
This life-size, edible spinning carousel is holiday tradition at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort celebrating its 18th year. Lilo & Stitch-themed carousel horses with coordinating, hand-painted holiday characters join handcrafted gingerbread snowman and snowflakes and spin round and round. This year, 18 hidden Mickeys will be added to commemorate each year of this beloved tradition and the holiday pin will feature Lilo & Stitch.
3. Cinderella Castle @ Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 3rd Floor
NEW THIS YEAR! Cinderella Castle recreated in a Mary Blair-style set on an “it’s a small world” backdrop, with oversized gingerbread cookies depicting Cinderella and Prince Charming greeting guests from the Castle forecourt. The 18’ tall display is crafted from thousands of gingerbread blocks, rolled fondant, and modeling chocolate.
4. Gingerbread African-Inspired Marketplace @ Tusker House Restaurant, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
A 3-foot long Gingerbread African-inspired Market Place located at Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This sweet display includes 25 lbs. of dark chocolate, 23 lbs. of bread flour, 10 lbs of confectioner’s sugar and plenty of holiday spirit!
5. United States Capitol Building @ Epcot, The American Adventure Pavilion
This historic U.S. sites comes to life in a sweet way with over 50 lbs. of gingerbread, 20 lbs. of icing, handcrafted chocolate holiday trees, a pond made entirely of sugar and 6 hidden Mickeys. This year, the Lincoln Memorial will make its delectable debut to the display.
6. Gingerbread Disney Springs Icons @ Amorette’s Patisserie, Disney Springs
NEW THIS YEAR! Represents the story behind the iconic Town Center at Disney Springs and includes 45 lbs. of bread flour, 15 lbs. of dark chocolate, 10 lbs. confectioners’ sugar, 15 lbs. eggs, 15 lbs. honey and one hidden heart.
7. Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House @ Disneyland Resort, Haunted Mansion
Heading to the West Coast? Check out these creppy-yet-joy-filled gingerbread house at Disneyland Resort! This fanciful gingerbread creation features Oogie Boogie, who gets his chance to shine after a 13-year absence in the ballroom, thrilling fans of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The house is six feet tall to the roof point, but the animated Oogie Boogie himself is seven feet tall. The house is made of over 200 lbs of gingerbread, 200 pounds powdered sugar, 4 gallons egg whites, 1 gallon lemon juice, 30 lbs white chocolate, 50 lbs gum paste, 50 lbs of fondant, 1/3 lb of glitter and over 200 hours of Disney Culinary Magic! There are more than 70 bugs “scurrying” across the ballroom table and the ballroom itself. We have been told there might be a few gingerbread bugs that have escaped out of the ballroom … think you can find them?
8. Life-size Gingerbread House @ Disney Cruise Line, Disney Dream
Holidays are magical aboard the Disney Dream where a giant gingerbread house fills the air with delicious smells and holiday cheer. During Very Merrytime Cruises, each Disney Cruise Line ship boasts its own oversized gingerbread house, handcrafted by the crew and decked in Disney-themed décor.