Those traveling to Disney World in December get to enjoy the Disney parks decorated for Christmas, but what many fail to realize is that the Disney resorts are also decorated. Besides just wreaths and Christmas trees, several of the Disney Resorts have gingerbread displays. The most popular of which is the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.
Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is a holiday tradition that began in 1999 as a way to showcase the creativity and talent of the resort’s pastry team.
Each year, the Grand Floridian pastry team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, spends over 400 hours baking this gingerbread masterpiece.
In fact, the culinary team at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort gets to work in the spring on this holiday masterpeice.
They start by mixing the gingerbread dough in May, letting it cure a full two months before it is baked.
Individual shapes like the shingles, decorations and even Mickey cookies, are then baked and decorated throughout the summer.
They are then stored for “construction” which begins in early November.
It takes them over 3 days to build & decorate the house and the details are amazing!
The house is adorned with an 85-pound chocolate Santa along with white chocolate candy canes, edible snowflakes, sugar poinsettias, and 25 hidden Mickeys!
Most of the display is edible. That means everything from the walls to windows and even the stairs on the porch can be eaten!
Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Ingredients
Do you wonder what it takes to make such a HUGE Gingerbread house? Check out the ingredient list to make this amazing Gingerbread sculpture:
- 1050 pounds of honey
- 140 pints of egg whites 600 pounds of powdered sugar
- 700 pounds of chocolate 800 pounds of flour
- 35 pounds of spices
- Tons of creativity
- Disney Magic & Pixie Dust
The house is extremely elaborate and you will want to make sure that you walk around the entire model to spot all the details!
Gingerbread House Bake Shop
Not only is it a beautiful backdrop to snap a family photo, but the Gingerbread House also features “The Bake Shop,” a gift shop that sells some amazing goodies that you won’t find anywhere else.
The Bake Shop uses a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria to make everything from ornaments to cookies.
Here is some of what you might find:
- Gingerbread Mickeys and Shingles, Stollen Bread, Brownie Christmas Tree, and Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- Gingerbread Ornaments and Gingerbread Houses
- Gingerbread Latte Whoopie Pie and Hot Cocoa Bombs
- Gingerbread Cookie Bags, Marshmallow Pops, and Caramel Pecan Fudge Bar
- Gluten-friendly, plant-based, and no sugar-added treats
- Grand Floridian Combo Box featuring assorted fan-favorite treats, including the Chocolate Mickey Ornament, exclusive to the Combo Box
Other Holiday Features in Grand Floridian
While the Gingerbread House is the main feature of the Grand Floridian this time of year, you will also find Victorian-themed Christmas decor throughout, including a magnificent Christmas tree in the center of the lobby!
This is the perfect backdrop for Christmas photos!
The entire Grand Floridian resort stays true to its Victorian Christmas theme and it’s pretty amazing!
While at Grand Floridian, be sure to walk outside the resort to see some of the outdoor decor as well!
How to Get to Grand Floridian
If you aren’t staying at the Grand Floridian, you still can visit and see all the beautiful decorations including the Gingerbread House display.
All you need to do is take the monorail straight to the resort.
Once there, you can spend as long as you like checking it out.
You can even grab a meal at one of their restaurants or do some Christmas shopping at their gift shop.
One item that you might want to pick up is the Limited Edition Disney Gingerbread Collection Pin. There is one for each resort that has a Gingerbread display. These pins change annually!
Stop over to see the Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian Resort in Disney World and tell me what you think!
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