If you are going to Walt Disney World in November or December, you will get to enjoy all of the Christmas decorations in both the Disney parks and resorts. One place you will want to make sure you see is the Grand Floridan Gingerbread House.You’ve probably heard about the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House as it has been featured on the Travel Channel, Food Network as well as in several magazines.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread House! The Grand Floridian pastry team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, spent over 400 hours baking this gingerbread masterpiece and it took them over 160 hours to build & decorate the house.
The house is extremely elaborate and you will want to make sure that you walk around the entire model to spot all the details! The entire display is edible. That means everything from the walls to the figures sitting on the porch!
Not only is it a beautiful backdrop to snap a family photo, the Grand Floridian 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.
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 powder sugar
- 700 pounds of chocolate 800 pounds of flour
- 35 pounds of spices
- Tons of creativity
- Disney Magic & Pixie Dust
It is well worth the monorail ride from Epcot or Magic Kingdom to check out the Christmas displays at The Grand Floridian resort. This Victorian themed resort is totally transformed for Christmas and you will find a ton of holiday displays as well as a magnificent Christmas tree!
Remember that the Grand Floridian is on the same monorail as Magic Kingdom, so you can easily hop on it once at the park entrance.
We usually try to go over during breakfast before going into the park because they have so many great breakfast options (1900 Park Fare, Gasparilla Grill, Grand Floridian Cafe). You’ll find it a lot less crowded earlier in the day than in the evening.
Stop over to see the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House and tell me what you think!