It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…in Disney World!
As we look forward to the holiday season in Walt Disney World, let’s take a look at when to expect the artful (and edible) decor to go on display this year! Several Disney deluxe resorts showcase massive holiday gingerbread displays, and we’ve got info and photos about where and when to see them below!
And if you’re really craving all there is to know about the holidays in Walt Disney World, it’s time to treat yourself (or a friend!) to the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2012 e-Book! We’ve included all of the gingerbread displays, when to visit them, and more!
The gingerbread displays at Disney’s deluxe resorts are created by the Walt Disney World Food and Beverage team. Sometimes you can even watch the chefs put on the finishing touches! In addition to the beautiful displays, storefronts at each display sell yummy treats, and 2012 limited edition Gingerbread Display pins!
Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
As your eyes try to take in the enormous Christmas tree in the lobby, your sense of smell will lead you toward the 16 foot tall Gingerbread House located in the Grand Floridian Resort. Stop by November 19th – December 31st!
It takes over 400 hours to bake the 10,000+ pieces of gingerbread! Look closely and you may even see puffs of smoke coming from the chimney!
Don’t forget that you can purchase a treat made from a classic Austrian gingerbread recipe right inside the Gingerbread House!! Freshly baked items will include cookies, ornaments, and miniature houses.
Chip ‘n Dale are featured on the 2012 Limited Edition pin for the Grand Floridian Resort gingerbread house!
Here’s a Tip: Gingerbread House Decorating demos are held Monday through Saturday in front of the house. You can see a video here:
A Holiday Gazebo will highlight a beautiful scene made of gingerbread and chocolate from November 16, 2012, until January 5, 2013. Don’t forget to look for Hidden Mickeys!
Stitch will again be the focus of this year’s display at the BoardWalk, and he’ll be selling goodies from his very own Bakery once again! The storefront will feature a miniature replica of our favorite Boardwalk Bakery, except in this scene Stitch has mischievously taken over the place.
We’ll see Lilo in the background, and delicious treats will be sold from this store. Each day, cast members will be present while they decorate miniature gingerbread houses for purchase. Stollen bread, Gingerbread shingles, and a Limited Edition pin featuring Stitch can be purchased at Dundy’s Sundries.
Chefs will create a 17 ft. holiday tree on the 4th floor concourse again this year for display November 15, 2012, through January 2, 2013. Guests will love the holiday ornaments, candy canes, and presents that complete this scene.
Here’s a Tip: This exhibit will include 14 Hidden Mickeys, 136 lbs honey, 211 lbs flour, 101 eggs, 27 lbs spices, 15 lbs sugar syrup, 98 lbs icing, 151 lbs of chocolate and over 2,000 gingerbread shingles! My holiday baking isn’t looking quite as intimidating now.
We loved the specialty Gingerbread houses with chocolate monorails running through them last year!
A classic gingerbread recipe will help create the gingerbread cookies, shingles, and ornaments. Linzer, Snowflake, Chocolate Peppermint, and Butter Cookies will be for sale here.
Look for the Holiday Gingerbread House Limited Edition Pin!
The Gingerbread carousel is a tradition at the Beach Club during the holiday season. It’s a mind-boggling creation made of chocolate ponies, handcrafted poinsettias, hand-painted chocolate Disney characters (themed differently each year!), and over 100 pounds of icing.
It’s fun to look for the hidden Mickeys too! And we love the Gingerbread Castle that sits nearby atop a table. We can expect to see this display from November 17, 2012, to January 4, 2013.
A gingerbread house will be created as a storefront for house-made goodies. Choose (if you can! ) between cookies, Gingerbread house kits, Gingerbread houses, stollen bread, and even chocolate covered cookie lollipops!
A limited edition pin will feature Ariel and the Carousel, and will be released November 15th (TODAY!!).
Here’s a Tip: Children can decorate their own gingerbread men in the lobby on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Ask the Concierge for information.
The annual Holiday Village Train set will take to the tracks once again! Yes, that’s a sugar rock mountain and village! Also, a gingerbread house may debut on November 17th at this location in 2012. Let us know if you see it!
At the Liberty Inn at Epcot’s American Adventure, Santa’s Bakeshop will be revealed! This house will be made of gingerbread using over 800 pounds of sugar! Christmas cookies along with hot and cold beverages will be sold from the house as they were last year.
(Psst! Last year they had Egg Nog and hot cider here, so if either of those is a draw for you — head to Epcot!)
A Limited Edition Pin Signing with Disney Chef Yolanda Lazo (artisan of the gingerbread house) will take place on November 23, 3-4pm.
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What is your favorite Christmas display at Walt Disney World? Share your must-see displays in the comments below!
Please note that information is subject to change.