‘Tis the Season for a Disney World Gingerbread Crawl!

Recently, we released our latest e-Book — The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2012 — and today we’re going to share one of our favorite parts of it with you: our DFB Gingerbread Crawl!

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that we love food “crawls”: entertaining adventures that are perfect for family and friends to tackle together! And if you’ve treated yourself to a solo getaway, crawls are a fun diversion to enjoy on your own as well.

Craving more crawls? We have three other holiday crawls through Walt Disney World in the guide, along with 230 pages of holiday tips and even more bonus items! Let’s get started…

Chocolate Iced Gingerbread Shingle

Start out your gingerbread adventure by taking the monorail to the Grand Floridian resort, where the aromatic, life-sized gingerbread house store can be found on the first floor of the grandiose lobby.

Go ahead and stop to take pictures. This holiday display is gorgeous! Line up at the kiosk to grab a seasonal classic — gingerbread shingles! Choose one that’s plain or covered in scrumptious chocolate. The gingerbread is made from an Austrian recipe.

GF gingerbread shingle

While here, take part in a gingerbread decorating demo or pose for a holiday photo in front of the life-size gingerbread house.

Gingerbread Cupcake

Proceed to the bus depot for your journey to Disney’s Hollywood Studios next. Your destination is none other than the Starring Rolls Cafe — well known for over-the-top cupcakes, including the seasonal gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese icing. This year’s version features a Santa Mickey hat!

Gingerbread Cupcake

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Next up, you’ll stay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and stroll over to the Streets of America. Head to the Newsstand to pick up some flavored hot cocoa!

You’ll have your choice of Hazelnut or Gingerbread, but you know which one we recommend for this particular crawl. ;-)

Gingerbread Cocoa

Gingerbread Snowflake Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Take the boat — or enjoy a leisurely, calorie-busting stroll — to the next stop: the Fountain View Cafe in Epcot — to dig into a made-to-order ice cream sandwich with holiday flair!

In 2011, you could get one made with holiday sprinkle cookies, or these fun gingerbread snowflake cookies!

Snowflake Gingerbread Cookie for ice cream sandwiches

Gingerbread Man Cookie

The grand finale includes viewing Epcot’s IllumiNations fireworks while snacking on a gingerbread man cookie. Or, go ahead and take your cookie back to the hotel for a late night snack.

From your last stop, head to the American Adventure pavilion in World Showcase where you’ll find Santa’s Bakeshop. It’s a life-size gingerbread house kiosk selling seasonal goodies!

American Adventure Gingerbread House Front

Will You Crawl?

We want to hear from you — let us know if you plan to take this gingerbread crawl! And don’t forget — we’re all for adding in your own gingerbread snacks as you discover them!

All of our crawls are meant to serve as guides to get you exploring all Walt Disney World has to offer. Veer from the crawl and make your own discoveries too!

There are more crawls, bonus items, and over 230 pages of holiday tips in the new DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2012. The colorful photos are festive too! Hurry — we’ve extended our Launch sale for a limited time! Use code HOLIDAY for $2 off your guide.

Download your copy here!

What kind of seasonal snacks would you include on your crawl? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Essie says

    I’m back from my first Christmas trip! It was magical and I loved the Gingerbread house at the GF, the Carousel at the BC and the tree at the Contemporary as well! Yet, I didn’t buy any; I wanted to bring home some Mickey gingerbread men, but never got around to it, bringing home only cute ‘crispy’ holiday treats instead. I also, didn’t get all of the cupcakes I wanted to get, but I did get some of what has to be the best cupcakes in the world and that was the Cappuccino from Pizza Planet! OMG, were they the best ever! They weren’t as pretty when I got them home, but the cake was nice and moist and the icing was to die for. Does anyone have a recipe for this little beauty? I’d be happy with just the icing recipe if you had that. Thanks so much and thanks for your wonderful blog. I honestly believe that I enjoyed my Christmas trip better because of all the lovely things I found out about from reading your wonderful site. I hope all of you on staff have a Blessed holiday and happy, healthy 2013!

  2. says

    I didn’t know about the lifesize gingerbread house in American Adventure! How cool! I have to say I’ve had a shingle from the Grand Floridian and it’s a bit dry.. but maybe that’s how “REAL” gingerbread is supposed to be? I do love me some gingerbread in any form so this crawl is awesome! thanks!

  3. Sandra says

    We were at WDW this past week and tried both the gingerbread man from the American eatery, and the gingerbread cupcake, which we actually got as our dessert with a QSDP meal at Backlot Express in DHS. The gingerbread cookies were cute and a good size, but lacked the gingery/molasses flavor we expected. Rather bland and “brown” tasting. Not bad, just no snap. At $4.00 each (one snack credit) one would expect a little spice.

    I ordered the cupcake for my son, not knowing if he would even try it, since he tends to be strictly a vanilla or chocolate guy. Well, he sucked it down, hat and all! For one snack credit or as a dessert with the meal plan, it was a great seasonal choice.

  4. Galloping Gourmand says

    Ok, true story. It wasn’t crowded in the GF and I went to buy a shingle. When she handed me a pre packaged one I was severely disappointed, you see even though I was 34 at the time for some reason I expected her to climb up and take one off the roof, or allow me to pick off a piece. I’m not sure why I expected that, it’s u hygienic and the house wouldn’t last a day.

    Know what? I’m still slightly disappointed that my wildly unreal expectation wasn’t met.

  5. says

    I just bought a shingle at the GF the other night. Unfortunately, I didn’t ask the price before handing over my credit card. Over $7??? It better be good! And sadly, it wasn’t!!! There was no spice or flavor at all! I was so disappointed!

    The gingerbread hot chocolate–I cannot wait to try that while viewing the lights!

  6. tinkymurph says

    I know the GF house is left up until after the New Year. Does anyone know about the food items( specifically the things in Hollywood Studios). I love anything gingerbread and really want to try the cupcake and hot chocolate while catching the Osborne lights on New Year’s Day!!

    @Essie- yes the cappuccino cupcake is the BEST!

  7. Raelynn says

    Just back from a week at WDW and wanted to add my gingerbread two cents. They were giving away free samples of the gingerbread after the house making demo at the Grand Floridian. We were there for afternoon tea, where they were serving their holiday teas: Gingerbread and Nutcracker (hazelnut & vanilla). The gingerbread cupcake was also available at Pizzafari at Animal Kingdom. We had a tree shingle from the Contemporary and it was moist and YUMMY with the gold Mickey pressed on it.

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