There’s more gingerbread in store for you at Walt Disney World now that the season is in full swing! Let’s take a look at a couple of the most anticipated displays of the holidays…
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Gingerbread House
The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is open for the season!
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Gingerbread House began celebrating its 16th year.
It’s always fun to see the massive ingredients list!
Open daily for the remainder of the year from 10 am to 10 pm (though it will likely close early on New Years Eve), the unique thing about the Grand Floridian’s gingerbread display is that it is a fully functioning snack stop, with Cast Members serving up gingerbread and other sweet treats through this cheerful window.
The traditional Gingerbread Shingles return, along with some other familiar seasonal treats like Peppermint Bark and boxes of Stollen Bread (with a printed history of the traditional German treat attached).
The beautifully detailed Gingerbread Ornaments are probably my favorite things to look at.
Red Velvet Cupcakes are available alongside White Chocolate Snowmen.
Gluten-free choices include Gingerbread Men, but also Ginger Chocolate-Chip Bread, Cinnamon Toastie Bread, and Brownie Bites.
And if you had any doubt whether the cast of “Frozen” could be found at the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House, too, then doubt no more! You can find Anna and Olaf Chocolate-covered Cookie Pops, Olaf Dark Chocolate Snow Globe Ornaments, Elsa White Chocolate Pops, and large Elsa Gingerbread Ornaments.
The sisters even got a spot on the House this year…
You can see the full list of available treats here, along with prices. Just click the image below to enlarge.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel
Meanwhile, over at the Beach Club, they were putting the very final touches on the Gingerbread Carousel during my visit. I guess you could say it was a Carousel in Progress. (Bah-DUM-pah! Thanks, folks… I’ll be here all week!)
Though the chefs were busy at work decorating the display, the main cast of characters was well in place: Fleet, Splendor, Mistletoe, and Snowball!
And it was pretty fun seeing some behind-the-scenes magic taking place.
Here’s something good to know about the Beach Club: most of the annual gingerbread displays have the snacks right there at the display, similar to the Grand Floridian above, or the Contemporary Resort’s display. There are gingerbread snacks at the Beach Club, but they are found in the Beach Club Marketplace, the resort’s Quick Service location (which is also the gift shop).
It’s there you’ll find Gingerbread Shingles, this time decorated with the Yacht & Beach Club logo, or Disney Vacation Club logo (for the Beach Club Villas).
Stollen Bread can be found here as well.
Here are some examples of the cute gingerbread houses that you can purchase at a few of the resort displays.
Mickey Butter Cookies and Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies are here, too.
Unique to the Beach Club are some of the characters you’ll find on their Chocolate-covered Cookie Sandwich Pops, like Ariel, reflecting the resort’s nautical theme.
And here’s a guy you don’t see nearly enough of ‘round the holidays… Captain Hook!
Tinkerbell and Olaf (What? No way! ) round out the batches.
I grabbed an Ariel Cookie Sandwich Pop to give it a go. Pretty cute, right?
And it’s pretty much exactly what the name tells you: a chocolate and cream sandwich cookie covered with a thick layer of white chocolate. And I do mean thick — a little white chocolate goes a loooong way. It was so rich that I found this little treat to be a lot more filling than I expected.
Be prepared to ring in the holiday sugar rush with one of these!
And so it’s gingerbread all over the place here at Disney World… but let’s not forget to polish off what’s left of all that turkey in the meantime . Here’s hoping you had a very happy Thanksgiving, and a terrific start to the holiday season!
Which Gingerbread treat would you like to pick up at the resort displays this year? Please let us know with a comment!