Close-Up! The 2015 Disney World Resort Gingerbread Displays

All over the World, it’s GINGERBREAD TIME!!! It’s a wonderful holiday tradition to feast your eyes on the larger-than-life Gingerbread Displays at several Deluxe Disney World Resorts before you feast your tummy on all the festive treats available during your visit!

Disney World Gingerbread House Tour

Disney World Gingerbread House Tour

We’re going to take you on a visit to the major Gingerbread hot spots in Disney World, and we’ll start our Gingerbread tour at the Epcot area resorts…

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

My  personal favorite is the Gingerbread Carousel found at the Beach Club. I always love to spot the new horses each year making their way on the Merry-Go-Round!

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

We’d love to introduce you to this year’s team of horses… here’s Julia!

Julia

Julia

Sasha!

Sasha

Sasha

The Beach Club-inspired Marina

Marina

Marina

… and the Yacht Club-inspired Admiral! (He’s my favorite!!!)

Admiral

Admiral

Crazy detail going on here!!

Admiral's detail

Hidden Mickey on Admiral

And lest ye forget how much effort goes into this display, the chefs have created a recipe for you.

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel Ingredient List

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel Ingredient List

Beach Club Carousel sign

Beach Club Carousel sign

As always, it’s impossible to walk by any of the gingerbread displays and not get hit with a craving for a traditional holiday treat. Fortunately, there are plenty available to scratch that itch. Just remember that while gingerbread treats are available at the Beach Club, they aren’t located by the display. Simply head to the Beach Club Marketplace to find them.

Beach Club Marketplace Gingerbread Treats

Beach Club Marketplace Gingerbread Treats

Yacht & Beach Club Gingerbread Shingle

Yacht & Beach Club Gingerbread Shingle

Gingerbread House available for purchase

Gingerbread House available for purchase

Gingerbread Kit

Gingerbread Kit

Gingerbread Kit

Gingerbread Kit

This gingerbread Mickey has always been a favorite of mine!

Mickey Cookie

Mickey Cookie

And this sparkly snowflake is an ideal stocking stuffer.

Snowflake Cookie

Snowflake Cookie

Though we’re veering off the gingerbread path a bit, it’s still worthwhile to stop by the Yacht Club to check out the annual Train Display winding around a miniature village.

Yacht Club Train Display

Yacht Club Train Display

Yacht Club Train Display

Yacht Club Train Display

There are tons of teeny details packed throughout the village scenes, from favorite Disney characters to signs for places that will be known to Yacht Club guests, like the Ship Shape Fitness Club, Hurricane Hanna’s, and Captain’s Grille.

Yacht Club Train Display

Yacht Club Train Display

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Yacht Club Train Display

Yacht Club Train Display

Yacht Club Train Display

Don’t forget — and this goes for all the displays — to keep your eyes peeled for Hidden Mickeys! (A hint: search the snow all around the Ice Castle!)

Yacht Club Train Display

Yacht Club Train Display

See it?!?

Yacht Club Train Display

Yacht Club Train Display

Now, let’s take a quick stroll around Crescent Lake to the Yacht & Beach Club’s neighboring resort…

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

The turn-of-the-century seaside charm of the BoardWalk Inn is reflected in their “reimagined” Gingerbread Display for 2015.

Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

Welcome to Ginger’s Bread & Cookie Shoppe!

Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe Sign

Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe Sign

In typical boardwalk fashion, there are even photo cutout displays where you can pose with your friends and family members.

Display at Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

Display at Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

Display at Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

Display at Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

(Despite these fun additions, this display is definitely the least impressive of them all, though. If you’re going to skip one of the resorts, I’d suggest dropping this one from you list.)

Again, festive goodies abound, from cupcakes and cookies (both gingerbread and non) to peppermint bark and traditional German Stollen bread.

Gingerbread Cupcakes and Mickey Cookies

Gingerbread Cupcakes and Mickey Cookies

Stollen Bread

Stollen Bread

Caramel Popcorn and Peppermint Bark

Caramel Popcorn and Peppermint Bark

Gingerbread Cookies For Sale

Gingerbread Shingles and Mickeys

Perhaps less traditional, but perfect for a warm-weather Florida holiday, they are even serving Gelato at the BoardWalk’s display this year! Gingerbread, naturally, and Candy Cane are your festive flavor choices.

Gingerbread and Candy Cane Gelato

Gingerbread and Candy Cane Gelato

We’ll be sharing a full review on these cold goodies soon! But for now, that wraps up our time near Epcot. Next stop? A couple of Magic Kingdom area resorts… each just a quick trip on the monorail from the other.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary Resort display has received a “Frozen”-themed overlay for the second year in a row, featuring Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Sven placed in front of the Mary Blair-inspired gingerbread display.

Contemporary Gingerbread Display

Contemporary Gingerbread Display

Elsa and Sven

Elsa and Sven

Kristoff and Anna

Kristoff and Anna

Lest you think Olaf was left behind… this year he’s received his own dream sandcastle! You know how this guy feels about warm weather.

Contemporary Gingerbread Display

Olaf’s Sandcastle

It really gives you an idea of how much effort and time is involved when you read the lists of ingredients posted near some of the displays.

Contemporary Gingerbread Display

Contemporary Gingerbread Display

Like last year, a “Frozen” blue hue and images of the film’s characters grace many of the snacks at the Contemporary’s display.

Contemporary Gingerbread Display Snacks

Contemporary Gingerbread Display Snacks

Gingerbread Olafs and Popcorn

Gingerbread Olaf Shingles and Peppermint Popcorn

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Gingerbread Men, Ice Castle Cookies, Snowflake Ornaments, and Frozen S’mores

This little “build your own snowman” is a super cute gift or stocking stuffer for someone back home!

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Build-Your-Own Snowman

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“Frozen” and Mickey Treats

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Frozen S’mores

If you indulge in one of these goodies, you’ll get it in a snazzy seasonal bag! I tried the crushed peppermint chocolate cookie, and while it looks a little strange, it was actually pretty delicious!

Contemporary Resort Display holiday bag

Contemporary Resort Display holiday bag

The cool flavors of peppermint and dark chocolate were perfect together. The cookie itself is a soft-baked, brownie-like concoction drizzled with dark chocolate.

Peppermint Cookie

Peppermint Cookie

Peppermint Cookie inside

Peppermint Cookie inside

The Blue Raspberry Cake Gelato has made a return as well.

Blue Raspberry Cake Gelato

Blue Raspberry Cake Gelato

Blue Raspberry Cake Gelato

Blue Raspberry Cake Gelato

Now one super-special detail at the Contemporary display is probably something very few visitors will ever notice. I love that at least one of the Chefs working at the treats stand has this additional decor on his or her jacket! Be sure to click on the picture so you can see the detail close-up!

Contemporary Resort holiday chef coat decor

Contemporary Resort holiday chef coat decor

And finally, we’ve saved the best for last! We’ve got one more stop to see the GRAND-daddy of them all…

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

While the Contemporary display takes on a more… well, contemporary design, it’s all tradition at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort’s Gingerbread House.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2015

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2015

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In the house’s 17th year, it looks just as incredible as it always has! The detail is truly epic on this one.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House details

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House details

Detail on Gingerbread House

Detail on Gingerbread House

Ingredients list

Ingredients list

This sign gives you a few photos of how the house is actually assembled, but they don’t do it justice!

Gingerbread House operating hours and construction story

Gingerbread House operating hours and construction story

Actually SEEING the construction is worth a visit in itself! So even if you’re not at Disney in December, head over to the Grand in November to see this spectacle!

Putting the "snow" on the gingerbread house at Grand Floridian

Putting the “snow” on the gingerbread house at Grand Floridian

Building the House

Building the House

As always, the operating hours on that sign also indicate the times when you can buy your treats from INSIDE the gingerbread house. Yep — in true Disney fashion, the attraction is also a store!

Unlike the other displays, you really don’t get a chance to see the treats until you walk right up to the store window (which can get crowded at times. They have menus available to peruse your choices first.

2015 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Treats menu

2015 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Treats menu

2015 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Treats menu

2015 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Treats menu

2015 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Treats menu

2015 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Treats menu

The cast members in the store are adorned in adorable costumes for the season.

Gingerbread House Cast Member

Gingerbread House Cast Member

Here’s a quick peek at the goodies!

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House treats

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House treats

Looks like at least a few of the chocolate Snow Globes got an “Inside Out” makeover this year :) .

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Treats

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Treats

Interested in sampling your very own Gingerbread Shingle? You can!

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Shingle

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Shingle

Shingle Unwrapped

Shingle Unwrapped

Gingerbread Shingle cross-section

Gingerbread Shingle cross-section

And don’t forget to stick around for the “cinnamon smoke” puffing from the Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House every few minutes!

Chimney on Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Chimney on Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Still have time to enjoy the house? Stick around for a gingerbread house decorating “class,” happening several times per day!

Gingerbread House decorating demonstrations happen several times per day

Gingerbread House decorating demonstrations happen several times per day

Finally, don’t forget to pick up your commemorative pin to remember your visit!

2015 Commemorative Pin

 

The gingerbread displays at Disney World are always a gorgeous and memorable part of the holiday season at Disney World. We hope you’ve enjoyed this 2015 tour, and we can’t wait to bring your more holiday fun soon!

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Which is your favorite of the Disney Resort gingerbread displays? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Cindy says

    We just returned from a pre-Thanksgiving trip and the most fun part of all was visiting all of the holiday displays and collecting the mitten pins from all the resorts and some of the special Christmas/gingerbread ones. The photos are great but you really need to see the displays in person. Amazing and the smells…

  2. Eileen says

    I love Visit the resorts to see gingerbread house and Christmas villages When I go I like to set aside one day and go visit all the resorts. Isn’t anomal kingdom lodge doing one this year. It reminds me of all the work my mom used to put into her Christmas villages when I was younger. She dedicated a whole wall in our living rom for her Christmas village. All our friends used to admire it as well.

  3. Debra Lindsay says

    I love your article and pictures of gingerbread displays and goodies at Walt Disney World. We just returned from WDW and saw them in person. This was one of my favorite highlights of our trip and I bought way to many goodies to bring home to family and friends! :). My favorite ornaments on my tree are Disney gingerbread ornaments. I wish Disney would make more of them. The gingerbread displays are grand! Thanks for the great article and pictures.

  4. Holly says

    You probably addressed this and I missed it – How long do the displays stay up in the hotels?

    Thanks!

  5. says

    The ginger bread display look great, I would love to know how many hours went into them and how many staff were assigned. Also how long are they on display for, as I fly in on January 1st. Thanks

  6. says

    Just wondering if anyone from Disney saw the up inspired gingerbread house created by 18 year old senior also attending matc in milwaukee for baking and pastry arts, it has gotten a lot of attention, article on Friday December 18th in people.com in Great Ideas article and even on world news today and abc/disney affiliate station.

  7. Cindy Martinez says

    I’ve heard that Epcot American Adventure has a gingerbread display of the U.S. capitol building. Also, Tusker House in AK has a gingerbread display. Can anyone verify this?

  8. Juliet says

    Can you please tell me when the gingerbread displays are usually ready fro viewing? We are traveling to Disney the end of November, and would love to see them. Thank you! :)

  9. Holly says

    Juliet – I would think you will be fine we went in Early November in 2014 and they were up. Cinderella Castle has its first lighting (it gets draped in lights) on November 02nd (source – Kenny the Pirate). The Gingerbread is gorgeous and so much fun to look at. Disney does such a great job at decorating! I hope you have a wonderful trip!
    Holly

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