A wonderful holiday tradition has returned to select Disney World Resorts. It’s time to feast your eyes on the larger-than-life Gingerbread Displays. Let’s take a tour, it’s Gingerbread time!!
Every year, I look forward to seeing the Gingerbread Carousel found at the Beach Club Resort right next to Disney World’s Epcot. Stop by to see the new horses making their way around the Merry-Go-Round!
The horses this year were crafted in dark chocolate.
They resemble Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy. Check out the details! Each character’s signature is included; and even their hooves are designed to resemble their shoes. Meet Mickey Mouse!
Then there’s Donald.
Pastry Chef Deran Lanpher was there while I was taking pictures and said this year’s design is his favorite yet!
The Beach Club Marketplace has treats available again this year, including shingles with Beach Club and Olaf designs.
Pick up a commemorative pin!
The train display at the Yacht Club was not up on my visit. I was told it was due to technical problems. 🙁
Instead of the large display at the BoardWalk Inn like past years, they will have small stations set up where guests can sign up for classes on gingerbread house designing. Sounds fun!!
For the third year in a row, the Contemporary Resort display has received a “Frozen”-themed overlay, featuring Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Sven placed in front of the Mary Blair-inspired gingerbread display. Hidden Olafs are in new spots on the display!
The lists of ingredients are posted near some of the displays. A lot of time and effort goes into making these gorgeous displays!
Olaf’s dream sandcastle has returned!
Like last year, a “Frozen” blue hue and images of the film’s characters grace many of the snacks at the Contemporary’s display.
This little “build your own snowman” is a super cute gift or stocking stuffer for someone back home!
There’s a large assortment of goodies.
A couple of new snacks are available:
Gingerbread Gelato (new to the Contemporary but is the same item we tried at the BoardWalk last year).
Contemporary Stollen Bread.
Gluten Free Gingerbread Boy – made by Erin McKenna’s.
Sven’s Reindeer Smash – snowflake made from pretzels with white chocolate and a Sven candy decoration.
And finally, we’re visiting the grandest stop of all…
As we leave the modern appeal of the Contemporary behind, it’s all tradition at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort’s Gingerbread House.
In its 18th year, the display will be open until January 1, 2017.
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. The Shop is open from 10AM – 10PM.
Characters featured this year in the display are Bambi and Thumper, Anna, Elsa and Olaf, Rapunzel, Pascal and Flynn Rider, Simba and Nala, Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and Roo, Cinderella, and Aurora and Belle.
See how many Hidden Mickeys you can find!
There are so many options sold in the shop that not everything can be put out on display, so make sure to grab a menu to look over everything. They also show what items are snack credit eligible on the menus! The chocolate bars listed are from The Ganachery.
I selected a 1/2 Pound Gingerbread Bag priced at $16.00. They also have a bag with sugar-free options.
With an assortment of gingerbread pieces, this is a great option for sharing if you want to try a little bit of everything. It was the Cast Member’s favorite option as well!
The assortment includes a Gingerbread Star with frosting and Gingerbread domes with sugar and milk chocolate bottoms.
Plus… Gingerbread bars covered with dark chocolate and nuts.
Dark and white chocolate squares featured gingerbread, fruit jelly, and sugar. The flavors I had were apricot and orange!
This cute Red Velvet Cupcake cost $5.00 and is snack credit eligible. Prepared on-site, the Red velvet cake featured cream cheese icing, red and white chocolate shavings, and a cute sugar stocking topper. Seemed a little bit larger than other Disney cupcakes so I think this is a great deal!
The Red Velvet flavor was very prominent and really delicious.
Truffle Pops are $4.50 each and also snack credit eligible.
The Milk Chocolate version has a soft milk chocolate center. SO yummy, and very rich!
The White Chocolate Peppermint has an outer shell with white chocolate and peppermint flavored shavings. The center is milk chocolate. Also super delicious and SUPER minty!
They do have some of the items for sale in the Sandy Cove merchandise shop, so head there if the line at the display is too long.
Don’t forget to pick up your limited edition holiday pins! I love the Mater one!
Aren’t they gorgeous?! The gingerbread displays at Disney World are always a memorable part of the holiday season. We hope you’ve enjoyed this 2016 tour, and we can’t wait to bring you more holiday fun soon!
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