2016 Disney World Resort Gingerbread Displays

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!!

Beach Club

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!

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club

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!

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Details

Mickey Details

And Minnie.

Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse

Adorable Minnie!

Adorable Minnie!

Then there’s Donald.

Donald

Donald

And Goofy!

Goofy

Goofy

Goofy Up Close

Goofy Up Close

Pastry Chef Deran Lanpher was there while I was taking pictures and said this year’s design is his favorite yet!

Pastry Chef Deran Lanpher

Pastry Chef Deran Lanpher

The Beach Club Marketplace has treats available again this year, including shingles with Beach Club and Olaf designs.

Pick up treats at Beach Club Marketplace

Pick up treats at Beach Club Marketplace

Gingerbread treats for sale

Gingerbread treats for sale

Pick up a commemorative pin!

Gingerbread Carousel Pin

Gingerbread Carousel Pin

Beach Club pin

Beach Club pin

Yacht Club

The train display at the Yacht Club was not up on my visit. I was told it was due to technical problems. :-(

2015 Yacht Club Train Display

2015 Yacht Club Train Display

BoardWalk Inn

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!!

Contemporary

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!

Contemporary Gingerbread Display

Contemporary Gingerbread Display

Close Up of Display

Close Up of Display

Kristoff

Kristoff

Sven and Olaf

Sven and Olaf

Anna and Elsa

Anna and Elsa

The lists of ingredients are posted near some of the displays. A lot of time and effort goes into making these gorgeous displays!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Display details

Display details

Olaf’s dream sandcastle has returned!

Sandcastle

Sandcastle

Sandcastle Detail

Sandcastle Detail

Amazing detail on sandcastle

Amazing detail on sandcastle

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

Mickey Butter Cookie

Mickey Butter Cookie

Shortbread Cookies and Krispy Treats

Shortbread Cookies and Krispy Treats

Olaf Gingerbread Shingle

Olaf Gingerbread Shingle

Lollipops

Lollipops

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

Build Your Own Snowman

Build Your Own Snowman

There’s a large assortment of goodies.

Nordic Cookie Sampler

Nordic Cookie Sampler

Linzer Cookie

Linzer Cookie

Gingerbread Boy

Gingerbread Boy

The Ganachery Chocolate Bars

The Ganachery Chocolate Bars

Frozen S'more

Frozen S’more

Merchandise

Merchandise

Holiday Pin

Holiday Pin

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).

Gingerbread Gelato

Gingerbread Gelato

Close Up Of The Gingerbread Gelato

Close Up Of The Gingerbread Gelato

Contemporary Stollen Bread.

Stollen Bread

Stollen Bread

Gluten Free Gingerbread Boy – made by Erin McKenna’s.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Boy

Gluten Free Gingerbread Boy

Sven’s Reindeer Smash – snowflake made from pretzels with white chocolate and a Sven candy decoration.

Sven's Reindeer Smash

Sven’s Reindeer Smash

And finally, we’re visiting the grandest stop of all…

Grand Floridian

As we leave the modern appeal of the Contemporary behind, it’s all tradition at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort’s Gingerbread House.

Grand Floridian's Gingerbread House

Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House

In its 18th year, the display will be open until January 1, 2017.

Close Up of Display

Close Up of Display

Gorgeous detail

Gorgeous detail

Ingredients

Ingredients

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.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread Store

Grand Floridian Gingerbread Store

 A glimpse inside

A glimpse inside

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.

Disney Princesses

Disney Princesses

See how many Hidden Mickeys you can find!

Hidden Mickey

Hidden Mickey

Hidden Mickeys

Hidden Mickeys

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.

Disney Menu

Gingerbread Menu

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Gingerbread Ornament

Gingerbread Ornament

Gingerbread Ornament

Gingerbread Ornament

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men

Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Mickey

Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Mickey

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!

1/2 Pound Gingerbread Assortment

1/2 Pound Gingerbread Assortment

The assortment includes a Gingerbread Star with frosting and Gingerbread domes with sugar and milk chocolate bottoms.

Assortment Close Up

Assortment Close Up

Plus… Gingerbread bars covered with dark chocolate and nuts.

Gingerbread bars covered with dark chocolate and nuts

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!

Dark chocolate square

Dark chocolate square

White chocolate square

White chocolate square

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!

Red Velvet Cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcake

The Red Velvet flavor was very prominent and really delicious.

Delicious!

Delicious!

Truffle Pops are $4.50 each and also snack credit eligible.

Truffle Pops

Truffle Pops

The Milk Chocolate version has a soft milk chocolate center. SO yummy, and very rich!

Milk Chocolate Truffle Pop

Milk Chocolate Truffle Pop

Rich center

Rich center

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!

White Chocolate Peppermint

White Chocolate Peppermint

Milk chocolate center

Milk chocolate center

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.

Sandy Cove store display

Sandy Cove store display

Oval Chocolate Box with three truffles

Oval Chocolate Box with three truffles

Oval Chocolate Box with three truffles

Oval Chocolate Box with three truffles

White Chocolate Pop

White Chocolate Pop

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

White Chocolate Covered Cookie Sandwiches

White Chocolate Covered Cookie Sandwiches

Don’t forget to pick up your limited edition holiday pins! I love the Mater one!

Holiday pins

Holiday pins

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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Happy Holiday planning from all of us here at DFB!

What’s your must-see gingerbread display? Let us know in the comments!

Comments

  1. Frank says

    Are you saying there are no displays in the Boardwalk or Yacht Club???
    I was browsing photos of past Christmas time visits to WDW. The Boardwalk had a beautiful display.
    I love the train display at the Yacht Club.
    I found a photo of a gorgeous display at the Poly which I haven’t seen in a years either.
    Frank

  2. DFB Sarah says

    Mona, the displays typically start going up in mid-November, with shingles being sold starting in early-December. This is subject to change, but that’s how it’s rolled out in previous years.

  3. Erin says

    Is there any way to order & have some gingerbread shingles or the chocolate dipped Mickey Mouse ears shipped from the Grand Floridian? Thx!

  4. Erin says

    Does anyone know if it’s possible to order some gingerbread shingles & gingerbread Mickey Mouse from the Grand Floridan, if so how? Thank you!

  5. DFB Sarah says

    Erin: As far as we know, you can’t order the gingerbread shingles or Mickeys. If you find a way, let us know!

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