Holiday Preview: The 2017 Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays

Gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World have become such an exciting part of the holiday celebrations that guests can literally plan an entire day around seeing them all. (We even include some tips on how to do so in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Holidays!)

2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Store

2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Store

And it is not hard to see why! Gingerbread is done bigger and better at the Disney Resorts, with literally HUNDREDS of pounds of ingredients being shaped and engineered — you might even say “imagineered” —  in unbelievable ways that you just have to see with your own eyes!

2016 Gingerbread Goofy Carousel Horse

2016 Gingerbread Goofy Carousel Horse

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

At the Grand Floridian Resort, guests can gawk at a life-sized Holiday Gingerbread House! Construction on this annual tradition — in it’s 19th year for 2017 — began in early November (the pic below is from this week!). Completion is expected by mid-month.

2017 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House In Progress  (Early November)

2017 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House In Progress (Early November)

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

The Bake Shop at the resort uses a traditional Austrian recipe for their gingerbread houses, cookies, and ornaments which are sold by Cast Members working INSIDE the House. And if you want to sharpen your own gingerbread house making skills, be sure to catch a decorating demo — held in front of the House daily!

2012 Gingerbread House Demo

2012 Gingerbread House Demo

Guests can also purchase the official 2017 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Pin. Though the collectible pin pictured below features Remy, the 2017 Pin will picture the Penguins from Mary Poppins!

Grand Floridian 2013 Gingerbread House Pin

Grand Floridian 2013 Gingerbread House Pin

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

The Yacht and Beach Club Resorts pull out aaaaalllll the seaside stops with their annual life-size Holiday Carousel. And friends, this can not be missed!

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club in 2016

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club in 2016

For this, the edible Carousel’s 18th year, Lilo and Stitch-themed horses will rest aside hand-painted characters, snowmen, and snowflakes, along with 18 Hidden Mickeys to celebrate the Carousel’s 18th year. See if you can spot them all as the Carousel spins!

It’s so much fun for kids and kids at heart! Find your Lilo and Stitch Holiday Carousel Pin here this year!

Gingerbread Carousel Pin from 2016

Gingerbread Carousel Pin from 2016

And remember this tip: though you’ll find gingerbread treats in the same area of the Gingerbread Displays in all the other Resorts, the Yacht & Beach Club typically sells theirs in the Beach Club Marketplace just down the hallway from the Carousel. This is important, because once you sniff all that gingerbread in the air surrounding the Carousel, you’re not going to want to walk away without some for yourself!

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

This Mary Blair-style gingerbread set has featured our favorite Frozen friends for the past few years. But in 2017, guests will see a whole new gingerbread world — and it’s fairy tale perfect! The theme this year is Cinderella  Castle in “it’s a small world style,” and will depict Cinderella and her very own Prince Charming! Here it is in progress!

Contemporary Gingerbread House in progress

Contemporary Gingerbread House in progress

The Contemporary’s gingerbread display can be viewed on the fourth floor of the resort — relocated to the Resort’s large A-frame window this year — and will be 18 feet tall! The display will require thousands of gingerbread pieces, modeling chocolate, and rolled fondant.

Details on the Gingerbread display!

Details on the Gingerbread display!

Don’t forget to look for the Hidden Mickeys!

Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs

Now, you’re going to need to add a stop on your Gingerbread Tour this year, because Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs is bringing an all-new display to the scene this year! Their gingerbread display will represent the backstory of Disney Spring’s Town Center neighborhood. Expect to see icons from the shopping and dining district…

Amorette's Patisserie

Amorette’s Patisserie

… and be on the lookout for one hidden heart!

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

Tusker House Restaurant, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The Gingerbread Display inside Animal Kingdom’s Tusker House is in its second year and depicts a three-foot-long African-inspired marketplace.

Tusker House Restaurant

Tusker House Restaurant

The display uses 25 pounds of dark chocolate!

The American Adventure Pavilion, Disney’s Epcot 

If you’re looking for an American icon in gingerbread form, visit the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase during Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays.

Washington, D.C. Gingerbread Display

Washington, D.C. Gingerbread Display

This patriotic display features the United States Capitol Building as the centerpiece. Look for six Hidden Mickeys within the scene.

Board Walk Inn and Villas

Board Walk Inn may be bringing back its Gingerbread Activities from 2016! Activities included gingerbread house designing at the Gingerbread Academy! So fun!

Gingerbread Academy sign

Gingerbread Academy sign

In 2016, the BoardWalk opted for a bit of a twist on the larger-than-life Gingerbread tradition.

2016 Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Display

2016 Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Display

Instead, the Resort’s Pastry Chefs created individual houses themed to their choosing.

Individual Gingerbread House

Individual Gingerbread House, 2016 Board Walk Inn and Villas

2016 BoardWalk Gingerbread Display

2016 BoardWalk Gingerbread Display

And it’s the Pastry Chefs putting together each and every Gingerbread Display for 2017 that we have to thank for such a fun, tasty, and aromatic Holiday Tradition at Walt Disney World! Trust us when we tell you each and every year that these Gingerbread Houses and Displays are not to be missed!

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What’s your favorite Disney holiday memory or experience? Tell us all about it in the comments! 

 

 

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  1. says

    We make a special family trip just to see Gingerbread displays and lights every year. We make a day of it….have lunch at one of the hotels and get in holiday spirit.

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