The Gingerbread House in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opened in its new spot on Wednesday, and we were there to check it out!
The Gingerbread House is celebrating its 20th year in 2018, and it’s set up in an all-new location!
While the Gingerbread House has been built on the marble floors adjacent to the lobby in past years, this year, it’s right in the middle of the Grand Floridian’s lobby. If you’re thinking this is where the resort’s giant Christmas Tree usually goes, you’re right!
Yes, that’s candy smoke coming from the chimney! The Gingerbread House looks enchanting and smells delicious. You’ll find beautiful details everywhere.
The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is constructed onsite by the resort’s chefs each year. It contains 1,050 lbs of honey, 800 lbs of flour, 600 lbs of chocolate, 600 lbs of powdered sugar, 140 pints of egg whites, 35 lbs of spices, and, according to Disney, “tons of Disney Magic and Pixie Dust.”
The Gingerbread House is covered in 5,089 individual gingerbread shingles. It takes the Grand Floridian pastry team – led by Victoria and Albert’s Master Pastry Chef, Kristine Farmer – more than two months and 840 hours to mix, cut, bake, and construct the house and its components.
Check out how amazingly detailed these sugar flowers are!
Even more exciting? You can buy holiday sweets and treats at the Gingerbread House!
Find miniature gingerbread houses, peppermint bark, gingerbread shingles, cookies, and chocolates. The Gingerbread House is open daily from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM until January 1, 2019.
Since the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is so popular, it’s a good idea to plan on spending a few minutes in line. We waited about 30 minutes, but we also noticed that the lines got shorter after peak breakfast times, when guests made their way into the parks.
Parking at the Grand Floridian is usually limited to resort guests this time of year, so if you’re staying on property, plan to use Disney Transportation to get there. If you’re driving, you’ll be able to park in the Magic Kingdom parking lot and take the Monorail.
If you were wondering if the Grand Floridian will still have their signature Christmas Tree, the answer is yes! We’re not sure exactly where the tree will be located, but Cast Members mentioned its expected to go up around November 20.
What’s your favorite item to buy from the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House? Let us know in the comments!