Cast Member Gingerbread Displays at Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts

Yes, the Christmas holiday has come and gone… So you might think it must be time to halt all the gingerbread chat for the year. However, just a few days after Christmas I stumbled upon two gingerbread displays that I’d never seen before.

Sure, we’ve taken you on tours of the Grand Floridian’s famous Gingerbread House, and this year’s new Frozen-inspired Gingerbread Display at the Contemporary Resort. But I must say, these smaller displays have a charm all their own. I’m talking about the Gingerbread Houses created by Cast Members at the Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts!

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Pop Century Christmas Tree

Pop Century Christmas Tree

Pop Century Christmas Tree

Pop Century Christmas Tree

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Pop Century Christmas Tree

Much like the Cast Member Pumpkin Carving contests happening at resorts all over Disney World for Halloween, various teams joined together to create their own gingerbread masterpieces. Guests placed their votes to determine a winner.

Gingerbread House Contest Display

Gingerbread House Contest Display

Over at Pop Century, the Food and Beverage Team took home the prize for this colorful Gingerbread Minnie Mouse House.

Minnie Mouse Gingerbread House

Minnie Mouse Gingerbread House

I love the Krispy Treat Chimney!

Minnie Mouse Gingerbread House

Minnie Mouse Gingerbread House

The other entries were pretty great, too :) . From this Gingerbread Pixie Hollow by the Merchandise Team…

Pixie Hollow Gingerbread House

Pixie Hollow Gingerbread House

… to a more traditional display by [Read more…]

2014 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House and Beach Club Gingerbread Treats

There’s more gingerbread in store for you at Walt Disney World now that the season is in full swing! Let’s take a look at a couple of the most anticipated displays of the holidays…

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Gingerbread House

The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is open for the season!

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2014

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2014

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2014

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2014

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Gingerbread House began celebrating its 16th year.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House operating hours

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House operating hours

It’s always fun to see the massive ingredients list!

Gingerbread House ingredients

Gingerbread House ingredients

Open daily for the remainder of the year from 10 am to 10 pm (though it will likely close early on New Years Eve), the unique thing about the Grand Floridian’s gingerbread display is that it is a fully functioning snack stop, with Cast Members serving up gingerbread and other sweet treats through this cheerful window.

Treat window

Treat window

The traditional Gingerbread Shingles return, along with some other familiar seasonal treats like Peppermint Bark and boxes of Stollen Bread (with a printed history of the traditional German treat attached).

GF gingerbread shingle

GF gingerbread shingle

Stollen Bread and Peppermint Bark

Stollen Bread and Peppermint Bark

Mickey Pop

Mickey Pop

The beautifully detailed Gingerbread Ornaments are probably my favorite things to look at.

Large Gingerbread Ornament

Large Gingerbread Ornament

Mickey Gingerbread Ornament

Mickey Gingerbread Ornament

Red Velvet Cupcakes are available alongside White Chocolate Snowmen.

White Chocolate Snowman and Red Velvet Cupcake

White Chocolate Snowman and Red Velvet Cupcake

Gluten-free choices include Gingerbread Men, but also Ginger Chocolate-Chip Bread, Cinnamon Toastie Bread, and Brownie Bites.

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men

And if you had any doubt whether the cast of “Frozen” could be found at the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House, too, then doubt no more! You can find [Read more…]

News! Booking NOW AVAILABLE for 2014 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages at Disney World!

Great news for fans who love the Epcot’s Candlelight Processional at Disney World during the holidays!

We brought you news last week of the first confirmed narrators for the 2014 Epcot Candlelight Processional. And today, we wanted to share that booking for Candlelight Processional Packages is now open!

The Candlelight Processional features the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator. The reading is accompanied by a robed choir and a full orchestra performing Christmas carols.

Amy Grant narrating 2013 Candlelight Processional

Amy Grant narrating 2013 Candlelight Processional

The popular event takes place three times each evening throughout the holiday season at the America Gardens Theater in Epcot’s World Showcase. This year, guests can see the performance from November 28 to December 30.

Because of the show’s popularity, seats go quickly! The Candlelight Processional Package is an excellent idea if you would like a guaranteed seat.

Packages include a meal at one of Epcot’s participating restaurants: click here to see which restaurants are included on the 2014 Candlelight Processional list! Booking a package entitles each person in the party to a ticket for guaranteed seating at the evening’s performance of the Candlelight Processional. Packages are available for both lunch and dinner seatings. Lunch packages start at [Read more…]

Disney Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Setting Your Holiday Table With a Touch of Disney!

Put away the pumpkins and get out the tinsel: it’s time to kick off the holiday shopping!

We’re all looking to find just the right items to give as gifts this time of year. But in order to bring that festive vibe home, you may want to brighten up your holiday table, too! It’s the perfect way to prepare for all of those fun parties that are just around the corner!

And now through Monday, you can save 25% off of your entire order with Disney’s Friends and Family Discount! Use code DISNEYPAL at checkout online!

And whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas — or both! — we have some fun finds to make celebrating just a little more fun. It’s a great time to use that 25% discount.

Let’s go!

Santa Mickey Green and Red Glass Plates

We have some subtle ways to put a little Disney into your Christmas decor with fun, functional plates for hors d’oeuvres and desserts!

I love these Santa Mickey Glass Plates! You can choose to set your table with Green Glass Plates for a uniform look, or alternate green and red! The falling snow offers an opulent, wintery feel — but that little guy in the corner is unmistakable!

Santa Mickey Mouse Green Glass Plate

Mix and match with these Santa Mickey Red Glass Plates. My favorite detail? The snowflake design is a little different on the green and red versions of the plate.

Santa Mickey Mouse Red Glass Appetizer Plate

Disney Tabletop Christmas Tree

Finally, if you’re looking for the perfect holiday time centerpiece for your table, we have found it! The Ultimate Disney Tabletop Tree plays host to four moving levels and more than 50 beloved Disney characters! It also plays a myriad of Christmas carols and lights up with the addition of LED lights!

There’s so much detail here that your guests (including any little ones that may be at your house this holiday season) will spend plenty of time just picking out their favorite scenes, giving you a little ME TIME! (You know, fewer awkward conversations with Uncle Ned, time to get another glass of your chosen beverage…or two, things like that!) ;-)

Disney Tabletop Tree

(Note that this item is not sold at DisneyStore.com and is not eligible for the 25% discount.)

Santa Mickey Glass Glazed Holiday Tray

Set out your favorite snacks and goodies on Santa Mickey Glass Glazed Holiday Trays. I love the deep purple, and together with your plates, your table will be uber festive with just a tiny touch of Disney!

Santa Mickey Mouse Purple Glass Tray

Animator’s Palate Butter (or CHEESE!) [Read more…]

Happy Holidays from Disney Food Blog!

To me, this time of year is all about seeing and spending time with family, and that includes my awesomely cool parents — now apparently known to many readers as “AJ’s Mom and AJ’s Dad” (yes, they actually have t-shirts that say that). ;-)

Anyway, today I wanted to share with you a couple of videos that were shot by my Dad on my parents’ trip to Disney World over the Thanksgiving holiday. Check out these fantastic close-ups of the gingerbread and holiday displays at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort! (While the Yacht Club display isn’t gingerbread, there are several signs that remind us of the yummy restaurants at the resort — and that works for me!)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, no matter where you are. Thank you so much for reading, supporting, eating, and laughing with us here at the DFB!

Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel

Yacht Club Resort Holiday Train Display

Happy holidays!!! Be sure to check out our Christmas in Disney Page for LOTS more holiday information, treats, and photos about spending the holidays in Disney World and Disneyland!

Dining in Disneyland: New Holiday Desserts at Disney California Adventure!

I know I am not alone in believing that there is nothing like a visit to the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season.

Their spectacular decor adorns every nook and cranny of the parks. The sights, the scents, the holiday cheer; it’s really an amazing experience. The Disneyland Resort goes above transforming both parks into “The Merriest Place on Earth.”  They transform everything from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to the menu boards at many of their eateries.

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle

This year, I had the pleasure of meeting two very special people that help create the magic that happens on those menu boards.  Karlos Siqueiros & Mechelle Miller both play important roles in Disney Food & Beverage Concept Development.  This past Saturday night, I attended a special event (courtesy of Disney) that showcased their latest holiday delights.

Karlos & Mechelle from Food & Beverage Development

After enjoying an amazing dinner, fun activities, and special photo opportunities, Karlos & Mechelle took the stage with Chef Goofy to share the Resort’s special holiday dessert menu items.

Holiday Chef Goofy

Brand New Holiday Desserts to Be Revealed at Disney California Adventure Restaurants

Although I know both Anaheim resorts offer special holiday menu items, these particular goodies are brand new to the parks and are only available at California Adventure.

The presentation was creative and fun, and as each item was described Cast Members dressed in their holiday best pranced out to show off each dish.

Almond Cookie Sandwich Presentation

When the dessert “show” was over, we turned around to find that some Disney Magic had taken place behind our backs and a beautiful buffet featuring all of the presented dishes had been set up! I decided an organized right-to-left situation was necessary so I wouldn’t miss anything… [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 20, 2011

Holiday Ice Cube Cupcakes at Disney's Hollywood Studios

With the holidays underway at the Disney parks and resorts, we’re gathering lots of goodies to share with you.

From Snowman cupcakes to Ice Cube cupcakes (wow!) to seasonal beverages, we’re getting in the spirit of the season!

Latest Disney Food News

Busy week? Let’s catch up on the news!

Do you crave more news? Check out our Disney News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Coming Soon! Give the Gift of Delicious Planning This Year with DFB Guide Gift Certificates!


Our popular Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, and upcoming DFB Dining Adventures e-Books make great gifts for friends or family members planning a trip to Walt Disney World!

Very soon, you’ll be able to purchase gift certificates to share the books with your friends and relatives this holiday season! Stay tuned this week to find out how!

The best part? You’ll be able to take advantage of our individual e-Book Holiday Discounts, or purchase all of our e-Books and receive our e-Book Bundle Discount!

Friends don’t let friends go to Disney World unprepared. These e-books will ensure that your loved ones will get the biggest bang for their dining buck in Walt Disney World! More info on this great gift idea will be available later this week!

On to the Round-Up!

PopCenturySite.com takes a refreshing break at the Petals Pool Bar.

WESH.com reveals the top 5 WDW foodie fantasies provided by yours truly!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups takes us to the Territory Lounge at the Wilderness Lounge. And don’t forget that WDW for Grownups has an awesome Muppets Giveaway this week!

Orange Bird

Progress City, U.S.A. reminisces about the adorable Little Orange Bird. His citrus-y presence is missed in Adventureland!

All Ears reviews the Best of Bocuse Dinner at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Main Street Gazette reviews the White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake at Kusafari Coffee Shop & Bakery in the Animal Kingdom. It’s a cupcake and lollipop in one!

The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle masters the Jedi Art of baking Star Wars cookies.

All Fare’s Food Blog shows us how to make Mickey Mouse cake pops. Adorable-ness!

A Holiday Homerun

Happy Christmas Eve! Over at Casey’s Corner in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, they’re celebrating the holidays in a “uniform” (HA!) way!

Casey's Corner Wreath

Just like the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor’s holiday decorations across the street, Casey’s has “suited up” (I KILL me!) with unique decorations reminding us of [Read more…]

Main Street Ice Cream Parlor Christmas Decorations

I’m always enamored with Disney’s attention to detail when it comes to holiday decor. Strolling down Main Street, I stopped into the ice cream parlor to take a look…

Main Street Ice Cream Parlor Outdoor Holiday decor

Inside, huge wreaths dominated the walls, but it was the decorations on those wreaths that caught my eye. The first set of wreaths had tiny, glass ice cream cones hanging from them!

main street ice cream parlor ice cream wreath

While most of the cones were innocuous and [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Holiday Treats

Our Disneyland columnist, Heather Sievers, is back with some photos of Holiday treats in Disneyland! Be sure to check out her other posts in her Dining in Disneyland column.

Here are some fun things I found today at Disneyland! Baked goods were from the Blue Ribbon Bakery on Main Street and the candy items were found at the Candy Palace on Main Street.

Holiday Cupcakes

Homemade Peppermint Bark

Holiday Drinks in Disneyland

My son devoured the Gingerbread Man! I did have a bite, and while [Read more…]