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…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Gingerbread at Disney!

Today, we have another great edition of Disney Food Pics of the Week! We love to head over to our Flickr page — Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza — where DFB readers share all of their Disney Food Photos. Wanna get in on the fun? Just head over and post your pics for a chance to have them featured in our Disney Food Pics of the Week Series!

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than a tour of the extravagant Gingerbread Displays at Walt Disney World. The treats that pop up during this time of year are extra special, too! Today, let’s look at a few of the photos that you’ve taken capturing the magic of Disney World Gingerbread!

Gingerbread Mickey Cookie

Gingerbread Mickey Cookie

Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian

Photographer: Scott Sanders

It just wouldn’t be Christmas at Walt Disney World without a trip to see the huge Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. I love this shot, which shows you the scale of the house and captures some of the beautiful lobby interior of the hotel as well! (Keep an eye on the chimney — you may just see smoke rising from the house when you’re there!)

Gingerbread House at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Gingerbread Shingle

Photographer: Riniel Calaelen

After a day of touring all of the beautiful gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World, it’s pretty normal to start craving those spicy cookies! That’s when a shingle from Disney’s BoardWalk will come in handy for takeaway holiday noshing!

Gingerbread Shingle from Disney's BoardWalk

Gingerbread Shingle from Disney’s BoardWalk

Gingerbread Carousel Horse at Disney’s Beach Club

Photographer: [Read more…]

Grand Floridian Resort Gingerbread House

I spent a whirlwind hour or so at the Grand Floridian’s gorgeous Gingerbread House this weekend, and I can’t wait to share the highlights with you!

Grand Floridian 2010 Gingerbread House

Free Gingerbread Decorating Demonstration
Free stuff alert! At Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort you can attend a free gingerbread house decorating demonstration Monday through Saturday at 1:00pm! Just head over to the giant gingerbread house at 1 o’clock, and you’ll encounter one of the nicest pastry chefs I’ve ever met directing folks on how to make gingerbread houses similar to those sold at Disney World during the holiday season.

I learned some great techniques about how to keep your gingerbread house roof from caving in, how to put icicles on the house so that they don’t break off, and even how to keep ants from invading your house!

All Around the House
After the presentation, I scoped out the decorations on this year’s massive [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Weekly Round-Up: December 13, 2009

Eat hereI wanted to start this week by recapping some great news about Disneyland! A new cupcake kiosk has opened in Downtown Disney and will be selling the sweet treats through January 9th!

Also, I wanted to share a couple of fun links from blogs with whom I had the opportunity to collaborate:

Resourceful Mommy recently posted an interview with the Disney Food Blog where I had the chance to give some thoughts on Dining in Disney World.

Touring Plans posted this week a guest blog from DFB about Avoiding Crowds and Saving Time and Money While Dining in Disney World. Be sure to check it out!

And here are some more recent Disney food posts from around the web!

Mommy Musings shares some some photos of the gorgeous Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

futureprobe sings the praises of the dining options (and the smells!) in Epcot’s The Land.

Daveland has some great photos of Disneyland’s Blue Bayou Restaurant, including some delicious dessert pics!

The Disney Blog shares news about Disney World holiday dining experiences.

All Ears Net offers a review of Todd English’s bluezoo restaurant in Disney World.

The Disney Chick shares her experience making Cape May Cafe’s chocolate cookie mousse.

The Daily Disney at the Orlando Sentinel shares the recipe for Chicken Asiago Pasta from the All-Star Resorts.

Disney Every Day takes us for a photo tour through the renovated Disney World McDonald’s.

Main Street Gazette visits Epcot’s Tangierine Cafe in the Morocco pavilion.

KatisKupcakes made up some adorable Hundred Acre Wood Cupcakes!

DisneyShawn takes a look at Rosie’s All-American Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney Foodie Decor: Walt Disney World Gingerbread Houses

Get a comfy chair, my friends, ’cause this is a long one! Lots of great photos of the Walt Disney World Gingerbread Houses, including some fantastic detail shots that I can’t wait to share with you. Tuck yourself into your snuggie, get a cup of hot chocolate, and off we go to tour the WDW Gingerbread Houses!

Disney’s Contemporary Resort
One of my favorite parts of Disney World is Mary Blair’s gorgeous mural on the Grand Canyon Concourse, and this 17-foot-high tree fits perfectly within the look and feel of her masterpiece.

Disney's Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Tree

Disney's Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Tree

And, as is common in Disney’s gingerbread displays, there’s a hidden Mickey!

Contemporary Gingerbread Tree Hidden Mickey

Contemporary Gingerbread Tree Hidden Mickey

Here are the stats on this Gingerbread display:

Contemporary Display Ingredient List

Contemporary Display Ingredient List

Contemporary Gingerbread Display Ingredient fun facts:
136 lbs. of honey
101 lbs. of flour
50 eggs
75 lbs. of icing
5 lbs. of spices
5 pounds of sugar syrup

And there are even a few beautifully designed character cookies for sale, so you can take a piece of this work of art home with you.

Contemporary Kids

Here’s a close-up of my very favorite one:

blair cookie

Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Over to the Epcot resorts to visit the traditional gingerbread carousel at the Beach Club! According to Disney, this holiday season marks the 10th anniversary of the carousel, a “fully detailed, life-sized carousel in the resort’s lobby that is created from a recipe that uses gingerbread, chocolate and sugar paste, and tons of enthusiasm, energy and talent.” Remember if you’re visiting: once a day, a guest is chosen for a photo with pastry chef Stefan Riemer!

10th Anniversary

Beach Club Carousel

There are always gorgeous details and intricate additions to the carousel; here are a few of this year’s special additions:

Minnie on the Carousel

Minnie on the Carousel

Tink Herself Crowns the Carousel

Tink Herself Crowns the Carousel

This year, 10 “hidden Mickeys,” one for each year, can be found on the carousel! There are also a few additional gingerbread structures flanking the spinning masterpiece: A princess castle, Chip and Dale’s Tree House, and a “What Will You Celebrate?” carousel horse, complete with an invitation list!

Beach Club Gingerbread Castle

Beach Club Gingerbread Castle

Chip and Dale's Tree House

Chip and Dale's Tree House

Carousel Horse

Carousel Horse

What Will You Celebrate? Invite List

What Will You Celebrate? Invite List

Beach Club Carousel Ingredient fun facts:
36 lbs. of honey
96 lbs. of bread flour
100 pints of eggs
10 lbs. of spices
10 quarts of simple syrup
100 lbs. of icing
50 lbs. of dark chocolate
10 quarts of egg whites
100 lbs. of confectioner sugar

If staring at all of this gingerbread makes you hungry, head over to the merchandise center nearby to get your own gingerbread treats:

Items for Purchase at Beach Club Gingerbread Center

Items for Purchase at Beach Club Gingerbread Center

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
I love the Boardwalk Inn’s display this year! It’s funny, joyful, bright, and packed with detail. This year, the lobby of Disney’s Boardwalk showcases a gazebo made of gingerbread and chocolate — and one Donald Duck in quite a predicament!

Boardwalk Gazebo

Boardwalk Gazebo

Look out Donald!

Close Up Donald

Luckily, Daisy and Stitch are prepared to step in…kind of…

Daisy at Boardwalk

Stitch at Boardwalk Gazebo

And here are some incredible details found in and around the gazebo:

Donald and Daisy Claus

Donald and Daisy Claus

See the Hidden Mickey

See the Hidden Mickey

Chip and Dale Roasting Marshmallows

Chip and Dale Roasting Marshmallows

Second Hidden Mickey

Second Hidden Mickey

And, of course, the Ingredient list:

Boardwalk Ingredient List

Boardwalk Ingredient List

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The biggest and most famous of the gingerbread displays, the Grand Floridian’s life-sized gingerbread house is a classic tradition at Walt Disney World.

The gingerbread house is so large, it doubles as a bake shop selling cookies, gingerbread ornaments, stollen bread, chocolate-peppermint bark, lollipops, and Grand Floridian logo boxes filled with truffles. Demonstrations of how to decorate a gingerbread house take place in front of the gingerbread house daily except Sundays.

Grand Floridian gingerbred house

GF House

Of course, this gingerbread house has plenty of detail as well:

Front Door Detail

Front Door Detail

BIGGFSnowman

Can you find Timon and Puumba?

close up GF timon puumba

Cool view from above! Check out that footprint!

BIGGFfromabove

And on the other side…some friendly Cast Members waiting to share their wares!

BIGGFsalespeople

Gingerbread house fun facts:
Chefs spend 400 hours baking the gingerbread and 160 hours decorating the house.

Structure Composition:
16 feet high
17 feet wide
1,000 board feet of trim
60 sheets of plywood
40 window panes
80 square feet of retail space
100 square feet of display
10,000 pieces of gingerbread used

Gingerbread Ingredients:
1,050 lbs. honey
600 lbs. powdered sugar
35 lbs. spices
800 lbs. flour
140 pints egg whites
180 lbs. apricot glaze

Here’s a Jeff Lange video of this phenomenal display:

American Adventure and Italy Displays at Epcot’s World Showcase
Finally, we head back over to Epcot to visit some lesser-known gingerbread displays!

GB house announcement AmAdv

Santa’s Bake Shop at Liberty Inn at the American Adventure pavilion is another life-sized gingerbread house made entirely of gingerbread, cookies, and icing. Stop by to purchase drinks and goodies here, too!

Gingerbread House at American Adventure

Gingerbread House at American Adventure

AmAdv Gingerbread ingred

Here are the costs for the goodies inside!

Costs for the Goodies

Costs for the Goodies

Italy has its own intricate gingerbread display. Can you see a hidden Disney character?

Italy's Gingerbread Display

Italy's Gingerbread Display

Even the detail here, on this smaller display, is amazing. Check out Santa as he heads out into the canal!

close up of italy gb house

And here’s that Disney character I mentioned — it’s Luigi from Cars!

Can You See Luigi

Can You See Luigi

Heading Home
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our Gingerbread Display tour through Walt Disney World! I am grateful to Disney Moms Panelist Erin Foster, DisneyFotoBlog.com’s James Chapman, and GD Pinvestigation Blog’s Pinvestigator Cody for contributing their fantastic photos for this collection.

And our Disney Holiday Foods week at the Food Blog will continue, too. On Wednesday, we take a gander at even more holiday treats; then on Thursday, we’ll take a look at how Disney Gingerbread and Disney Collectibles collide!

Note: Thanks to StitchKingdom.com for forwarding along Disney’s press release with ingredients info!