2011 Gingerbread Displays at the Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts

Each holiday season, magical (and edible!) gingerbread creations are made for the enjoyment of guests of many Walt Disney World resorts.

It takes thousands of hours to build the enormous gingerbread displays, along with countless cups of sugar and a whole lot of patience. And in addition to the displays, storefronts are devised (the ones at the Grand Floridian and in Epcot are inside the Gingerbread Houses) to sell holiday goodies.

Let’s take a look at the 2011 displays fashioned for the Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts. Thanks to my Dad who shot these photos just after Thanksgiving!

Contemporary Resort

It’s an enormous tree made from Gingerbread shingles in front of a Mary Blair-esque It’s A Small World facade.

Holiday Display

I LOVE that his year’s gingerbread shingles are embossed with a golden Mickey! These are an awesome take-home souvenir!

Gingerbread Shingle

But when a shingle isn’t enough, just get the whole house! Most gingerbread displays in Disney World will offer the option to purchase a decorated gingerbread house to take home.

Gingerbread House

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Disney Treats: New Cinnamon-Glazed Almond and Pecan Stand in Epcot

As the holidays at Disney are out in full force, and our good friend Cheryl Perlmutter, one of the informed voices on the Disney Film Project, sent over some photos of one of our favorite additions!

New Nut Stand in Epcot's World Showcase

A new glazed almond and pecan stand has been added to the spot recently vacated by the Food and Wine Festival Belgium booth, right next to Les Chefs de France!

They do have glazed nut stands set up in the Magic Kingdom and elsewhere in Walt Disney World year-round, but I think they’re extra special at the holidays…and I haven’t seen this stand before!

Nut Stand Menu

This booth sells cinnamon-glazed almonds, cinnamon-glazed pecans, beer, and water. It’s pretty straightforward, but as soon as you get a whiff of those glazed almonds we think you’ll be won over! They’re delicious (and think of the added protein to keep you going on a long touring day!!).

Cinnamon Glazed Almonds

PS: My Dad’s in WDW right now sending me holiday updates, so expect some serious gingerbread happenings over the next few days!!

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…]

New! Ice Cube Cupcakes and Other Holiday Treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is decking the halls with holiday treats!!

Thanks to Sue Van Vleet for sending over a pic of this awesome new cupcake, created to celebrate the holidays in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Holiday Ice Cube Cupcakes at Disney's Hollywood Studios

According to Sue, it seems to be a regular chocolate cupcake. From the look of it, it seems to be “dusted” with snow and features a twinkly light-up ice cube in the middle! Kind of like a snowy iceberg floating out at sea!

Other Holiday Treats

This treat is offered as part of a larger menu of holiday goodies that seems to get bigger and bigger at the Studios every year! I’m a little disturbed that it’s [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

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