All over the World, it’s GINGERBREAD TIME!!! It’s a wonderful holiday tradition to feast your eyes on the larger-than-life Gingerbread Displays at several Deluxe Disney World Resorts before you feast your tummy on all the festive treats available during your visit!
We’re going to take you on a visit to the major Gingerbread hot spots in Disney World, and we’ll start our Gingerbread tour at the Epcot area resorts…
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
My personal favorite is the Gingerbread Carousel found at the Beach Club. I always love to spot the new horses each year making their way on the Merry-Go-Round!
We’d love to introduce you to this year’s team of horses… here’s Julia!
The Beach Club-inspired Marina…
… and the Yacht Club-inspired Admiral! (He’s my favorite!!!)
Crazy detail going on here!!
And lest ye forget how much effort goes into this display, the chefs have created a recipe for you.
As always, it’s impossible to walk by any of the gingerbread displays and not get hit with a craving for a traditional holiday treat. Fortunately, there are plenty available to scratch that itch. Just remember that while gingerbread treats are available at the Beach Club, they aren’t located by the display. Simply head to the Beach Club Marketplace to find them.
This gingerbread Mickey has always been a favorite of mine!
And this sparkly snowflake is an ideal stocking stuffer.
Though we’re veering off the gingerbread path a bit, it’s still worthwhile to stop by the Yacht Club to check out the annual Train Display winding around a miniature village.
There are tons of teeny details packed throughout the village scenes, from favorite Disney characters to signs for places that will be known to Yacht Club guests, like the Ship Shape Fitness Club, Hurricane Hanna’s, and Captain’s Grille.
Don’t forget — and this goes for all the displays — to keep your eyes peeled for Hidden Mickeys! (A hint: search the snow all around the Ice Castle!)
Now, let’s take a quick stroll around Crescent Lake to the Yacht & Beach Club’s neighboring resort…
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
The turn-of-the-century seaside charm of the BoardWalk Inn is reflected in their “reimagined” Gingerbread Display for 2015.
Welcome to Ginger’s Bread & Cookie Shoppe!
In typical boardwalk fashion, there are even photo cutout displays where you can pose with your friends and family members.
(Despite these fun additions, this display is definitely the least impressive of them all, though. If you’re going to skip one of the resorts, I’d suggest dropping this one from you list.)
Again, festive goodies abound, from cupcakes and cookies (both gingerbread and non) to peppermint bark and traditional German Stollen bread.
Perhaps less traditional, but perfect for a warm-weather Florida holiday, they are even serving Gelato at the BoardWalk’s display this year! Gingerbread, naturally, and Candy Cane are your festive flavor choices.
We’ll be sharing a full review on these cold goodies soon! But for now, that wraps up our time near Epcot. Next stop? A couple of Magic Kingdom area resorts… each just a quick trip on the monorail from the other.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
The Contemporary Resort display has received a “Frozen”-themed overlay for the second year in a row, featuring Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Sven placed in front of the Mary Blair-inspired gingerbread display.
Lest you think Olaf was left behind… this year he’s received his own dream sandcastle! You know how this guy feels about warm weather.
It really gives you an idea of how much effort and time is involved when you read the lists of ingredients posted near some of the displays.
Like last year, a “Frozen” blue hue and images of the film’s characters grace many of the snacks at the Contemporary’s display.
This little “build your own snowman” is a super cute gift or stocking stuffer for someone back home!
If you indulge in one of these goodies, you’ll get it in a snazzy seasonal bag! I tried the crushed peppermint chocolate cookie, and while it looks a little strange, it was actually pretty delicious!
The cool flavors of peppermint and dark chocolate were perfect together. The cookie itself is a soft-baked, brownie-like concoction drizzled with dark chocolate.
The Blue Raspberry Cake Gelato has made a return as well.
Now one super-special detail at the Contemporary display is probably something very few visitors will ever notice. I love that at least one of the Chefs working at the treats stand has this additional decor on his or her jacket! Be sure to click on the picture so you can see the detail close-up!
And finally, we’ve saved the best for last! We’ve got one more stop to see the GRAND-daddy of them all…
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
While the Contemporary display takes on a more… well, contemporary design, it’s all tradition at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort’s Gingerbread House.
In the house’s 17th year, it looks just as incredible as it always has! The detail is truly epic on this one.
This sign gives you a few photos of how the house is actually assembled, but they don’t do it justice!
Actually SEEING the construction is worth a visit in itself! So even if you’re not at Disney in December, head over to the Grand in November to see this spectacle!
As always, the operating hours on that sign also indicate the times when you can buy your treats from INSIDE the gingerbread house. Yep — in true Disney fashion, the attraction is also a store!
Unlike the other displays, you really don’t get a chance to see the treats until you walk right up to the store window (which can get crowded at times. They have menus available to peruse your choices first.
The cast members in the store are adorned in adorable costumes for the season.
Here’s a quick peek at the goodies!
Looks like at least a few of the chocolate Snow Globes got an “Inside Out” makeover this year 🙂 .
Interested in sampling your very own Gingerbread Shingle? You can!
And don’t forget to stick around for the “cinnamon smoke” puffing from the Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House every few minutes!
Still have time to enjoy the house? Stick around for a gingerbread house decorating “class,” happening several times per day!
Finally, don’t forget to pick up your commemorative pin to remember your visit!
The gingerbread displays at Disney World are always a gorgeous and memorable part of the holiday season at Disney World. We hope you’ve enjoyed this 2015 tour, and we can’t wait to bring your more holiday fun soon!
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Which is your favorite of the Disney Resort gingerbread displays? Please let us know with a comment!