The Beauty of The 2016 Grand Floridian Holiday Gingerbread House


The beauty of The Grand Floridian Holiday Gingerbread House is sure to get you into the spirit of the season.  From the windows and the decorated porches, to the Hidden Mickeys, the Gingerbread House building process, and the view from the top you are sure to leave humming Christmas Carols and smelling of Gingerbread.  Be prepared to be amazed at the list of ingredients it took to create this magnificent work of art.

Each window of The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House tells its own story.  You will notice one window depicting Anna and Elsa as young girls building a snowman.  Winnie the Pooh and his woodland friends are all decked out in their winter attire and enjoying time together.  Be sure to look for Nala and Simba as they exchange gifts in a winter wonderland.  Each window shares a story of friendship, love, and the spirit of the holiday season.

The snow-covered decorated porch-fronts are all done up in their festive finery.  Here you will find Santa Claus’s, Snow People, and Wooden Soldiers.  The upper level porch features a lovley snow town scene.  While much of the porch deco is the same as it has been in years past, this is exactly part of  what makes the Gingerbread House so incredibly special.


Be sure to seek out the Hidden Mickey’s that have been secretly displayed in random locations throughout the Gingerbread House.  They are hidden really well.  You will find yourself quite challenged to find all 18 of them!

Did you know that the chefs do not use water in their dough mixture?  I was amazed by this fact alone.  Be sure to take a few minutes to view the digital photo tour of the Gingerbread House making, and building, process.  There is a lot of time and effort that goes into this lengthy development of the glorious Holiday Gingerbread House.

Remember to go upstairs and take in the view from the top of The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.  Here you will be able to view the gifts santa is delivering.  Each area along the second floor provides a differnt view that cannot be seen from the ground level.

The view of the Gingerbread House from the opposite side is also stunningly beautiful.  Here you will notice the adorable mail box with a letter to Santa.  The mail box slowly opens and closes to reveal the letter.

The display boards give a shortened photo version of how the Gingerbread Dough is made and  how the Gingerbread House is constructed and decorated.  You will be absolutely amazed at the ingredients list displayed on the large Gingerbread Man Ingredients Board.


Beginning on December 1st, The Grand Floridian will host Gingerbread Demos in front of the Gingerbread House, at 1:00pm.  These daily demonstrations will take place through December 24th.  This event is free.


Every year the beauty of The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House wows visitors.  This annual display is now celebrating its 18th year of Joy.  The current design was created by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek in 1999. The gingerbread scent, as you enter The Grand Floridian, will let you know that you have arrived at the right place.  The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is open daily from 10:00am-10:00pm.

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From all of us at Chip and Company, to all of you, we wish you a beautiful Holiday Season!

What do you think of the 2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House?  Please leave your comments in the box below.

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Lisette R lives in Orlando, FL and is a local writer for Chip and Co. She loves all things Disney. She can primarily be found exploring the Walt Disney World Parks, Walt Disney World Resorts, and Disney Springs. When she is not at Walt Disney World she enjoys spending time researching and planning her next cruise on the Disney Cruise LIne or a visit to Disney Land.
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