Capturing Disney in Pictures: 3rd Day of Christmas at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

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Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian


Every photo has a story.

With theme park crowds at some of their highest levels during the Christmas Season, you may need a break from the long lines.  Hop a monorail and head over to the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa for some holiday shopping in a fabulous resort themed in the style of America’s palace hotels.  As you walk into the lobby from the monorail platform, you’ll feel as if you have entered an archetectural era of days gone by.  Inspired by the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado, the five story lobby will take your breath away.

The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa decorates each holiday season with a can’t miss Victorian era inspired gingerbread house.  Grab your camera and head to the right side of the lobby, where you’ll find a staircase frequently used for bridal portraits for weddings held at the resort.  Snap your own photo here on the stairs, followed by a shot next to their astounding Christmas tree, and then make your way across the lobby to the gingerbread house taken straight from every child’s Christmas morning fantasy.

Picture this…the GF Gingerbread House is whipped up every year from scratch using 800 pounds of flour, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 1,050 pounds of honey, and 180 pounds of apricot glaze.  It takes about 400 hours to bake everything, and by everything, I mean the upwards of 10,000 pieces it takes to complete the mouth-watering 16-foot-tall piece of culinary architecture.

Want to learn some neat tips for creating your own holiday gingerbread masterpiece?

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House decorating demos are held Monday through Saturday right out in front of the Victorian Gingerbread House.  You’ll need to bring your Disney Rewards Visa, because with all these sweet-treat options, you probably won’t walk away empty handed.  There’s usually a classical pianist or a big band performing all your favorite Disney tunes in the lobby.  Rest those feet for a while – enjoy your snack.

When you’ve had your fill of gingerbread, walk back upstairs to the monorail level and spend some time in Basin White.  Basin White has a very simplistic décor that focuses all your attention on their specialty line of luxury bath and body care.  With an amazing selection of bath bombs, salts, scrubs, and perfumes, they have a wide range of specialty soaps that you must smell to believe.  You can preview some of their holiday soap bars right here.  You’ll not soon forget the clean smells and the colorful soaps.  Basin White is a great place to wash your hands with their sugar and salt scrubs before you resume your journey back to the Magic Kingdom.  Don’t be surprised if you take some home for the holidays.

Gingerbread for the tummy and fabulous bath products for the body…what a excellent holiday combination.

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