Disney Decks the Halls With Gingerbread Displays at the Parks and Resorts

It’s the holiday season and once again the Disney pastry chefs have outdone themselves! They have created amazing gingerbread displays at the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, Aulani, and onboard each of the Disney Cruise Line ships. If you want to check out these dazzling displays or purchase some holiday sweets and treats, we’ve got all the info you need. You can also find some exclusive merchandise, including limited edition pins, ornaments, mugs, headbands and more themed to each of the displays.

Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa

Hawaii is mostly sunny and warm but that doesn’t mean they can’t dream of snow! Especially with Aulani’s “Frozen 2” gingerbread display featuring a giant white chocolate tree adorned with sugar snowflake ornaments and a Hawaiian Olaf tree topper. There will also be two macaron tower trees decorated with over 400 glittered macarons. The entire display is decorated with more than a dozen snow babies getting into a snowball fight with Santa Stitch among a forest of sugar ice trees.

In addition, you’ll find a few holiday treats for sale as well:

  • Candy Cane Macarons
  • Holiday Mickey Crispy Treats
  • Holiday Caramel Apples
  • Gingerbread-Spiced Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
  • Seasonal Mickey Cupcakes
  • Giant S’mores Pops
  • DIY Fresh Gingerbread House Kits
  • Mickey Monte Blanc
  • Gingerbread Yule Log
  • Peppermint Brownies

Who wouldn’t want to make a trip to Hawaii for the holidays? If you go, please take me with you!

Disney Cruise Line Gingerbread Displays

Each year the Disney Cruise Line onboard pastry teams have an annual holiday gingerbread competition. The teams build unique displays in the atriums of each ship. This year, each of the four displays features over 600 pounds of gingerbread dough, over 5,000 gingerbread bricks, and over 200 pounds of sugar! They take weeks to construct and move onto the ships, and each brick is individually aligned and placed with icing. You can see them throughout the holiday season on the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder ships.

It’s not too late to book your holiday cruise with Disney Cruise Line!

Disneyland Park – Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House

Each year Jack Skellington takes over the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park transforming it into Haunted Mansion Holiday. The Walt Disney Imagineering and Disneyland pastry teams also team up every year to create a spooky gingerbread display in the Grand Hall of The Haunted Mansion. This year marks a special occasion as the Haunted Mansion celebrates its 50th anniversary so the gingerbread display celebrates that as well! The display stands almost ten feet tall and features 15 different gingerbread cookies depicting the various residents of the mansion.

Disneyland Resort – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Gingerbread Display

This amazing gingerbread house is a replica of the hotel it resides in. Built by a team of talented Disney artists, engineers, and bakers it stands over seven feet tall and is decorated with over 600 pounds of gingerbread! You will even find a few hidden Mickeys sprinkled throughout the display. You can see this gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa through the end of the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort.

In addition, you can enjoy A Grand Gingerbread House Experience, a hands-on workshop that’s great holiday fun for the whole family! Meet the Disney pastry chefs who crafted the iconic gingerbread house and create one for your party or family. This experience occurs from 3:00-4:30pm on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 11, 15, 18, 21, and 22. For more information and to make reservations, visit the Disneyland Resort website or call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.

You can also enjoy an array of sweets and treats at the Holiday Cart located nearby the display. Offerings include:

  • Holiday Cookies – Mickey Poinsettia Cookie, Mickey Santa Cookie, Mickey Reindeer Cookie, Hanukkah Cookie
  • Christmas Cookie Box
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Apple Caramel Pound Cake
  • White Chocolate Brownie Pop
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Truffle Box
  • Gingerbread Crispy Treat
  • Hot Apple Cider
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Cookie Shots (with choice of milk, chocolate milk, rum, Irish cream liqueur, cinnamon cream liqueur, peppermint schnapps, peppermint syrup, caramel syrup, pumpkin syrup, or orange-flavored liqueur)

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Gingerbread Display

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! Also new to the resort this year is a gingerbread display in the lobby. The gingerbread cabin is inspired by the turn-of-the-century National Park lodges and even features a familiar bear named Humphrey. The cabin is nestled beside a murmuring creek among the resort’s towering totem poles right next to a stone hearth fireplace and the majestic seven-story Christmas tree. Be on the lookout for some hidden Mickey’s as well!

Holiday Treats for Sale:

  • Gingerbread Man Kits
  • Gingerbread Pine Tree
  • Chocolate Pine Cones
  • Reindeer Food
  • Gluten-Friendly Gingerbread Man
  • Spiced Moose Cookie
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Apple Cider

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Gingerbread Display

Another new display this year comes to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Here you’ll find a holiday village themed to the Saratoga Springs, New York complete with a carousel in the park. You’ll also be able to purchase sugar cookies and gingerbread man cookies!

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney Springs Gingerbread Display

Over in Disney Springs, you’ll find a gingerbread display at Amorette’s Patisserie. The display depicts a miniature version of the pastry shop and a miniature kitchen. It will be on display now until the end of December. If you stop by, grab a delicious holiday treat:

  • Holiday Petit Cake – Morello Cherry, Chantilly, Chocolate Chiffon Cake, and Dark Chocolate Mousse
  • Yule Log Dessert – Red Velvet Cake with Spice Cream Cheese Icing
  • Ornament Macaron – With Milk Chocolate Peppermint Ganache
  • Ornament Pastry – Bourbon Hot Chocolate Mousse, Marshmallow, and Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Gingerbread Display

Located in the lobby of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, this gingerbread display represents the fun restaurants and shops located along Disney’s Boardwalk. In the display, the BoardWalk Bakery takes center stage with Chef Mickey at the helm. You can also snack on festive sweets available for purchase nearby the display:

  • Decorated Mickey and Minnie Sugar Cookies
  • Jumbo Coconut Macaron
  • White and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  • Zimsterne Sugar Stars
  • Spitz Kuchen
  • Mini Contessa Cookies
  • Spitz Lerkerli
  • Stollen
  • Drinking Chocolate
  • Gingerbread Martini

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Castle

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is celebrating its 10th year of having a gingerbread display. This year, Cinderella and Prince Charming greet guests as they come to visit the fanciful gingerbread castle set on an “it’s a small world” backdrop. This 18-foot tall display is located on the 4th-floor concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The castle is crafted from thousands of gingerbread blocks, rolled fondant, and modeling chocolate and features a rolled fondant Fairy Godmother and a display box featuring Cinderella’s glass slipper.

The display will be up through January 5, 2020. There are nine hidden Mickeys and ten images highlighting “it’s a small world” and “Frozen 2”. As a tribute to Mary Blair, you might even see the famous five-legged goat! And available for purchase at the Gingerbread Hut nearby are holiday sweets such as:

  • Tree-Shaped Sugar Cookie
  • No-Sugar-Added Cookie
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cookie
  • Chocolate Pecan Cookie
  • Linzer Cookie
  • Gingerbread Boy
  • Gluten-Friendly Gingerbread Boy
  • Gingerbread Shingle
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate
  • Frozen Apple Cider
  • Alcohol Floaters available for Frozen Drinks
  • Plant-Based Gingerbread Loaf
  • 10th Anniversary Cookie Box of Assorted Guest Favorites

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Gingerbread House

My personal favorite gingerbread display is the iconic Grand Floridian Gingerbread House. This life-size gingerbread house fills the lobby with sugary-sweet scents and will be up throughout the holiday season. Featuring hidden Mickeys, gingerbread shingles, and more, this 14-foot tall display also houses a little sweet shop selling freshly baked house-made items such as:

  • Gingerbread Shingles
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Stollen
  • Christmas Tree Brownie
  • S’mores Cookie
  • Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
  • Gingerbread Ornaments
  • Mini Gingerbread Houses
  • Assorted Gingerbread Cookie Bags
  • Lollipops
  • Grand Floridian Combo Box
  • Snowman Donut
  • Aurora’s Gifts (petit fours)
  • Grand Floridian Cake Pop
  • Gluten-free Plant-Based Gingerbread Boy
  • Gluten-Free Plant-Based Mint Cookie
  • No-Sugar-Added Cookies

You can also enjoy a Gingerbread House Decorating Demo conducted in front of the display daily Dec. 1-25, 2019.

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel

This life-sized spinning carousel is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The display features Peter Pan-themed carousel horses decorated with hand-crafted chocolate, sugar, and fondant as well as hand-crafted gingerbread shingles and snowflakes. Can you spot all 20 hidden Mickeys? Treats for sale include:

  • Gingerbread Shingles
  • Gingerbread Mickey Cookie
  • Paint-Your-Own Sugar Cookie
  • Stollen Bread Loaves
  • Holiday Cookie Bags
  • Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  • Plant-Based Chocolate Mint Cookie
  • Plant-Based Gingerbread Cookie
  • Chocolate Lollipops

Walt Disney World Resort – The American Adventure Gingerbread Display at Epcot

Last, but certainly not least, is the patriotic gingerbread display in The Americal Adventure at Epcot. This display features the United States Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and a seven-foot gingerbread Washington Monument topped with golden Mickey ears. Made with over 50 pounds of gingerbread, 20 pounds of icing, and containing six hidden Mickeys, this display will be up starting Nov. 29.

Do you have a favorite holiday gingerbread display?

Photo Source: Disney Parks Blog


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