To kick off the first day of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, we are getting our first look at one of the favorite traditions of the season – the Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House! This is the 18th year for the Halloween-themed gingerbread display. This year’s display has been designed to celebrate the 25th of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Tim Wollweber, associate art director for Disney Parks, has been involved with Haunted Mansion Holiday since the beginning in 2001, and took the creative lead on the gingerbread display again this year.
“We wanted to create a monster movie vibe, and a scary spider is a classic and iconic Halloween image. With that in mind, we designed a giant 5-foot spider with eerie glowing eyes and moving legs and mandibles. This multicolor spider is suspended above the Haunted Mansion’s Grand Hall table, attempting to pry the edible mansion from its foundation, revealing candy cane rebar and sparking lights. General chaos ensues as gingerbread zombies watch in astonishment and cocoon-wrapped gingerbread zombies wait to become spider snacks.”
Baking for this year’s gingerbread house has been underway for over a month. 12 chefs led by Assistant Chef Christina Orejel from Disneyland Central Bakery have been busy transforming gingerbread, icing, and fondant into this spooktacular masterpiece.
In addition to all that manpower, are your curious as to what goes into to bringing this scary fun creation to life? Here’s the ingredient list for the 2018 Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House:
- 90 pounds gingerbread
- 30 pounds of confectioner’s sugar
- 10 pounds of white chocolate
- 45 pounds of fondant
The 2018 Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House is on display until early January 2019 during Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park.
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