Holiday Gingerbread Displays Returning to Disney World Resort Hotels for 2023

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Holiday Gingerbread Displays are coming back to the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels this year

There are a variety of amazing holiday experiences to enjoy each year at Walt Disney World resort, but perhaps none are more impressive than the amazing Gingerbread displays at the resort hotels. If you have not experienced the displays before, these aren’t just your ordinary gingerbread houses—these are intricate, larger-than-life creations that you truly must see in person to fully appreciate.

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You might be wondering, “How does Disney manage to create such enormous and detailed gingerbread displays?” The answer lies in the immense planning and hard work that goes into each creation.

The magic begins a whopping seven months before the holiday season. That’s right! While most of us are thinking of summer vacations and beach trips in May, the talented culinary team at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is already diving into the world of gingerbread. Starting with mixing the aromatic dough, the process continues with a two-month curing duration. This helps in getting the perfect texture and sturdiness required for such large-scale structures.

As summer progresses, individual gingerbread shapes, ranging from intricate shingles to adorable Mickey cookies, are crafted, baked, and ornately decorated. These pieces are then carefully stored, awaiting their final assemblage. And when November rolls around, “construction” begins, with a full three days required to fully erect the house at the Grand Floridian.

When planning to check out all of the displays this year, you will need to head to six Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels. A notable addition this year is the debut of an all-new display at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

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Here are the locations you can visit to indulge in the gingerbread spectacle:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Do you have a particular gingerbread display that is your favorite? Leave us a comment to let us know!

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