Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Celebrates 20 Years

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Celebrates 20 Years

Visiting the  Walt Disney World Resort‘s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa over the holidays is a tradition near and dear to my family.  We love the stunning Christmas tree and decorations, holiday songs from the lobby pianist and of course, the most amazing life-size Gingerbread House Display.

I had the privilege of meeting with the fantastic Chef William Clark from the Grand Floridian bakery yesterday. He provided some insight into this year’s Gingerbread House display, which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary!

The bakery and the chefs at the Grand Floridian started preparations for this year’s display over the summer.  Did you know that it takes over 400 hours to bake and prepare and over 160 hours of construction for this annual tradition?

This is the size of one of the mixers used to create the massive amount of gingerbread needed to construct the Grand Floridian’s giant gingerbread house.

That is some serious gingerbread!

Construction of this year’s Gingerbread House will begin on Wednesday, November 7th with the expected completion date of Sunday, November 11th.

Disney is all about the details and this display will offer nothing less!  There will be some special display signage to celebrate this anniversary.  There will also be a white chocolate plaque in honor of Chef Erich Herbitscheck who retired from the Grand Floridian in June of this year.  Chef Erich has been creating this display every year since its inception.

We also got a preview of some of the other holiday treats that will be offered at the Grand Floridian Resort this year.

There will be the traditional Gingerbread cookies and shingles.  Pricing is not yet available.

There will be a special 20th Anniversary Gingerbread House for purchase.  The price is not currently available.

And we got a sneak peak at some of the beautifully decorated cookies that will be available for purchase this holiday season at the Grand Floridian.  Take a look of some of these offerings below.  They are little edible works of art.

Prices for these cookies have not yet been released.

Stay tuned to Chip and Company for all the updates on the holiday decorations and seasonal offerings around the Walt Disney World Resort.

What are your Holiday traditions when you are at the Walt Disney World Resort? What are your favorite resort decorations?

Are you ready to plan the holidays at the Walt Disney World Resort for this year or next year’s holidays?  Contact me today via email at or through the Facebook link below.  I am looking forward to helping you and your family have the most magical vacation!

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