WDW Holiday Gingerbread Displays

Nov 29, 2015

 For well over a decade, the edible holiday displays at Walt Disney World have filled the foyers of some of their best-loved resorts with the spice heavy scent of freshly baked gingerbread. Since this is our first Christmas in the Orlando area, we have never been able to view these works of art in person until this week. I have seen photos of them online for years, but now that we were actually able to go and see them, I can see what everyone makes such a fuss about. Loving Husband is a trained pastry chef, teams of Disney pastry chefs work for months baking, detailing and assembling these life-size gingerbread sculptures. If you live near WDW, or will be here between late November until the beginning of January, I strongly encourage you to spend a little time exploring these exhibits.

Holiday gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian Resort at WDW

Holiday gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian Resort at WDW

The first stop on our self-guided tour was the largest, and in my opinion, the most impressive baked creation is the gingerbread house in the first-floor main lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort. The house fits perfectly into the ornate Victorian design scheme of this hotel. This piece is so huge that there is a store with real live people inside of it selling souvenirs of the annual event, as well as edible shingles just like those that adorn the roof of the structure (below). The girls (Samantha & Amber) who worked inside appeared to be flowing over with Christmas cheer and had big contagious smiles. How could you NOT be in a good mood while smelling the goodies all day? As far as the taste goes, the shingles are a lot less dense than most gingerbread I’ve had and there is a citrus overtone to it.

Edible gingerbread shingle from the Grand Floridian Resort backed in chocolate

Grand Floridian Resort gingerbread house shop girls

After a short monorail journey, we were at the Contemporary Resort viewing their adorable Frozen Fever themed gingerbread display. I am a huge devotee of the mid-century modern/Scandinavian aesthetic and especially of the Mary Blair design style, making that piece my absolute favorite! While I feel that all of the displays are beautiful works created by very talented artists, none of them inspired me the way this one did. Luckily, the main concourse, where this display is located, wasn’t very busy when we visited and I was able to get a really clear photo with no one else standing in front of the castle. I am in love with the huge “cookie” characters! I was surprised and disappointed to find out that they didn’t have actual edible versions of them for sale, to me that seemed like a no-brainer that would have sold VERY well. We settled on the Olaf gingerbread shingle and the individual serving of the blue cake-in-a-jar (gallery).

Mary Blair style Frozen Fever themed gingerbread display at the Contemporary Resort at WDW

Soon we were back on the monorail and then in the car heading to the BoardWalk Inn to try some of their holiday gelato flavors we had heard about via the Disney Food Blog’s Instagram. While we were there we picked up a gingerbread cupcake for later (below); both were excellent by the way. LH liked the gingerbread gelato better and I liked the peppermint best. These foodie finds are sold out of the cutest little edible store called Ginger’s Bread & Cookie Shop (below & gallery). I thought the alternating Mickey and Minnie head cookies around the fascia and the Mickey gingerbread man weather vane were adorable little details.

While chatting with the attendant, we noticed that her chef’s jacket had gingerbread man buttons! She also told us that in addition to the hidden Mickey’s on it, the shop also had a bite missing out of the back (gallery) where someone decided to deface it. It really is a shame, but I don’t think it’s that out of the ordinary, sadly. As we were walking back through the Yacht Club Resort, we heard a young man in his late teens laughing while he proudly detailed to his mother (who was also laughing) how he went over to the display and put one of his fingers through it. I wish people wouldn’t purposefully destroy things, they ruin it for everyone.

Ginger's Bread & Cookie Shoppe @ The BoardWalk Inn at WDW

Gingerbread & peppermint gelatos available at the BoardWalk Inn at WDW

Gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting at the BoardWalk Inn at WDW

Our final resort was the Beach Club. Here you can view the life-size rotating gingerbread carousel (video, below & gallery). While it is not a huge example (only 4 horses) it is full size. This is something that they make fresh every year, they just switch up the horse designs. This display includes the highly detailed dried fondant poinsettias that we also saw at the Grand Floridian (below). Between the two pieces, there must be thousands of them. The snowflake cookies that ring the top are available at the Beach Club Marketplace down the hall. After a long evening of my nostrils filling with the glorious smell of gingerbread, we decided to return to the BoardWalk Inn by sea, meaning we took the boat back to the car.

Gingerbread carousel at the Beach Club Resort at WDW

Fondant poinsettias

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