Where are the Disney World Gingerbread Houses?

Can you smell the sweet aromas of the Disney World gingerbread houses coming from this page?

Well maybe I am pushing the imagination button just a bit, but I’m super excited to share with you something really cool that Disney does for the holidays.

Each Christmas season, the Disney Parks and resorts displays the most over-the-top gingerbread houses for everyone to enjoy each year. Many of the beautiful displays can be seen for free and yes, I did just say free!

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Boardwalk Bakery Disney Gingerbread House Display
Boardwalk Bakery Disney Gingerbread House Display

History of the Gingerbread House

Over the years, legends have stated that gingerbread was first introduced to Europe around the 11th century from crusaders returning from the Middle East.

However, the tradition of baking and creating elaborate gingerbread houses wouldn’t become popular in Europe until the 13th century.

Gingerbread loaf sitting next to cinnamon

After the release of Brother’s Grimm, the art of gingerbread making was event more popularized in countries such as Germany with Nuremberg, Germany, becoming known as the “Gingerbread Capital of the World” in the 1600s.

Gingerbread house crafting

Even within the baker’s community, there were a group carved out who only focused on gingerbread making in the 17th century of Europe and were the only ones allowed to bake this delicious treat unless it was Easter or Christmas.

Placing icing on Gingerbread cookie

During those two holidays, anyone could make gingerbread.

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Disney World Gingerbread Houses Over the Years

Throughout the years, Walt Disney World has brought the magic of gingerbread making to its parks and resorts.

Christmas at the Magic Kingdom 2013: Disney World Gingerbread display in Liberty Square.
Christmas at the Magic Kingdom 2013: Gingerbread display in Liberty Square

During the holiday season, the Disney Chefs create their own Yuletide tradition for you to enjoy with one-of-a-kind gingerbread displays that can only be seen at Disney properties.

Christmas at Disney's BoardWalk Inn Gingerbread Carousel with Stitch
Christmas at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Gingerbread Display 2012

Take for instance the Grand Floridian life-size gingerbread house that has been bringing in Disney guests from all around the world since 1999. People who only want to see how this incredible display is created.

Where are the Gingerbread Houses at Disney?

Now that we have a little bit of history, let’s go through which Disney hotels and parks have gingerbread houses.

Disney Grand Floridian Giant Christmas Tree in Lobby
Disney Grand Floridian Lobby

1 – Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Gingerbread House

You’ll definitely want to stop by the Grand Floridian to see the signature sweet display now in its 20th year at Walt Disney World.

According to Disney, the classic Austrian recipe inspired the ornaments, cookies and the house that stands 14 feet tall in the lobby of this resort.

Disney Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Display with Santa on the Porch and Christmas Tree in the Background

Fun Facts About the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

  • 10-foot-wide
  • 15-foot-long
  • 14-foot-tall
  • Covered with more than 10,000 pieces of gingerbread
Grand Floridian Gingerbread House at Walt Disney World

The Gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian also acts as a sweet kiosk called The Bake Shop where you can buy your own holiday treats such as s’mores, cookies, peppermint bark, your own Disney World gingerbread house kit and so much more!

Grand Floridian Resort Gingerbread House Shop Menu
Grand Floridian Resort Gingerbread House Shop Menu

You can also participate in gingerbread house decorating demonstrations each day here from December 1st until the 25th.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Menu

  • White Chocolate-covered Cookies Sandwich Pop
  • Mickey Lollipop
  • Gingersnap Cookie
  • Milk Chocolate Gingerbread Man Lollipop
  • Grand Cake Pop
  • Aurora’s Gifts – 3 Almond Petit Fours in a Box
  • Gingerbread Shingle with Chocolate
  • S’more Cookie
  • Gingerbread Mickey Ears dipped in Chocolate
  • Mickey Head Caramel Pecan Fudge
  • Gingerbread Ornaments – Tree or Mickey Head
  • Brownie Tree Pop
  • ½ lb. bag of Peppermint Bark
  • A ½ lb. bag of No Added Sugar Cookies
  • ½ lb. bag of Assorted Gingerbread Cookies
  • Snowman Donut
  • Signature Gingerbread House with Chocolate
  • Grand Gift Box
  • Signature Stollen Bread with Marzipan in Holiday Box
  • Gingerbread Man (Gluten Free)
  • Thin Mint Cookie (Gluten Free)

Hipster Power Tip: If you only want the gingerbread house shingle and the line is too long at the shop, you can visit the Grand Floridian store adjacent to the house to pick up your own shingle with a less wait time.

How long does the gingerbread house stay up at the Grand Floridian?

This Grand Floridian display will be up until the end of December.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House with Majestic Christmas Tree and Piano in the Lobby

You can view it anytime during that time period, but if you want any of the sweet treats, you’ll have to visit the shop inside the house from 9:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day.

What happens to the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House?

Each year, Cast Members remove all the gingerbread from the house to the Disney Tree Farm to rinse the sugar off.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Construction and Decorating

After it has been thoroughly rinsed, the sugar that comes off is left to feed the bees who’ll go on to pollinate the local flowers and produce honey for us as well.

Christmas Vacation Disney

2 – Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The contemporary Resort has been home to some fun gingerbread houses in the past such as the Frozen-inspired one from a few years ago.

Cinderella Gingerbread House with a Small World Background at Disney Contemporary Resort

This year we’ll have an 18-ft Cinderella Castle with an “it’s a small world” backdrop.

Disney Contemporary Resort Gingerbread House Recipe

It is made from more than 5,000 gingerbread shingles, 47 pounds of rolled fondant, 38 pounds of modeling chocolate and so much more!

3 – Wilderness Lodge Resort

This year Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort is getting their own gingerbread house inspired by the majestic bears of the great northwest.

Christmas at Fort Wilderness Lodge Resort
Christmas at Fort Wilderness Lodge Resort

4 – Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Peter Pan-themed majestic horses are all decorated with chocolate, sugar and fondant in this scrumptious classic carousel.

Disney Gingerbread House Carousel with Peter Pan horse and Captain Hook cake boat in front at Beach Club Resort.
Disney Gingerbread House Carousel with Peter Pan horse and Captain Hook Boat in Front at Beach Club Resort.

This year each house represents a character from this beloved Disney animation.

Gingerbread Carousel Ingredients

Disney Beach Club Gingerbread House Ingredients 100 pounds of honey, 300 pounds of bread flour, 100 pounds of eggs, 10 pounds of spices, 10 pounds of simple syrup, 100 pounds of icing, 10 quarts of egg whites, 100 pounds of sugar, 50 pounds of dark chocolate, 50 pounds of modeling chocolate, 200 gum paste flowers

This holiday carousel is in its 20th year at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and it still spins with all decorations completely edible!

Disney Gingerbread House Carousel at Beach Club Resort with Wendy from Peter Pan horse

While you’re there be sure to find all 20 Hidden Mickeys.

5 – Disney’s BoardWalk Resort

The BoardWalk Resort is another one of my favorite Walt Disney World Resort hotels to visit during the holidays. Not only is their gingerbread display stunning, the whole resort takes on a life of its own for the holidays.

Boardwalk Inn Disney World Gingerbread House Display

This year’s gingerbread display brings the Disney board walk right inside the lobby with a miniature presentation of this family location on property. Don’t forget to look for the 25 Hidden Mickeys too!

BoardWalk Gingerbread Display Ingredients at Walt Disney World Honey Flour Eggs Sugar Fondant.
BoardWalk Gingerbread Display Ingredients

Be sure to walk around the board walk area to see more holiday decorations outside. It’s just so magical.

Plus, you can watch the Epcot fireworks show from the boardwalk for free!

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National Gingerbread House Day (December 12th)

Christmas at Disney for Free. Christmas tree in Boardwalk Inn.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Christmas Display 2014

Just in case you want to make your holiday touring at Disney special, you should think about doing the Disney World gingerbread house excursion on the national holiday.

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Yep, there’s a National Gingerbread House Day that occurs each year on December 12th.

Disney World Gingerbread House at Epcot Duffy the Bear 2012
Gingerbread House at Epcot of Duffy the Bear 2012

Once you’ve done your enchanted adventure through the seasonal displays across the Disney resort, be sure to go home or back to your hotel room and finish the day off by creating your own gingerbread house.

Final Thoughts on Disney World Gingerbread Houses

As you can see, there’s so much to at Walt Disney World for the Christmas season. Enjoying the beautiful gingerbread houses is just one feature of all the holiday happenings that occur each year.

Remember that you can do this tour for free is you know how to do it the right way!

You can read how with this article, Perfect Disney Resort Christmas Decorations Tour.

Have you ever seen any of the Disney gingerbread houses? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

Where are gingerbread houses at Disney World with Giant Christmas Tree in Background
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Until next time, Happy Holidays Hipsters!

NikkyJ

(Original Article Date: December 17, 2014/Updated November 28, 2019)

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