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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Disney Gingerbread Houses At a Glance:
- No admission is required to visit the Gingerbread displays at Disney World; however, you may need a dining reservation to be able to park at a hotel. You can avoid this by parking at Disney Springs and taking the bus over to the resort.
- Dates: Each year Disney presents the first display around the second week of November and this year it starts on the 8th
- Be sure to wear some festive and holiday-themed clothing to get the best Disney Christmas pictures while you’re here
- Don’t forget to check out the incredible food and entertainment on property
- Be sure to check out my gingerbread-inspired gift recommendations for that special person in your life below!
Where are the gingerbread houses at Disney World?
- Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Beach Club Resort
- BoardWalk Resort
- Contemporary Resort
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Yacht Club Resort (featuring a new display)
Keep reading to get a full guide on the best way to explore this Disney holiday experience like a pro!
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Is Disney Doing the Gingerbread House this Year?
Although there was a break in having the gingerbread houses across the parks and resorts due to the 2020 pandemic, Disney is bringing a few back in some of the most popular locations.
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Where are the Gingerbread Houses at Disney for 2023?
Although we are missing a few of our favorite locations, let’s go through which Disney hotels have gingerbread houses this year and what to expect at each location.
1. Grand Floridian Resort Gingerbread House
You’ll definitely want to stop by the Grand Floridian to see the signature sweet display now in its 24th 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.
By far, this is one of the most stunning resorts to visit during Christmas at Walt Disney World.
According to Disney, this year’s gingerbread house is a life-size storybook gingerbread house with “cinnamon clouds” puffing from the chimney.
It is also beautifully decorated with white chocolate candy canes, edible snowflakes, and sugar poinsettias.
Fun Facts About the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House:
- Covered with more than 10,000 pieces of gingerbread
- Has 24 hidden Mickeys
- 85-pound chocolate Santa
- Nutcrackers, toy soldiers, and snowmen that have all been hand-painted by the Grand Floridian Bakery team
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:
- Stollen Bread
- Peppermint bark
- Milk Chocolate Pecan Fudge and so much more!
Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Menu:
- Gingerbread Mickeys and Shingles
- Stollen Bread
- Brownie Christmas Tree
- Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- House-made Gingerbread Ornaments and Gingerbread Houses
- Gingersnap Cookies
- Hot Cocoa Bombs
- Assorted Gingerbread Cookie Bags
- Marshmallow Pops
- Milk Chocolate Pecan Fudge Bar
- Gluten-friendly, plant-based, and no sugar added treats
- Grand Floridian Combo Box
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. Just know that this is not consistent each year but it doesn’t hurt to try!
How long does the gingerbread house stay up at the Grand Floridian?
This Grand Floridian will go up from November 8, 2023 to January 1, 2024.
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.
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What happens to the Disney Gingerbread House?
Each year, Cast Members remove all the gingerbread from the house to the Disney Tree Farm to rinse the sugar off.
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.
2. Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Are you ready to check out a Disney-inspired gingerbread carousel that spins?!?
The Little Mermaid-themed majestic horses are all decorated and hand-painted with chocolate, sugar and fondant in this scrumptious classic carousel.
You will get to see all of the famous characters from this Disney movie all made from gingerbread inside Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Disney Gingerbread Carousel Ingredients:
- 100 pounds of honey
- 300 pounds of breadflour
- 100 pounds of eggs
- 10 pounds of spices
- 100 pounds of icing
- 10 pounds of simple syrup
- 10 quarts of egg whites
- 100 pounds of confectioner’s sugar
- 50 pound of dark chocolate
- 200 gum paste flowers
- 50 pounds of modeling chocolate
This holiday carousel has been around at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for over 20 years and it still spins with all decorations completely edible!
While you’re there be sure to find all the Hidden Mickeys.
2023 Gingerbread House Menu at Disney Beach Club Resort
- Signature Stollen Bread
- Lighthouse Fudge
- Mickey Snowman Pop
- Crispy Rice Treat
- Peppermint Bark
- Gingerbread Shingle
- The Hot Chocolate Flight
- Hot Chocolate
How long does the gingerbread house stay up at Disney’s Beach Club?
This Beach Club Resort display will be up from early November 2023 (starting 8th – 11th) to January 1, 2024.
Since you’ll be visiting the Beach Club Resort, don’t forget to stop by the Yacht Club lobby area and check out the charming new gingerbread display that also features a miniature train.
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3. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (NEW)
This year we’ll be greeted with a new gingerbread disney at Walt Disney World!
I’m excited to see what the theme will be and if it will be a similar design to its sister property, Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
4. Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread House
Disney’s Contemporary Resort gingerbread display is back for its 12th year!
The Contemporary Resort had been home to some fun gingerbread houses in the past such as the Frozen-inspired one from a few years ago.
There were also years where there was an 18-ft Cinderella Castle with an “it’s a small world” backdrop.
It was made from more than 5,000 gingerbread shingles, 47 pounds of rolled fondant, 38 pounds of modeling chocolate and so much more!
This year you can marvel in the Mary Blair-inspired 100th Celebration-themed Castle Display!
Here’s what you can expect from this Disney Gingerbread house at the Contemporary Resort:
- 17 feet tall
- 612 pounds of sugar
- 1012 pounds of flour
- 112 pounds of gingerbread spice
- Over 4000 castle gingerbread bricks
- 12 sprinklings of magical pixie dust
- Look for 12 hidden five-legged goats
2023 Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Menu:
- Gingerbread Castle Brick
- Paint Your Own Cookie Box
- Hot Chocolate Caramel Fudge
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookie
- Pistachio Linzer Cookie
- 5-Legged Goat Cookie
- Gluten/Wheat Friendly Gingerbread Cookie
- Gingerbread Latte Cupcake
- Christmas Tree Butter Cookie
- Frozen Hot Chocolate (Also available with Peppermint Schnapps)
- Frozen Apple Cider (Also available with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky floater)
How long does the gingerbread house stay up at the Contemporary Resort?
The gingerbread team is expected to debuted this years’ display on November 10, 2023 and will run through January 6, 2024.
5. Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Gingerbread House
Not only was their gingerbread display stunning, the whole resort takes on a life of its own for the holidays.
In previous years, the gingerbread display brought the Disney boardwalk right inside the lobby with a miniature presentation of this family location on property. There were also 25 Hidden Mickeys too when I visited!
So, 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!
2023 Disney Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Menu:
- Mickey and Minnie Sugar Cookies
- Mickey Caramel Corn Cookie
- Christmas Tree Pop
- Peppermint Bark
- Gingerbread Shingles
- Gluten/ Wheat-Friendly and Plant-based Gingerbread Shingles
How long does the gingerbread house stay up at the Disney’s Boardwalk Inn?
You’ll be able to enjoy this display from November 17th through December 27, 2023!
6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
From from November 22 through December 31, 2023, you’ll be able to check out an adorable gingerbread display in the African-inspired resort.
This year, Disney will display life-sized Baby Gingerbread Giraffe and Baby Zebra for you to gush over in the Jumbo House Lobby.
You’ll also have an opportunity to purchase a Gingeraffe Cookie, Hot Cocoa Flight, and beer, wine, and cocktails!
7. EPCOT’s Gingerbread House in The American Adventure Rotunda
Here we got to see the recreated the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The American Adventure building in miniature gingerbread versions.
It was absolutely jaw-dropping!
How long does the gingerbread house stay up at EPCOT?
You can enjoy this fun holiday display at EPCOT from November 24th through December 30th of 2023.
And if you’re doing a Disney Cruise this holiday season, then you can find more gingerbread displays on The Disney Wish, Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic!
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Take a Look at the Disney World Gingerbread Houses Over the Years
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.
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Wilderness Lodge Resort Gingerbread House
A couple of years ago, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort got their own gingerbread house inspired by the majestic bears of the great northwest.
Although there’s no word on if Disney will bring back a gingerbread display for Wilderness Lodge, you will still have plenty of options to explore this year!
Something You Should Know: 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.
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.
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.
During those two holidays, anyone could make gingerbread.
Gingerbread Inspired Treats throughout Walt Disney World Resort
This year, you can spice up your holiday season with a magical Gingerbread Martini.
Disney has combined Grey Goose Vodka, RumChata Liqueur, and gingerbread spice featuring a rim of homemade gingerbread (freshly baked of course) for your pleasure at various table service restaurants!
However, if you can’t find the drink at the Disney Lounges and Restaurants this year, be sure to save this article so that you can show the ingredients to your bartender.
More Gingerbread Treat for Christmas at Disney World 2023:
- Mickey and Minnie Gingerbread Cookies (Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs)
- Gingerbread Mickey Chocolate Piñata, Gingerbread-Pecan Toffee, Mickey Chocolate-covered Gingerbread Cookies (The Ganachery in Disney Springs)
- Ginger Mule (Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in Disney Springs)
- Minnie Gingerbread Bundt Cake (Disney All-Star Resorts)
- Gingerbread Cookie (Le Petit Café in Disney’s Riviera Resort)
- Mickey Gingerbread Cookie (The Trolley Car Café in Hollywood Studios)
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Celebrate National Gingerbread House Day on December 12th at Disney World
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.
Yep, there’s a National Gingerbread House Day that occurs each year on December 12th.
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.
Disney Gingerbread House Gift Ideas
Did all this talk about gingerbread houses get your mouthwatering yet? If not, here are some cool merchandise ideas that you can look at to jumpstart your festive collection.
So, don’t forget to grab a few Disney Gingerbread inspired Christmas gifts below.
Disney World Gingerbread Ears with Loungefly Bag from Amazon
Disney Gingerbread House Kit
Just in case you can’t make it out to the Disney resorts this year in hopes of grabbing a piece of the gingerbread displays, why not make your own at home.
If you’re a novice like me, then you’ll want to start out with a beginner’s gingerbread house kit that you can get from Amazon.
Although you can buy these sets on Amazon, I do recommend checking with your local stores first as the cookies are known to easily break during transportation.
Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse Gingerbread Holiday
This is a cute holiday gift to treat yourself with or to give to someone special to you for the holidays who love bother gingerbread-themed items and Disney.
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My Final Thoughts on the 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.
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Until next time, Happy Holidays Hipsters!
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(Original Article Date: December 17, 2014/Updated November 6, 2023)