During the holiday season, the aroma of spices and sugar fill the air around Walt Disney World. Each year for the past 18 years, Disney’s pastry chefs have constructed a life size house made of gingerbread, icing and decorations in the lobby of the Grand Floridian. This Victorian house stands 16 ft tall in the main lobby and is a remarkable sight.
It is undeniable the feeling one gets when first seeing this life size child’s treat. Memories of childhood Christmas traditions come flooding back as you walk around the house taking in all the details. This life size structure is home to a small confectioner shop where sweet treats and bake goods are sold. The shop is open from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily. Grab a sweet treat of gingerbread cookies, iced gingerbread shingles, chocolates, peppermint bark or an assortment of other sweet treats.
Pastry chefs start working on the confectionary delights months prior to the creations being erected. Disney’s recipe for the gingerbread includes 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, 700 lbs. of Chocolate, 140 pints of egg whites and 35 pounds of spices. Of course, there is a bit of Disney magic and pixie dust used for the finishing touches.
Disney has left no detail out and even included hidden Mickey’s around the house. Some of the Mickey silhouettes are easily found and have been painted on the shingles but other hidden Mickey’s are tucked between icing, flowers, and gingerbread.
If you’d like to experience a little bit more of the gingerbread delights, be sure to check out the Frozen display at the Contemporary Report. This display is modeled after the Disney artist Mary Blair’s It’s a Small World art currently hanging in the resort. Guests can enjoy finding Anna, Elsa, and Olaf in the structure. There are also several hidden Olaf’s among the gingerbread display. If you’d like to take a little something home with you, there’s a shop with delectable for purchase. You could even get your own personal snowman kit. ‘Do you want to Build a Snowman?’.
Merry Christmas from Me and the Mouse!