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Behind the Scenes: Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House at Disneyland Park

posted on October 23rd, 2012 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

If you’ve seen Haunted Mansion Holiday this year, you know how impressive the 9-foot-tall gingerbread house, which Pam first told you about in August, has turned out – and if you haven’t, you still have until January 6 to check it out! Today we’re taking you behind the scenes of the creation of Jack’s gingerbread house with Brian “The Pumpkin King” Sandahl, Senior Designer for Disney Entertainment Creative Development. See how his team of talented designers and bakers brought one of our tallest gingerbread houses to life for the Halloween and Holiday seasons.

Look below for more posts about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort:

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Sara on October 23rd, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I just love the Haunted Mansion Holiday! The fact that Disney both allows and encourages its bakers to rise to the challenge of creating such unique and inspiring gingerbread houses for each year of the overlay leaves me in awe!


Brian on October 24th, 2012 at 1:37 am

so cool this year! I think this might be the most impressive one yet :)


Brian on October 24th, 2012 at 1:39 am

Erin, I know you guys don’t like to take personal emails or anything but is there some way I could ask you a question other than here?


Debora on October 24th, 2012 at 9:58 am

Thank you so much for posting these behind the scene stories. looking forward to our next trip in 137 days !!! someday I will make it for the halloween holiday !!! WOW


Dinah on October 24th, 2012 at 10:56 am

Love the behind the scenes videos. Thanks for taking the time to do them.


Colleen from TX on October 24th, 2012 at 11:29 am

Love the ghost train going around the gingerbread house. That little touch makes it amazing.


Lindsey on October 24th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I love the hidden Mickey in the plates on the table!


Debbie on October 24th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Even though I saw sneak-peeks and pics of it before hand, still it was an amazing sight to see (and smell) on the ride! I wished we would’ve gotten stuck right there in front of it, as it was so intricate and detailed I felt like I missed getting a really good look. Glad you posted this Erin so I can see what I missed! Thanks!


Jamie on October 28th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I’m always astonished that the designers and creators use real food ingredients like gingerbread and frosting and others to decorate the gingerbread centerpieces. They don’t need to since guests don’t get a close up look at it, yet they go that extra mile to make it more real.