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It’s Gingerbread Time at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 1st, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

The delicious aroma of gingerbread is in the air all across Walt Disney World Resort, signaling the start of the winter holidays. Here’s a first look at the fantastical creations of the Disney pastry chefs.

Let’s start with the classic Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, debuting November 19 (through January 1) in the hotel lobby. Celebrating 17 years, the life-size house is 16 feet high with 40 window panes, made with 1,050 pounds of honey and 700 pounds of chocolate – the team spends more than 400 hours just baking the fresh gingerbread with Chef Erich Herbitschek’s classic gingerbread recipe from Austria. The houses, ornaments and cookies are almost too pretty to eat. And Herbitschek’s stollen bread recipe is the real deal.

You can watch free gingerbread house decorating demos every day except Sundays in front of the house. And this year’s collectible pin features Minnie Mouse as Mary Poppins.


Over at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the fourth floor Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle is on display November 12-January 6, the 17-foot-high Gingerbread Ice Castle is a nod to blockbuster Disney film “Frozen.” Nestled in the hotel’s Grand Canyon Concourse, you might note also note the influence of famed Disney artist Mary Blair’sit’s a small world” (inspired by the massive concourse mural).

The Ice Castle is adorned with sugar snowflakes, 1,500 gingerbread shingles and chocolate-coated trees – there’s 423 pounds of chocolate in all. And sweet likenesses of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and his sidekick Sven are decorated with sugar, chocolate and candies. They’ve even included fun elements from the “Frozen Fever” short. This year’s collectible pin features everyone’s favorite frozen friend, Olaf. (And look for 15 “Hidden Olafs” in the display!)

You can take home a build-your-own snowman marshmallow kit, snowflake cookies and ornaments and gingerbread goodies.

New this year, the lobby of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn features an old-fashioned Ginger’s Bread & Cookie Shoppe from November 18-January 4. The sweet shoppe is made with over 800 gingerbread shingles, 63 pounds of honey and over 350 pounds of gingerbread. Look for 11 Hidden Mickeys – 124 Mickeys on the display in all, including a gingerbread Mickey weather vane on top of the shoppe. There’s lots of gingerbread sweets, peppermint bark, sugar cookies and candy cane gelato. Take home a gingerbread kit and make your own house.


Disney’s Yacht Club Resort features a Holiday Village with a Miniature Train from November 18-January 3. In the lobby of the Yacht Club Resort, the intricate scene is surrounded with sugar rock mountains. At Disney’s Beach Club Resort, the Gingerbread Carousel is returning, made with 36 pounds of honey, 96 pounds of flour, 10 pounds of spices, 100 pounds of icing and 50 pounds of dark chocolate. Look for goodies to carry home like mini gingerbread houses, gingerbread cupcakes and shingles, sugar cookies and more, plus gingerbread kits to make your own edible house. And there’s a limited edition collectible pin featuring Chef Donald Duck.

More Disney gingerbread details from the theme parks to come!

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Mickey’s Very Merry Live Christmas Party Live Stream Set for December 6 at 8:15 P.M. EST

posted on December 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Our “Unforgettable” series of live streams will continue this Sunday, December 6, with a live stream of “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” and “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks live from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Disney characters dressed in their holiday finest parade down Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom during "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade." The festive processional is one of the happy highlights of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, a night of holiday splendor with lively stage shows, a unique holiday parade, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. The special-ticket event takes place on select nights in November and December in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

Our live stream of “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” will begin at 8:15 p.m. EST. It’s a joyous holiday-themed parade that features favorite Disney characters, dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers, elves – and an appearance by Santa Claus himself!


Then tune back in at 9:30 p.m. EST for “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks, which takes the celebration of the season to the skies high above Cinderella Castle.

To tune in, we’ll launch a fresh blog post on December 6 just before showtime. We hope you can make it!

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Behold the Beautiful Christmas Trees Across Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 1st, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

If there were ever a contest for trimming trees, our Walt Disney World Resort holiday team would be tough to beat. They work almost year-round to design, maintain and decorate the themed Christmas trees you’ll find across the resort.

It’s not just the trees’ enormous size (the tree at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is 70-feet tall!), but the detail in the decorations such as handcrafted baskets and masks, sketches of Pixar favorites, and handstitched garland that make them such a sight.

Until you visit in person, here’s our top 11 Walt Disney World Resort Christmas trees that dazzle during the holidays.

Christmas Tree at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Which tree is your favorite? Have these inspired your tree decorations?

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Holiday How-To: Making Olaf Marshmallow Treats

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Do you want to build a snowman? This week, our holiday DIY series takes you inside the Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs to learn how to make this adorable white chocolate and marshmallow treat.

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December Gourmet Treats Delight at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Treat yourself to something special this holiday season at the Disneyland Resort! The December gourmet caramel apple has been dipped in dark chocolate infused with peppermint oil, covered in red and green chocolates and drizzled with white chocolate and sanding sugar. We’ve added to the mix this year with a similar marshmallow wand and bark.

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Moms Panel Monday: Our Most Interesting Questions

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks

Each week, the Disney Parks Moms Panel receives hundreds of questions from people planning their upcoming Disney vacations. Sometimes these questions can get very specific but nothing our 50 panelists can’t handle!

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7 Fun Facts about Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats on the Disney Dream

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Kelly Vanarsdall, Food and Beverage Standards Manager, Disney Cruise Line

Last week I gave you the inside scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, the sweetest addition to the recently enhanced Disney Dream. The design of this sweet shop is based on the arcade game of Sugar Rush in “Wreck-It-Ralph,” blending the world of video game racing with candy.

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – December 2015

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

This December, make your list and check it twice! If you are in need of a few gift ideas here are a few Disney Theme Park Merchandise artist appearances and signings taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort that might help!

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VIDEO: Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Officially Begins with Lighting of ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

On the evening of November 12, we officially kicked off Holidays at the Disneyland Resort with the ceremonial lighting of “it’s a small world” Holiday!. Retired United States Marine Corps Sergeant Juan Valdez – a Purple Heart recipient – along with his wife Christen and service dog Midas, joined Disney pals Mickey Mouse and Pluto to turn on the more than 300,000 twinkling lights at the famous Disneyland park attraction. Take a look back at this special moment in the video below.

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Top 11 Disney Parks Blog Holiday Wallpapers

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

The holiday season is here! And to celebrate, we’re sharing with you eleven of our best Disney Parks Blog holiday wallpapers.

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