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One Sweet Holiday Season

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

By far, some of my favorite sights at the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season are the amazing edible holiday displays – life-sized gingerbread houses, chocolate carrousel horses, and candy villages – that truly look like something out of a fairy tale.

My husband, son and I recently stopped through some of the resorts to feast our eyes on this year’s delicious displays. Below are some photos I couldn’t wait to share. (Warning – if you have a sweet tooth, you may wish to grab a snack before reading further!).

Even Santa Approves of this Sweet Tribute to the Holiday Season

Our first stop was Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where we checked out the resort’s 16-foot-tall gingerbread house. This Victorian-style structure takes a whopping 400 hours to bake, and lists 1,050 pounds of honey and 600 pounds of powdered sugar among its ingredients. The house, which is topped off with Santas, poinsettias and powdered-sugar snow, also has a chimney that periodically puffs with the scent of cinnamon.

The carousel is Trimmed with Gingerbread Snowflakes

Our next stop was Disney’s Beach Club Resort, where a gingerbread carousel serves as the platform for horses made of chocolate and fondant, each beautifully decorated with candy and icing. The carousel also has 11 hidden Mickeys incorporated into its design.

Sweetie Prances in Style, Adorned with Holiday Candies

By far, our favorite carousel horse was Sweetie, who sports a saccharine saddle made of ribbon candy and gumdrops, and a set of candy cane horseshoes.

This Gingerbread Tree is Disney’s Tallest Edible Display

Our last stop was Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where we spotted a 17-foot-tall gingerbread Christmas tree decorated with chocolate ornaments and candy canes. The tree’s playful design was inspired by the work of Disney Legend Mary Blair, whose artistic style can be seen on the adjacent Grand Canyon Concourse mural.

Have you spotted any of these sweet sights during your holiday stay?


  • How long will the gingerbread house be up at the resort?

  • I was also wondering when the resorts started decorating for Christmas.

  • My family and I are looking forward to going next year in mid November. When do the resorts complete the holiday decorations?

  • resort hopping this time of year is very fun!! Thanks for sharing the photos! BTW- I have seen the gingerbread house but never noticed the cinnamon smoke! Thanks!!

  • Jennifer, Thank you so much for sharing this. I have a new family tradition that will start this year — we’ll be Resort hopping to see all the wonderful holiday sites!

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