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

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

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:


  • 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.

  • 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!

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • so cool this year! I think this might be the most impressive one yet 🙂

  • 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!

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