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‘Tis the Season for Gingerbread Creations All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Each year, the elaborate gingerbread creations get bigger and better at Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. From a 3-foot-tall replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom Park to the life-sized gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, it takes a multitude of dedicated pastry chefs to build each design.

Check out the video that showcases this year’s new creation at Disney’s BoardWalk, a sweet replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand. By the numbers, it’s 674 gingerbread shingles, 420 marshmallows for marquee lights and 90 pounds of saltwater taffy for the wreaths.

(And if you’re a pin collector, the last pin signing for the BoardWalk gingerbread is 1-5 p.m. Friday.)

The handiwork starts with a concept and scale drawing, then it takes some serious teamwork to construct the gingerbread designs on stage in front of guests.

Most of the displays have delicious sweets for sale, and activities like gingerbread decorating. Here’s where you’ll find other fab holiday treats through January 2, 2014:

  • A 17-foot gingerbread holiday tree in the Grand Canyon Concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, made with 136 pounds of honey, 211 pounds of flour, 101 eggs and 151 pounds of chocolate!
  • A life-size, spinning carousel in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort has ponies made of chocolate fondant and hand-painted chocolate Disney characters – made with 50 pounds of dark chocolate, 100 pounds of confectioners’ sugar and 10 quarts of simple syrup. The lobby at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort features a holiday village with a miniature train surrounded with a sugar rock mountains.
  • At Epcot, the promenade at The American Adventure is home to Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop with freshly baked gingerbread, sugar and chocolate cookies, peppermint bark, hot cocoa and ciders.
  • Also at Epcot, The Land Pavilion showcases gingerbread creations representing icons from Disney parks and resorts around the world.


  • Does anyone have the gingerbread recipe for the cookies from American Adventure? The gingerbread cookies they have taste different/better than the ones I had a few years ago from Grand Floridian. I asked at the ginger bread shop at Boardwalk and was told each location uses a different recipe.

  • Hi Pam – thanks for this post, I am visiting WDW next month & seeing the various gingerbread displays is on my to-do list. I would have missed the one at Liberty tavern, is there a list somewhere online or in the parks of the displays inside each of the parks? The hotel displays are more well-known; the in-park displays may be hidden gems.

  • Will they be serving gingerbread without chocolate backing? If so, where can I find it?

  • Yay! We were there as they filmed this one day. It’s always great to see these take shape!

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