First Look: 2018 Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House at Disneyland Park

Karen McClintock

by , Food & Beverage Content Relations Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort starts today and we have your first look at one of the most popular Halloween Time traditions – the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread creation. This is the 18th year for this creepy cool gingerbread display and it also marks the 25th anniversary of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Disneyland Pastry Chefs working on the Haunted Mansion Holiday 2018 Gingerbread House at Disneyland Park

Tim Wollweber, associate art director for Disney Parks, has been involved with Haunted Mansion Holiday since the beginning in 2001, and took the creative lead on the gingerbread display again this year.

“We wanted to create a monster movie vibe, and a scary spider is a classic and iconic Halloween image. With that in mind, we designed a giant 5-foot spider with eerie glowing eyes and moving legs and mandibles. This multicolor spider is suspended above the Haunted Mansion’s Grand Hall table, attempting to pry the edible mansion from its foundation, revealing candy cane rebar and sparking lights. General chaos ensues as gingerbread zombies watch in astonishment and cocoon-wrapped gingerbread zombies wait to become spider snacks.”

Disneyland Pastry Chefs working on the Haunted Mansion Holiday 2018 Gingerbread House at Disneyland Park

To turn this ginger-“dread” vision into something edible, Disneyland Central Bakery started baking gingerbread over a month ago. No less than 12 pastry chefs – led by Assistant Pastry Chef Christina Orejel – get involved, transforming gingerbread, icing, and fondant into this scary fun masterpiece.

Disneyland Pastry Chefs working on the Haunted Mansion Holiday 2018 Gingerbread House at Disneyland Park

We asked the creative team at Disneyland Resort Central Bakery what they pulled from their pantry to make this year’s over-the-top creation – and it is quite the list!

  • 90 pounds gingerbread
  • 30 pounds of confectioner’s sugar
  • 10 pounds of white chocolate
  • 45 pounds of fondant

Haunted Mansion Holiday 2018 Gingerbread Display at Disneyland Park

Check out this frightfully festive gingerbread creation during Haunted Mansion Holiday, which lasts through early January 2019.


  • I see a Hidden Mickey in the Gingerbread House. Second set of pictures from the bottom. Picture on the right

  • Looks amazing!!! Where will this be located? At the Grand Californian lobby or where?

  • wow this looks amazing. I do miss that they used to put a smaller version of the gingerbread house in the French market. sadly they stopped doing that

  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Disneyland! I absolutely love the intoxicating scent of gingerbread in the ginger”dread” display at Holiday Haunted Mansion. I look forward to the new touches every year. See you in October Disneyland °o°

  • Fantastic, always eager to see the new house!

  • It does look amazing! And I agree with Ashley. I do wish that we could click on photos in the blog to enlarge them.

  • Can’t wait to see it! Love, love love the gingerbread houses that are so fabulous each year and the Nightmare Before Christmas. I wish Disney would sell that yummy gingerbread smell from the Haunted Mansion ride. Every year we love when the ride pauses extra there, the smell is so delicious.

  • These artists never cease to amaze me. They too themselves every year! I can smell the gingerbread right now!

  • I wish we could see some larger photos! I would love to use this as a wallpaper! So fun.

  • Wow wow wow!

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