Today is National Gingerbread Day: Celebrate with Gingerbread Displays at Disney Parks

Alex Dunlap

by , Food & Beverage Communications Coordinator

It’s that time of year again, and our pastry chefs have outdone themselves! With displays at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as Aulani and aboard each Disney Cruise Line ship, there are dazzling gingerbread displays wherever you go! Here’s all of the info you need to know on this year’s holiday gingerbread displays.

Holidays at Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Say aloha to “A Kakamora Holiday” this season at Aulani Resort! This chocolate and gingerbread display consists of an LED-lit chocolate tree, a Moana-inspired gingerbread hut, a chocolate sleigh, coconut pirate Kakamoras decorating for the holiday the season in the tropics. The display will be six feet long and consists of hundreds of pounds of gingerbread, chocolate, and icing! A Kakamora Holiday will be on display through the end of December.

In addition, you’ll find a few holiday treats for sale as well:

  • Candy Cane Macarons
  • House-made Mickey and Minnie Gingerbread Ornament Cookies
  • Holiday Crispy Treats
  • House-made Chocolate Ornaments filled with Treats
  • Holiday Candy Apples
  • Gingerbread-spiced Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
  • Mickey Cookies
  • Giant S’mores Pops
  • DIY Fresh Gingerbread House Kits
  • Mickey Monte Blanc
  • Gingerbread Yule Log
  • Peppermint Brownies

Who wouldn’t want to make a trip to Hawaii for the holidays? If you’re interested in booking a Hawaiian vacation with Disney or want to learn more about this resort, visit the Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa website!

Disney Cruise Line 2018 Holiday Gingerbread Displays

Disney Cruise Line Gingerbread Displays

Each year, the Disney Cruise Line onboard pastry teams build unique displays in the atriums of each ship. These displays are part of annual holiday gingerbread competition between each of the ships’ pastry teams. This year, each of the four distinctly different displays features over 600 pounds of gingerbread dough, over 5,000 gingerbread bricks, and over 200 pounds of sugar! These displays take weeks to construct and move onto the ships, and each brick is individually aligned and placed with icing. You’ll find them throughout the holiday seasons on the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder ships!

To book a cruise and see these amazing displays for yourself, visit the Disney Cruise Line website!

Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread Display at Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park – Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House

This year, the Walt Disney Imagineering and Disneyland pastry teams partnered once again to create a wonderfully spooky gingerbread display in the Grand Hall of the Haunted Mansion. An eerie five-foot spider with glowing eyes hangs over the Grand Hall Table, attempting to pry the edible gingerbread mansion from its foundation and revealing candy cane rebar and sparkling lights. General chaos ensues as gingerbread zombies watch and cocoon-wrapped zombies wait to become spider snacks! You’ll find this display through the end of the holiday season in Disneyland park by making a visit to the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a merrily macabre makeover inspired by Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

2018 Holiday Gingerbread Display at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disneyland Resort – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Gingerbread Display

Built by a team of talented Disney artists, engineers, and bakers, this gingerbread house, a replica of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, stands over seven feet tall and is decorated with over 600 pounds of gingerbread! If you look closely, you’ll even find a few hidden Mickeys sprinkled throughout the display. This gingerbread house is located in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa through the end of the holiday season at Disneyland Resort.

You can also enjoy an array of sweets and treats at the Holiday Cart located nearby the display. Offerings include:

  • Holiday Cookies
  • Peppermint Loaf
  • Mickey Whoopie Pie
  • Truffle Box
  • Hot Apple Cider
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • Limited Edition Snow Globe Pin featuring Chip and Dale (available while supplies last)

Gingerbread Dome Cake at Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney Springs Gingerbread Display

Located in the popular Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs, this storefront display depicts a miniature version of the pastry shop surrounded by little gingerbread trees. This adorable gingerbread house will be on display starting Nov. 25, 2018, and will be up through the end of December. And when you stop by the shop to see it for yourself, you can indulge in one of the many holiday offerings available:

  • Gingerbread Mickey Dome Cake
  • Santa Mickey Dome Cake
  • Gingerbread Hat Cookie Ornaments
  • Orange Cranberry Chardonnay Wine Slushy
  • Peppermint Chocolate Milkshake
  • Pear Mousse
  • Santa Mickey Macaron Lollipop
  • Snowman Macaron Lollipop
  • Spiced Plum Petite Cake
  • Winter Wonderland Petite Cake

For more info on all of the holiday sweets at Disney Springs – check out my recent blog post with all the yummy details!

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Gingerbread Display

Representing the fun restaurants and shops located along Disney’s Boardwalk, this gingerbread display is located in the lobby of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. The display will be up starting Nov. 25 and will remain through the end of December. With the BoardWalk Bakery as the centerpiece, it even features a gingerbread Chef Mickey! You’ll also be able to snack on festive sweets available for purchase nearby the display:

  • Gingerbread Mickey
  • Pretzel-shaped Gingerbread
  • Mickey and Minnie Cookies
  • Jumbo Coconut Macaroon
  • Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  • Marbled Butter Cookies
  • German Stollen
  • Checkerboard Cookies
  • Zimtsterne Spice Cookies
  • Butter Almond Cookies
  • Limited Edition Snow Globe Pin featuring Mickey and Minnie (available while supplies last)

2018 Gingerbread Display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Castle

A gingerbread Cinderella and Prince Charming greet guests as they come to visit the fanciful gingerbread castle set on an “it’s a small world” backdrop on the 4th floor concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The 18-foot tall display is crafted from thousands of gingerbread blocks, rolled fondant, and modeling chocolate. It features the magical additions of a gingerbread Fairy Godmother and a display box featuring Cinderella’s glass slipper. Come see it through the end of December! You’ll also find sweets at a cart nearby with items such as:

  • Candy Cane Gelato
  • Gingerbread Gelato
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
  • Lizner Cookies
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Gingerbread Shingles
  • Christmas Tree Butter Cookies
  • Cinderella Cake Pops
  • Bippity, Boppity, Bundt Cake
  • Royal Pumpkin Loaf
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate and Cider
  • Limited Edition Snow Globe Pin featuring Cinderella and Prince Charming (available while supplies last)

2018 Holiday Display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Gingerbread House

The iconic Grand Floridian Gingerbread House celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! This life-size gingerbread house is located in the resort lobby throughout the holiday season. Featuring hidden Mickeys, gingerbread shingles, and more, this 14-foot tall display houses a little sweet shop selling freshly baked house-made items such as:

  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Gingerbread Shingles
  • Stollen Bread
  • Christmas Tree Brownie
  • S’mores Cookies
  • Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  • Gingerbread Ornaments
  • Miniature Gingerbread Houses
  • Assorted Gingerbread Cookie Bags
  • White Chocolate Disney Characters
  • Lollipops
  • Caramel Pecan Fudge
  • Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes
  • Grand Floridian Combo Box Featuring Assorted Sweet Treats
  • Gluten and Vegan-Friendly Gingerbread Cookies and Other Snack Items
  • Limited Edition Snow Globe Pin featuring Mickey and Minnie (available while supplies last)

You can also enjoy a Gingerbread House Decorating Demo conducted in front of the display daily Dec. 1-25, 2018.

2018 Holiday Gingerbread Display at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel

This life-sized spinning carousel takes center stage in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The display features Donald and Daisy-themed carousel horses decorated with hand-crafted chocolate, sugar, and fondant as well as hand-crafted gingerbread snowflakes. Can you spot all 19 hidden Mickeys, celebrating the 19th anniversary of this holiday tradition? Treats for sale include:

  • Hot Cocoa Cupcakes
  • Gingerbread Mickey Cookies with Chocolate Icing
  • Gingerbread Paint-Your-Own Cookies
  • Gingerbread Shingles
  • Stollen Bread
  • Holiday Chocolate Puzzles
  • Chocolate Bark
  • Holiday Cookie Bags
  • Chocolate-dipped Sandwich Cookie Pops
  • Limited Edition Snow Globe Pin featuring Donald and Daisy Duck (available while supplies last)

2018 Holiday Gingerbread Display at The American Adventure at Epcot

Walt Disney World Resort – The American Adventure Gingerbread Display at Epcot

This patriotic gingerbread display features the United States Capitol Building as well as the Lincoln Memorial and a seven-foot gingerbread Washington Monument topped with golden Mickey ears. Located in The American Adventure at Epcot, the display contains six hidden Mickeys and is made with over 50 pounds of gingerbread and 20 pounds of icing! You can visit this display throughout the holiday season at Epcot. You’ll also find a Limited Edition Snow Globe Pin featuring Goofy at Heritage Manor Gifts (available while supplies last).

For more information on the holidays, resorts, and theme parks on both coasts, visit the Disneyland Resort website or Walt Disney World Resort website.


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