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VIDEO: Watch as Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Pastry Chefs Build the 20th Annual Life-Sized Gingerbread House

Alex Dunlap

by , Food & Beverage Communications Coordinator

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the life-sized Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This popular holiday display stands 14 feet tall in the lobby of the resort, and if you’ve ever wanted to see how this magical creation is built, then I’ve got a video for you! Watch as our talented team of pastry chefs transform the lobby into a sweet-smelling gingerbread spectacle:

Throughout the year, using a classic Austrian gingerbread recipe, our Grand Floridian pastry chefs spend over 400 hours baking the 10,000 gingerbread pieces it takes to create the display. Once base structure is completed, the chefs spend an entire week decorating the house with over 1,000 pounds of honey, 700 pounds of chocolate, 600 pounds of confectioner’s sugar, and many more ingredients! You might even find a few hidden Mickeys sprinkled throughout the decorations…

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

In addition, the house doubles as a 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

And if you’re wanting to get in on the gingerbread action yourself, you can attend a gingerbread house decorating demonstration. These demos occur daily in front of the house through December 25, 2018.

For more info on the gingerbread displays across Walt Disney World Resort as well as Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa, check out my recent blog post with all the delicious details!


  • Just saw this today in person! It’s so beautiful, and the detail and size is amazing!

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