First Look: 2019 Haunted Mansion Holiday 50th Anniversary Gingerbread House at Disneyland Park

Michael Ramirez

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

As we celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort this year, our 999 happy haunts are screaming with glee. Want to know what they’re “dying” to see? Since the Haunted Mansion is celebrating its 50th anniversary, this year’s Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house in the Grand Hall is themed to resemble the deviously delicious attraction beginning Sept. 6, 2019 and through the holiday season!

It’s no surprise that this monstrous dessert took 13 spooky days to bring to life. There are six talented culinary cast members from the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery team that have been working on this year’s creation, three of which have been part of this mesmerizing tradition since 2001. Now, at the 19th season of creating this delectable dessert, the creativity from these clever individuals keeps becoming more and more innovative every year!

2019 Haunted Mansion Holiday 50th Anniversary Gingerbread House at Disneyland park details

We caught up with Tim Wollweber, associate art director for Disney Parks, who designed this year’s house. He explained that this was a challenge on a whole different level. “We tried to keep it as faithful to the Haunted Mansion itself so guests could immediately get that it’s the mansion, and know that it’s a heartfelt ‘dead-ication’ to it,” said Wollweber. 

When it comes to the details of the structure, Wollweber said they designed all sorts of familiar intricate details that are a part of the attraction. “We have lantern bits in there, doors where they generally would be found, green iron work in there…we’ve never really done that before.”

Jokingly, Wollweber jokingly wonders if the gingerbread ghosts were once “alive,” but once eaten, came back to life to haunt this gingerbread house. 

His favorite part about the experience? “More than any of the other designs we’ve done, this one is a great labor of love that pays tribute to what’s been around for half a century. This is our congratulations for haunting a place for 50 years and we are happy that people still love it.”

Standing at nearly 10-feet tall, the Haunted Mansion replica itself steals the hearts of all who lay eyes to it with its intricate details and some familiar faces. There are 15 spirited Haunted Mansion residents made of gingerbread cookies ranging from 24 to 30 inches tall. Can you imagine all of the ingredients it takes to create this centerpiece? 

Here are this year’s concocted ingredients that make up this ghostly home:

  • Over 30 pounds of gingerbread
  • 120 pounds of frosting and icing
  • 75 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 140 pounds of fondant
  • …and more!

You can experience this freakishly fun gingerbread house and more during Halloween Time (and through the holidays) at the Disneyland Resort! For more information on Halloween Time and the 50th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion, check out these stories on the Disney Parks Blog below. Happy Haunting!

The Most Spookiest Time of the Year Has Arrived at Disneyland Resort

13 Ghoulish Ghosts that Haunt the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

Foodie Guide to Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary 2019 at Disneyland Park

Ghoulish Gifts and Mortal Mementos to Commemorate Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary at Disneyland Park

Going our way? Celebrating 50 Years of the Haunted Mansion ‘Retirement Unliving’ at Disneyland Park


  • I know the holiday season ends Jan 6, 2020 this season…however when will the haunted Mansion be closed to switch back? Planning a trip with the grandkids around those dates and I want to make sure I get to see it before it closes. Same with it’s a small world.

  • How awesome is this! I love making gingerbread houses, especially haunted ones at Halloween Time!!! I’m sure I’ll get some great tips next month!

  • Will there be a LE pin released to celebrate the 19th HM gingerbread house?

  • Yay! I can’t wait until next month’s visit!

  • Amazing job! Love this!! ❤️ Love The Haunted Mansion!

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