Touring the Disney World Gingerbread Houses during the holiday season is a perfect way to experience more of the magic Disney has to offer. With four gingerbread creations and one candy-coated miniature village, these sensational holiday decorations are worth carving out a few hours of your vacation time.
During our December Disney trip, we spent some time visiting the monorail and boardwalk resorts hosting these delicious treats. Our first stop was at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to visit the show stopper, life-size gingerbread house and to pick up a few chocolate covered, Mickey shaped gingerbread cookies.
Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Quick Tips:
- The Grand Floridian bakers offer daily decorating demonstrations.
- There are 17 hidden Mickey’s on the house.
- The delicious treats shop is located ‘inside’ the house. The gingerbread tiles are the most popular item.
- A limited edition collectible trading pin was available beginning November 21st
Just two monorail stops away is Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where a Frozen gingerbread world was completed with a 17 foot tall ice castle and oversized gingerbread characters from the movie.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Castle Quick Tips:
- There are 15 hidden Olaf’s on the castle.
- There are delicious treats available for purchase adjacent to the display.
- A limited edition collectible trading pin was available beginning November 9th.
Next we made our way over to the boardwalk area resorts, near the Hollywood Studios and Epcot parks. We began this part of our journey at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn resort. Chef Matt the creator of the gingerbread house was on hand for photos and autographs. We had our limited edition collectable trading pin autographed and chatted about his inspiration for this year’s display. While the basic concepts are still in place, Chef Matt discussed how he and his team renamed the shop to “Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shop” and added a few fun elements reminiscent of traditional boardwalk activities, like the photo boards found on either side of the shop.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shop Quick Tips:
- There are 11 hidden Mickey’s on the house.
- You will find scrumptious treats available for purchase inside of Ginger’s Shop.
- A limited edition collectible trading pin was available beginning December 10th. (These were available in the nearby gift shop.)
Across the lagoon, we visited Disney’s Yacht Club, admiring the holiday village display with miniature train. As the vintage train chugged along the rock-candy mountain range, we admired the various houses and shop making up Mickey’s Village.
Disney’s Yacht Club Miniature Village & Train Quick Tips:
- Be sure to view the village from all sides of the display.
- Look for a hidden Mickey near the ice castle.
Our last stop Disney gingerbread house delights was at Disney’s Beach Club Resort where a holiday carousel handcrafted of confection, chocolate, fondant and gingerbread awaited. This working merry-go-round is made out of 100 pounds of chocolate, giant candy canes, fondant, and gingerbread.
Disney’s Beach Club Carousel Quick Tips:
- There are hidden 16 Mickey’s.
- Holiday treats sold at the nearby Beach Club Marketplace.
- A limited edition collectible trading pin was available beginning November 19th.
Which gingerbread creation is your favorite?
PirateMomPenny enjoys helping others plan their Disney vacations (click to find out how she can help your family) and writing about how her family enjoys their Disney vacations at ScoutingWDW.com, TheDisneyMoms.comand iHeartWDW.com.
Born and raised in the south, I now live in central New Jersey. My days are filled with homeschooling, reading, and ministry work. My son and I are active members of our local church and enjoy camping with the Boy Scouts of America.
We believe everyday is a day to celebrate and if you visit our kitchen, you will find us putting sprinkles on everything from pancakes to ice cream! Between baseball games and scouting trips, we enjoy dreaming about our next Disney vacation.