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One of the best parts about visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season is visiting the incredible holiday decorations at the hotels and some of the most amazing decorations are life size gingerbread creations! If you are visiting Disney World through the first week in January, don’t miss these four incredible gingerbread displays at Disney World!
The brand new “Frozen” gingerbread ice castle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is made of sugar snowflakes, gingerbread shingles and chocolate-coated trees while Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven are made of with sugar, chocolate and candy. In total, 423 pounds of chocolate and 311 pounds of honey went into the masterpiece. If you want a sweet treat during your visit, you can try a special blue raspberry cake “Frozen” gelato, gingerbread or sugar cookies, snowflake ornaments, linzer or chocolate-peppermint cookies. Plus, you can even get a build-your-own snowman kit!
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn features a life-size replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand that is serving up holiday treats. You can get ice cream cones, gingerbread houses and cookies and stollen bread here. Sweet wreaths and Mickey- and Minnie-shaped gingerbreads adorn the stand that was made of 674 gingerbread shingles. There’s also a huge ice cream cone on top and a marquee featuring 420 marshmallows! You can even make your own gingerbread house with kits for sale here.
2014 marks the 16th year that Disney’s pastry chefs have created a life-size gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The chefs spend around 400 hours baking the gingerbread each year to assemble the creation. The house stands 16 feet high and features 40 window panes, made with a whopping 1,050 pounds of honey, 700 pounds of chocolate, 600 pounds of confectioner’s sugar, 35 pounds of spices, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze – more than 10,000 pieces of gingerbread make up the house. Gingerbread house decorating demos are featured daily except Sundays. You can also purchase gingerbread cookies, stollen, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate-peppermint bark (divine), gingerbread ornaments, mini-gingerbread houses and other goodies.
You can see the 14th annual Holiday Carousel, a life-size, spinning carousel with ponies made of chocolate and fondant, handcrafted poinsettia and gingerbread snowflakes, at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Be on the look out for 14 hidden Mickeys, one for each year! The chefs used 36 pounds of honey, 96 pounds of bread flour, 100 pounds of icing and 50 pounds of dark chocolate to create the extravaganza that also features a miniature Cinderella Castle made of gingerbread. Sweets for sale include mini-gingerbread houses, cookies, gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese icing, stollen and gingerbread kits. While you’re there, look for a new winter wonderland gingerbread scene in Fittings and Fairings, as well as a chocolate Maleficent at the Beach Club Marketplace.
After visiting Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you can head next door to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort to see an adorable holiday village with a miniature train in the lobby, surrounded by sugar rock mountains.
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