If you’ve wondered just how much time and effort goes into making that gigantic holiday-themed gingerbread house at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion then no wonder no more.
The Orange County Register went behind-the-scenes to get the story on what it takes to make the edible monstrosity and, almost as importantly, how to transport and install the Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House.
“It is a freaky, twisted, weird house,” said Brian Sandahl, who, for 15 years, has helped bring the monster to life. Sandahl is Disney’s senior art director of creative development, and the gingerbread house is just one of his holiday responsibilities. “Oh my God, that thing is 10 feet tall. We try to make it pretty huge. It needs to be that impressive.”
This year’s gingerbread house, which teeters on the long table in the grand ballroom of the Haunted Mansion, took nine months to design, bake and assemble. More than 20 artists and bakers worked on the “House of Cards.” If you’re passing in your doom buggy on the Haunted Mansion ride, you might not notice the tiny touches that make the gingerbread display special.
It is surrounded by gingerbread zombies. Hovering over the top are black bats, which, the story goes, have flown the cards into the Haunted Mansion. Gingerbread smell is pumped into the ride during the holidays.
“It is amazing the amount of people it takes to put this together,” Sandahl said.
Our complete ride-through of the holiday-themed Haunted Mansion features the 10-foot tall structure at around the 6:45 mark:
Make sure to read the complete story at the Orange County Register.