Walt Disney World’s iconic gingerbread house displays have returned for the holiday season, and we could not be more excited! Here are the five Walt Disney World resorts that will feature their Christmas cookie masterpieces. Each display also features access to sweets and hot cocoa, as well as scores of Hidden Mickeys to find!
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
This is the most iconic of the gingerbread houses. For over 20 years, the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has featured a gingerbread house. This year, the victorian style stands 14 feet tall and–according to Walt Disney World Cast Members–is constructed of 1,050 lbs of honey, 800 pounds of flour, 600 lbs of chocolate, 600 lbs of powdered sugar, 140 pints of egg whites, 35 lbs of spices, lots of creativity, Disney Magic, and Pixie Dust.
But this display’s cookie shop is literally inside the gingerbread house! It is open from 10 am-10 pm daily.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Number of Confirmed Hidden Mickeys: 9
Symbols from “Frozen” and “It’s a Small World: 10
The Contemporary joins her sister monorail resort in hosting a gingerbread castle of her own. This one is modeled after Cinderella’s Castle in the style of Mary Blair: the Imagineer behind the design of “It’s a Small World” and the artist behind the enormous Grand Canyon Concourse Mural. This display is on the 4th-floor promenade of the Contemporary Resort and also features an adjacent sweet stand in case the magnificent sight of gingerbread triggers your sweet tooth.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Number of Confirmed Hidden Mickeys: 5
For the first time, a gingerbread house will grace the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Styled appropriately, this “log cabin” is more rustic and humble compared to the other Magic Kingdom houses, but there is no doubt that it is the perfect addition to the Wilderness Lodge lobby. This gingerbread house finished construction on November 13.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Number of Confirmed Hidden Mickeys: 20
Disney’s EPCOT resort hotels also boast their own impressive gingerbread displays. But, if you venture out to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you won’t find a gingerbread house. Instead, you will find a fully functioning carousel constructed out of 2,019 pieces of gingerbread.
2019 marks the 20th anniversary for the Beach Club’s Gingerbread Carousel. Every year, the theme of the carousel changes. Last year’s theme was “Donald and Daisy” this year’s theme is Peter Pan.
Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
You won’t find a gingerbread house at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort either. Rather, you’ll find a mini gingerbread version of the Boardwalk Bakery featuring the ESPN Club on its left, and Trattoria al Forno and Flying Fish to its right. Inside, you will find Mickey and Minnie hard at work, making delicious treats. The real beauty of this piece is found in the details with even the boardwalk planks realistically designed.