2014 Gingerbread House at Grand Floridian

2014 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

2014 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is celebrating its 16th year!

View from the 2nd floor of the assembly process.

View from the 2nd floor of the assembly process.

Details on the Construction and Decorating process

Details on the Construction and Decorating process.

Elly with the

Elly with the “Gingerbread Chef”. He has been baking gingerbread non-stop since July!!

They put up the 2014 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House this week. It’s so beautiful! The Gingerbread House is surrounded by red poinsettias and greenery. There are Hidden Mickey’s in the shingles.  The whole lobby of the GF smells like gingerbread!

Free samples of the gingerbread for all the guests.  So delicious!  The botton is coated in rich dark chocolate!

Free samples of the gingerbread for all the guests. So delicious! The bottom is coated in rich dark chocolate!

Tables filled with bins and bins of gingerbread!

Tables filled with bins and bins of gingerbread!

The chefs make extra gingerbread shingles and dip them in dark chocolate. You can buy them in the gift shop and also from the gingerbread house when it’s open (limited hours).

They use scaffolding and forklifts to place all the shinlges.

They use scaffolding and forklifts to place all the shingles.

Putting up the singles takes about 6-8 pastry chefs.

Putting up the singles takes about 6-8 pastry chefs.

Here’s a video of the final dusting by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhNvYgnYXQc

The dusting of the gingerbread house takes 10-15 minutes. The chef squirts down the gingerbread roof with a ‘simple sugar’ water mix, and then sifts powdered sugar onto the house.

The gingerbread ingredients list.

The gingerbread ingredients list.

The 2014 ingredients include 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites, and 700 lbs. of Belgium chocolate!

The Gingerbread House stands 16 feet tall.

It's all in the details.

It’s all in the details.

A few more photos of the finished gingerbread house:

Front of house.

Front of house.

Front door.

Front door scene.

The Hidden Mickeys are placed on the house by the GF Executive Chef himself.

The Hidden Mickeys are placed on the house by the GF Executive Chef himself.

Each of the windows has a princess over it.

Each of the windows has a princess over it.

Sounded by beautiful flowers (real).

All surrounded by beautiful flowers (real).

Enjoying seeing it with our mom this year.

Enjoying seeing it with our mom this year.

Then in January 2015 when they take it all down, they take off all the gingerbread and compost it, wash down the house and store it again until next Christmas!  🙂

2014 Grand Floridian Gingerbread pin.

2014 Grand Floridian Gingerbread pin.

Check out the other Gingerbread displays on Disney properties:

Contemporary Resort:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/2014-frozen-gingerbread-display-at-the-contemporary-resort/

Beach Resort:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/2014-beach-club-gingerbread-carousel/

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