2018 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

The Grand Floridian’s 2018 Gingerbread House

The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is celebrating its 20th year!

Mickey and Minnie arriving at the Grand Opening Event on November 14, 2018 at 10am.  They have new holiday outfits!!!

Mickey and Minnie arriving for the Grand Opening event on November 14th.
Minnie cutting the red ribbon with the Chief Pastry Chef. The Sweet Shop is now open!
20th Anniversary!

They put up the 2018 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House this week. It’s so beautiful!

Front view.  It’s in a new location in the Grand Atrium this year!
Dozens and dozens of beautiful red and white poinsettias surround the Gingerbread House!

There are Hidden Mickey’s carved into 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 while they are assembling the house. So delicious! The bottom is coated in rich Belgium dark chocolate!
The Gingerbread Sweet Shop – Opening Nov. 14th

The chefs make an extra 1,000 gingerbread shingles and dip them in rich, Belgium dark chocolate. You can buy them in the gift shop and also from the gingerbread house when it’s open (limited hours).

We could eat one of these every day! ❤
The gingerbread recipe

Some of the delicious gingerbread details:

The Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House stands 16 feet tall.

The 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 delicious Belgium chocolate!

Here’s a video of the final dusting by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek:  Putting the Final Touches on the Gingerbread House  

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 slowly sifts powdered sugar onto the house.

So yummy!
2018 GF Gingerbread House Pin
Our friend Lisbeth got us the new 2018 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House pin this week!  ❤


Then in early January 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!  

Disney Behind-the-Scenes Video:  Bees Recycle GF Gingerbread House at WDW

Walking around the Grand Floridian with the Gingerbread House up – it smells so good!!!!


The 2018 Cinderella’sGingerbread Display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Open 10am-10pm daily.

Check out the other pretty gingerbread displays at Disney World:

Contemporary Resort:  2018 Gingerbread Display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Beach Resort:  The Gingerbread Carousel

Disney BoardWalk Resort: Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe


Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.
We love seeing the Grand Floridian’s annual Gingerbread House!

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Adventure Book Cover
Adventures in the Animal Kingdom


About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

DAK costume
Caroline at work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


We got to see it last year.  So pretty…so yummy!!  Happy Holidays!

One last photo:

Look for the 2018 Gingerbread House in it’s new location in the GF’s Grand Atrium this year.

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