2018 Beach Resort Gingerbread Carousel

The 2018 Gingerbread Carousel was assembled and running at Disney’s Beach Resort by mid-November this year.

It really is amazing!

All the pastry chefs working non-stop all day!
The Daisy Duck carousel horse.
This is the 19th year for the Beach Resort’s Gingerbread Carousel.
The 2018 LE Beach Resort Gingerbread Pin.
6pm:  They’re almost done!  Just putting on the finishing touches.


We got to see the pastry chefs assemble the Disney’s Beach Resort Gingerbread Carousel a few years ago and it was amazing!

The carousel’s colors change slightly every year.

9am:  They trimmed and set the tiles so fast!  They’ve already been working for 5 hours on this!
Beach Resort gingerbread
Setting the tiles
Trays and trays of gingerbread tiles.  They smelled so good!
They were half way done setting the tiles in just 30 minutes!
Many expert hands laying out the tiles and frosting.
Pastry bags of icing laying on the cart ready to pipe all over the carousel.
One of the pretty snowflakes ready to be set on the carousel’s trim.
Snowflakes are on, time for the carousel topper!
The carousel topper has arrived!  Careful!!!
Bringing over the ladder to put on the carousel topper.
Caroline getting a free gingerbread sample.  Delicious!!!

They started at 4am (!!!) and got it all done in one day….it was up and totally decorated – and running – by 8pm!

8pm:  Disney’s Beach Resort Gingerbread Carousel is up and running!  WOW!!  That’s a 16-hour work day for all the pastry chefs!

Some more photos of the completed carousel:

The carousel’s recipe.
All the horses are decorated differently and have names.  This one is Sasha.
Marina horse with a seashore theme.
Julia horse with peppermint trim.
Admiral horse …note the Hidden Mickey!  Very nautical.
The horses rotating around and around.
We got the 2015 LE gingerbread pin!

This holiday season, look for a life-size, fully rotating gingerbread carousel display in the Beach Club’s lobby. There are seven Hidden Mickeys (look on the horse’s rumps!).

It took 36 lbs. of honey, 96 lbs. of bread flour, 100 pints of eggs, 10 lbs. of spices, 10 quarts of simple syrup, 100 lbs. of icing, 50 lbs. of dark chocolate, 10 quarts of egg whites, and 100 lbs. of confectioner sugar to make the carousel!

Take home sweet gingerbread treats, including small gingerbread kits, from the Beach Club Marketplace. Opening date/pin release day: November 19, 2015.

Check out the other pretty gingerbread displays at Disney World:

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House: 2018 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Contemporary Resort:   2018 Gingerbread Display at the Contemporary Resort 

Disney BoardWalk Resort: Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe


Adventure Book Cover
Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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


DAK costume
Caroline working at Disney’s 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/

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!



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