Sweet Treats – Buying Shingles from Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

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Selling gingerbread treats since 1999!

This time of year when you walk into Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, you can immediately smell the sweet and spicy aroma of baked gingerbread.

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Buying some sweet treats at the Gingerbread House.

Right in the middle of the Grand Floridian’s grand atrium lobby sits the full-sized 2018 GF Gingerbread House.

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The 2018 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

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The gingerbread recipe for making 5,089 shingles!

According to Disney, the gingerbread house is made up of 1,050 pounds of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 700 pounds of chocolate, 800 pounds of flour, 35 pounds of spices, and tons of Disney magic and pixie dust. (Look for the 17 Hidden Mickeys in the shingles!)

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The Magic Behind the Gingerbread Dough

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The Gingerbread Shoppe is open 10am – 10pm daily until January 1, 2019.

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Open daily 10am – 10pm.

But, the best part of the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is that on the backside of the structure, you’ll find the Gingerbread Shoppe, a dutch window where guests can purchase many kinds of sweet treats.

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The 2018 Mickey Gingerbread Mug is only available at Disney’s Grand Floridian!

These include gingerbread men, gingerbread houses, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread shingles, and white chocolate treats! If it can be made with gingerbread, it’s likely sold here.  🙂

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The 2018 Gingerbread menu

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Gingerbread everything!!

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Buckets of White Chocolate treats

The gingerbread shingles are the BEST! The cookie is very soft with a subtle gingerbread taste. And, the best part is that the back of the shingle is covered in rich dark chocolate, which pairs nicely with the gingerbread flavor.

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We could eat one of these every day! $9  ❤

It is one of our favorite treats at WDW!

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A Gingerbread House for sale at the Gingerbread House! $80!

A Gingerbread House for sale at the Gingerbread House!  $80

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The Gingerbread Shoppe

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Gingerbread Shingle, $9

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Mickey Mouse Gingerbread (new!), $9

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The 2018 GF Gingerbread Pin was released this week.
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You can even buy decorated gingerbread houses at the GF Gingerbread House!

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I found one of the Hidden Mickeys in the shingles!

The Gingerbread Shoppe is open from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily during the holiday season, usually until the first week in January.

This year, the Gingerbread House Shoppe is scheduled to close January 1, 2019, and Disney will start to disassemble it January 4, 2019.

Interested in what happens to all that gingerbread???

It gets recycled and composted! Disney Bees Recycle the GF Gingerbread House!

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Santa’s mailbox.

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Yes!

*Most photo credits for this blog:  Our CM friend Lisbeth!

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And don’t forget about those chestnuts roasting on an open fire!

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These look interesting!

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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

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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/

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Two Disney sisters.

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We got to see it – and buy some sweet treats – last year.  So pretty…so yummy!!

2018 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

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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!!!

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Mickey and Minnie arriving for the Grand Opening event on November 14th.

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Minnie cutting the red ribbon with the Chief Pastry Chef. The Sweet Shop is now open!

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20th Anniversary!

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

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Front view.  It’s in a new location in the Grand Atrium this year!

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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!

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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).

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We could eat one of these every day! ❤

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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.

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So yummy!

2018 GF Gingerbread House Pin

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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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/

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Caroline at work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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

One last photo:

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

Assembling the 2018 Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian

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Nov. 5, 2018:  Assembling begins on the Gingerbread House frame.

November 5, 2018: Yesterday, maintenance laid down temporary carpet protectors and brought in the wooden gingerbread house pieces.

Disney reuses the same wooden house frame every year.  It gets a fresh coat of white paint before they reassemble it.

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It took most of the day, but the gingerbread house is finally assembled.

Once the frame is assembled, the bakers arrive and get to work. A small crane/lift is brought in for the task.

It takes about a week to attach all the baked shingles and decorate the house.

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Disney is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the GF Gingerbread House.  Opening November 14th this year.

November 6, 2018:  The talented bakers and decorators begin working non-stop on the house.  While they are working, free gingerbread samples are available for guests to try.  It’s delicious!!!!!

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LE pin release on November 17th at 1pm.

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November 6, 2018 progress.

The whole grand atrium of the Grand Floridian 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 dark chocolate!

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 (grand opening Nov. 14th).

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We could eat one of these every day! ❤

November 14, 2018: The grand opening this year is on November 14, 2018 with a special limited edition 2018 GF Gingerbread House pin release happening on November 17th.

The Sweet Shop will be open offering all kinds of delicious gingerbread goodies!

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The gingerbread recipe. They start baking batches of the shingles in July!

November 6, 2018:  Let the decorating begin!

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All hands ondeck for this huge decorating project!

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Nov 6th progress

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Nov. 7th…coming right along…

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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

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Caroline at work 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/

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Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

We love the Grand Floridian’s annual Gingerbread House!

Our plans for December 2018:

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2018 Giant Easter Eggs Display at the Grand Floridian

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On display March 24 – April 10, 2018

The 7th Annual Giant Easter Eggs Display at the Grand Floridian starts March 24 and runs through April 10, 2018.

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So many eggs to see!

These 32 JUMBO chocolate Easter Eggs (9-12 pounds each!!) are created and crafted by Disney Pastry Chefs over the course of three weeks. Each egg is 16”-20” tall and decorated with “edible products such as modeling chocolate, fondant, sugar floral, royal icing, colored cocoa butter and sculpted sugar art pieces.”

Some Easter Egg highlights from the 2018 display:

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Beauty and the Beast, front

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Beauty and the Beast, back

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Cinderella egg

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Aladdin and Jasmine

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Pinocchio

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Oz Emerald City

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Robin Hood, one of our favorite movies!

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Lady & the Tramp. One of Elly's favorites.

Lady & the Tramp, one of Elly’s favorites.

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Got to have a ‘Frozen’ egg!

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Front side of the ‘Frozen’ egg.

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Wildlife of the World.

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They are so many to see this year!

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Evil Queen

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Not a giant Easter Egg, but I love him anyway! ❤

If you have time on your Disney World vacation, be sure to stop by the Grand Floridian and bring your camera!!!  They are so wonderful!

And, don’t forget about the sweet treats available at the Parks this month!

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Spring cupcakes at Magic Kingdom.

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Spring cupcakes at Epcot.

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At Disney’s Beach Club Resort this week. The Easter eggs are smaller, but just as fun!

New this year are Easter Eggs on display at Disney’s Beach Club Resort!

Check out all the Easter Eggs on display there now:   Easter Eggs at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

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Mrs. Bunny is wearing an Easter bonnet!

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Meeting Disney Legend Richard Gerth at the Grand Floridian

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January 2018: Resort hopping at the Grand Floridian.  It was a cool day so Richard was wearing his white gloves to keep his hands warm.

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Flowers for Richard this morning in his favorite spot to stand and greet Grand Floridian guests. 😥

June 7, 2018 Update:

It brings us great sadness to hear of the passing of the legendary Disney cast member, Richard Gerth, who died this early morning (12:28am) at his home, just one week shy of his 93rd birthday. 

We’re sure Walt was waiting for him in Heaven to be the first to greet him with a handshake and to say hello, and thank him for his years of service and for making magical moments for GF guests, especially all those Disney brides.

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June 5, 2018:  We are hearing that CM Richard contracted pneumonia on Tuesday morning and is not doing well (cancer).  He has entered into hospice care.  We’re sending him our good wishes and some pixie dust this morning.

We’ve met him many times during our stays at the Grand Floridian and when we were cast members at WDW, and enjoyed talking with him.  He is a character for sure.

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Anyone who has ever visited the Grand Floridian Resort &  Spa has no doubt seen his familiar smiling face.

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June 14, 2018:  Happy #93 birthday to cast member, Richard Gerth!

Disney cast member, Richard Gerth, who’s celebrating birthday #93 this year on Flag Day, June 14th!, has been greeting guests at the Grand Floridian since 1991.  26 YEARS!

He was proudly wearing his 25 Year Disney Service pin.  We asked him if he was going for his 30 year service pin with Disney and he said “maybe”.  We like his spirit!  🙂

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October 2017:  Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid) meeting CM Richard at the Grand Floridian. Two Disney Legends!!

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Jodi’s Disney Legends bronze plaque.

In 2013, Richard was presented with the Walt Disney Legacy Award. This is the highest award any Disney cast member can receive. According to Robert Hitchcock of the Disney Parks Blog, “Richard has greeted thousands of guests, and assisted thousands of brides with wedding photos on their special day.”

Link to his facebook page:  Disney Legend Richard

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Disney cast member Richard Gerth.

The day we were there, he was greeting arriving guests out in front of the Grand Floridian.

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He calls himself a “train conductor” as he preps all the bride’s trains for their grand entrance into the Grand Floridian’s Grand Atrium Lobby.

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One of the thousands of brides that he’s attended to on her wedding day.

In addition to being the greeter, Richard is also the Official Fairy Tale Wedding Greeter and has helped over 3,500 brides on their special day at Disney’s wedding pavilion!

Video link by Disney:  A Day with Richard

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December 2017 Update:

You know the Christmas holiday season has officially arrived when:

1.  The GF Gingerbread House goes up, and

2. Greeter Richard dons his festive holiday red vest and hat brim!

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Our aunt Pam with Richard in his holiday outfit.

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December 2017:  92 years old!

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Looking good, Richard!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2017 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

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The Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House

The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is celebrating its 19th year!

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The Gingerbread Sweet Shop

They put up the 2017 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House this week. It’s so beautiful!

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 while they are assembling the house. So delicious! The bottom is coated in rich dark chocolate!

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).

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We could eat one of these every day! ❤

Here’s the just released 2017 Grand Floridian Holiday pin:

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The new 2017 holiday Cinderella pin

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It opens.

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The gingerbread recipe

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It’s all in the details.

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So yummy!

Some of the details:

The Gingerbread House stands 16 feet tall.

The 2015 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 sifts powdered sugar onto the house.

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Officially opens November 15th this year.

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

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View of the gingerbread house from the balcony.

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The gingerbread display at the Contemporary Resort this year.

Check out the other pretty gingerbread displays at Disney World:

Contemporary Resort:  2017 Cinderella Gingerbread Display at the Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Beach Resort:  The Gingerbread Carousel

Disney BoardWalk Resort: Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

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

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

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Disney World Unveils Sculpture Honoring Toddler Killed by Gator Last Year

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The Lane Thomas Lighthouse

Disney World has unveiled a statue honoring a toddler killed by an alligator at the Grand Floridian Resort last year.

Disney installed a lighthouse sculpture this week in memory of 2-year-old Lane Graves.

In June 2016, the toddler from Nebraska was playing in the water at the Seven Seas Lagoon beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Suddenly, a gator pulled the child underwater. His father tried to free the boy but it was too late. Lane’s body was found 16 hours later and his death was ruled an accident.

The sculpture is of a lighthouse, which is a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was created in memory of the child. Disney teamed up with the Lane Thomas Foundation to erect the memorial.

Video of dedication:  Lighthouse Unveiling.

“The lighthouse sculpture has been installed to help spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to provide assistance and support to families whose children need organ transplants,” a Disney spokesperson said.

If you would like to donate to the Lane Thomas Foundation, click here.

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Changes at Disney World Since Gator Attack Kills 2 Year Old Boy

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New signs were put up within a week of the gator attack along with rope barriers.

July 18, 2016 Update!

Look at who has returned to the Magic Kingdom yesterday, one month after the gator attack!

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Louis is now appearing on the Cinderella Castle main stage!

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Tick Tock was back in yesterday’s Festival of Fantasy parade!

July 20, 2016:  Parents of Lane announced today that they will not sue Disney for negligence over his drowning death.   Read more:

Parents will not sue Disney and are starting a foundation in his memory

July 1, 2016:

In the wake of a tragic alligator attack at Disney World’s Grand Floridan hotel that left a 2-year-old boy dead two weeks ago, Walt Disney World has made some changes throughout the parks.

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You can’t rent sailboats this summer.

* All water recreation departing from the resorts, including boat rentals, has been suspended for now.

* All resort beach areas remain closed to guests.  Previously, the caution signs said “No Swimming”, but many guests waded in the shallow, warm lagoon water.

* Temporary barriers and new signs warning about the alligators are now in place at all resort beaches.

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There are no more beach chairs on the white sand beaches surrounding the lagoon.

* The beach lounge chairs have been pulled from the beaches and extra chairs have been placed out by the pools.

* References to and appearances by the gators in the parks has disappeared.

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Louis, pictured with Tim Tebow, cancelled his show appearance.

* Louis, the trumpet-playing alligator from the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog was supposed to be a part of the new Friendship Faire castle show at Magic Kingdom, but got pulled just days before the show premiered on June 23, 2016. The alligator was supposed to play trumpet during the show.

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Tick Tock is no longer in the Festival of Fantasy parade.

*The Tick Tock Croc from Peter Pan, known for hunting villain Captain Hook and eating his hand (hence the hook he wears) was removed from the Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom.

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The gator has been removed from this float for now.

* The alligator is gone from the nighttime water light parade in front of the Polynesian.

* The Jungle Cruise has also changed its script stopping employees from making jokes like “but remember, folks, if you don’t watch your children, the crocodiles will,” as they narrate an adventure ride through rivers across the world.

* Guides on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom have also removed references to gators. Staff no longer claim the tour bridge could dump them into the crocodile pit below.

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The stretching room painting at the Haunted Mansion hasn’t changed!

*Some guests have even commented that they don’t like the gator in the Haunted Mansion’s stretching room!

“We continue to evaluate processes and procedures for our entire property, and, as part of this, we are reinforcing training with our cast for reporting sightings and interactions with wildlife and are expanding our communication to guests on this topic,” Walt Disney World Resort vice president Jacquee Wahler said in a statement last week.

The Grand Floridan has seen a huge surge of cancellations and requests to be moved to other resorts. There have also been a larger than normal request of refunds for guests choosing not to visit at all due to the events on property and off in Orlando this month.

Since 2006, 240 alligators have been trapped and killed at WDW across the 28,000 acre property.

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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