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

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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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2017 Giant Easter Eggs Display at the Grand Floridian

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The Grand Floridian Easter Egg.

The 6th Annual Giant Easter Eggs Display at the Grand Floridian starts April 11th and runs through April 19, 2017.

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Cinderella Castle egg.  WOW!!!!!  It says:  “One Shoe Can Change Your Life”.

These 32 JUMBO chocolate Easter Eggs (9-12 pounds each!!) are created and crafted by Disney 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 2017 display:

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Beautiful!

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Briar Rose – Caroline’s favorite egg this year.

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Robin Hood egg

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Evil Queen

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Fox and the Hound

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

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

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Our very favorite one this year:  Mulan!

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Got to have a ‘Frozen’ egg!

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Front side of the ‘Frozen’ egg.

Traditional Easter Eggs too...almost 2 feet tall!

This Easter Egg is almost 2 feet tall!  So lovely!!  So detailed!

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That Panda Egg (for the new “Made in China” Disney Nature movie) is odd.

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Zootopia

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Wildlife of the World.

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They were so many this year and they were so crowded together!

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

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And a few eggs were at the Contemporary Resort too!

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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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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Meeting Disney Legend Richard at the Grand Floridian

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Meeting  Disney cast member – and Disney Legend – Richard, of the Grand Floridian.

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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 for a year, 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.

Disney cast member, Richard Gerth, who’s celebrating birthday #93 this year on June 14, 2018 (Flag Day!), has been greeting guests at the Grand Floridian since 1991.  🙂

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

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 posing with guests in front of the Grand Floridian’s beautiful Grand Atrium Lobby.

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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!

Video link by Disney:  A Day with Richard

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Update on Disney Legend Richard and Hurricane Irma

Sept. 16, 2017 – UPDATE

Richard Gerth has stated he is doing well and being taken care of. He is still awaiting to get back into his home as the community is still flooded and surround by police officers.

After being evacuated in the middle of the night during Hurricane Irma, Richard said police and drivers took him to a safe community center where people were well taken care of.

Richard is aware of fundraising efforts for him and he has a request.

“I am told today that Richard is now aware of fundraising that various people have organized, and would prefer any donations be made to the assisted living facility where he has residence: Good Samaritan Kissimmee Village, which is located along low-lying Shingle Creek. I am not promoting any of the fundraisers or Go Fund Me pages, and please be vigilant if you do contribute to one of them.

Also, the management at Grand Floridian wants everyone to be aware that Cast members cannot accept gifts while on stage and on duty while on property.”

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Sept 9, 2017: The Grand Floridian car, which Richard stands near, being towed away into safe storage ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival on Sunday night.

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Sept 16, 2017: The Grand Floridian car is back!!!

December 2017 Update:

You know the holiday season has arrived when:

1.  The GF Gingerbread House goes up and,

2. Greeter Richard dons his festive red holiday vest!

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Our aunt Pam with Richard in his holiday outfit.

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Christmas 2017:  92 years old!

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Looking good, Richard!

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Hanging with Walt Disney Living Legend, ‘Auntie’ Kau’i Brandt.  She’s 84 years old!

We also got to meet another Disney Legend working at Walt Disney World, Auntie Kaui, who makes leis for guests – and brides – over at the Polynesian Resort.

Meeting Disney Legend Auntie Kaui at the Polynesian

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January 2018: Resort hopping at the Grand Floridian and we stopped by to talk to Richard.  It was a cool day and he was wearing his white gloves to keep his hands warm.

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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2016 Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian

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The Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House

The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is celebrating its 18th year!

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The Gingerbread Sweet Shop

They put up the 2016 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).

Here’s the just released 2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House pin:

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Pin Signing event last Saturday!

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The gingerbread recipe

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Side view of gingerbread house

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.

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.

Check out the other Gingerbread displays on Disney properties:

Contemporary Resort:  Frozen Gingerbread Display at 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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