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.
Right in the middle of the Grand Floridian’s grand atrium lobby sits the full-sized 2018 GF Gingerbread House.
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!)
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.
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. 🙂
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.
It is one of our favorite treats at WDW!
A Gingerbread House for sale at the Gingerbread House! $80
Mickey Mouse Gingerbread (new!), $9
The 2018 GF Gingerbread Pin was released this week.
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!
*Most photo credits for this blog: Our CM friend Lisbeth!
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
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/