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November 22, 2017

Gingerbread and Holiday Treets Around the "World"


Deck the halls, hang your stockings and decorate the tree, because the holiday season has officially arrived. The sights and sounds of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year reign freely at Disney Parks, where tried and true gingerbread treats and other magical displays are coming to life. The pastry teams at Walt Disney World Resort continues its annual tradition of baking some of the most stunning gingerbread and chocolate displays in the country, creating true destination-worthy displays of food as art. For those Disney enthusiasts that only come during the holiday season, to Annual Passholders and frequent visitors to the Happiest Place on Earth, these gorgeous culinary masterpieces are must-see experiences for Guests of all ages.

Life-sized Gingerbread House (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa - WDW)

Life-size holiday gingerbread house (with over 10,000 pieces of gingerbread) in the hotel lobby. The Bake Shop uses a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria to make their gingerbread houses, ornaments, and cookies. Gingerbread house decorating demos are conducted in front of the gingerbread house daily. This year, the gingerbread house pin will feature penguins from Mary Poppins and celebrates its 19th year as a tradition at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. See the time-lapse video below to see Disney's bakers hard at work bringing this holiday favorite to life.

Life-size Holiday Carousel (Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts - WDW)

This life-size, edible spinning carousel is holiday tradition at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort celebrating its 18th year. Lilo & Stitch-themed carousel horses with coordinating, hand-painted holiday characters join handcrafted gingerbread snowman and snowflakes and spin round and round. This year, 18 hidden Mickeys will be added to commemorate each year of this beloved tradition and the holiday pin will feature Lilo & Stitch.


Cinderella Castle (Disney’s Contemporary Resort – 3rd Floor- WDW – NEW THIS YEAR)

Cinderella Castle recreated in a Mary Blair-style set on an “it’s a small world” backdrop, with oversized gingerbread cookies depicting Cinderella and Prince Charming greeting guests from the Castle forecourt. The 18’ tall display is crafted from thousands of gingerbread blocks, rolled fondant, and modeling chocolate.

Gingerbread African-Inspired Marketplace (Tusker House Restaurant, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park - WDW)

A 3-foot long Gingerbread African-inspired Market Place located at Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This sweet display includes 25 lbs. of dark chocolate, 23 lbs. of bread flour, 10 lbs of confectioner's sugar and plenty of holiday spirit!

United States Capitol Building (Epcot, The American Adventure Pavilion - WDW)

This historic U.S. sites comes to life in a sweet way with over 50 lbs. of gingerbread, 20 lbs. of icing, handcrafted chocolate holiday trees, a pond made entirely of sugar and 6 hidden Mickeys. This year, the Lincoln Memorial will make its delectable debut to the display.

Gingerbread Disney Springs Icons (Amorette’s Patisserie, Disney Springs - WDW – NEW THIS YEAR)

Represents the story behind the iconic Town Center at Disney Springs and includes 45 lbs. of bread flour, 15 lbs. of dark chocolate, 10 lbs. confectioners’ sugar, 15 lbs. eggs, 15 lbs. honey and one hidden heart.

And elsewhere in the Disney universe.......

Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House (Haunted Mansion, DLR)

This fanciful gingerbread creation features Oogie Boogie, who gets his chance to shine after a 13-year absence in the ballroom, thrilling fans of "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas." The house is six feet tall to the roof point, but the animated Oogie Boogie himself is seven feet tall. The house is made of over 200 lbs of gingerbread, 200 pounds powdered sugar, 4 gallons egg whites, 1 gallon lemon juice, 30 lbs white chocolate, 50 lbs gum paste, 50 lbs of fondant, 1/3 lb of glitter and over 200 hours of Disney Culinary Magic! There are more than 70 bugs “scurrying” across the ballroom table and the ballroom itself. We have been told there might be a few gingerbread bugs that have escaped out of the ballroom … think you can find them?


Life-size Gingerbread House (Disney Dream - DCL)

Holidays are magical aboard the Disney Dream where a giant gingerbread house fills the air with delicious smells and holiday cheer. During Very Merrytime Cruises, each Disney Cruise Line ship boasts its own oversized gingerbread house, handcrafted by the crew and decked in Disney-themed décor.


Disney Press Release

March 17, 2016

Grand Floridian Resort's 5th Annual Easter Egg Display


The 5th Annual Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Easter egg display is currently under way.

Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has been designing and hand-painting Easter eggs for 20 years. Each egg is ornamented with edible products, such as modeling chocolate, fondant, sugar floral royal icing, colored cocoa butter and sculpted sugar art pieces. Herbitschek and his dedicated team spent more than three weeks creating these edible works of art. The hollow chocolate eggs weigh 9-12 pounds and stand 16-20 inches tall.



Featured this year are eggs representing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Fox and the Hound, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Tangled's Rapunzel and Flynn, Lady and the Tramp, Robin Hood, Mulan, Stitch, Toy Story, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and, of course, Frozen.

Here's a video overview of these beautiful works of art, on display through April 4, 2016.

March 26, 2014

Grand Floridian Hosts 3rd Annual Easter Egg Display

Grand Floridian 3rd Annual Easter Egg Display April 4-22, 2014

Under the guidance of Master pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, the pastry team at the Grand hand-paints the enormous eggs (16 to 20 inches tall) with tinted cocoa butter to amazing themes - the "Frozen" egg is sure to be a big hit this year. Look for eggs telling the stories of "The Little Mermaid," "Cinderella," "Pocahontas," "Lady and the Tramp," all created with modeling chocolate, fondant, sculpted sugar and royal icing.

There are 18 eggs in all this year, and each takes 18 to 20 hours to create, says Chef Erich. And, best of all, they're completely edible.

Here's a look at last year's Grand Floridan Easter Egg Display:

May 23, 2013

Villas at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa - On Sale


Limited-Time Pricing - Just for Members

From now to June 18, 2013, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is on sale only for Members at a price of $145 per vacation point.

On June 19, the price increases to $150 per vacation point-when the sale of this Resort also becomes open to the public.

Call your Vacation Club Guide today for more details.

You must be a current Member to take advantage of this limited-time opportunity.

This exclusive Member-only limited-time pricing of $145 per vacation point ends on June 18, 2013

If you would like to take advantage of this offer but do not know your Vacation Club Guide, call 888-603-4169

Launch Period Booking Window

As Home Resort Priority reservations for The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort will begin only 5 months before the Resort's scheduled October 23, 2013 opening date, Disney Vacation Club has temporarily altered traditional booking windows to ensure that Members who call this Resort "home" will still enjoy Home Resort priority.

Members who own at The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort may begin using their Home Resort vacation points to book stays at the Resort for check-in dates as far as 11 months out, as normal.

However, when reservations open to other Members beginning June 23, 2013, reservations with check-in dates ranging from October 23, 2013 through December 31, 2013 will be available in a 4-month booking window instead of the usual 7. Reservations with check-in dates beginning on or after January 1, 2014, will be available to be booked through their typical 7-month booking window starting on June 23.

This temporary alteration of traditional booking windows is designed to provide Home Resort Priority during the grand opening of this new Resort.

2013 Point Chart for Villas at Grand Floridian

2014 Point Chart for Villas at Grand Floridian

December 17, 2012

New "Senses" Spa Opens at the Grand Floridian Resort


"This full-service spa is an elegant oasis - and you feel it the moment you walk through the door. The level of service from the cast and the attention to detail in a sophisticated design are all Disney. With 15 treatment rooms, there is everything from rejuvenating citrus facials and herbal wraps to couple's massages. Even young spa-goers can get the VIP treatment as their toes soak in a playful bright green pedi chair, just the right size. The organic and vegan product lines are an appreciated touch. (DisneyParksBlog)"

November 17, 2012

Senses Spa - Grand Floridian Opens December 17th

The fully remodeled spa, now owned and operated by Disney, is set to open December 17. Imagineers blended Grand Floridian turn-of-the-century elegance with modern touches - plus a dash of Disney whimsy.


Spa-goers first walk through the new Victorian style entryway and indulge in a relax, renew, or imagine journey that's determined by your treatment choice.

The centerpiece of the spa's lobby is an original mural reflecting old Florida landscape and nature. Glass mosaic tiles in the Jacuzzi rooms further enhance the elegance and sophistication of the spa. All the senses are engaged in an ultimate relaxation experience - flavorful and soothing elixirs, color variations in lighting and orchestral music harmonize with the treatment selected.


15 treatment rooms offer full-service pampering services such as watertherapy, sugar exfoliation body treatment, rejuvenating citrus facial, a restorative hand and foot ritual with Chinese Jasmine oils, plus a Magical Manicure or Princess Pedicure for youngsters. Lounges, whirlpools, and treatment rooms all provide rejuvenation through the healing nature of Florida citrus and botanicals.


The new menu of services also includes a signature 80-minute Grand Floridian treatment featuring a special aromatherapy massage.

Guests can book spa appointments at the new Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort beginning November 15, by calling 407-WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727) or learn more by visiting

All Disney World spas, salons and fitness centers will be owned and operated by Disney beginning January 16. On that same day, the spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort will temporarily close for renovation and reopen in the summer as Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. More to come on that soon.

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