A complete guide to where you can find each Disney World gingerbread house for the holiday season, along with what to expect at each.
It’s hard to find a better word to describe the holidays at Walt Disney World than simply “magical.” The festive season brings beautiful decorations to each of the four parks and all the hotels, along with exciting entertainment and special treats. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can enjoy the new Disney Jollywood Nights, while Magic Kingdom brings back Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. And, of course, the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays kicks off at the park in late November.
One of the most memorable annual events that happens in Disney World year after year for the holidays is the gingerbread houses. These magnificent displays can be found in several of Disney World’s Resort hotels, with the most famous located in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. We’re sharing your complete guide to this exciting part of the holidays, including where you can find each of the gingerbread displays for 2023.
Disney World Gingerbread House Displays 2023
Each year, several of the Disney World Resort hotels celebrate the holiday season with a massive gingerbread house or display. These beautiful structures take months of planning and preparation, with the culinary team at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa even beginning to mix the dough for their life-size gingerbread house back in May!
The gingerbread displays are not all the same. The largest, and most well-known, is at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Here you can find a life-size gingerbread house where you can purchase assorted holiday treats, including gingerbread shingles. Other hotels form their own themes and designs for their gingerbread display. For example, in years past, we’ve seen a gingerbread giraffe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, along with a gingerbread BoardWalk Deli at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.
Gingerbread House Locations
You can find gingerbread displays for the holiday season at these locations:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Gingerbread House
At Disney World, the Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be returning for a 24th year from November 8 to January 1, 2024. The life-size house features white chocolate candy canes, edible snowflakes, sugar poinsettias, and over 10,000 pieces of gingerbread. You’ll also find an 85-pound chocolate Santa! The house took 500 hours to bake the gingerbread, and 480 hours to decorate. Make sure to look out for 24 hidden Mickeys throughout the display.
And for those looking to purchase treats, you can enjoy some of the following:
- Freshly baked, homemade items, such as Gingerbread Mickeys and Shingles, Stollen Bread, Brownie Christmas Tree, and Gingersnap Cookies
- House-made Gingerbread Ornaments and Gingerbread Houses
- Assorted Gingerbread Cookie Bags, Marshmallow Pops, and Milk Chocolate Pecan Fudge
- Grand Floridian Combo Box featuring assorted fan favorite treats, including the cookies n’ cream Christmas Tree, exclusive to this box
- Plant-based, no sugar added, and gluten-friendly options
Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort
Over at Disney’s Yacht Club, a brand-new gingerbread display will be available for the first time! Pastry Chef de Cuisine Michael Craig used the blueprints from the real lighthouse located outside, right on Crescent Lake to create the display. And at the Holiday Pop-Up Shop, you can grab new offerings such as Lighthouse Fudge.
Next door at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, the life-size Holiday Carousel gingerbread display will return. This year’s is inspired by Ducktales, with the horses themed after Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Duey, and Louie.
There are 22 hidden Mickeys throughout the display, which was made with 434 pounds of honey, 25 pounds of spices, and 200 pounds of icing. The location will also offer treats such as:
- Signature Stollen Bread
- Lighthouse Fudge
- Mickey Snowman Pop
- Crispy Rice Treat
- Peppermint Bark
- Gingerbread Shingle
- Hot Chocolate Flight
- Hot Chocolate
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn will bring back its BoardWalk Deli-inspired gingerbread house, which will be on display from November 17 to December 27, 2023.
The creation is a miniature version of some of your favorite spots along the BoardWalk. You’ll be able to pick up treats from the team:
- Mickey and Minnie Sugar Cookies
- Mickey Caramel Corn Cookie
- Christmas Tree Pop
- Peppermint Bark
- Gingerbread Shingles
- Gluten/ Wheat-Friendly and Plant-based Gingerbread Shingles
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House will feature gingerbread displays of giraffes and zebra from November 22 to December 31, 2023. The displays were created by Pastry Chef Lexy Ross, who created the baby “ginger-affe,” Ginger, and gingerbread zebra, Debra, with gingerbread, sugar dough, and modeling chocolate. You can also pick up treats like the Gingeraffe Cookie, Hot Cocoa Flight, and beer, wine, and cocktails.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Over at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the gingerbread display will be back for its 12th year from November 10 to January 6, 2024. The display’s creation was led by Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes and can be found on the fourth floor of the resort.
This year’s Mary Blair-inspired 100th Celebration-themed Castle Display stands over seventeen feet tall with 612 pounds of sugar, 1012 pounds of flour, 112 pounds of gingerbread spice, and over 4000 castle gingerbread bricks. You’ll also find twelve hidden five-legged goats!
The following treats will be available to purchase:
- Gingerbread Castle Brick
- Paint Your Own Cookie Box
- Hot Chocolate Caramel Fudge
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookie
- Pistachio Linzer Cookie
- 5-Legged Goat Cookie
- Gluten/Wheat Friendly Gingerbread Cookie
- Gingerbread Latte Cupcake
- Christmas Tree Butter Cookie
- Frozen Hot Chocolate (Also available with Peppermint Schnapps)
- Frozen Apple Cider (Also available with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky floater)
Gingerbread Capital City at EPCOT
There’s also a pretty impressive gingerbread display you can find at EPCOT during the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays. The gingerbread display will be returning to The American Adventure in EPCOT from November 24 to December 30, 2023.
The display will recreate classic American monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Plus, it will have gingerbread versions of EPCOT favorites like The American Adventure building with Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue, and a Festival Marketplace. You’ll be able to find six hidden Mickeys as well!
Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most frequently asked questions about the gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World Resort.
What dates are the gingerbread houses on display?
Typically the gingerbread displays will go up at the beginning of Disney World’s holiday season. For 2023, that is November 11th. However, we have seen some structures go up a bit earlier or a bit later in years past. Typically the displays will last through December of the year, and get taken down in early January.
Do you have to be a guest of the hotel to visit a Disney World gingerbread house?
You don’t! You’ll find plenty of people visiting these displays who aren’t staying at the respective hotel — especially for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.