The 2021 Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House is a feat of culinary and architectural genius.
As the spookiest season descends upon us like a well-loved hoodie, Disney rolls out beloved traditions that help get guests in the festive mood. One of the more popular seasonal traditions is the debut of the Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House, and this year’s is alive, alive, alive!
Earlier this month, the ballroom at the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland added a creeptacular new centerpiece with the Gingerbread Franken-House, also known as EXXhumed Delight. This marks the 20th Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House, making the latest version all the more worth screaming about.
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2021 Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House Called EXXhumed Delight
Tim Wollweber, one of the designers of the 20th Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House, was dead excited when he realized the focal point of this year’s display was staring him right in the eyes.
The Gingerbread Franken-House features a zombified gingerbread man—or gingerdead man if you don’t mind confusing it with a pretty dubious Full Moon Pictures franchise. With X’s for eyes that also symbolize 20 years of this great tradition, Wollweber knew he had cracked this year’s Gingerbread House.
“It’s so fitting, isn’t it?” he told Disney Parks Blog. “I love to think about all the double X’s we’re placing everywhere. In fact, we’re calling the house ‘EXXhumed Delight,’ since we basically dug up references to the past 19 years of gingerbread houses to create this one.”
Wollweber calls EXXhumed Delight a “fun, bright, obnoxious memorial to 20 years” of Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread Houses. It wears its influences well, boasting details that call back to the past 19 designs.
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A Terrifyingly Titanic Team Effort
Designing this year’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House was a task all its own. Then they had to go and build the thing.
For this job, Disney turned to the one-two punch of the Entertainment Technical Services and Central Bakery teams. The former worked on the animated components like the snake trying to eat the X-eyed gingerbread zombie.
In total, the Central Bakery team put hundreds of hours into creating the 13-foot-tall house. All told, the Gingerbread Franken-House took around 200 pounds of dough and sugar, 50 pounds of egg whites, and a full pound of glitter.
You’ll be able to check out this crazy cookie in the lobby of the Haunted Mansion all throughout the Halloween season. And you definitely don’t want to miss it.
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