Photos: 2022 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Construction

by | Nov 3, 2022 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog, WDW Food, WDW News, WDW Resorts

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The 2022 Grand Floridian gingerbread house construction has begun! Check out photos of this year’s life-sized iridescent gingerbread house on display.

Christmas bells are ringing at Disney World! It may be just a few days into November, but the most magical place on Earth is already preparing for Santa with lots of treats and good cheer.

Part of the spectacle of Christmas at Disney World is the gingerbread creations that manifest at the Walt Disney World Resorts. Chief among these is the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House—a life-sized gingerbread house filled with festive Cast Members ready to serve holiday treats.

2022 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Construction

Gingerbread house under construction at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Photo by WDW Magazine

We were on the scene when the first “elves” appeared to assemble this year’s gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian. From the baseboards to the rooftop, we saw these diligent workers putting together one of the biggest gingerbread houses this side of the North Pole.

Gingerbread house under construction at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Photo by WDW Magazine

You may not be surprised to learn that this life-sized treat isn’t gingerbread all the way through. A base of thin building materials is first constructed to support the many gingerbread shingles and trim that make up the exterior.

Finished Gingerbread house on display at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Photo by WDW Magazine

Take home a piece of the magic (or eat it before you even get out of the lobby) with the purchase of a gingerbread shingle, just like those on the house.

Gingerbread house being assembled by Cast Members

Photo by WDW Magazine

Gingerbread house under construction at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Photo by WDW Magazine

What is the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Made Of?

Ingredients for the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Photo by WDW Magazine

While the base structure of the Grand Floridian gingerbread house is made of inedible materials, these pieces are incidental compared to the enormous amount of gingerbread in the shingles, around the doors, and on the awnings.

Each year, signage typically accompanies the biggest gingerbread feats across the Disney resort to let guests know how much love, care, and eggs were put into the creations.

The 2022 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House sign listed these hefty ingredients:

  • 1,050 pounds of honey
  • 140 pints of egg whites
  • 600 pounds of sugar
  • 700 pounds of chocolate
  • 800 pounds of flour
  • 35 pounds of spices

The sign displayed for the 2022 gingerbread house also lists the most important of ingredients: “Tons of creativity, Disney magic, and pixie dust!”

That’s a lot of honey, right? Well, guess what: When the gingerbread displays come down, the sweet exterior is actually donated to honey bees at the end of the season. All those wooden pieces with sugary snacks still sticking to them are laid out on the Disney tree farm for the bees to enjoy!

Gingerbread Displays Around Disney World

After you check out the Grand Floridian gingerbread house construction, be sure to hop on the monorail to see if the other gingerbread displays are finished at other Deluxe resorts.

Here is a quick list of the must-see gingerbread (and life-sized chocolate!) displays at Walt Disney World

Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Display

Contemporary Gingerbread Display

Gingerbread house at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Photo by Rain Blanken.

The Contemporary Resort changes up its gingerbread display, but each year it is a Mary Blair artistic style that pays homage to Disney favorite. Cinderella and Frozen are our favorite displays so far. We’re excited to see what takes shape in 2022!

Boardwalk Resort Carousel

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

Witnessing these sweet horses is worth the trip alone. Photo by Rain Blanken.

Each year, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort creates a breathtaking life-sized gingerbread display that rivals the Grand Floridian gingerbread house in scale and detail. This carousel actually turns, and each year the horses have a new theme that follows a set of Disney characters and films.

Giant Chocolate Santa at the Swan Hotel

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Courtesy of Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort

Do you smell chocolate?

It’s impossible not to when you are within 10 feet or so of this giant life-sized chocolate Santa display at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. The display has been happening since 2010 and includes a 7-foot tall, 400-pound nutcracker.

Will you be eating a gingerbread shingle this year? Share your experiences and tag us on Instagram.

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Written by Evelyn Long

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Evelyn Long is a proud University of South Florida Bull and Disneyphile. She has been going to Walt Disney World since she was a child and is now an Annual Passholder. Witnesses say she has unashamedly cried at the sight of the Magic Kingdom Rapunzel bathrooms on multiple occasions.
Evelyn Long

Written by Evelyn Long

Evelyn Long is a proud University of South Florida Bull and Disneyphile. She has been going to Walt Disney World since she was a child and is now an Annual Passholder. Witnesses say she has unashamedly cried at the sight of the Magic Kingdom Rapunzel bathrooms on multiple occasions.