Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing some of the fun you can find at Disney during the holidays.
I love Walt Disney World during the Holidays. It’s my favorite time of year to visit the parks. But the resorts are also fun to visit. Starting in November and until the New Year, the resorts come alive with beautiful Christmas decorations. Some of the resorts have amazing, elaborate, and great smelling 🙂 gingerbread displays. Here are where you can find them.
The gingerbread display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is always my favorite because pays tribute to Mary Blair. The tree above is from 2013. Last year’s display had a Frozen theme. This video also shows how much work goes into each gingerbread display.
Last year’s display required 423 pounds of chocolate and 311 pounds of honey and was decorated sugar, chocolate, and candy. You could also purchase treats including blue raspberry cake “Frozen” gelato, gingerbread and sugar cookies, snowflake ornaments, linzer, and chocolate-peppermint cookies. You can could also take home a build-your-own snowman kit.
The most popular display is probably the beautiful gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian. The pastry chefs at the resort use a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria and they estimate they spend 400 hours baking. The house stands 16 feet high and features 40 window panes, made with 1,050 pounds of honey, 700 pounds of chocolate, 600 pounds of confectioner’s sugar, 35 pounds of spices, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze – more than 10,000 pieces of gingerbread make up the house.
This is probably my favorite display. There are so many details. The chimney even has smoke coming out of it! Gingerbread house decorating demos are featured daily except Sundays. The house also has a shop inside. You can purchase gingerbread cookies, stollen, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate-peppermint bark, gingerbread ornaments, mini-gingerbread houses and other goodies.
At the Beach Club you’ll find the Holiday Carousel. It’s a life-size, spinning carousel with ponies made of chocolate and fondant, handcrafted poinsettia and gingerbread snowflakes. If you like looking for Hidden Mickey’s this is the display for you since there are several.
The chefs use 36 pounds of honey, 96 pounds of bread flour, 100 pounds of icing and 50 pounds of dark chocolate and you can also find a miniature Magic Kingdom Park Castle made of gingerbread. You can also find treats here that include mini-gingerbread houses, cookies, gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese icing, stollen and gingerbread kits. While you are at the Beach Club you can check out the winter wonderland gingerbread scene in the window at Fittings and Fairings (the resort’s gift shop) and last year there was a chocolate Maleficent at the Beach Club Marketplace.
And don’t forget to stop by the Yacht Club Resort to see the miniature train display and holiday village.
The BoardWalk Resort holds a special place in my heart so seeing it during Christmas is always a must for me. Last year they debuted a life-size replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand serving holiday treats. You can stop by for ice cream cones, gingerbread houses and cookies and stollen bread.
The details on the concession stand has lots of cute details that include wreaths and Mickey- and Minnie-shaped gingerbreads. It’s made of 674 gingerbread shingles, has a huge ice cream cone on top, and the marquee features 420 marshmallows.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange | Holidays at Disney Loop: