Nothing says the holidays quite like a candy-covered gingerbread house.


Building and decorating a gingerbread house is definitely one of the holiday season's sweetest traditions. As a kid, there's no greater feeling of accomplishment than placing that last fruity gumdrop and peppermint cane on a tiny house made of freshly baked gingerbread, creamy vanilla icing, and candy. Thanks to the "Wonderful World of Disney," or, in this case, Walt Disney World Resort, you can evoke your inner child and sense of nostalgia with the unveiling of their annual life-size gingerbread houses.

Even though Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, the magic of Christmas is already on full display at Disney Parks. Along with the bright lights, festive decorations, and holiday-inspired music blaring through Main Street, U.S.A., the pastry teams at Disney World are also showing off their Yuletide cheer with masterful gingerbread and chocolate displays for visitors and Disney enthusiasts. The awe-inspiring, larger-than-life displays of gingerbread houses as art are a longstanding tradition at several of Disney's resorts. Here, we have the inside scoop on some of the gingerbread installations that started November 9. Most of the cinnamon- and nutmeg-filled exhibits also include collector pins to commemorate each display.

From the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the deck of the Disney Cruise Line ship, these beautiful and deliberately tempting culinary masterpieces are sure to be magnificent. Believe us, these seven grand displays will put your gingerbread houses (yes, even the ones made from scratch) to shame.

1. Gigantic Gingerbread House

Located in the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, this tall Victorian-style gingerbread house is bound to cause a sensory overload. From the moment you enter the hotel, expect to smell the aromatic scent of cinnamon, sugar, spice, and all things nice. The edible house highlights more than 10,000 assembled pieces of gingerbread, sugar flowers, and miniature Santas. The Bake Shop created this stately house, ornaments, and cookies using a classic recipe from Austria.

2. Spectacular Holiday Carousel

You'll find this carousel spinning in the lobby of Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort, where it's been going round in circles for 18 years. This year's carousel embodies the animated characters of Lilo and her sidekick creature, Stitch. The edible ride also features 18 hidden Mickeys to celebrate the carousel's annual tradition.

3. Celebrating Cinderella Castle

Set to the backdrop of Magic Kingdom's "It's a Small World" ride, the 18-inch-tall Cinderella Castle has been reimagined with over-the-top gingerbread cookies portraying Cinderella and her Prince Charming. You can find the display on the third floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort.

4. Chocolate-Covered Gingerbread House

Stretching 3 feet, the Gingerbread African-inspired Marketplace is nestled inside of Tusker House Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. If you're a chocolate lover, you can look (but don't touch) at the installation, which showcases 25 pounds of dark chocolate, 23 pounds of flour, and 10 pounds of confectioner's sugar.

5. Patriotic Gingerbread House

The history of some of the country's most historic buildings and landmarks comes to life at The American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot. This year, the towering Lincoln Memorial will make its delicious debut, along with hand-crafted chocolate Christmas trees, a sugary pond, and six hidden Mickeys.

6. Cruise-Themed Gingerbread House

Aboard the Disney Dream, gingerbread houses are decked out with far more than your average boughs of holly. During Very Merrytime Cruises, each cruise ship has its own monumental gingerbread house hand-crafted by the crew.

7. Town Center Gingerbread House

At Amorette's Patisserie, which is located in the Town Center at Disney Springs, you'll see how the Town Center came to be, with a palatable portrayal of the heart of Disney Springs in gingerbread form.