Walking to the Main Building, from the boat launch, I had to take a moment and admire this year’s Gingerbread House that takes up residency each year inside the Grand Floridian’s lobby during the holidays.
According to The Disney Parks Blog, Disney “is celebrating the 19th anniversary of its famous life-size gingerbread house, which will be located in the main lobby of the resort Nov. 15-Jan. 1. Each year, the Grand Floridian pastry team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, spend over 400 hours baking the gingerbread and over 160 hours constructing and decorating the house, which also contains The Bake Shop. There you can find gingerbread ornaments, cookies, and gingerbread house kits, all made using a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria. On Nov. 18, there will be a pin trading event with a special limited-edition pin featuring the penguins from “Mary Poppins.” What’s more, decorating aficionados will be excited to attend gingerbread house decorating demos conducted daily in the lobby in front of the display starting Dec. 1.” We just missed the grand opening as we checked out on the 10th, but still being able to see it come to life for the 2 nights we were there was really special.
Now it was time to head back upstairs for the night- the elevators were only a few steps away from the Gingerbread house.
With one tap of my Magic Band… I was headed to our room on the fourth floor <3
One last look from upstairs…