Walt Disney World's Life-Size Gingerbread House

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa celebrates the holidays with one of the largest gingerbread houses in the country. Take a tour of this delicious masterpiece.
By: Deanne Revel
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Photo By: Copyright The Walt Disney Company

Photo By: Copyright The Walt Disney Company

Photo By: Copyright The Walt Disney Company

Photo By: Copyright The Walt Disney Company

Photo By: Copyright The Walt Disney Company

A Disney-Caliber Gingerbread House

Located in the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, this 17-foot-tall Victorian-style gingerbread house is a sensory experience with stunning sugar flowers, chocolate sculptures including a 200 pound Santa, 15 hidden Mickeys and the smell of cinnamon and sugar that hits you immediately as you walk in the hotel. 

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Chef Erich Herbitschek, Disney’s Executive Pastry Chef who started the gingerbread house tradition 15 years ago, and his team spend more than six months working on the house each year. “It’s almost like building a real house,” said Herbitschek or Chef Erich. “We use a cherry picker to work on the roof.” 

Chocolate Figures

More than 10,000 pieces of gingerbread have to be dipped in chocolate for use on the house. 

Chocolate Painting

Other impressive facts: The gingerbread house consists of 1,050 lbs of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, 700 lbs of chocolate and 800 lbs of sugar.

Gingerbread Cookies

A closer look at the gingerbread cookies that serve as the house's trim.

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