Walt Disney World’s signature gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a towering achievement. It’s constructed with more than 1,000 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, and tons of Pixie Dust and creativity.
Let’s take a moment – one week from Christmas Day – to take a needed breather from all the wrapping presents, signing cards and other hecticness to look inside this marvel from some of the most talented bakers in the country, if not the world.
To get the best perspective of the massiveness of the structure, head to the lobby’s second floor. Just think about it: This is a gingerbread house that has a flower garden of fresh poinsettia. It has a larger “yard” than my townhouse!
When you move over closer to the house on the Grand Floridian’s second floor, you can take a more detailed look at all the attention that was paid to putting together the building. Powdered sugar snow dusts the shingles; Santa has hidden some presents near the roof; plus, two chimneys.
Because the house is SO massive, you can purchase some gingerbread goodies from a little retail store that resides inside it. YES! It has its own store! Take a look above at some of the items you can get like shingles, cookies, truffles, lollipops and more.
From this perspective, it’s a lot easier to see just how large the house is. I stand about 5-foot-3 and it towers over me!
No, this picture isn’t from elsewhere at Grand Floridian. There’s actually so much detail and care taken to the gingerbread house that they have even included furniture on the porch, little snowman and evergreens.
The Grand Floridian gingerbread house is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. If you stop by, you can even get a smaller, more manageable recipe for a gingerbread house that you can make at home. It comes with templates for shingles, a house frame, doors and windows. All of the goodies from the store are made by the talented baking staff at the resort.