PHOTOS, VIDEO: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Debuts First Annual Christmas Gingerbread Cabin Display Featuring Humphrey the Bear

Sure, the Contemporary Cinderella Castle Gingerbread Display is cute, and the Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian is practically tradition at this point, but over at the site of Old Faithful, we’re mesmerized by the grand opening of the all-new Gingerbread Cabin that has just debuted at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. We’ve seen the whole thing go up in phases, from the attachment of the roof to the plywood base, to the icing “grout” cemented in between each cookie shingle and brick. Wilderness Lodge usually only did a hot chocolate station for its guests, but this year, they’ve up and won the Walt Disney World Resort Gingerbread Display award (at least in our eyes, they have.) Let’s take a closer look at all of the amazing details on this, from big to small.

The cabin sits on a raised pedestal covered in snow, showing Humphrey the Bear stringing Christmas lights across the front. We love that they’re showing some Humphrey love as he’s essentially the unofficial mascot of the resort, and is featured at the base of the totem pole outside of Wilderness Lodge Mercantile. The front of the cabin features a bold red split door.

To the sides, you can see a Mickey wreath made out of white and red poinsettias.

They’ve set out a small Christmas tree off to the back corner of the cabin, wrapped in this year’s flannel design tree skirt.

Our favorite detail has to be Chip and Dale out by the other back corner.

These two expertly crafted critters are warming up by the fire. You can even see other critter tracks in the snow. But that’s not even the best part…

If you’ve ever had one of the resort’s famous Campfire Cupcakes, you’ll notice that it’s the same edible design, featuring candy chocolate rocks and frosting. The only difference is the pinecones. (Can’t quite put those on a cupcake.)

The hot chocolate and treat station was still being readied when we passed by. Offerings will vary by day, based on availability.

Here’s a menu of the offerings, which features a variety of sweets, plus flavored hot chocolate, mulled wine, and the option to spike either with Peppermint Schnapps, Fireball, or Amaretto Liquor for just $3.00.

Nearby signage points out all the fun facts and backstory behind the cabin, which features five hidden Mickeys.

We’re huge fans of the pastry team here, with Roaring Fork doling out some of the best baked goods on property, and we’d like to congratulate the whole crew for an amazing first gingerbread cabin!

It all makes sense now. This year’s gingerbread displays are meant to go hand-in-hand with the pin series that is debuting at each resort. A matching Limited Edition pin featuring Humphrey is available for $17.99. Chef Keith will be available today for a special pin signing from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the resort lobby.

Don’t wander off into the woods just yet! We have a full tour of the 2019 Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Gingerbread Cabin in the video below:

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1 year ago

I love this! I remember Humphrey. Hey, do the gingerbread displays in the hotels stick around until a bit after New Year’s? Or are they taken down before then? Hoping to see them when we go after New Year’s in 2020 (in time for the marathon weekend).

1 year ago
Reply to  RebeccaMcK

I remember a few years ago (2015-16) they kept the Christmas decorations up until like January 4th

Rob T
Rob T
1 year ago

Love Humphrey….Can’t get his song out of my head now…..Bump Bump