Full Lineup of 2023 Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays, Including Yacht Club Lighthouse, and Opening Dates Announced

Shannen Ace


Full Lineup of 2023 Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays, Including Yacht Club Lighthouse, and Opening Dates Announced

Walt Disney World has announced its full lineup of gingerbread displays at resorts and EPCOT this year, as well as most of their opening dates.

Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays

The annual gingerbread house is currently under construction at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The house will open for its 24th year on November 8 and be available through January 1, 2024. The house is made of over 10,000 pieces of gingerbread. Decorations include white chocolate candy canes, edible snowflakes, sugar poinsettias, an 85 lb. chocolate Santa, nutcrackers, toy soldiers, and snowmen, which are all hand-painted by the Grand Floridian Bakery team led by Pastry Chef de Cuisine Kristine Farmer. The bakery team spent 500 hours baking the gingerbread and 480 hours decorating. In honor of the 24th year of the house, there will be 24 hidden Mickeys on it.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Menu

The following treats will be available for purchase at the gingerbread house.

  • Freshly baked, homemade items, such as Gingerbread Mickeys and Shingles, Stollen Bread, Brownie Christmas Tree, and Gingersnap Cookies
  • House-made Gingerbread Ornaments and Gingerbread Houses
  • Assorted Gingerbread Cookie Bags, Marshmallow Pops, and Milk Chocolate Pecan Fudge
  • Grand Floridian Combo Box featuring assorted fan favorite treats, including the cookies n’ cream Christmas Tree, exclusive to this box
  • Plant-based, no sugar added, and gluten-friendly options

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

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Disney’s Yacht Club Resort will have a gingerbread display for the first time this year. Inspired by the Yacht Club lighthouse, this brand-new creation was created by Pastry Chef de Cuisine Michael Craig. Craig used the actual blueprints from the real lighthouse located outside the resort along Crescent Lake. Available for purchase are some sweet delights sold at the Holiday Pop-Up Shop, including the new Lighthouse Fudge, which is a nod to this new offering.

We don’t know if the gingerbread lighthouse is replacing or in addition to Yacht Club’s annual model train and Christmas village.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

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The holiday carousel gingerbread display will return to Disney’s Beach Club Resort for its 22nd year, and feature 22 hidden Mickeys. This year, the carousel is inspired by Ducktales, with the horses themed after Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Duey, and Louie. The carousel, which actually moves, is constructed using 434 pounds of honey, 25 pounds of spices, and 200 pounds of icing.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Display Menu

Some of the holiday treats available at this location will include:

  • Signature Stollen Bread
  • Lighthouse Fudge
  • Mickey Snowman Pop
  • Crispy Rice Treat
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Gingerbread Shingle
  • Hot Chocolate Flight
  • Hot Chocolate

Disney did not announce opening dates for the Yacht Club and Beach Club displays.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

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On the other side of Crescent Lake, the Disney’s BoardWalk Inn gingerbread display will arrive on November 17 and be available to view through December 27. This display includes miniature versions of various BoardWalk venues.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Gingerbread Display Menu

Some of the treats at this gingerbread display will be:

  • Mickey and Minnie Sugar Cookies
  • Mickey Caramel Corn Cookie
  • Christmas Tree Pop
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Gingerbread Shingles
  • Gluten/ Wheat-Friendly and Plant-based Gingerbread Shingles

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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The life-size gingerbread baby giraffe (Ginger) and zebra (Debra) will return to the Jambo House lobby at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge from November 22 through December 31. This duo is created by the bakery team led by Pastry Chef Lexy Ross. These creations are made with a combination of gingerbread, sugar dough, and modeling chocolate and the giraffe stands nearly 7 feet tall. Tasty treats include the Gingeraffe Cookie, Hot Cocoa Flight, and beer, wine, and cocktails.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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This year, the Mary Blair-inspired display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will be inspired by the 100th anniversary celebration. This is the display’s 12th year. It was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and created by a team led by Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes.

The display will stand over 17 feet tall with 612 pounds of sugar, 1012 pounds of flour, 112 pounds of gingerbread spice, over 4000 castle gingerbread bricks, and 12 sprinklings of magical pixie dust. Kkeep your eyes peeled for the 12 hidden five-legged goats.

It can be found on the fourth floor from November 10 through January 6.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Display Menu

The following will also be available for purchase:

  • Gingerbread Castle Brick
  • Paint Your Own Cookie Box
  • Hot Chocolate Caramel Fudge
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cookie
  • Pistachio Linzer Cookie
  • 5-Legged Goat Cookie
  • Gluten/Wheat Friendly Gingerbread Cookie
  • Gingerbread Latte Cupcake
  • Christmas Tree Butter Cookie
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate (Also available with Peppermint Schnapps)
  • Frozen Apple Cider (Also available with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky floater)


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From November 24 through December 30, The American Adventure at EPCOT will have gingerbread versions of the pavilion with Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue and the Festival Marketplace, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. There will be six hidden Mickeys in the display.

Which of this year’s gingerbread displays are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Shannen Ace

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