PHOTOS: Gingerbread Giraffe and Zebra, Christmas Tree, and More Decorations Return to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS: Gingerbread Giraffe and Zebra, Christmas Tree, and More Decorations Return to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Ginger and Debra have returned to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge for the 2023 holiday season. The gingerbread giraffe (Ginger) and zebra (Debra) can be found in the Jambo House lobby. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge also features a large Christmas tree and plenty of other holiday decorations to enjoy.

Gingerbread Giraffe and Zebra

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Ginger and Debra are created by the bakery team led by Pastry Chef Lexy Ross and will be on display through December 31.

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The “Gingeraffe” is returning for the third year, while this is Debra the Zebra’s second year. A sign notes that Ginger is 7 feet tall, and you can compare her in size to Humphrey, visible on the Uzima Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Debra is comparable in size to Raden, who you can see on the Sunset Savanna.

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The sculpting ingredients include 34 pounds of honey, 27 pounds of flour, 1.5 pounds of gingerbread spices, 55 pounds of white modeling chocolate, and 12 pounds of dark modeling chocolate.

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There are two hidden gingerbread Mickeys in the display. Let us know if you spot either of them.

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The Gingeraffe Cookie is available for purchase at The Mara nearby.

Christmas Tree and Other Decorations

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Outside, the porte-cochere is decorated with garland decorations.

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The garland is adorned with bows featuring an African-style print, yellow and orange streamers resembling desert plants, and various kinds of babubles.

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The decorations are illuminated with small yellow lights.

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The Christmas tree in the center of Jambo House is also illuminated with yellow lights.

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The tree is decorated with wooden sculptures, bows, and reed ornaments.

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Garlands hang from the railings overlooking the lobby.

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Check out the other Walt Disney World Resort gingerbread displays:

A gingerbread display will arrive at The American Adventure on November 24 with the start of the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, which will run through December 30, 2023.

Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party parade float

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is on select nights through December 22. Tickets are only available for three remaining nights. During the after-hours party, guests can enjoy Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime FireworksMickey’s Most Merriest CelebrationMickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Paradecharacter meet and greets, and holiday attraction overlays. There are also complimentary treats, special menu items, and exclusive merchandise.

Olaf, Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff in Frozen Holiday Surprise

The new “Frozen Holiday Surprise” Cinderella Castle show is performed at Magic Kingdom once during regular park hours and once during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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Disney Jollywood Nights is a new separately ticketed, adults-centric party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It takes place on select nights through December 20. Entertainment includes the variety show “Disney Holidays in Hollywood,” “What’s This? Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along,” and the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” nighttime spectacularCharacter meet and greets include Mickey & Friends in new outfits. A Tip-Top Club-inspired soiree is held in the courtyard of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction. Check out Tom’s honest review of the event.

The roaming Merry Menagerie puppets have returned to Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

At Disney Springs, guests can enjoy a Christmas Tree Stroll featuring new trees inspired by “Wish” and Disney Vacation Club. A new roaming character named Douglas Fir is a walking, moving tree.

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  • Shannen Ace

    Shannen has been a Disney Parks fan and lover of dogs since childhood, despite Pluto's attempt to eat Shannen's Minnie Mouse doll the first time they met. They've made up now. You can email Shannen at shannen@wdwnt.com.