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Making the six foot tall Gingerbread House inside Haunted Mansion Holiday

If you haven’t been to Disneyland for a ride on the Nightmare Before Christmas themed Haunted Mansion Holiday during the Halloween Time celebration at the Disneyland Resort, then you’ve missed one of the most impressive Gingerbread House creations yet to be installed in the ballroom.

This is the 17th season Haunted Mansion Holiday has featured a gingerbread house centerpiece. It’s a collaboration of the creative teams at Disneyland’s central bakery and entertainment production techs.

This year marks the return of Oogie Boogie after a 13-year absence from the ballroom.

“The gingerbread mansion this year has a bug problem – gingerbread bugs! But it’s not a problem that a gingerbread Oogie Boogie can’t fix. He pried open the roof of the gingerbread mansion and has his fork at the ready, happy to fix the infestation in the only way he would – by eating them,” says Tim Wollweber, associate art director for Disney Parks, who designed this year’s house. “But quite a few bugs have gotten loose and are rampaging across the ballroom table, tormenting the gingerbread zombies there, who are forced to defend themselves with silverware!”

Watch this time-lapse video of the Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House installation:

Did you spy the Hidden Mickey?

According to Disney, the house is six feet tall to the roof point, but the animated Oogie Boogie is seven feet tall. There are more than 70 gingerbread bugs around the ballroom.

If you want to make your own six foot tall gingerbread house, here’s what Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Mark Viallet says you’ll need to buy:

  • 200 pounds gingerbread
  • 200 pounds powdered sugar
  • 4 gallons egg whites
  • 1 gallon lemon juice
  • 30 pounds white chocolate
  • 50 pounds gum paste
  • 8 ounces (each) food coloring (blue, purple, orange, yellow, red)
  • 16 ounces green food coloring
  • 50 pounds fondant
  • 1/3 pound glitter
  • 200 hours Disney Culinary Magic

You can ride Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland through January of 2018.