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Preview Disneyland’s new Haunted Mansion Holiday surprises

Each year the hallowed halls of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion go dark for a few weeks while a new tenant moves in for the holidays. Then when it returns there are always a few new surprises along with the Nightmare Before Christmas spookiness. This year… Read More »Preview Disneyland’s new Haunted Mansion Holiday surprises

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Holiday Gingerbread

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Disney's Grand Californian Gingerbread HouseThe gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian is a well-known tradition at Walt Disney World, but did you know that the Disneyland Resort has some edible architecture of its own?

If you visit the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa you will not only experience a fireplace that you can sit in and a beautiful tree (not in fireplace), but a huge gingerbread house that sure looks a lot like a gingerbread hotel (and spa).

My family visited the Disneyland Resort as their guests for a #DisneyHoliday preview party and we were lucky enough to wind up in the lobby of the Grand Californian just as the pastry chefs were putting the finishing touches on their masterpiece. Then we put the finishing touches on a glass of port and went to bed, because holidays!

I really wish I had thought to record the process, but I didn’t, so you’ll have to settle for still photos like they did in the old days. Here is the final product and a few photos of the beautiful hotel lobby of the Grand Californian:

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Creating Gingerbread Houses at Walt Disney World

Matt Avery, pastry chef for Boardwalk Inn, helped make some of this year’s amazing life size Christmas Gingerbread Houses you can find in many of Walt Disney World’s great resorts. He also helped create some of the delicious treats you can buy at the nearby… Read More »Creating Gingerbread Houses at Walt Disney World

Giant Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club

Every holiday season at Disney’s Beach Club Resort in Florida, a team of pastry chefs builds a giant gingerbread carousel in the hotel lobby. Every visible part is edible — the chocolate and fondant horses, the gingerbread floor and canopy, the white chocolate figures of… Read More »Giant Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club