Grand Floridian’s 2018 Gingerbread House Almost Complete

It seems like they just started putting this beautiful display together yesterday! But the Grand Floridian Resort’s Gingerbread House at Walt Disney World is almost ready for business.

We were lucky enough to snag a few pictures of the construction in process as of November 8 at 6 p.m. This year’s attraction is set to open on November 14 and will remain open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. until its closing on January 1, 2019.

How do they do it? Lots of preplanning for sure. The bakers have had 20 years to perfect their process and make improvements to recreate this stunning display flawlessly each time.

Gingerbread House Ingredients

What goes into this marvelous masterpiece? 1,050 pounds of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 700 pounds of chocolate, 800 pounds of flour, and 35 pounds of spices. Add in tons of creativity as well as Disney magic and pixie dust, and you get a classic treasure that attracts loving fans each year.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 20th Anniversary!

It’s all in the preplanning! It takes more than 400 hours to bake the gingerbread used to create the festive house. The recipe comes from a traditional recipe with origins in Austria.

Santa surveys the construction of the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

They begin the baking several months ahead to have everything prepared in time for the construction process, which can take more than 160 hours.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House under construction

Once open for business, The Bake Shop will serve up sweets featuring the same recipe used in the decorating. You can even purchase an actual shingle like the ones used to don the rooftops. You can also buy gingerbread ornaments, cookies, or your very own gingerbread house kit to decorate on your own.

Visit on November 18 for a limited-edition Mary Poppins penguin pin. You can also attend a gingerbread house decorating demo daily in front of the display starting on December 1. Don’t miss out on this sweet special event! If you’re like us, you might be stopping by multiple times.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House under construction

Check back with us on the December 14 to see pictures of The Bake Shop in action and everything it’ll have to offer for this year’s holiday season. Take a look at previous years here: 2017 , 2014, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

Find out what else you can do at Disney World this holiday season when you visit our Ultimate Guide to Having a Happy Holiday at Disney World blog post!

Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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2 Replies to “Grand Floridian’s 2018 Gingerbread House Almost Complete”

  1. Can I purchase the cookies and other gingerbread items either online or by phone if I will not be able to visit in person? The Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian is such a special holiday destination and I’m sad to miss it.

  2. How do you (or can you) order a Gingerbread House (or shingles, cookies & such) for out of state delivery if you are not going to be at Disney World?
    Thank You