The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Written by Kandace Sparkles. Posted in Disney Parks, Features, Mice Munchies, Walt Disney World

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Published on November 28, 2012 at 5:03 am with 8 Comments

Can you believe that the Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian is celebrating its 14th anniversary? This bakery gem was first introduced at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in 1999.  Nestled inside the house is a small merchandise shop which offers baked items that reflect the Gingerbread House itself (Shingle cookies, etc).  Although it’s the gingerbread it’s most known for, there’s a large selection of goodies from the Grand Floridian Bakery, including: cookies, chocolates, truffles, bread, and more.

Let’s take a look at some of the fantastic details for the 2012 Gingerbread House

Belle and Beast window detail

Lilo and Stitch window detail


Santa in his sleigh with Mickey, Donald, Minnie and Daisy window detail

Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet window detail


Chip and Dale window detail


Disney Princess window detail featuring Belle, Aurora, and Cinderella

Happy Holidays 2012

I was very surprised by the  amount and attention to detail on the front porch of the Gingerbread House.

Notice the Mickey pattern on the settee.


Disney’s Grand Floridian, Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts also offer special Gingerbread offerings – each with their own recipe.

Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, uses his own Austrian lebkuchen gingerbread recipe.  If you’ve never experienced this type before, it can be quite intense.  There’s a stronger flavor that most Americans aren’t accustomed to.  In fact, I witnessed a few Cast Members informing Guests of this as they were purchasing the Shingles for their young kids.  They do sell a Gingerbread Man (pink, blue and plain $4.25) that tastes more like what you’d expect to find elsewhere.

Personally, I adore Chef Erich’s recipe for gingerbread.  It’s quickly become a favorite of mine.  While the other resorts offer great holiday treats (many of which are gingerbread, too) – they just can’t compare.  If you are a fan of gingerbread, you’ll most likely agree with my research findings.  If you’re simply a casual fan, I’d suggest you opt for the Gingerbread Man over the Mickey Cookie or Shingle.

Now, let’s take a peek at what is available inside the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House for 2012 –

 Here are the scans for the brochure detailing the items for sale.


Gingerbread Man – in blue, pink or plain ($4.25)


Chocolate Chip Cookie (DDP) ($2.50); Lollipops

Lollipops: Gingerbread Man ($4.25); Oreo Cookie Chocolate Pops ($4.50); Mickey Face (5.75); Ariel or Cars ($6.00)


Tree Gingerbread Ornament ($16.75)

Gingerbread Ornaments – varieties and prices vary from $8.50-$16.75.


Peppermint Bark ½ lb. bag ($12.50); Assorted Gingerbread Cookies ½ lb. bag ($15.75); Chocolate Snowman with Chocolates ($7.50)


Signature Gingerbread House ($70); Chocolate Disney Characters ($20.75)

Characters available are: Cinderella, Belle, Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, Snow White, & Tinker Bell 

Seasons Greetings Striped Chocolate Box with Six Truffles ($19); Chocolate Holiday Snow Globe ($7.75); Happy Holidays Chocolate Hexagon Box with Four Truffles ($12.50)

Happy Holidays Chocolate Snowman Box with 12 Truffles ($30); Happy Holidays Rectangle Chocolate Box with 10 Truffles ($24); Happy Holiday Chocolate Box with Two Truffles ($8)

Seasons Greetings Striped Chocolate Box with Six Truffles ($19); Chocolate Holiday Snow Globe ($7.75);

Seasons Greetings Striped Chocolate Box with Six Truffles ($19); Chocolate Holiday Snow Globe ($7.75); Happy Holidays Chocolate Hexagon Box with Four Truffles ($12.50);

Stollen Bread with Marzipan (18.5) or with gift box ($38.50) 

Gingerbread Shingle with Chocolate ($7.50); Gingerbread Mickey Ears with Chocolate (6.75)

Only one item counts on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) and that is your typical Chocolate Chip cookie ($2.50).  You’ll also find quite a large selection of gluten free options from baby cakes this year.

 Exit this way!

Don’t forget to take a stroll around the lobby to take in some of the great views of the Gingerbread House.

Is that smoke coming out of the chimney? It most certainly is!

Before you leave the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, make sure to head up to the second level to see some of the surprises.

See anything you’re excited to try? Do you have a favorite treat from the Gingerbread House?

About Kandace Sparkles

Kandace "Kandy" Sparkles is more than just a Disney World fan, she's an expert and an insider. She also has a great love for the food and beverage of the resort and authors the Mice Munchies column on MiceChat.

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  • r1hert2

    Never had the chance to be there during the holidays but I would like to eat—Everything just as strictly research you understand. LOL Good articule.

  • It really is magic to see the giant gingerbread house in the Grand Floridian. One of my favorite resort holiday items anywhere. And the treats look REALLY good this year. Still, I’m not a fan of eating gingerbread. Like the way it smells, but can’t really get into the taste.

  • smi727

    Anyone know when Photopass photogs are taking pics in front of GF’s lobby tree? We got some great pics there in 2009 & would like to repeat the experience this year.

    • Kandace Sparkles

      Good question smi727! Disney’s PhotoPass arrives around 4pm (just in time for dinner) each night. They capture your photos in front of their Christmas tree (that is in the very first photo). Other resorts also offer the same PhotoPass opportunities, but the timing varies.

      The Grand Floridian Gingerbread house store is open from 10am-10pm, but you can still marvel at the wonderful Gingerbread house at any hour you may be visiting the Grand.

      • smi727

        Thanks so much for the info! It’s our daughter’s 1st visit & we’d like to do as many PhotoPass photos as possible.

  • Awe_inspired

    Great article! Thanks!

  • Dizzneey1

    We were in Disney last year and loved the they take orders and ship? If so can you point me in the right direction…thanks for any help you can give. :0)

    • Kandace Sparkles

      I agree that the cookies are amazing. (And I’m not just saying that because I’m a bit of a cookie monster.) Sadly, Disney does not ship any food items. The same goes for the packaged candies (ie. Goofy’s Candy Co.). Your best bet is finding your way down here or finding someone to do the leg work for you and send you the goodies.