In this article, we visit Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to preview the 2022 gingerbread house.
Twas the week after Halloween, and all through the Grand Floridian, the chefs were busy working on a house. Media kept showing up, day after day, in hopes of seeing the resort’s gingerbread display.
Clearly, I’m not a poet. But thankfully, I know how to take fairly decent photos.
This last Sunday afternoon, I visited Disney’s Grand Floridian hoping that the gingerbread display was finished. Unfortunately, while the structure was completed, the landscaping had yet to be added.
Since landscaping can truly make or break a house, I decided to return later in the week to take photos. On the next day, I was at Magic Kingdom for breakfast at Crystal Palace.
After I finished a few errands at Magic Kingdom, I decided I needed to burn a few calories after having such a hearty breakfast. So I thought I’d try my luck and walk over to the Grand Floridian to see if the gingerbread house was finished, landscaping and all.
What had been a reasonably uneventful morning turned into an exciting afternoon. On my walk, I saw a solid black snake about 6′ long wrapped around one of the roped-off walkways.
It’s not every day you see a snake that’s a couple of feet off the ground. Or one that long.
When I arrived at the Grand Floridian, it was evident the staff was preparing for a big event. I don’t know how often you visit the parks and resorts, but Disney weddings have been trendy lately.
Nearly every time I visit the Grand Floridian (about once a week), I see a wedding party. However, this afternoon there was a unique wedding taking place.
While I was taking photos, a bride and groom dressed as Princess Aurora and Prince Philip were having their pictures taken in the lobby. I will share a respective glance as we continue.
As for the gingerbread house, the second time around was a charm. It was finished enough to photograph and share with you.
Similar to last year’s gingerbread house, we see the continued theme of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. Before last year, the gingerbread display was always decorated with true Christmas colors like red and green.
However, iridescent is the color of 2022, and there’s a ton of pixie dust included this year.
If you take the time to look closely, you’ll notice fine details in the decorations. Above each window, there’s airbrushed artwork. For instance, the transom in the photo below features Belle with the Beast in a winter scene.
Our quaint gingerbread house features plenty of porches. Each porch features furniture, snowmen, nutcrackers, and Santa Claus.
Trimming the rooftop, we see gingerbread hearts. Additional cut-outs in the shape of hearts reveal hidden ornaments.
This transom features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck.
There’s even a Christmas village displayed.
Here’s a closer look.
As we move around to the side, we see frosted windows with Mickey-shaped wreaths.
A giant gingerbread man lists the ingredients for the gingerbread house. Yes, that’s 1050 pounds of honey!
Isn’t it lovely? I can’t imagine the effort that goes into creating such a grand piece.
Okay, as promised, the wedding couple snuck into a photo or two while I was taking pictures. You can see them in the top right-hand corner.
It was kind of funny because I think most guests thought they were there for Disney. I kept overhearing people point out to their children that Princess Aurora was there.
Anyway, on the backside of the gingerbread display, we see the menu for the 2022 gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always good for a bar of fudge.
I’ll leave you to try the gingerbread.
Grand Floridian’s gingerbread display officially opens on November 9, 2022. Usually, it remains up through the first of the year.
The display is open daily between 9:30 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. Cast members will work inside the house selling treats to customers from the window.
After I finished, I went upstairs for a few more photos from above.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll see the rest of the Christmas decorations installed at Disney’s Grand Floridian.
When that happens, I’ll return and take updated photos. In the meantime, you can preview the photos from last year if you like.
I thought it was fun to look in the open area from above and see inside the house.
This area will look quite different when the giant Christmas tree is installed. However, it was nice to sit in the lobby yesterday and observe the comings and goings while the pianist played
Video of 2022 Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian
Here is a video of the display.
For more Christmas at Walt Disney World, we recently visited Disney’s Beach Club for the 2022 Gingerbread Carousel.
Additionally, here are the other gingerbread houses at Walt Disney World:
- Gingerbread Display at Disney’s Contemporary
- Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Display
- Gingerbread Giraffe and Zebra at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
And then there’s the train and Christmas village at Disney’s Yacht Club.
Or you can browse all of our articles for the Grand Floridian in our resort guide:
In the comments
Do you plan to visit the gingerbread display at Disney’s Grand Floridian during the 2022 holiday season? What is your favorite part of Christmas? Do you enjoy gingerbread?