An adorable gingerbread display featuring a giraffe and zebra returns to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in 2023. It’s a fitting display considering both animals it represents have a home on the resort’s savannas.
Below, we’ll preview a few photos of the gingerbread creation and check out the treats offered during the holiday season. This year’s display will be available from November 22, 2023, through December 31, 2023.
Created by the Animal Kingdom Lodge bakery team led by Pastry Chef Lexy Ross, the display stands tall a few feet from the massive lobby tree. This is the third year the Jambo House lobby has been home to “Ginger”-affe, a nearly 7′ tall gingerbread giraffe. It is the second year for the baby zebra, nicknamed Debra. Both were made from gingerbread, sugar, dough, and modeling chocolate, among other ingredients.
Here are a few photos:
A sign near the display shares some of the specifics of the gingerbread creations. For example, Gingeraffe is comparable in size to Humphrey, a giraffe that guests can look for on the Uzima Savanna. This is the viewing area that sits behind the resort’s pool.
Additionally, Debra the Zebra is the size of Raden, a zebra foal on the Sunset Savanna. This is the savanna between Jambo House and Kidani Village. If you’re interested in seeing the zebras, we have had good luck finding them at the viewing area near Sanaa at Kidani Village.
A caption at the bottom reads, “This display is brought to you by approximately 18,904 honey bees pollinating nearly 68 million flowers to produce the 34 pounds of honey used. One honey bee visits around 100 flowers, making 10 to 15 trips in a single day or up to 500 flowers on a productive day. Thus, the phrase “busy as a bee” rings true!”
Two hidden Mickey’s are included in the display. One is in the photo below. See if you can find it!
We happened to run into the resort character caravan during our visit. Dale posed for a few photos.
A pop-up treat shop is set up near the back of the Jambo House lobby. Guests can purchase special treats made for the holiday season.
Here is a list of the drinks that were available.
One drink, the Holiday Fruitcake Mule, looked festive.
The popular Gingeraffe cookie representing the display returns this season.
Overall, the giraffe and zebra add a fun twist to the gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World. If you have time, make sure to stop by and see them. Of course, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is always worth a visit!
For more resort hopping over the Christmas holiday, you might enjoy the following:
- Christmas at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
- Christmas at Disney’s Grand Floridian
- Christmas at Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club
- Christmas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at Christmas
For more gingerbread:
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
- Disney’s Beach Club DuckTales Gingerbread Carousel
- Disney’s Contemporary Gingerbread Castle at Disney
- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Display
What Do You Think?
What do you think of the gingerbread giraffe and zebra at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge? Do you like their names? Will you have time to see this display during the holiday season?