Ever since Gideons Bakehouse opened up in Disney Springs, it’s been a sensation. And we get it. Finding good coffee at Walt Disney World can sometimes be quite the task! So Gideon’s is the perfect solution. We are sharing everything you need to know about Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs and whether or not it’s worth the wait!
Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs
Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs opened in January 2021. This small Victorian-themed bakery/coffee shop quickly became one of the most popular places in Disney Springs. But what is it exactly? And what is all the hype about? Gideon’s is known for their unique cold brew flavors and small-batch, half-pound cookies. They also serve huge cake slices and have a small selection of merchandise. The actual store is quite small, which is why there is almost always a line to get in. Only a handful of customers can actually fit into the space. But the line moves fairly quickly. Since there are no tables inside, and essentially you are just inside to order, it goes faster than you’d think.
How to get to Gideon’s Bakehouse
Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs is located at The Landing, near the Boathouse. If you’re familiar with the area when it was Downtown Disney, The Landing is the area that used to be known as Pleasure Island. It’s easy to get to whether you’re arriving by car or by Disney transportation. You can find its location on the Disney Springs map.
What are the most popular items at Gideon’s Bakehouse?
Hands down, the most raved-about item at Gideon’s Bakehouse is the Peanut Butter Cold Brew. And after trying several varieties of their coffee, we agree that it’s the best. You might not think that peanut butter and coffee go together, but somehow, they do and it’s an amazing combination. The Coffee Cake cookie is also a fan favorite, and they only make a limited amount each day. So, if you want to try that one, be sure to get there a little earlier. We personally are big fans of their cake slices and actually think they’re some of the best items on the menu.
Outside of these fan favorites, seasonal offerings like Pumpkin Spice cookies, French Toast cold brew and more are often big hits as well. For the best selection of the most popular items, be sure to arrive to Gideon’s early.
How do you get into Gideon’s Bakehouse?
By waiting in line! If you’ve ever walked by Gideon’s in Disney Springs, then you may have seen what looks like a very long line to get in. The line is probably not as long as you think it is, and you can usually expect to wait 15-45 minutes if you can manage to go during less busy times. On busier days, they will open up the virtual queue which we will discuss more on below.
Is Gideon’s worth the wait? That really depends on how much you like coffee. I love coffee, so for me, yes, I do think the wait is worth it. To be clear, we only waited about 20 minutes. The line looks a lot longer than it is. And if you’re unsure about how long the line will take, just ask one of the employees at the end of the queue and they can give you a pretty accurate estimate.
Gideon’s will have the longest lines, sometimes up to several hours, Friday-Sunday, and on holiday weekends. They open at 10 am and the earlier you can arrive, the better. If you’re able to go during the week, you’ll generally find lower lines as well.
How does the virtual queue work at Gideon’s Bakehouse?
The virtual queue is easy to use at Gideon’s! This is not a Disney virtual queue, so you do need to be physically inside Disney Springs to be able to join it. The virtual queue generally just opens up when it gets really busy, so if you’re there on a random Tuesday morning, you’ll likely just wait in the regular line. When you arrive at Gideon’s, there will be signage directing you to join the virtual queue. A Gideon’s employee will take your name and phone number to add you to the queue. And shortly after that, you’ll receive a text letting you know an estimated wait time.
When Gideon’s is ready for you, you’ll get a text letting you know it’s time to return to the bakehouse. You’ll wait a short amount of time in line outside, usually no more than about 15 minutes, and then you can go inside to order! We do like the virtual queue option because, in the past, some of the lines have been well over 5 or 6 hours. And as much as we love coffee and cookies, that’s a long time! The best time to get into the virtual queue, like the standard line, is going to be earlier in the day when waits tend to be lower.
When is hot cookie hour at Gideon’s?
Want a hot cookie right when it comes out of the oven? Of course, you do. You can get hot cookies at Gideon’s between 2 pm-3 pm and 6 pm-7 pm. We love their cookies, however, we do think that like most cookies, they are best when hot. The lines do tend to get longer during these times, so just be prepared to wait if you’re hoping to score a warm cookie from Gideon’s.
Is there a limit on Gideon’s cookies?
Yes, there is! Customers can order 6 cookies per person. If that’s not enough for you, you can also preorder for their non-Disney Springs location in Orlando and there are no limitations to preorders.
Gideon’s Bakehouse in Orlando
If you have a car with you on your Disney vacation, or maybe you’re a local, there are other options. You can get your cookie fix at their East End Market location. Their cold brew here isn’t sold here though, but if cookies are what you’re after, this is a great alternative. You can learn all about their East End Market location here.
Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs Review
Overall, we really enjoy Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs. The inside of the building has super interesting and fun decor, and the cookies and cakes are delicious. And the peanut butter cold brew is well worth the hype and pretty much perfect. Some of the other flavors of cold brew, however, can tend to be a bit sweet for our tastes. So just keep that in mind if you are more of a coffee purist or just someone who prefers less sweet coffee. The cookies are huge and the flavor is great, but we recommend heating them up if you can’t make it to hot cookie hour. It makes such a difference! We didn’t feel like the wait is generally too terribly long, and let’s face it, you’re in Disney. So, waiting is kind of just what you have to do sometimes! And when it gets really long, you can just join that virtual queue!
And just a note to those traveling: the cookies actually travel quite well, as long as you buy them within a couple of days before you leave, but the cake does need to be eaten a little faster! So if you don’t eat it when you first buy it, be sure to put it in your fridge when you return to the hotel.
Is Gideons Bakehouse Worth it?
We think so! With amazing cookies, cold brews and the most delectable cakes, Gideon’s is one of the best places to get coffee at Walt Disney World. And you get to support a small, local business, while at Disney. Which is pretty awesome. We definitely think Gideon’s is worth the wait and worth the cost.
How big are Gideon’s Cookies?
They are huge! Weighing almost half a pound, these cookies are serious business. We love that they are big enough to share, to cut in half and save for later, or to enjoy all in one sitting if you’re craving something rich and sweet.
Merchandise at Gideon’s Bakehouse
The merchandise at Gideon’s is adorable. And they often have special t-shirts, candles and tumblers for the holiday season as well. If you’re looking for a gift for a friend, or yourself, you can check out all the Gideons Bakehouse Merchandise here.
This month at Gideons Bakehouse February 2024
One of our favorite things about Gideons Bakehouse is that every month, they have special items available! This is especially thrilling if you love seasonal flavors, and are already a fan of their classic flavors. To celebrate the month of love at Gideon’s Bakehouse, there’s a new cookie! The Strawberry Delight is made from a strawberry dough made with strawberry puree, filled with dark chocolate and sprinkled with strawberry infused sugar. This cookie is especially decadent because it doesn’t use any extracts or food dyes, with all of the flavor coming from the strawberries themselves. Delicious!
The Eternal Flame is back for February 2024 at Gideon’s. This chocolate cookie turns up the heat with ancho, cayenne, and a cinnamon spice mix. And adds just a little something special with cherry infusion and topped with chocolate covered cherries.
Both of these cookies will be available at both of Gideon’s locations throughout the month of February.
And at Disney Springs, Fire and Iced Coffee is coming back for the month of February too! This iced mocha nitro cold brew brings just a bit of heat to your favorite morning drink. And for those who love cake, the new Strawberry Cream Cake will be available in February as well. This cake has three layers of Strawberry Cake, filled with Strawberry Buttercream and touches of chocolate ganache. The perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.
Be on the lookout for new merch at Gideon’s this month as well. You might see a few new faces!
As you can see, we love Gideons Bakehouse. It’s a fun stop to add to your next Disney Springs day so be sure to plan ahead and allow a little extra time when you visit!
Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .