Gingerbread Displays at Walt Disney World for Christmas

Gingerbread Displays at Walt Disney World for Christmas

One of our favorite activities at Walt Disney World during the holiday season is checking out the grand Gingerbread displays! We are always in awe of the creativity, time, and craftsmanship that go into these displays. But how do you know where to start? Never fear, we are here to help you find all the gingerbread displays in Walt Disney World.

Christmas at Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays 2023 

The gingerbread displays around Walt Disney World Resorts show up in their completed form usually the third week of November. You can see these displays being built earlier than that, but nothing compares to the final product. With so many amazing Christmas decorations at Disney, it is all about these larger-than-life Gingerbread Houses at Walt Disney World.

Where are the Christmas Gingerbread Houses at Disney World 2023?

For 2023, you can see elaborate Gingerbread Houses, Carousels, and Displays at these Disney resorts and locations

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney Springs
  • EPCOT America Adventure Pavilion
  • Disney Cruise Line Very Merrytime Cruise

Gingerbread House at Grand Floridian

The Gingerbread House at The Grand Floridian

The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House. 10,000 pieces of gingerbread, and 500 hours of backing. By far the most grand of all of the gingerbread displays, the life-size gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian is the main event in the lobby of the Grand Floridian during the holiday season. If you don’t have time for any other gingerbread display at Walt Disney World, this is the one to see. They start working on it in June every year and it is a true work of art! Don’t forget to try to find all 24 Hidden Mickeys while you’re there! It’ll help you notice all the details you would have otherwise missed. Plus an 85-pound chocolate Santa, nutcrackers, toy soldiers, and snowmen that have all been hand-painted by the Grand Floridian Bakery team. 

Grand Floridian Resort Gingerbread Pop-Up Shop Treats *NEW 2023*

There is a little shop that opens up in the back of the gingerbread house, specifically for purchasing goodies, including house shingles, that you can take home with you! 

  • Freshly baked, homemade items, such as Gingerbread Mickeys and Shingles, Stollen Bread, Brownie Christmas Tree, and Gingersnap Cookies
  • House-made Gingerbread Ornaments and Gingerbread Houses
  • Assorted Gingerbread Cookie Bags, Marshmallow Pops, and Milk Chocolate Pecan Fudge
  • Grand Floridian Combo Box featuring assorted fan favorite treats, including the cookies n’ cream Christmas Tree, exclusive to this box
  • Plant-based, no sugar added, and gluten-friendly options

How to get there: Parking can be pretty strict at the Grand Floridian, so we recommend taking the monorail from Magic Kingdom. Coming from Magic Kingdom, it will be the fourth stop on the route. The Gingerbread House is located in the lobby.

Gingebread castle at the Contemporary Resort

Gingerbread Castle at the Contemporary Resort 

The Gingerbread Castle at the Contemporary Resort may not be as grand as the house at the Grand Floridian, but it’s a must-see. Featuring a Mary Blair-themed castle display, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Disney, this gingerbread house at Disney is over 17 feet tall, and features 4000 castle gingerbread bricks. The theme of the castle may change from time to time, but its beauty and details of it are always a treat to see. This gingerbread display also has a small shop that sells goodies and gingerbread-themed merch for all of your holiday gingerbread needs. 

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Pop-Up Shop Treats *NEW 2023*

  • Gingerbread Castle Brick
  • Paint Your Own Cookie Box
  • Hot Chocolate Caramel Fudge
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cookie
  • Pistachio Linzer Cookie
  • 5-Legged Goat Cookie
  • Gluten/Wheat Friendly Gingerbread Cookie
  • Gingerbread Latte Cupcake
  • Christmas Tree Butter Cookie
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate (Also available with Peppermint Schnapps)
  • Frozen Apple Cider (Also available with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky floater)

How to get there: There is a walking path from Magic Kingdom that will take you right to the Contemporary Resort. Or take the monorail from Magic Kingdom. It will be your first stop. Go down one level and the castle is located on the wall opposite the restaurants on the same level. 

Walt Disney World Gingerbread display

Gingerbread Cabin at Wilderness Lodge (TBD)

Although we haven’t heard if this gingerbread house will return in 2023, we are keeping our fingers crossed!  Disney’s Wilderness Lodge makes our list of top resorts to visit during the holidays anyway, so we were glad to see this cozy addition. Located on the main level, this gingerbread display has its own little cocoa, cider, and goodie station as well. There are currently 5 hidden mickeys on this display so be on the lookout for them all! And keep your eyes peeled for some fun friends as well, you never know who you might spot here.  After its debut in 2019, this gingerbread display did not return for 2022. However, you can still get treats and cocoa in the lobby.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Wilderness Lodge is to take the boat from Magic Kingdom. If you’re coming from any other Park, just take the bus to the resort. 

Wilderness Lodge Gingerbread Cabin

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club

Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club

The gingerbread carousel display at The Beach Club is by far one of our favorite displays because it’s a full-size, rotating carousel! the theme for 2023 is Ducktales! This gingerbread display is in our top two (with the Grand Floridian display being #1) to see during the holidays at Walt Disney World. There are 22 hidden mickeys in this one and we love finding them all.  It’s so easy to get to the Beach Club if you’re already visiting the Festival of the Holidays at EPCOT. Be sure to put this one on your list! 

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club

Beach Club Gingerbread Pop-Up Shop Treats *NEW 2023*

This display also has a small shop to grab goodies at as well, so be sure to stop by and grab a few favorites. 

  • Signature Stollen Bread
  • Lighthouse Fudge
  • Mickey Snowman Pop
  • Crispy Rice Treat
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Gingerbread Shingle
  • Hot Chocolate Flight
  • Hot Chocolate

How to get there: From Epcot, go through the back entrance, International Gateway. The Beach Club is the first resort. The gingerbread display is located in the lobby. Or, take the Disney Skyliner to Epcot, and instead of going to Epcot, turn right and head towards the resorts. 

Gingerbread Displays Walt Disney World

Disney Resorts at Christmas

Gingerbread Lighthouse at Disney’s Yacht Club *NEW 2023*

Walt Disney World is bringing out a NEW gingerbread display for the 2023 holiday season. The Yacht Club will be joining in on the Gingerbread fun at Disney! Though this resort usually has a snowy train display in the lobby, and there are always Christmas Trees, there will now be gingerbread! Created by Pastry Chef de Cuisine Michael Craig, this gingerbread display was created using actual blueprints from a real lighthouse! Be sure to grab the signature Lighthouse Fudge during your visit. 

Yacht Club Gingerbread Pop-Up Shop Treats *NEW 2023*

This holiday Pop Shop features nautical bites with a spin on the holidays. Gingerbread, cocoas, and more are part of the lineup. 

  • Lighthouse Fudge
  • Mickey Snowman Pop
  • Crispy Rice Treat
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Gingerbread Shingle
  • Hot Chocolate Flight
  • Hot Chocolate

Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread display

Boardwalk Inn Resort Gingerbread Display

While you’re at the Beach Club, make your way over to the Boardwalk Inn and see the adorable replica of the Boardwalk itself. This display does change from time to time but in recent years, they’ve stuck with the same theme for the gingerbread display, so we are hoping this one is around to stay.  And since we’re always looking for more reasons to head to the Disney Boardwalk, we’re happy to make the trip. Starting November 17 you can see this display at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. 

Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Pop-Up Shop Treats *NEW 2023*

  • Mickey and Minnie Sugar Cookies
  • Mickey Caramel Corn Cookie
  • Christmas Tree Pop
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Gingerbread Shingles
  • Gluten/ Wheat-Friendly and Plant-based Gingerbread Shingles

How to get there: From the Beach Club, follow the path that leads you all around the Boardwalk. When you get to the courtyard of the Boardwalk, go up the stairs to the main level and head to the lobby. The gingerbread display is located there. 

Gingerbread Village at Saratoga Springs Resort ( TBD)

While the gingerbread display at Saratoga Springs may not be as grand as some of the others, it’s worth a stop if you’re in the area. Modeled after the actual location of Saratoga Springs, New York, this little gingerbread village features, a carousel, and tiny shops all in a snow-covered village. 

How to get there: If you’re in Disney Springs, you can walk to Saratoga Springs via the walking path. It’s about a 5-minute walk. Otherwise, you can take a bus from any Disney Park to Saratoga Springs and get off at the Congress Park stop. 

Gingerbread display at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Gingerbread Giraffe at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge has joined the Disney Deluxe Resort Gingerbread Craze with a new gingerbread display all its own. This gingerbread giraffe is towering, but not nearly as high as its 45-foot signature Christmas Tree. It features Debra, a baby zebra, and Ginger the Giraffe, at nearly 7 feet tall. This festive pair is made from chocolate, gingerbread, and sugar dough. Such a cute duo, and well worth the trip to see. A cute sight to behold, make sure to stop by and see this gingerbread darling on your next trip to Animal Kingdom Lodge this Christmas. Check out our Christmas Tour of the Gingerbread Display at Animal Kingdom Lodge!  

Animal Kingdom Lodge Gingerbread Pop-Up Shop Treats *NEW* 2023

  • Gingeraffe Cookie
  • Hot Cocoa Flight
  • Beer, wine, and cocktails!

How to get there: The only way to get to Animal Kingdom Lodge is by bus or car. Grab an Animal Kingdom Lodge from any Disney Park. While the Disney bus system doesn’t run between resorts, we love stopping at Animal Kingdom Lodge on our Animal Kingdom Park Day, as it’s only about a 10-minute bus ride.

Gingerbread Town at Amorette’s Patisserie Disney Springs

While you’re getting all of your holiday shopping done at Disney Springs, be sure to stop by Amorette’s Patisserie to see their adorable little gingerbread pastry shop display. And while you’re there, check out all of the goodies they have to offer to satisfy that holiday sweet tooth. Amorette’s is our favorite pastry shop in Walt Disney World and we recommend visiting whenever you have the chance. 

How to get there: Amorette’s Patisserie is located in Disney Springs near the World of Disney Store. Take a bus to Disney Springs or drive and park in their free parking garages. 

Christmas at Epcot Gingerbread Display America Pavilion

Gingerbread Licoln Monument at Disney America Pavilion Gingerbread

Gingerbread Capital City Displays American Adventure Epcot

Last, but not least, is the only gingerbread display currently in Walt Disney World Park. You can find this classic Gingerbread display in EPCOT from November 24 to December 30, 2023.  Located in the American Adventure Pavilion, this gingerbread display features the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Washington Monument. Even this gingerbread display has 6 hidden Mickeys, so while you’re admiring the detail of the nation’s capital, see if you can spot all six!

How to get there: The American Adventure Pavilion is located right in the middle of the World Showcase in Epcot, so stroll around the World Showcase until you get there!

Disney Cruise Line Gingerbread Fleet

And if you’re taking a Very Merrytime Christmas Cruise with Disney Cruise Line, be on the lookout for Christmas Gingerbread Ships on each boat. And the brand-new Disney Wish will join in on the legacy for its inaugural holiday season with an 8-foot-tall, eight-layer masterpiece.

There you have it, all eight gingerbread displays throughout Walt Disney World! If you’re looking for a way to escape the crowds, find free Disney fun, or just want to check this off of your holiday bucket list, seeing the gingerbread displays is a must-do activity for us. We hope this post helps you discover all of the wonderful artistry of the season! Have you seen the Gingerbread displays? Which is your favorite?

Where to find Gingerbread Displays at Walt Disney World


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