Thrifty Thursday: The Magnificent Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian

During the holiday season, it is easy to find loads of FREE things to do at the Walt Disney World Resort. No one decorates on the level of Disney anywhere else and you are totally immersed in the spirit of holiday cheer. One prime example of decorating in Disney style is the Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

This is a must-see for my family during every trip. We have had our Christmas cards taken in front of this magnificent house and we, in fact, take a family picture in front of it during every visit. The aroma is awesome; even for someone who doesn’t like the taste of gingerbread the scent screams holiday magic. It is a beautiful, and completely edible, masterpiece.
The Gingerbread House is due to open on November 14. The usual hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily (but remember, it doesn’t have to be open in order for you to view it). I thought I would share some information about this grand structure today.

Making the House
1050 lbs of Honey
800 lbs of Flour
600 lbs of Chocolate
600 lbs of Powdered Sugar
140 pints of Egg Whites
35 lbs of Spices
Tons of Creativity, Disney Magic and Pixie Dust

It takes the Grand Floridian cast more than two months and 840 hour of labor to produce, cut and bake the 5089 “shingles” used to decorate the Gingerbread House.

Signature Items Handmade by the Grand Floridian Bake Shop
Large Chocolate Chip Cookie (3 oz)
Gingerbread Cookie People (1.6 oz)
Gingerbread Shingle with Chocolate (2.8 oz)
Peppermint Bark (1/2 lb bag)
Stollen Bread with Marzipan (2 lbs)
Signature Gingerbread House (3 ½ lb)
Gingerbread Ornaments: Small, House, Butterfly, Tree and Cup

Other Items for Sale Inside the House

Lollipops: Oreo Cookie Chocolate Pops (1.6 oz); Mickey Face (3 oz); Princess (1.6 oz)
Chocolate Snowman with Chocolates (4.5 oz)
Chocolate Holiday Snow Globe (3.5 oz)
Chocolate Holiday Hexagon box with Truffles (7.3 oz)
Chocolate Grand Floridian Frame (5.8 0z)
Assorted Gingerbread Cookies (1/2 lb bag)
Small Grand Floridian Happy Holidays Chocolate box with Truffles (7.3 oz)
Grand Floridian Happy Holidays Chocolate Box with Truffles (14.4 oz)
Poinsettia Chocolate Box with Truffles (20.4 oz)
Signature Chocolate Box with Truffles (2 lb 5 oz)
Chocolate Disney Characters: Cinderella, Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie and Tinkerbell

I hope you will go to see this beautiful display, along with the rest of the elegant decorations at the Grand Floridian. Now, you can even make out your gift list ahead of time so you will know exactly what you want to buy during your visit. Have a magical holiday trip!

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Brenda is a native Texan born and raised on the Gulf Coast. She visited Disney World twice as a teenager and always dreamed of growing her family Disney. She took her first-timer husband and their three children to Disney World in 2000 and they now spend every Thanksgiving there. Brenda writes with a comedic twist on various Disney topics. She will be sharing tips she has learned during her travels and also hopes to enlighten people on little-known freebies that Disney has to offer. She wishes she could have met Walt Disney and considers herself to be a student of Walt. In parallel to his dream it is her wish that everyone would take at least one trip to Disney World in order to share in its magic with their families.

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