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Gingerbread House at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
Gingerbread House at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Gingerbread House at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

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The life-sized gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is so big, there's a bake shop operated out of the back. The shop sells freshly baked cookies, gingerbread ornaments, stollen bread, chocolate-peppermint bark, lollipops and truffles in Grand Floridian logo boxes. In front, catch a demonstration by a cast member on how to decorate a gingerbread house.

Other impressive gingerbread creations at Disney World include the (new for 2009) gingerbread tree (17 feet high and six feet wide) on the 4th floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort, the Gingerbread Carousel in Disney's Beach Club (made from gingerbread, chocolate and sugar paste), the Gingerbread Train in Disney's Yacht Club (which winds its way around a sugary rock mountain decorated with scenes of Mickey and the gang having winter fun), and the Gingerbread Gazebo at Disney's BoardWalk Inn (decked out with hidden Mickeys).

Fun Fact: The Grand Floridian's gingerbread house was made with 1,050 pounds of honey. A single worker bee makes about 1/12th a teaspoon of honey in his lifetime, so...well, you do the math on this one. Here, let's make it easier: a colony of bees produce about 200 pounds of honey in a year.

Bonus Fun Fact: It takes Disney chefs about 400 hours to bake the gingerbread and 160 hours to decorate the house. It beats driving the Jungle Cruise!

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