Here’s How Disney World Creates A Life-Size Gingerbread House Every Year

One of the best (and most delicious) holiday traditions is building a gingerbread house. Well, Disney World loves the holidays and they take classic traditions to a whole new, magical level! Each year, the theme parks and hotels undergo a transformation from top to bottom. Disney cast members pull out all of the festive trimmings and deck the halls with so much holly, you wouldn’t believe it.

Over at Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort and Spa, workers create something extra special and sweet in the main lobby of the deluxe resort: a life-size gingerbread house!

Check out how Disney does it in this video shared by “Good Morning America”:

Having actually visited the life-size gingerbread house (and planning my second visit in about a month!), I can confirm it smells as incredible as it looks! Yes, you can actually walk into this culinary creation and purchase your own gingerbread and other holiday sweets in The Bake Shop.

According to the official Disney Parks Blog, building this gingerbread house is not an easy undertaking. Now celebrating its 19th year at Disney, the pastry team invests 400 hours baking the gingerbread. Then, they take more than 160 hours constructing and decorating the house.

And sometimes lucky guests who watch the construction can score a free sample!

Disney pastry chefs use a special gingerbread recipe from Austria for their famous displays and the items they sell across the resort. Inside The Bake Shop, guests can find gingerbread house kits, ornaments, cookies and more!

This year, the gingerbread house and The Bake Shop are scheduled to be opened from Nov. 15 through Jan. 1. Visitors can also enjoy gingerbread decorating demonstrations everyday day starting on Dec. 1.

Happy holidays, Disney-style!