This Year’s Halloween Gingerbread House at Disneyland is Inspired by They Haunted Mansion!


This is so cool!  As most of you already know, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion turned 50 last month! In honor of that, Disneyland chose to make their Haunted Mansion Holiday house with the anniversary attraction in mind!

The special houses get a different theme each year and have been going on since 2001! Guests can view the special Haunted Mansion Holiday display in the Grand Hall! It will be on display throughout the holiday season.

This very special, and incredibly amazing, piece took 13 days and six cast members from the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery team to make it! It is almost 10-feet tall and it features 15 Haunted Mansion residents. They are all made from gingerbread cookies and go from 24 inches to 30 inches tall!

It was designed by Tim Wollweber, associate art director for Disney Parks.

Wollweber tried to keep many familiar details of the attraction: “We have lantern bits in there, doors where they generally would be found, green iron work in there…we’ve never really done that before.”

But what he liked most about the experience?  “More than any of the other designs we’ve done, this one is a great labor of love that pays tribute to what’s been around for half a century. This is our congratulations for haunting a place for 50 years and we are happy that people still love it.”

The question I want to know is “How many pounds of baking supplies did this take?”

“Here are this year’s concocted ingredients that make up this ghostly home:”

  • Over 30 pounds of gingerbread
  • 120 pounds of frosting and icing
  • 75 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 140 pounds of fondant
  • …and more!

Wow! That’s a lot of planning! I like to watch baking shows so I can only imagine the intricate work and preparation in this!  It’s amazing.  Admittedly, I’m a bit biased as a huge Haunted Mansion fan, but this is beautiful!

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