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First Look: 2018 Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort has begun and Disney has provided your first look at the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread creation, one of the most popular Halloween Time traditions. This year marks the 18th year for the spooktacular gingerbread display and it had to make a creepy mark as it celebrates the 25th anniversary of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Tim Wollweber, associate art director for Disney Parks, has been involved with Haunted Mansion Holiday display since its inception in 2001, and once again took the creative lead on the gingerbread display this year. “We wanted to create a monster movie vibe, and a scary spider is a classic and iconic Halloween image. With that in mind, we designed a giant 5-foot spider with eerie glowing eyes and moving legs and mandibles. This multicolor spider is suspended above the Haunted Mansion’s Grand Hall table, attempting to pry the edible mansion from its foundation, revealing candy cane rebar and sparking lights. General chaos ensues as gingerbread zombies watch in astonishment and cocoon-wrapped gingerbread zombies wait to become spider snacks.”

Disneyland Central Bakery started baking gingerbread over a month ago. No less than 12 pastry chefs, led by Assistant Pastry Chef Christina Orejel, transformed the gingerbread, icing, and fondant into the incredible masterpiece.

So what goes into making the boo-tiful display?

  • 90 pounds gingerbread

  • 30 pounds of confectioner’s sugar

  • 10 pounds of white chocolate

  • 45 pounds of fondant

The frightfully festive gingerbread creation can be found during Haunted Mansion Holiday, which lasts through early January 2019.

News & Media Source: Disney Parks Blog

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