There’s a surplus of holiday enchantment to participate in down here in Central Florida, but the outrageous locations are always the most entertaining to visit. I suppose it just wouldn’t be the holidays without a big-ass Gingerbread House from Disney.
Located in the lobby of the Grand Floridian Hotel, the House is whispered to be largest in America. I’m not convinced the boast is absolute truth, but it’s certainly the most towering cookie-minded dwelling I’ve ever seen, leaving the other cookie-minded dwellings I’ve encountered in the dust. Actually, this is the only cookie-minded dwelling I’ve observed. With the housing market as it is today, I can’t imagine trying to sell off a residence visitors can actually nibble on.
Granted, the Gingerbread House doesn’t exactly have the dimensions of the Empire State Building, but it’s fairly large for a piece of confectionery might, dwarfed in size by the cavernous Grand Floridian lobby, but still quite a sight.
Why is this important? Because, and I could kick myself for not getting a clear picture of this, but visitors pick off pieces of the house, hopefully for souvenirs, but presumably to eat. Yes, because nothing says yum-yum-in-the-tum-tum quite like a jagged chunk of gingerbread strangers have pawed all day (the velvet-based crowd control is hopeless), coated in toxic adhesive. I thought some tourists would’ve thought this one through. Instead they chip away at the House, making upkeep a priority for the Disney maintenance wizards.
Every minute or so, a plume of smoke floats out of the chimney section, blasting the area with a warm Gingerbread scent. I can only imagine how many fake fire alarms this has triggered. If you venture up to the second floor for viewing, the mist is so thick you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into a Ridley Scott movie.
Oh yeah…I forgot this was Disney. Sell! Sell! Sell!
A surprisingly popular attraction (given a boost when it appeared on the Food Network a few years back), the Gingerbread House nicely plugs a hole in any yuletide yearning for mammoth cookie architecture.