Back in 2001, Haunted Mansion Holiday debuted at Disneyland. I was there that November, and was so taken with the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay! It has been a favorite attraction of mine through nearly 20 years. And each year, everyone waits to see what the gingerbread house will look like. And today we know! Disney released photos and information as the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house celebrates 50 years of the Haunted Mansion. From September 6th, 2019 to January 6th, 2020, Disneyland guests can enjoy a ride before it changes back to the classic, non-holiday ride.
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It took 13 days to bring days to create, and six of the culinary Cast Members have been part of this tradition since 2001. In 2020, there will be 20 years of Haunted Mansion Holiday (and Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread houses!), it will be fun to see how that informs the house next year.
From the Disney Parks Blog: Standing at nearly 10-feet tall, the Haunted Mansion replica itself steals the hearts of all who lay eyes to it with its intricate details and some familiar faces. There are 15 spirited Haunted Mansion residents made of gingerbread cookies ranging from 24 to 30 inches tall. Can you imagine all of the ingredients it takes to create this centerpiece?
The gingerbread house is made of:
- Over 30 pounds of gingerbread
- 120 pounds of frosting and icing
- 75 pounds of powdered sugar
- 140 pounds of fondant
- …and more!
I always enjoy gingerbread house displays around the Disney parks and resorts (and the Haunted Mansion Holiday ballroom always smells so good). I always recommend the Disneyland Resort for Halloween or Christmas – my favorite is Halloween Time. Either way, you could see Haunted Mansion Holiday since it spans both seasons! You can read more about this on the Disney Parks Blog.