Disney’s Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel is now on display for the 2021 holiday season! We stopped by the resort yesterday as finishing touches were being added. The gingerbread display is themed to “The Little Mermaid” as well as Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”. Here are photos and video from yesterday!
When we arrived, Cast Members were adding decorative touches like hidden Mickeys (with the help of young guests) and other flourishes.
The photos I took are from while it was being worked on and then after the display was finished. Ahead is the Ariel horse. There are five total horses, four on the carousel and one nearby. They are: Ariel; King Triton; Ursula; Prince Eric and then Sebastian and Flounder for one horse. Above you can see the “50” for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary and the snowflakes have an EARidescent look to them. A few hours after this photo, greenery had been added to hide the base. The carousel wasn’t yet spinning when we were there.
Here is our video, followed by photos and information about this stunning display!
The Gingerbread Carousel is presented by the Yacht & Beach Club Bakery for its 21st year. It was not displayed last year, but turned 20 in 2019. The themes are different every year. 2019 was the first year where there was a single character theme (Peter Pan).
The ingredients include 432 pounds of honey, 1200 pounds of rye flour, 100 pounds of eggs, 25 pounds of spices, 10 pounds of simple syrup, 200 pounds of icing, 10 quarts of egg whites, 100 pounds of confectioner’s sugar, 50 pounds of dark chocolate, 50 pounds of modeling chocolate, 200 gumpaste flowers, 20 pounds of Grand Marnier syrup, 2020 pieces of gingerbread and 21 gold hidden Mickeys – and lots of enthusiasm, energy and talent!
Here is a close up of the “50” and the snowflakes.
The Ariel horse has a red mane.
Below her is Scuttle with a dinglehopper (fork) and snarfblatt (pipe). Scuttle has a wreath of holly around his neck.
The horse has a shells and sand running throughout.
A starfish is on the front of Ariel.
Ariel’s name is on the tag. Nearby are seashells and a seahorse.
The seat resembles like Ariel’s fin and it looks like a hidden Mickey in the ornaments.
Cast Member were adding gingerbread Mickeys to the base.
The Prince Eric horse includes his dog Max and his ship.
The front of the horse looks like Prince Eric’s wedding jacket. Also – most of the photos were taken before the lighting was turned on, so the pictures look more natural. This one was taken after.
Prince Eric is noted on the name tag.
Max wears a Santa hat and is surrounded by ornaments.
There are so many little details.
The ship includes a Mickey wreath.
King Triton is next.
King Triton’s trident is on the horse.
Here is a look from above.
King Triton’s palace is on the seat, surrounded by gifts.
King Triton’s name is on the name tag. Nearby, there is a 50th anniversary ornament. Many can be seen throughout the display.
An image of King Triton and Ariel is also displayed.
Ariel is the topper for the display.
Ursula as a horse has a lot of purple running throughout.
Here is a close-up of her face.
Tentacles are part of the design.
Flotsam and Jetsam are both here as well, wrapped in Christmas bulbs.
They are both wrapped around the poles.
You can see below that decorative flowers had been added by this time to the base.
Ursula’s shoe even has tentacles.
Beyond the horses, you can see candy cane decorations.
The Sebastian & Flounder horse sits nearby.
“Life is the bubbles”.
The horse includes musical notes and it is very sandy looking – even through the mane.
Flounder is below, and you can see a 50th ornament.
It looks like two orange hidden Mickeys.
Sebastian is in his shell.
There are seahorses with trumpets.
The horse’s tale even looks like it has been in the sand.
“Santa’s Nice List” includes pastry cooks and bakers who have been working since July on the gingerbread carousel.
“This Gingerbread Carousel was created for your pleasure by the cast of the Yacht and Beach Club Pastry Team. All decor is handcrafted edible gingerbread, sugar and chocolate. Pastry cooks and bakers have worked over 600 hours since July to accomplish this task. This earned them a spot on Santa’s nice list.”
There is also a “Naughty List”: Ursula, Flotsam and Jetsam earned their places on it.
Disney’s Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel is gorgeous, as always. And in addition to the carousel, guests can purchase treats. Keep reading!
We tried some gingerbread samples that were being passed out while the display was being detailed.
There is a sales booth near the carousel but that won’t always be open. The Beach Club Marketplace also carries the treats and has much longer hours.
Items available include Signature Stollen Bread and the Trio of Fudge.
I purchased the Chocolate Snow Globe themed to Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary.
There are pops and marshmallow snowmen.
Ariel is on one of the pops, as is Ursula.
Make sure to check out Disney’s Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel this season! It will be displayed through January 2nd, 2022.
Just FYI – from above you can see the hidden Mickeys on the roof and Ariel is the topper.
There are several gingerbread displays this year, Disney’s Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel was the first to open. Next will be Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread House on November 10th!