Since 2001, guests of the Disneyland Resort, look forward to the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay. One part of the popular holiday attractions is the giant gingerbread masterpiece that’s been created for the last 18 years.
This year, since it was the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, it was selected as the theme for the 2018 Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread display.
Tim Wollweber, associate art director for Disney Parks, has been involved with this traditions since it started. This year he was again the creative lead on the gingerbread piece. He had this to say:
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
To create such a large structure, Disneyland Central Bakery started baking gingerbread more than a month ago. It takes at least 12 pastry chefs – “led by Assistant Pastry Chef Christina Orejel – get involved, transforming gingerbread, icing, and fondant into this scary fun masterpiece.”
Here’s a list of what was used!
- 90 pounds gingerbread
- 30 pounds of confectioner’s sugar
- 10 pounds of white chocolate
- 45 pounds of fondant
You can check out this incredible gingerbread display during the Haunted Mansion Holiday. It runs now through early January 2019.
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