• An up-close look at this year's Gingerbread House inside the Haunted Mansion Holiday 2011

    Every year for the Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction, a new ghoulish concept is created and Resort Foods bakes up a brand new Gingerbread House for the celebration scene in the Mansion’s Grand Hall.

    This year, the gingerbread house dons its holiday apparel replete with gingerbread men all around it. On first glance, the confection is a sweet treat to the eye but when Jack Skellington is involved you know that there's more than meets the eye.

    The gingerbread mansion is a rainbow of colors but when there's a shift in the winds the Jack-o-lantern weather vane atop hints at something darker. No sooner that the smiling face twists into a wicked grin, that red eyes light up on the house and it begins to open up showing a jagged toothed mouth revealing a bright green-striped tongue.

    This year Disney Parks Blog met up with Brian D. Sandahl, Senior Designer for Disney Entertainment Creative Development, who is in charge of the creation of the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house each year. This year he worked with pastry chef Jean-Marc Viallet to create the edible overlays.

    Quote Originally Posted by Disney Parks Blog
    The foundation is wood and wired for animation, then the house goes to the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery for a 3-week layover to apply more than 500 lbs of gingerbread, ten yards of fondant and miles of frosting and oversized candies. Because the six-foot house stays on display through Christmas, the design is a blend of the holidays, inspired by Jack Skellington and the animated film, “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.”
    This years gingerbread house has been a year in the making. Plans for this year's creation started at the end of 2010, with construction beginning in spring 2011!

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    1. mikeca's Avatar
      Incredible! Thanks!
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