Grand Californian’s Gingerbread House

Over at the Disney Parks Blog, they provided us with a sneak peek of the brand-new gingerbread house at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort. We recently took at look at Grand Floridian’s, so it’s definitely fun to compare the two!

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The official opening for the display is November 27, and it was created by a team of 25 artists, engineers and bakers. A total of 1,400 hours are needed to bake and create the edible portion, and it measures 7 ½ feet tall and 12 feet wide. Here’s a look at the ingredients:

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Mouse Bites for November 21, 2014

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I can’t believe it’s less than one week until Thanksgiving! We’ve been charting our course to tackle our holiday meal this year, and let’s just say, there are plenty of spreadsheets involved! Of course, we always make room for Disney fun along the way. Disney announced their holiday displays around several of the resorts, and we’re checking them out for you here on Eating WDW! So far, we’ve stopped by the Contemporary Resort for the Frozen Ice Castle and the Grand Floridian for the Gingerbread House. I can’t wait for the journey around the Crescent Lake resorts!

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We grabbed a satisfying lunch at Sassagoula Floatworks at Port Orleans French Quarter, and warmed up with some grits for breakfast at Contempo Cafe.

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Food Trucks at Exposition Park

On the Food News front, holiday-themed souvenirs have made their way into the parks. Downtown Disney is continuing its transition into Disney Springs. Finally, Bistrot Chez Remy won the TEA Award for Outstanding Achievement – Themed Restaurant over at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris.

Now let’s see what our friends have been up to!

whispering-canyon-cafe-kansas-city-style-smoked-pork-ribs-closeWhispering Canyon Cafe’s Kansas City-Style Smoked Pork Ribs

Melissa Sue of Mouse on the Mind has great news for us “less interactive” folks visiting Whispering Canyon Cafe.

raglan-road-full-irishRaglan Road’s Full Irish Breakfast

Nick & Nora of Extra WDW Magic visit Raglan Road for Brunch and cover Alex Guarneschelli’s “Sunday Morning” at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

sommerfest-currywurstSommerfest’s Currywurst

Alexis of Gluten-Free in Orlando heads to Sommerfest in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion to explore their gluten-free options.

yacht-club-ale-and-compass-house-cut-truffle-friesAle and Compass Lounge’s House Cut Truffle Fries

Adam and Andrew of Disney Hipster Blog recap their Crescent Lake Bar Crawl Meet-Up.

Thank your for visiting and we’ll keep you posted on any Disney food news that comes our way over the weekend. Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend!

Bistrot Chez Remy Wins the TEA Award for Outstanding Achievement – Themed Restaurant

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The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners on Tuesday, and among the recipients, Bistrot Chez Remy at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris won the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Themed Restaurant. The restaurant features oversized objects to create furniture, decor, and architectural elements. Guests are therefore “shrunk” to the size of Remy in from the film Ratatouille.

Apart from Bistrot Chez Remy, “it’s a small world” at Disneyland and “Wilderness Explorers” at Animal Kingdom were TEA award recipients. On Wednesday night, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Associations (IAAPA) awarded their Brass Rings Awards for Live Entertainment Excellence, where “Once Upon a Time” (Tokyo Disney Resort) won Best Multimedia Spectacular. You can see additional information about the awards on the Disney Parks Blog.

A Look at the 2014 Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House

The second stop for gingerbread sight-seeing on the monorail loop is the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Here, a large, Victorian gingerbread house is constructed in the lobby, and the aroma fills the air. The grand opening for the house is tomorrow, Friday, November 21, at 9am. Cast members will then sell gingerbread cookies and other treats from inside the house. To get an idea of the items for sale, you can check out our post on last year’s house. Be sure to click on the photos for larger images, and see if you can spot some of the gold Hidden Mickeys! They seem to be a bit trickier than the Hidden Olafs at the Contemporary’s display.

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2014-grand-floridian-gingerbread-house-6“Smoke” rises from the chimney on the left.

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A Quick Bite at Contempo Cafe: Cheesy Grits & Breakfast Menu Update

One of my favorite items to order for breakfast when I visit the Contemporary is the Tillamook Cheddar Cheese Grits, which feature with Nueske’s Smoked Bacon, from The Wave. However, this trip to the resort found me on a bit of a time schedule, so I made my way to Contempo Cafe to grab a quick breakfast. Here, you’ll find the usual suspects on the menu, like the Breakfast and Bounty Platters and Mickey Waffles, as well as a Breakfast Sandwich and Breakfast Burrito. Since I still had some food adventures ahead of me, I decided on something on the lighter side and ordered their Grits, which come with shredded White Cheddar Cheese.

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Downtown Disney/Disney Springs Update

The Disney Parks Blog has released some images and information regarding Downtown Disney’s transformation into Disney Springs. First, the “Springs Bottling Co.” sign has been installed above the space that will house Morimoto Asia and has a turn-of-the-century feel. You can watch a time-lapse video of the installation here. Waterview Stage, adjacent to the site of The BOATHOUSE, is offering nightly entertainment (information on showtimes can be found in the Times Guide at Downtown Disney).

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Later this month, the West Side will see the opening of the Food Trucks at Exposition Park. This will act as a permanent home for the trucks. Additional seating and shaded areas will also be available for diners.

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Holiday-Themed Souvenirs Coming to Disney Parks

The Disney Parks Blog released some images of the fun holiday souvenirs we’ll be finding at the Disney Parks this season! The Mickey Elf Sipper Stein and matching Popcorn Bucket can be found in Disneyland, California Adventure, and Magic Kingdom.

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Over at Disneyland, you’ll find this Winter Castle design on souvenir soup cups from Jolly Holiday Bakery and the turkey leg cart near Sleep Beauty Castle during the Merriest Place on Earth celebration. I’d love to see the cups here on the east coast! At California Adventure, Cozy Cone Motel will have Cone-Shaped Snowy Sippers.  Nightmare Before Christmas” novelties will also be available through the holidays.

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