How Disney Builds Massive Gingerbread Houses and Official Tips to Improve Yours

The world's most magical place is even more so during Christmas. Disney World ditches Halloween for the holidays in November.

Magic Kingdom has a 65-foot Christmas tree, Main Street has lights, garlands, and life-size nutcrackers, and Cinderella's Castle has lights

that twinkle to music at night. Additionally, many park properties have massive gingerbread displays.

Tasting Table visited the Grand Floridian resort during a recent park visit to learn from Chef Allie how to create these massive edible displays

and make them last all season. We took notes. Use these official tips to improve your homemade gingerbread houses this season.

The world's most magical place is even more so during Christmas. Disney World ditches Halloween for the holidays in November.

Cure the gingerbread dough

Disney World supports their gingerbread pieces with chocolate and dough curing, Chef Allie says. When the structure is built, each gingerbread piece is backed 

Use chocolate for support

Chef Allie offers another tip to make royal icing stick to gingerbread: Prepare the gingerbread for decorating by sugaring all sides.

Sugar the sides of your gingerbread house

Chef Allie loves decorating gingerbread structures, like those at Disney World, with fondant pieces, which are sturdy and versatile. To prevent cracking of sugar snowflakes 

Prevent cracking with tylose powder

Chef Allie suggests decorating gingerbread house roofs with fondant sheets and snowflakes. "It's a really neat way to give your gingerbread house

Use a fondant sheet to trace bricks and shingles

Chef Allie recommends buying paintbrushes for delicate gingerbread house details. For delicate designs and thin wisps of icing or cocoa butter,

Use a thin paintbrush for intricate designs

Chef Allie suggests lots of piping tips for the most festive gingerbread houses. She prefers large star, small round, half star, and half leaf tips

The more piping tips the better

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