| Disneyland is making its tallest gingerbread house |
Orange County Register
At 9 feet tall with a ghost train around it, the upcoming gingerbread house will stand the tallest and feature the most complex special effects in the Haunted Mansion Holiday's 12-year history. Disneyland will debut its new, spooky gingerbread house when the seasonal version of the Haunted Mansion ride opens Sept. 14.
This year, Jack's Gingerbread House will look like movie character Jack Skellington's home on top of a spindly peak. Bakers and decorators cover the entire structure – a wooden house and hard-foam base – with gingerbread and fondant, an icing-like substance used in pastry sculptures. The house itself is about 3 feet tall and the base is about 6 feet tall, Sandahl said. Zero, the ghost dog, will fly around the tower.
Around the house for the first time, riders can watch a see-through ghost train that will appear to travel around the base of the house. One of the ghosts will blow out a candle on a cupcake on the train, which will also chase a gingerbread man on a push car.
The house likely will weigh 400 to 500 pounds. About 20 employees work to complete the house. Decorators will start covering the structure after Labor Day and spend a final two days on details after it is moved inside the mansion, art director Brian D. Sandahl said.
by Sarah Tully