When I found out a while back that my beloved Donald Duck Gingerbread Display at the BoardWalk Inn was no more, I was bummed out. I mean, I still loved it even with a heavy emphasis on Stitch in 2011 (and prior alongside Daisy). Donald is my favorite character, and even though the display only featured his little duck-butt sticking out of the bottom of the chimney, it was such an “Only you, Donald!” predicament. Anyway, this is what we have this year.
Now don’t get me wrong; I’m glad there’s something there, and it does indeed fit with the theme of the resort. It definitely feels like one of the concession stands that lines a boardwalk. It just feels so… unholidaylike and plain. It’s missing some of the Disney magic, at least to me.
Free samples of gingerbread were being handed out. Matt said it was pretty good.
Now the new display does have some nice touches to stick with the BoardWalk theme. For example, I absolutely love the use of green saltwater taffy as wreaths and garland.
While the treats available for purchase are pretty standard to what you’ll find at these displays property-wide, I did think the cotton candy-shaped gingerbread cookie was a nice touch. Other than that, its the fairly standard gingerbread house (or kit), shingle cookie, plain gingerbread cookie, or Stollen, the last of which I believe may be unique to the BoardWalk (a similarly packaged fruitcake can be found at Beach Club, but more on that to come).
While I definitely miss the whimsical Disney fireplace display, I am grateful they didn’t do away with the gingerbread decor altogether. There are still Hidden Mickeys to look for, though only 3. I really hope they bring back the fireplace in future years, but only time will tell on that wish. Until that happens, they’re going to have to really take this display to the next level for me to get excited for it.
What do you think about the new BoardWalk display? Would you prefer the previous incarnation as I do?