Our Version of The 2011 Disneyland Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House (Part One)

This year’s gingerbread house design was a no brainer for me.  I fell in love when I saw the Disneyland Haunted Mansion gingerbread house for this year as soon as I saw it on the Disney Parks Blog.  I thought it was awesome and this was what I wanted to build this year!

I was so excited when I saw it that I asked Brandon to watch the video to see if he could help me make mine open and close like theirs and he said he could.

The design work took me a while but I made a pattern and set it up to make sure it was right.  I did have to make some adjustments to it and here is my model.


I thought about how to make this come together for a while and then this week Brandon took his vacation from work and we started on making our gingerbread house.

I made the gingerbread, cut out each of the pattern pieces and baked them.  I allowed them to cool overnight.

Then it was time to assemble.  Assembly was a bit challenging with having an upper and lower house to build.  I had to build the bottom and top separate so that Brandon could put hinges and the electronics and lights in it and get it all programmed to work in sequence.  The kitchen table started to look like a Radio Shack exploded…..

This was kind of a build of faith.  The entire time building I worried that it would all come crashing down once we put the two sections together and try out the open and closing feature.  A little successful testing to make sure it would work (fingers still crossed) then I had to button it up and finish decorating.

The next post will be the final reveal and the moment of truth weather or not the house will open and close as we anticipate.





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