Disney World revealed in a video that its famous, giant gingerbread houses are fed to Florida bees every year

Cinderella Castle with gingerbread lights.
Disney World displays gingerbread decor everywhere during the holidays. Handout/Getty Images
  • Each year, Disney World displays giant, handmade gingerbread houses at its hotels.
  • A new TikTok video from the theme park shows that icing from the displays is later fed to bees.
  • Wooden structures used to hold up the candy creations are also reused year after year.

Each winter, Disney World decorates some of its most luxurious hotels with giant, handmade gingerbread houses.

But up until today, many people wondered what happens to the creations after the holiday season ends.

As it turns out, the gingerbread is used for composting and the icing is fed to thousands of Florida bees at a nearby tree farm. 

Disney revealed the process in a TikTok video on Thursday that’s already been viewed nearly 2 million times. It shows Disney decorators and pastry chefs dismantling the gingerbread displays piece by piece and throwing the cookies and edible decorations into giant plastic bins.

From there, according to the video, icing-covered structures are brought to a nearby tree farm that Disney owns, where local bee colonies feed on the sugar. 

“This helps the declining bee population by keeping them well-fed during the winter months when food sources are harder to find,” Disney World sous chef Rheanna says in the video.

Barry Stockwell, a planned work specialist with Disney’s event decorating support, added in a Disney Parks Blog post that the company first noticed bees were “very attracted to sugar on the displays” 10 years ago. 

And that’s not the only part of the process that helps the environment. According to the TikTok, the wooden boards that the candy is attached to are later power-washed and reused the following year.

The oversized gingerbread displays are set up every year between November and December at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Beach Club Resort.