Gideon's Bakehouse at Disney Springs wins a Themed Entertainment Association award

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Opening day at Gideon's Bakehouse Disney Springs
Posted: Tuesday November 16, 2021 3:54pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Gideon's Bakehouse at Disney Springs has been awarded a Themed Entertainment Association award for "Themed Retail, Limited Budget."


The massively popular bakery at Walt Disney World opened in December 2020 and immediately impressed with not only its cookies, but the exterior and interior design. The quirky and slightly sinister mood is wonderfully executed and goes a long way to elevating the experience of a visit to Gideon's.

Before opening at Disney Springs, Gideon's original location opened in late 2016 at Orlando's East End Market with one employee and an $800 budget. The Bakehouse quickly gained international recognition for its almost ½-pound, small-batch handmade cookies. Word quickly spread, and lines up to 80 minutes long became a regular sight – with locals and visitors alike all hoping to get their hands on their favorite flavor before Gideon's sold out.

Prior to opening, owner and creator Steve Lewis said,  “We aim to make the wait in line entertaining by immersing everyone in a transformative environment that will share our story as they progress towards the counter. Experience is everything to us, so memorable sweets and whimsical atmosphere exist hand in hand. This opportunity is truly a dream come true and will allow us to flex all of our creative muscles in both desserts and decor. We’re passionate, inspired, and ready."

The Thea Awards were founded by TEA in 1994. A Thea Award may be given to individuals, projects and technologies. To produce the official slate of recipients from hundreds of nominations received each year, the Thea Awards Judging Committee deliberates at length and then submits its recommended slate to the TEA International Board of Directors for final approval.

The award to Gideon's Bakehouse will be formally presented in Spring 2022.

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Archie12311 days ago

I think that their cookies are overrated. Not bad but just slightly below average. I will say the store looks cool when you are inside.

jaklgreen12 days ago

My issue with most chocolate desserts is that they use crap chocolate. Hersey's is a travesty to the word chocolate. If businesses used good quality chocolate in their desserts, I would be right there with you.

Mousertainment13 days ago

Here's the thing - a) I'm a chocoholic and b) I love soft chocolate chip cookies and/or cookie dough. The funny thing is, you would think these are sugar overload based on all the chocolate chips, but IMO they're not sugar overload - they're richness overload! I know nothing about how these are made, but I'd guess it involves BUCKETS of butter. lol But the richness oddly cuts the sugar rush of them. But it also keeps me from eating too much at one time. Probably why after trying a couple of different flavors (including coffee cake and cookies 'n cream - neither of which were really repeatable need for me), my fave is actually the triple chocolate chip cookie. So. Much. Chocolate. It also tastes best after long travels and being frozen and reheated. Having now tasted these (almost) fresh, however, the original chocolate chip is fantastic fresh vs. 'only' being really good after longer travels and frozen and reheated. lol I love big gooey chocolate chip cookies - at DLR, I pass on the plain Num-Nums but recommend their cousins which are used as part of the chocolate chunk sundaes at the Golden Horseshoe. I think they taste better when softened up under the ice cream. But none of the above compares to the dear departed Chef Cookie's Deep Dish at DL's lost and lamented Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. That thing was literally the greatest cookie/dessert ever.

ppete197513 days ago

you better be getting them a great christmas present

DznyGrlSD13 days ago

NOW you know why they won't ship them :)

MrPromey14 days ago

Okay... getting someone else to wait for you may actually be THE best strategy. 😏

jaklgreen14 days ago

You are not. We tried their cookies and cakes and were not impressed at all. They gave us a day old cookie and the cake frosting was grainy.

UNCgolf14 days ago

I feel like I'm the only person in the world who thinks their cookies (at least the chocolate chip ones) look bad. Too much chocolate, too little cookie.

Mousertainment14 days ago

I am so lucky to have an awesome friend. Who went to Gideon's yesterday. Waited in a more than 3 hour long virtual queue. Then got on a plane and came home late last night. And I arrived at their home first thing this morning to pick up less-than-24-hour-old Gideon's cookies (only slightly smooshed by the TSA dropping a heavy bag on top of the cookie box)!!!! O M G Having them (almost) fresh makes a HUGE difference. I mean even a week+ old as I previously had them they're still pretty darn good. But less than 24 hours old where they are soft and fresh and the chocolate hasn't bloomed and salt flakes haven't fallen off? HEAVEN in a cookie. 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪 But now I'm totally spoiled and want them that fresh again. lol And I may not get that lucky again on timing!

MrPromey14 days ago

Ummm... NO! ... Stupid face! That's a horrible idea! ... Nobody should do that! :oops: ... Like, ever... ;)

DznyGrlSD14 days ago

Drive to East End? better yet - PREORDER from East End?

MrPromey14 days ago

Actually, there is a better strategy but I don't like the whole of the internet enough to spill that semi-secret in public and ruin it. ;)

MrPromey18 days ago

Yeah, best strategy is probably to go there first and try getting into the virtual queue so you then have a few hours to do other things before going back.

Mousertainment18 days ago

A friend of mine was there this afternoon and said the line was 2-3 hours long so they couldn't wait and get me cookies. :( Hoping they'll get there again before they leave!