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Popular Disney World Spot Closes as Temperatures Become Unbearable

Gideon's Bakehouse closed
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Walt Disney World Resort exists in a location whose goal is often to melt anyone it can within its borders. Florida has seen record-breaking temperatures this summer, and the parks’ attendance numbers have definitely suffered because of it. Amid the struggles of intense heat, one popular eatery location at Disney Springs has recently been forced to close due to a broken air conditioning unit leading to unsafe working conditions.

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Gideon’s Bakehouse at the Landing in Disney Springs

Gideon’s Bakehouse, located in Disney Springs, Orlando, is renowned for its meticulously crafted “almost half-pound” cookies that undergo a labor-intensive 24-hour preparation process. These cookies come in various flavors, from the beloved Original Chocolate Chip to the irresistible Pistachio Toffee.

Expanding its offerings at Disney Springs, Gideon’s introduced an extended menu featuring cookie and cake slices, including Double Frosted Cakes, and a selection of exceptional iced drinks, notably the Original Peanut Butter Iced Coffee.

According to the official description on Disney’s website, visitors can enjoy the Coffee Cake Cookie daily, a departure from its previous limited availability, and indulge in the evening with the Hot Cookie Hour, providing sweet treats after dinner. Additionally, Gideon’s Bakehouse is known for its surprise Limited Edition desserts, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, ensuring delightful and unique surprises throughout the year.

Gideon's dessert

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Gideon’s Bakehouse Closed

However, not all is currently well at Gideon’s Bakehouse. The popular eatery has been dealing with some major air conditioning issues. Its AC unit broke recently, and the company has been relying on a temporary portable one in the meantime. The fried part needing to be replaced is unavailable until late September, and the bakery has suffered.

In trying to operate under extreme heat and humidity, the venue has gone over 100 degrees inside. This is obviously dangerous for guests and employees alike. Gideon’s Bakehouse has decided the best course of action is to close and hope for a repair in order to function again. As of now, the dessert location is only closed on September 1. However, if no repair happens this evening, it will likely remain closed until it can get a working air conditioning unit.

Gideon's Bakehouse cookie

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Gideon’s provided a statement on Instagram to its followers. The company is obviously doing everything it can to address the issue and is pleading with customers to remain patient.

Hi. This update is no fun, but here we are. The temporary portable AC units are not adequately cooling the store today. The ship is empty with ovens off, yet the temp is still pushing 100. The fried AC part is out of stuck until late September, so the next stage is to completely replace the AC unit, which was installed only a few months ago! Given that it’s the size of a car, it will take some planning. Please send positive thoughts to the universe that it can get done tomorrow night. In the meantime, Gideon’s at Disney Springs will likely be closed on September 1st. Everything will launch tomorrow per usual, but Gideon’s at East End is the only game in town until we’re back on track. 100+ degrees is impossible for my team, my deserts, and you.

Thank you for understanding, and my greatest apologies to the many people visiting from other parts of the world with Gideon’s as an important part of your trip. I hear you, and failing you causes unpleasant emotions in me. My team is pushing every option. I promise we are doing our best for you all.

We truly hope that Gideon’s Bakehouse manages to fix its AC unit soon. Its desserts are just too good to deny vacationers. The venue’s struggle affects all of us, and it’ll be a glorious moment when it thrives again.

About Michael Stoyanoff

Michael is a Disney fan with an entertainment background and passion for writing. Living in Orlando, he has been around the theme parks for over a decade. In his free time he enjoys running, playing video games, and traveling the world. He also loves hanging out with his dog, Mr. Pippers the Pug.

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