Here’s Why Gideon’s Bakehouse at Disney Springs Is Irresistible
It can be said that while the attractions found within the four parks at Walt Disney World Resort are most notably centered around rides and interactive experiences, the attractions that fuel the scene at Disney Springs are focused more on shopping, dining, and stage entertainment. In regards to the second matter, Disney Springs reigns supreme with an abundance of diverse tastes and options in everything, from fanciful table service establishments to convenient quick stop options. And one such consideration for impeccable, one-of-a-kind exclusive cookies and cakes is Gideon’s Bakehouse. With its pleasantly peculiar Victorian/Gothic curiosities motif, quaint charm, small staff of devoted employees, and novel cookie concoctions made from scratch, there are endless reasons for why Gideon’s Bakehouse at Disney Springs is so irresistible. Here are just a few.
1. Gideon’s History
Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs softly opened to the public in late 2020, just before Christmas, for a limited time. Officially celebrating its grand opening later on January 16, 2021, Gideon’s has remained opened ever since, earning a reputation as the ultimate Disney-going cookie lover’s wildest dreams come true. But that’s not where the story begins. Back in October 2016, visionary founder and creator Steve Lewis humbly opened his first bakery of homemade novelty cookie concoctions at East End Market in Orlando, Florida with just one other employee and a modest budget of $800. While the original location still serves as the first primary basis for the Gideon’s Bakehouse brand, the new anchor shop location at Disney Springs is already an undeniable crowd-pleaser.
2. The Story Behind the Theme
Many may wonder how the name “Gideon” came about. Well, it’s a pretty interesting story, actually. When Steve Lewis was searching for culinary inspirations for his new bakery, he purchased what he assumed was just an old antique cookbook from 1898. What he found scribbled along the margins and pages throughout, however, were countless doodles and notes from what appeared to be the handiwork of child with big dreams of becoming baker. The name he found written at the back of the book read “Gideon.” So on a creative whim, Lewis decided to fulfill the vision of who he conceptualized Gideon to be—a young boy living during the Victorian era—by naming his bakery for him. Additionally, Lewis established a Victorian/Gothic motif about the place through décor and other nice touches, including classy (and slightly eerie) wall art, shelves filled with aging books, relics, and other curiosities. Inspiration for the finalized design and décor were influenced by the works of artist Edward Gorey as well as by Disney’s own Haunted Mansion attraction.
3. Awards and Acclaim
In just a few short years, Gideon’s has earned a stellar reputation that any bakery would be proud of. In addition to garnering local praise and recognition on the statewide level, they’ve also celebrated acclaim both nationally and internationally through a multitude of awards and honors. They’ve been credited time and again for offering the “best” and/or for being the “best” through countless publications, and accolades, including Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly, Visit Orlando, The Boston Globe, Insider Magazine, New York Times, Business Insider, USA Today, Business Journal, Sports Illustrated, Appetit Magazine, Delish.com, Travel Advisor, ZAGAT, and several others. They even appeared on HGTV’s House Hunters and on Food Network Brazil.