This appetizing tour, which is presented by the Boudin Bakery, explains the story behind the famed San Francisco bakery that was started by Isidore Boudin. He notably created San Francisco sourdough bread back in 1849, in a small shop on Dupont Street. Today, Boudin Bakery holds the record in San Francisco for being the city’s oldest company, having remained open for more than one-hundred and sixty years.
To begin the tour, guests are first treated to two pieces of tantalizing Boudin bread. Next, a Disney tour guide leads the group into a room with a screen where a comical narrated video about sourdough bread is presented. Two celebrated comedians, Rosie O’Donnell and Colin Mochrie, banter back and forth with lots of humor sprinkled in, about the Boudin story. This is a brief video of only a few minutes so children will not become restless or bored. In fact, the complete tour only lasts 13 minutes.
Next, the visitors stroll through the bakery while listening to the comedic duo as they continue the sourdough bread narrative on easy-to-view monitors. This is not only fun, but also it is quite educational for kids of all ages. The account details the stirring, rising and extensive baking process for delectable bread that is, conveniently, sold at the conclusion of the visit. Additionally, Boudin loaves and rolls are available at relatively cheap prices.
As visitors move along, they get to view actual bakers performing all the processes that the job entails. Large ovens with glass windows allow guests to observe the loaves of bread as they bake during a special three-day process. Just before exiting, the visitors see highly skilled workers scoring bread loaves and scooping our bread rounds for soup bowls. After the tour, if taste buds are really calling for more Boudin bread, just stop in at the Pacific Wharf Café. It is just across the walkway and serves delicious sandwiches made with the famous sourdough.
The legendary Boudin recipe only uses premium ingredients, one of which is wild yeast that the original Boudin family found had accidentally blown into their bread mix in the San Francisco winds. Furthermore, every batch of Boudin bread is started with a smidgen of the original mother dough. Amazingly, the original batch of dough that was kept going was almost lost in San Francisco’s Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. Thankfully, Mrs. Boudin was able to save the starter dough in a bucket, adding even more intrigue to the Boudin history.
The bakery tour is in the Pacific Wharf district of Disney’s California Adventure. Accessibility features include video captioning and wheelchair access throughout the walking tour. Additionally, the rooms are air-conditioned during hot weather and heated on the few cold days. Admission to the Boudin Bakery Tour is included in the price of Disneyland tickets.