Scoping Out Sourdough with Disneyland Resort Magic Backstage Winners

Suzie Katz

by , Internal Communications Associate, Disneyland Resort

Four Disneyland Resort cast members found the perfect way to celebrate National Sourdough Bread Day on April 1 — they won a special behind-the-scenes tour of Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure park.

The opportunity came courtesy of Magic Backstage, an exclusive sweepstakes program where cast members can enter and be randomly selected to win exclusive tours like this one, along with Disney hotel stays, tickets to theme park events and other unique offerings.

“Winning Magic Backstage feels like winning the lottery,” said Irma McGroarty, who works at the Disneyland park main entrance. “I feel incredibly lucky to have participated in such an amazing opportunity.”

The cast members spent time learning from expert bakers Juan Mendoza Lopez, Ricardo Garcia and Laurel Ehrichs about the historical roots of sourdough in San Francisco, plus how they take the ingredients from dough to delicious. To round out the tour, each participant had the opportunity to make their own sourdough creations to take home! 

“It was really special to work side by side with Juan, Ricardo and Laurel and see the passion, care and love that goes into creating the product,” shared tour participant Emilee Hess, senior Food & Beverage Guest Experience manager at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I loved having a unique one-on-one experience with my fellow cast members.”


  • Such a beautifully written article! Love it suzie 🙂

  • Such a beautifully written article and story! Great job suzie 🙂

  • Love it!!!!!

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