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Mission Tortilla Factory was a mini-attraction located at Disney California Adventure, which gave visitors a brief tour through the tortilla world by telling its history and showing the process of its manufacturing. The attraction permanently closed on May 31, 2011.

The attraction was later re-themed as Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, which opened on June 2012; however, unlike its predecessor, the Ghirardelli attraction has no pre-show or factory tour.

Attraction Summary


When guests entered the attraction, they watched a 2-minute video showcasing the history of tortilla as narrated by three children at school who do a report of the tortilla dating back to the origins of corn and tortillas in Aztec, Olmec, and Mayan cultures. The story then centered on the origins of corn and how tortilla is made in Aztec, Olmec, and Mayan cultures and according to a Maya legend, the tortilla was only a gift for kings. Later when European explorers were discovering the Americas, they discovered corn and the tortilla which had another impact around the world. Besides conquistadors exploring the Americas, it is also said that Spanish missionaries also helped spread the tortilla all across California, giving the tortilla an impact across the world. Additionally, with the help from the invention of maseca corn flour, a tortilla factory machine at Mission Foods can produce many corn tortillas in a week in modern day in which each tortilla is made as a gift fit for a king. Nowadays, tortillas are no longer for kings as people all over the world enjoyed tortillas. At the end of the pre-show, the children tell the guests that they are ready to tour the Mission Tortilla Factory and after the pre-show ends, the doors opened as guests proceeded to the tour.


Guests then walked to another room with more murals and four peek-in windows, where guests could see small videos of how tortilla is traditionally made by using traditional stone tools to grind corn and forming tortillas by hand before proceeding to the production line. Upon entering, guests passed through demonstrations of how tortilla is now made in modern day through the use of machines in factories. At the end, a Cast Member gave away a free sample of a freshly baked tortilla, and guests had the opportunity to learn more about Mission Foods and discover new ways of using tortillas.

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