Lunar New Year Festival @ Disneyland, Day 1

We arrived at the Disneyland Hotel on Monday, January 31, 2022. We did a mobile check-in, and our room was ready immediately. We’ll talk about the hotel later.

We unpacked, rested a bit, and then made our way to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen for our 4 pm reservation. We were interested in the “Burning Hearts,” a special MagicKey Valentine’s Cocktail (spicy) and a bowl of Gumbo as seen on Magic Journeys YouTube Channel.

We were seated outside near a heat lamp. Our server was pretty awesome and it felt like the good ole days at Disneyland Resort. We also ordered some Calamari.

Everything was tasty, but there was probably way too much Calamari for the two of us. We left most of it.

Afterwards we entered DCA because that was where our first reservation was for. The after work crowd seemed to be filling up the park fast for the Lunar New Year Festival, so we turned around and went to Disneyland Park. It was so beautiful all lit up at night. This was the first we’d been there at night since the re-opening.


We headed for the Wishing Well – we hadn’t seen it at night for years. And then made our way to Galaxy’s Edge. We hadn’t seen it at night either – lol! This was pretty much the goal. We did get in line for Pirates (of course), and that was as fun as ever. I think that’s pretty much what we did, but it was quite satisfying. The main focus on this trip was the food booths at the Lunar New Year Festival, which we would get back to the next day.