The Wave…of American Flavors

For our arrival night at WDW, I had booked a special fireworks cruise that leaves from the Contemporary Resort. So, I thought we should have dinner at the Contemporary. There are a couple of options there, but we’ve done Chef Mickey’s before and I was interested in trying something a little more upscale early in the week while the kids were still cooperating. I also didn’t want to do California Grill since the sushi seems to be what everyone raves about, and I have a fish allergy.

We hopped on a bus from Art of Animation and headed to the Magic Kingdom. From the bus stops, it’s only about a 10 minute walk along a marked pathway to the Contemporary. That’s 10 minutes from the front of the bus area. Art of Animation’s buses are absolutely  as far as you can get from the main gate, and we learned the hard way, there is no shortcut to get out of the bus area on that end. Luckily, knowing where the bus stop was now would help us a lot later in the week!

It was a pleasant walk, with very few other people on the path. We reached the Contemporary with about 30 minutes to spare. Usually, I would have suggested checking in for our reservations anyway, but since we had the first reservations of the evening, they weren’t even open. So, we found a little spot to sit. The kids watched some more Disney cartoons and M & I just rested a bit. I did pop over to the concierge desk to double check where to go to check in for our cruise.

About 10 minutes before our reservation, we wandered over to…

The Wave…of American Flavors

The Wave is hidden way down in the corner of the first floor of the Contemporary. Note: if you come into the Contemporary on the monorail, you come in on the 5th level. Chef Mickey’s and all the shops, etc. are on the 4th level. If you walk in, you come in on the 1st level.


I can honestly say, this was the absolute best meal we had all week! The Wave is fabulous. Definitely a hidden gem.

At this point, I should mention we had the Deluxe Dining Plan. We like the variety of food we can try with it, but it is a LOT of food. We go into it knowing we won’t eat every bite, and it works for us. Being on the deluxe plan means we got appetizers, entrees, and desserts at all table service (Disney for sit-down) meals.

We started with appetizers. Both G & J order off the kids’ menu, and both chose the baked fries. They were pretty decent fries. C is now a Disney adult for dining, and this was the one restaurant where that was kind of difficult as he still eats like an 11-year-old. He went with the Cheese & Charcuterie Board. He wasn’t a fan, but it was more exotic than the cheeses and meats he’s used to. M ended up eating more of it than C did. M had the Citrus-Marinated Fish Tacos, and was in heaven. We heard about those darn tacos all week! I was a little less adventurous and had The Wave Caesar Salad. It wasn’t anything extraordinary, but it was a really good Caesar! The star of the appetizers, though, was the Seasonal Soup. Our server (Stephanie – she was fantastic!) brought M & I each a small sample because we were celebrating our anniversary. This night it was Creamed Spinach & Chorizo Soup and it was amazing. Rich, creamy, and a little bit spicy. I didn’t plan to eat it because I knew I’d be stuffed, but I couldn’t help it.

Not long after we finished, our entrees arrived. This is where being an adult at 11 really was hard on C, since nothing really appealed to him. Once again, Stephanie was a fantastic server and talked through everything on the menu and they figured it out. He ended up with the Cider-braised Pork Tenderloin but subbed mashed potatoes for the sides.  He liked it, but didn’t love it. I was just happy he found something he could eat. J went with his stand-by, a cheeseburger, which was fine. G had a Grilled Cheese, but at the Wave, they serve it on Rainbow Bread. It was perfect for a little princess! M had the Sustainable Grilled Fish, which I believe was MahiMahi. It was good, but didn’t compare to the fish tacos. I went with the Herb-Salt Seasoned Beef Tenderloin, which was really good. I had the mushrooms on the side (I don’t eat fungus), and everything was done just perfectly.

That left dessert. We were all stuffed, but we’d already paid for it, and who can pass up dessert!? The littles both had the Create-Your-Own Ice Cream Sundae. It was really fun – vanilla ice cream with little bowls of sauce and sprinkles. M had the Creme Brûlée, which he really enjoyed.  But the winners go to the Dessert Flights.  Choosing one was so hard, so C & I had different ones. He had the Seasonal flight, while I had the Chocolate Flight (of course!). The Seasonal was an apple frangipane bar with spiced ice cream, pumpkin cheesecake, and pecan pie with nutela ice cream. The Chocolate Flight had a brownie with white chocolate ice cream, German chocolate cake, and chocolate creme brûlée.  I still dream about that cake! In addition, Stephanie brought M & I Mickey & Minnie brownies for our anniversary, as well as complementary champagne.  So sweet of her!


Despite being hidden away down in the corner of the first floor, the Wave was really well themed.  It was ocean based, but really modern and tasteful. The lounge was dark with blue lighting. The lounge area was pretty crowded and loud by the time we left. There was a football game going, and some of the fans were a little boisterous. But, they didn’t bother us in the restaurant.

Inside the dining room itself the ocean theme continued with jellyfish-esque lights and wavy chair backs.

While we were there, it was relatively empty. It was early, but I don’t think this restaurant is typically full. That’s a shame, because the food was definitely worth going for!


I can’t say enough about how wonderful Stephanie was! She was attentive, but not overbearing. Spoiled us rotten for our anniversary. Treated the kids, especially C, like little adults. Service was definitely spot on.


GO! Definitely try the soup and the dessert flights. Nothing was bad, but these were the highlights.


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