Feeling incredibly refreshed after our mid-afternoon swim and nap, we got ready for our dinner at The Wave which is found inside the Contemporary Resort right next to check in desks. This was our first visit to The Wave. We love trying new restaurants, but when we would vacation, we always want to eat at our favorites and sometimes never try anything new! This is definitely one of the many perks of now being local–we can try as many new restaurants as we want without feeling like we are “cheating” on our favorites because we can visit there whenever we want, well, so long we have a reservations – I am looking at you ‘Ohana!
The Disney official name for this eatery is The Wave…Of American Flavors, even though the signage in front of the restaurant says otherwise. Something unique about this restaurant is that they build their menu based on seasonal local and regional ingredients so the menu changes each season, which is a nice change of pace.
We arrived a little early for our 7:45 reservation, so we checked in and sat in the swanky lounge area right off the bar which you can almost see in the following photo:
Soon we were seated and enjoyed a very delicious meal. I had the Herb-Salt Seasoned Beef Tenderloin – which reminded me of a fancy pot roast. Here is the description from Disney’s official menu online:
Herb-Salt Seasoned Beef Tenderloin – Caramelized Crimini Mushrooms, Garlic-Green Beans, Whipped Potato Purée, and Sauce Bordelaise
It was so flavorful- but apparently I was too hungry to take pictures! Unfortunately, I do not remember what the husband ordered, but I do know that we ordered the following decadent dessert:
German Chocolate Cake Contemporary-style – German Chocolate Cake, Caramel Sauce, and Heath Bar Caramel Ice Cream
Give me Heath bar anything and I am a happy camper! This dessert was amazing and my mouth is watering thinking about it!! To see The Wave’s menu, click here. They are also open for breakfast and lunch which I would love to try one day. Definitely don’t be afraid to include The Wave in your future dining plans!
We were so full after our dinner, that I could’ve gone back to Coronado Springs and crawled into bed, but Magic Kingdom was calling our name and was open until 2:00 AM for Extra Magic Hours. Since we had just eaten a lot of food, which is common for us on our Disney trips, we opted to walk from the Contemporary Resort to the Magic Kingdom. That is my favorite feature of this resort, I love being able to walk myself to a theme park and not be reliant on other modes of transportation, ie: Monorail, boat, bus, parking lot tram. Plus, it is good exercise and we needed it! The walk only takes about 8 minutes, so it is not bad at all!
Soon we were here:
There is just something so special about Magic Kingdom in the evening. I love how Main Street and the Castle are all lit up. It just looks so enchanting.
We didn’t have any FastPasses this evening since we had used all 3 at Hollywood Studios earlier in the morning. If we wanted to, we could make an additional FastPass by visiting the kiosks in the park, but in our experience we have found that nothing worth FastPassing is ever available this close to closing, but we had Extra Magic Hours and could soon ride everything our heart desired.
Where did we head first? See if you can guess:
PeopleMover! Such a relaxing trip around Tomorrowland. What other attraction lets you put your feet up? All that is missing a cocktail.
Next, we staked out our spot for Wishes in front of the castle. They were still constructing the new side Turrets as part of the hub expansion at this time, so that is why there is a overly large box ruining my fireworks shot.
After crying through Wishes (I always do), we headed into Fantasyland and rode the Happiest Cruise that Ever Sailed, or as most people call it, It’s a Small World.
Love it or hate it, that ride is distinctly Disney and should never be touched!
After this, we rode another distinctly Disney attraction: The Haunted Mansion, however this would be our last ride of the night. That is correct: we were in the Magic Kingdom for about 90 minutes before calling it quits.
While on Haunted Mansion, I started feeling really sweaty and sick. The ride was not overly warm or anything, I just didn’t feel right at all. It was only about 11:15 and the park was open until 2:00, I couldn’t believe I was going to call it quits with nearly 3 hours to go! So much for our late Magic Kingdom night! However, these things often happen at Disney where things do not go according to plan for one reason to another, but you just go with the flow and hope for the best. I am a major planner by nature, so when things don’t go according to plan, I sort of freak out! I was hoping that a good night’s sleep would help me get over the sickly feeling because we had a breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest the following morning that I certainly did not want to miss!
With that thought, we said goodnight to the Magic Kingdom as many other resort guests were just arriving to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours!