The Wave: New Table-Service Dining Procedures at Disney World

Tina ChiuBlog, Food, News

The Wave entrance at the contemporary

Did anybody else really miss Disney food during the Walt Disney World closure?

I definitely had cravings and even wished the Disney Resort restaurants would offer carry out. So, on our first day back to Walt Disney World, I made a reservation for one of our favorites, a hidden gem: The Wave at the Contemporary.

We’ve always enjoyed their food and we were very impressed with the safety measures in place.

Here’s a first-hand look at the dining procedures at Disney World, following protocols for top safety and protection against Covid-19!

Dining Procedures at Disney World


Check in Sign at the wave Dining Procedures at Disney

Check-In is all digital now. Photo by Tina Chiu

Upon arriving at the resort, I was prompted by my Disney Experience app to check-in online.

You can check-in online 15 minutes prior to your reservation time.

The app will ask for party size, accessible space request, dietary requests, and any special occasions. Then, the restaurant will then alert you when your table is ready!

Safety Measures 

Inside The Wave with new dining procedures at Dinsey

There’s plenty of distance between parties inside. Photo by Tina Chiu

Once our table was ready, we headed to the hostess stand where we were first greeted by hand sanitizer. Upon entering the restaurants, we quickly noticed how spread out everybody was.

Parties were being seated at every other table and there were signs indicating which tables were not available to allow social distancing. 

Table Signs blocking off tables dining procedures at Disney

Tables are closed off for safety. Photo by Tina Chiu

Our server provided us with a small plate for our masks and a scannable QR code that will pull up the menu website on our phones.

Guests are allowed to remove masks during dining but don’t worry, the Cast Members all wear theirs. 

the wave menu no touch dining procedures at dinsey

The menu is totally digital too! Photo by Tina Chiu

After eating, we received our check-in a disposable bill folder—another way to minimize contact between guests and Cast Members. 

The Main Event: Food!

Now let’s talk about the main event, the food! The Wave offers locally sourced and sustainable American dishes and we have always found the food to be fresh and delicious. 

Taco appetizers at The Wave in the Contemporary

Our taco appetizers. Photo by Tina Chiu

My husband and I started off with the Lump Crab Cake and Cauliflower Tacos for our appetizers.

Both were very good, and I especially enjoyed the corn slaw from the crab cake and the bold flavors of the taco. 

Lump crab cake and coleslaw at the wave

The lump crab cake appetizer at The Wave. Photo by Tina Chiu

We knew that we wanted to save some room for Disney snacks at Magic Kingdom so decided to share an entrée.

The Reuben at the wave

Our main dish, the Reuben. Photo by Tina Chiu

And we were glad we did because the Reuben turned out to be one hefty sandwich! Our server informed us that the Reuben sandwich had been a part of the menu since the opening of the restaurant!

Overall, we were very happy and satisfied with the new dining procedures at Disney, from the meal and crowd level to the service of the restaurant. It was the perfect introduction to our return to Walt Disney World.

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About the Author

Tina Chiu

Tina is a mom of two boys and loves sharing the joy of Disney with her family. She collects Minnie ears, participates in RunDisney races (mostly for the bling), and enjoys staycations with DVC. Tina hopes to one day retire on the Disney Dream, but until then she’ll continue living her very best life, one character meet and greet at a time! Follow along on Instagram