I have always wanted to stay at the Contemporary resort. The idea of hopping the monorail over to Magic Kingdom or Epcot, and not having to wait on a bus out in the elements, really appealed to me. Then, when I saw photos of the modern rooms, I knew this was going to be my dream place. Although we haven’t stayed here yet, our last trip, we made sure to eat here. Since it was our 11th anniversary, I wanted to find a nice place where we hadn’t eaten before. And dining with a food allergic child, we always go over the menus prior to our trip, to be sure it will be a safe place, too.
Walking into The Wave, makes me feel like I am going into the Space Mountain ride. It seems so futuristic. We only had to wait for 5 minutes until our name was called. The waitress had already notified the chef. When he suggested a pizza, I was reluctant. My son’s face lit up though. So I peppered the chef with questions: Is the cheese milk free? No whey or casein right? What about the crust? He patiently answered all my questions. As it turns out, he uses Daiya cheese. I use that at home on my son’s pizzas too! Our son was so excited to eat a pizza I hadn’t made for him. He felt so special. No sooner did the chef return with the pepperoni pizza, my son was digging in. It was gone in a matter of minutes. He said he didn’t want to hurt my feelings, but it was the best pizza he had ever eaten. He also had a fruit cup and milk-free ice cream for dessert. He was so happy. And he also declared that this was OUR restaurant from now on.
My husband chose the Chicken with Waffles. He ate his meal almost as fast as our son did his! He said it was delicious. I went for the Filet Mignon. I love a good steak, and this was a great one. It gave Le Cellier a run for its money. But the dessert is one of the best parts. My husband and I both picked two different dessert samplers and shared. We got to try the American Flavor and the Creamy Indulgence. I would be hard pressed to decide which ones I liked best. After dinner, make time to walk around this lovely resort. Even though every resort has a shop, many carry unique items. Then, catch the monorail over to Magic Kingdom and watch the fireworks!
As for advice on how to dine safely with food allergies, here are a few tips when planning and taking your vacation. We made ADR’s (Advanced Dining Reservations) 180 days in advance, noting on the reservations that we had food allergies. We also contacted the Special Diets department at Disney World through email. We filled out all the forms and faxed back with the ADR’s listed and the food allergies in detail. Once we arrived at the restaurant, we made sure the Hostess had a note that we had food allergies and which ones they were. When we were seated, we mentioned the food allergies to our server who went to get the chef. The chef went over what he could have and let Kevin, our son, decided what he wanted to eat. If we had questions on any product, they would bring us the ingredient label. Also….the chef should be the one delivering the food allergy safe food, so that there is no cross contamination or mix up. The chef also came out periodically to check on us to make sure everything was ok.