Dining Reviews

Review: The Wave Breakfast (Temporarily) at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Hi everyone!

We last visited The Wave…of American Flavors in February, 2020 for breakfast at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The restaurant is now under a refurbishment and breakfast is currently being served upstairs at the California Grill. Here is our experience, review and some photos from the 15th floor in July, 2021!

A sign nearby lets guests know they need to go to the second floor podium.

The California Grill is serving the menu from The Wave and is still a Signature Dining location at night.

There is a sign for check-in on the second floor.

The California Grill is a perfect location for breakfast and I’d love to see breakfast continue after The Wave reopens.

This is the view from our seat. Tables were pretty spaced out.

We were next to a window, allowing for gorgeous views on this sunny day. We watched as transportation ran around the Seven Seas Lagoon, taking guests from the TTC and resorts to the Magic Kingdom.

A monorail passes in front of the Magic Kingdom. I will have more photos later in the article from the platforms.

We dined with our friends Matt and Jackie from Attractions Magazine, so I can show four entrees.

I ordered the Veggie Omelet and asked for no Swiss cheese.  Before modifications, the omelet comes with Spinach, Mushrooms, Tomato, and Swiss served with Breakfast Potatoes for $15.00.

I also added a side of bacon for $5.00. That puts my omelet with potatoes and a biscuit with bacon and an added iced tea at about the same price as the buffet at Cape May Cafe for breakfast. For food only, I’d pick Cape May Cafe. The Wave breakfast has never been as high on my list as many restaurants on property. But at the California Grill? I hope to go back before breakfast ends there.

Here is a look inside of my omelet. There is nothing particularly special about the omelet but it was tasty and filling. I prefer a different style breakfast potato but these were fine.

When you pair this omelet with the view, it is special and the price becomes very reasonable for the experience.

Jeff ordered The Wave Feast for $20.00. It comes with Eggs Benedict, Scrambled Egg, Bacon, Sausage, Mickey Waffle, Bacon-Cheddar Grits, Breakfast Potatoes, and Fresh Fruit. He enjoyed the breakfast and couldn’t finish it.

There was a small fruit cup as part of it.

This is a look at the American. It comes with Two-Eggs Cooked-to-Order with Breakfast Potatoes and choice of Bacon, Pork Sausage, or Chicken Sausage.

The Floridian Eggs Benedict consists of Two-poached Eggs, Crab Cake with Hollandaise atop toasted English Muffins served with Breakfast Potatoes.

There are two platforms to walk out on at the California Grill. One gives a better view of the Magic Kingdom, the other towards the Wilderness Lodge.

Cinderella Castle and Big Thunder Mountain are among the locations in view.

Space Mountain is to the right.

Some of the TRON canopy is seen nearby.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is now fully reopened. A ferry was on its way from the TTC to the Magic Kingdom.

The other platform offers a view of Spaceship Earth, this is with my telephoto lens so it isn’t as close.

A monorail passes over a boat.

We were told that breakfast may be up here until September but there is no actual date given yet. I do recommend it if you have the opportunity to enjoy The Wave breakfast at the California Grill.