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25 Drinks of Christmas – Day Seventeen: Under the Florida Moon at The Wave

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We’re back with everyone’s favorite theme park advent calendar: a daily countdown of our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld building anticipation to the Big Day. 

Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!

DAY SEVENTEEN: Under the Florida Moon at The Wave… of American Flavors (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)

Under the Florida Moon at The Wave. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Let’s head over to one of our favorite Disney resorts, The Contemporary,  and look at one of the most underrated restaurants on property, The Wave… of American Flavors. Within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom and offering one of the best breakfast buffets at Disney World, The Wave is also a fantastic place to get a drink  with your significant other, or better yet, on your next monorail bar crawl. For our recommendation it was a battle between two drinks we absolutely adore. We first leaned towards The Wavesicle, which was like drinking an orange creamsicle mixed with vodka. Wait, there is something better than that?! Yes, and it is called the Under the Florida Moon. Think of it as a Mimosa topped with a beer, except even better. The combination of citrus flavors is smooth, light, and refreshing while not being overly acidic.

Run, don’t walk, to the real best kept secret at Disney, The Wave… of American Flavors.

Ingredients: 4 Orange Vodka, St – Germain Liqueur, Agave Nectar, and Orange Juice topped with Blue Moon.

Under the Florida Moon. (photo by Brandon Glover)
The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. (photo by Brandon Glover)

The Wavesicle. Ingredients: 4 Orange Vodka, Cointreau, and Nonfat Yogurt with a splash of Orange Juice. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Soup and sandwich, WAVE STYLE. (photo by Tom Bricker)
The American Flavors Trio dessert. Key Lime Cube with Citrus Cream, Blueberry-Almond Shortbread Bar, and Brownie Sundae with Banana Chip Gelato and Maple Pecans. (photo by Tom Bricker)
Disney Photo Icon Tom Bricker making The Wave’s entrance look as cool as the water vortex in Universals’ Poseidon’s Fury attraction.

Previous Drinks of Christmas:

DAY ONE: Polynesian Pearl at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

DAY TWO: Dufftoberfest at Duff Brewery

DAY THREE: Godiva Chocolate Martini at Mizner’s Lounge

DAY FOUR: Blood Orange Side Car at Swizzle Lounge

DAY FIVE: Imperial Pilsner at Morimoto Asia

DAY SIX: Smoking Gun at Emeril’s Orlando


DAY EIGHT: Bees Knees at The Cowfish

DAY NINE: Cool-headed Monkey at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

DAY TEN: 5 O’Clock Somewhere at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

DAY ELEVEN: Key West Kiss at Shark’s Underwater Grill

DAY TWELVE: LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern

DAY THIRTEEN: Himalayan Ghost at Thirsty River Bar

DAY FOURTEEN: Schweitzer Slush at Skipper Canteen

DAY FIFTEEN: Dark & Tropical Stormy at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

DAY SIXTEEN: Pear Cider with Firewhisky at Leaky Cauldron

Interested in theme park drinks? Then do we have a eBook for you! The Walt Disney World Bars and Lounges eGuide by Brian McNichols. Over 250 pages and containing well over 400 photos, this eGuide takes you through EVERY bar and lounge on WDW property (trust me, Brian has the kidneys problems to prove it!) Also included? Recipes for some of your favorite WDW drinks. Ratings, descriptions, and photos for each of the 70+ bars and lounges. Talk about the perfect Christmas present!

Special thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, pajama wearin’ Tom Bricker, the always charming Dani from This Florida Life and Fred Weasley’s widow Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.

You can always find Your Humble Author each week on the SATURDAY SIX, each month with the Disney Outlet Store Photo Report, and on Twitter (@derekburgan) producing original pieces of Burgan Fine Art

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