Skipper Canteen

Description from PassPorter's Walt Disney World Guidebook:

This new Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant has several unique dining rooms, including a “once-hidden secret meeting room of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.” Menu items include Baladi Egyptian salad ($9), Skip's beefy baked pasta ($21), and Dr. Fall's Grilled Steak ($34). Kids meals are $10–$13. Beer and wine are served at this restuarant. The restaurant officially opened on Dec. 16, 2015.

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Lunch Average: $$41
Dinner Average: $$41
Kids Meal Prices: $11.50

Lunch Hours: 11:00 am - 2:55 pm
Dinner Hours: 3:00 pm - closing

Seating: Indoor only at tables and chairs, full booths, half booths

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What PassPorter Readers Think of Skipper Canteen (4 comments):

I've only eaten here once, but I'll be back. I love that there are some really creative choices on the menu. The back story and the show that is supported by the cast members is tons of fun and very, very Disney!!! I can't wait to get back in October for that Arepas appetizer. I might get two and call it an entree! It is fun, and the food is fabulous!!!!
FigmentRules gave this a rating of 9 on 06/30/2016 at 2:25:36 pm EDT

Wasn't open on our last visit but I will visit the next time we are in the Magic Kingdom!!
CEK40 gave this a rating of 0 on 06/29/2016 at 10:56:05 pm EDT

This place is awesome! The appetizers are especially wonderful. If you're an average eater two appetizers will be plenty. I highly recommend the shumai and the falafel.
reen716 gave this a rating of 8 on 06/19/2016 at 4:45:32 pm EDT

I LOVE THIS PLACE! Have gone here a few times since it opened and just love the exotic flavors and the service is so campy. It's like Disney does Ed Debevic's. The bread and honey that starts the meal is yummy. The frozen drinks are delicious. We've had the vegetarian squash stew (just add 2 portions of chicken) and any couple could split with plenty of room for desert. Speaking of desert... not a single desert option will disappoint! Go out of your comfort zone and give this gem a try! (Just do not get the pork - it is always overcooked)
phytage gave this a rating of 10 on 06/11/2016 at 5:58:28 pm EDT

Skipper Canteen Review

As fans of the Jungle Cruise—and adventure in general—we were excited to dine at this new Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. As the story goes, Dr. Albert Falls started the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. in 1911, a cargo company for his fellow adventurers. His niece, Alberta Falls, took over the business and started offering Jungle Cruises to visitors, and then later opened up the home office to feed hungry travelers. Food is served in the Jungle Navigation crew's mess hall (the large main dining room), the old family room (the Jungle Parlor), and Dr. Fall's secret meeting room behind the bookcase (the S.E.A. room). Your servers are off-duty Jungle Cruise skippers, and they tell jokes just as corny as those you'll hear on the Jungle Cruise. Food is evocative of one cruisers may have found along the Jungle Cruise rivers: Asian, African, and South American. That's the quick description, but let's take a closer look.

Skipper Canteen is located in Adventureland in the former Adventureland Veranda location, which closed in 1994. As you enter Adventureland from the hub, you'll find it on the right, just past the Sunshine Tree Terrace. It's tucked in a bit, but look for the big sign out in front of its pretty covered veranda.

The Skipper Canteen sign and its themed roofline on an appropriately sunny day.

A closer look at the entrance to the Skipper Canteen.

You can spot this balcony outside the restaurant. Looks nice, huh? If only we could get up there!

Once we arrived, we walked up to the podium. We were lucky enough to have gotten a reservation that morning, during the same-day reservation testing window. Those who did not have reservations were being quoted a 90-minute wait. We were given a pager and asked to wait in the large veranda.

Checking in at the podium.

Waiting in the veranda to be called into the restaurant.

The ceiling of the veranda.

After about 15 minutes, we were shown to another waiting area, just inside the restaurant. This room—Porter's Post—also has seats and the walls are covered with art. Note that there is a door at the end of the room that leads to a quaint verandah looking out onto Adventureland—there were only two seats there, but it looked like a charming place to wait. We were only left waiting here for about five minutes on our first visit (a very busy day in the Magic Kingdom).

Porter's Post, the indoor waiting area. We waited here for our server to come collect us. It was a bit weird waiting twice. It didn't happen on the second visit, and I wonder if this had something to do with how busy it was.
Comfy chairs on the veranda

A close-up of the pretty (if ineffective) fan on the ceiling of the waiting area.

Soon enough a skipper arrived, called our names, and led us into the mess hall, which is the large, main dining room. Everyone passes through the mess hall, even if dining in one of the two ancillary rooms. Our skipper cracked a few jokes on the way to our table, but honestly it was too noisy to really hear what she was saying, which was a shame. We were seated at a table in the middle of the room, which was a good vantage point for the entire restaurant.



At our table we found our cutlery and napkins set in the shape of a ship's bow, which was a cute touch.

Table setting at Skipper Canteen

The Skipper Canteen menu is filled with fun dish names and some silliness.

Let's open the Skipper Canteen menu!

Drinks and appetizers on the Skipper Canteen menu
Entrees on the Skipper Canteen menu

The inside pages of the menu both flip up to reveal a letter (on the left) and a drawing (on the right). The letter is from the owner, Alberta Falls, and explains the restaurant's story.

Our skipper/server brought us some delicious Ambasha "celebration" bread and honey dip. Ambasha is an Ethiopian bread served on special ocassions. And, oh, this was delicious! We all loved the cardamom-seasoned, slightly-sweet bread and fennel-infused honey dipping sauce! The two flavors together were perfect.

There are no alcoholic drinks served at Skipper Canteen, but they do have some fun soft drinks. Specifically, you can order the Fanta Melon Frosty from Thailand, which you may be familiar with from Club Cool. We also tried the Schweitzer Slush with apple boba balls ... that was also very good, especially the little boba balls which pop in your mouth! The drink itself is frozen apple juice and passion fruit, while the drink's name is a nod to Schweitzer Falls (as seen on the Jungle Cruise).

Fanta Melon Frosty, adored by my son Alexander so much he had to get it on his return visit.
The Schweitzer Slush, my personal favorite

For an appetizer, we shared the S.E.A. Shu Mai pork dumplings. They were very well prepared, if a touch spicy, and were devoured in short order.

S.E.A. Shu Mai Pork Dumplings

For our main course, we ordered the Grilled Lamb Chops, Char Siu Pork, Trader Sam's "Head-On Shrimp", Tastes Like Chicken - because it is!, Skip's Mac & Cheese. Photos of each dish and our thoughts on them are below.

The Grilled Lamb Chops were pretty good—well prepared and seasoned. They came with a lentil stew that was so-so.

The Char Siu Pork was overcooked and dry, despite being marinated. The spices were a wee bit too unusual for our American tastes. It wasn't inedible, but it wasn't a joy either.

Trader Sam's "Head-On" Shrimp were tasty, but the portion seemed skimpy for the price —too much rice, not enough shrimp. The chili-garlic sauce was not spicy, which was a good thing for our 11-year-old's palate.

Skip's Mac & Cheese was my favorite. It may not look like a big portion, but I was unable to finish it. The "spiced ground beef and pasta" reminded me of chili mac & cheese. Served in a Béchamel cheese sauce. Yummy.

"Tastes Like Chicken" - because it is! Marinated and served with a Hoison sauce. This was better prepared than the disappointing pork from our first visit, but, again, smaller portions than one expects from a theme-park restaurant at Disney.

Skipper Canteen also has a number of desserts, but we were too full from our entrees to even consider them. That will have to wait for a future visit. But if you're looking for a recommendation, I hear the Kungaloosh is very good! That's what I plan to order next. 

The dessert menu at Skipper Canteen

I took a walk about the Skipper Canteen to look into the Jungle Parlor and S.E.A. Room, as well as see the Jungle Cruise-related touches around the restaurant. 

The Mess Hall

The doors on the balcony here are named after imagineers who worked on the Jungle Cruise!
A close-up of the of the doors on the balcony

A table for two near the pretty stained glass windows in the Mess Hall

A boat in much better condition than the Jungle Cruise boats, I dare say.

We found the backside of water!
Detail of one of the upper verandas in the Mess Hall
Picture above the fireplace in the S.E.A. Room
The S.E.A. Room

Awesome butterfly booth in the S.E.A. Room
The Jungle Parlor
The Jungle Parlor
The toolbox on the shelf here was my favorite detail. The name on the toolbox is "J. Lindsey" and a sticker reads, "Warning: May Contain Live Snakes." J. Lindsey surely stands for Jock Lindsey, of Indiana Jones fame (proprietor of the Hanger Bar in Disney Springs), and he did indeed have a pet snake named Reggie.

Overall, we really enjoyed our visits to Skipper Canteen and we recommend it. If possible, try to get reservations. While reservations weren't offered in the first couple of months that the restaurant was open, they are currently available on a same-day basis.

Grilled Lamb Chops
| photo by Jennifer Marx

Type: Table
Cuisine: Asian, African, S. American
Noise Factor: Noisy

Dress Code: Theme park casual

Annual Pass Discount: No
DVC Member Discount: No
Disney Visa Discount: No
Tables in Wonderland Discount: No

Reservations: Accepted at this restaurant for lunch and dinner.

More Photos of Skipper Canteen

Seats by the stained glass windows
| photo by Jennifer Marx

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