Ever wonder what happens to the Jungle Cruise Skippers who can’t drive a boat? They end up working as servers at the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen!
This Adventureland restaurant has great theming and unique food choices. The staff are “Skippers” who will crack jokes in the familiar style of the Jungle Cruise ride.
I ate in the main room which is the mess hall. It’s open and airy with stained glass windows. I was a tad worried about noise because of the design, but it was a very relaxed environment and a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of Magic Kingdom.
You can take the hidden bookcase door to the S.E.A. room, the former meeting spot of the Society of Explorers. Or you may be seated in the elegant Falls Family Parlor. There is so much rich detail to admire. I encourage you to ask the staff the back story of the restaurant, as they’ll be happy to share it.
Every meal starts out with a multigrain loaf of bread and a honey spread. The spread had lots of spices, which is a common occurrence throughout the menu.
In true Adventureland spirit, there are a lot of unique items to try. Our server suggested the most popular item “Tastes like Chicken” – because it is! ($23) And “Whole Fried Fish” ($30).
My boyfriend Chris took our Skipper’s recommendation and ordered the Whole Fried Fish. It was quite the presentation and literally was just as the name says… a whole fried fish! Branzino be exact.
The fish was delicious but a little tricky to eat, so don’t order this on a first date! The batter was light so it didn’t overpower the fish. Chris still raves about how awesome this fish dish was. Don’t let the eyeball slot scare you, it’s delicious.
I chose the Nile Nellie’s Noodle Bowl with Duck ($23). Basically pho soup. This dish had tender duck mixed with tons of veggies! It was very flavorful and I would recommend it.
The server should ask if you’d like to include jalapeno, and I found this a nice option to control the heat.
It was my birthday so I was surprised with the Volcano! Dessert. The chocolate cake was really fun aesthetically with the sugar lava and crunchy chocolate rocks.
Skipper’s Canteen get’s high marks from me for it’s adventurous food and beautiful setting. There were so many cool offerings it makes me want to go back and try new things.
Imagineering did a great job of extending the story of the Jungle Cruise and making it very cohesive to the restaurant. I was a little disappointed that our server didn’t crack as many jokes as some of the others, but he was very kind and eager to serve.
I see the question online quite frequently; What at Walt Disney World is good for teen guys? I think Skipper’s Canteen would be a great eatery for them to check out, especially in the princess centered Magic Kingdom.
Disney Dining Plan, Tables and Wonderland, and Cast Member Discounts are accepted. I encourage you to make a reservation, which you can do on the Walt Disney World website, by calling (407) 939-3463, or using the My Disney Experience App.
Have a Magical Day!
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