Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
Situated in the heart of Adventureland, within Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park, is one of the newer restaurants at The Walt Disney World Resort. Brought to you by the same daring skippers of the Jungle Cruise, they have now opened their own restaurant with cuisine based on Asian, African, and South American traditions. Jungle Skipper Canteen serves lunch and dinner for the daring adventurer who wants to sample some great dishes from around the globe.
“there are 3 themed rooms for your dining experience: the Mess Hall, the Jungle Room, and the S.E.A. (Society of Explorers and Adventurers) Room.”
There are three rooms for dining within the restaurant: the large crew’s mess hall, the former parlor of Dr. Albert Falls himself, and the S.E.A. Room or sometimes called the Society of Explorers and Adventurers room. The parlor is a secret room behind the bookcase and is only open when the family is away; it can be reached by pulling The Jungle Book off the bookshelf.
The theming of the restaurant is in line with the era of the Jungle Cruise and the restaurant is replete with decor from the time period. There is also background music that is appropriate to the time as well as audio cues throughout show that provide some inside jokes that relate back to the Jungle Cruise. There is a feeling of the old Adventurer’s Club, from Pleasure Island, throughout the dining experience that provides a familiarity Disney fans will appreciate as well.
The menu offers a wide variety of choices for diners of all sizes, shapes, and tastes. Key to the menu is sourcing the flavors and traditions from Asia, Africa and South America for all of the signature dishes to create a unique dining experience. The menu also offers a wide variety of specialty drinks (non-alcoholic) as well as some wonderful dessert options in case you save some room after your entrees.
We have had the pleasure of dining here several times since opening and it has consistently proven to be some of the best food available in the Magic Kingdom. We have tried several of the appetizers and entrees and have quickly found our favorites on the menu: pork shu-mai, arepas, and the falafel. Skip’s Mac and Cheese is wonderful and has a hint of familiarity with Pastisios, but the Rice Noodle Bowl with Duck was merely satisfactory; I am a huge fan of pho and had high hopes for the dish, but it fell a bit flat in my estimation.
All in all, the experience at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen was great and it is one of the best restaurants in the Magic Kingdom while also offering some of the best food in any of the four parks here at The Walt Disney World Resort. The combination of theming and cuisine presents a great experience that feels like it has been part of Adventureland since the beginning.