Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen

Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen

Visited June 2017 (Updated March 2019)

Type: African, Asian, Latin Cuisine
Dining Plan: Yes
Character Experience: No
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Food:  The Skipper Canteen has some solid comfort food, offering a variety of healthy portion protein options such as steak, chicken, pork, and even lamb chops.  However don’t let this place fool you, it has some very interesting menu options.  At first glance, you would think this is a typical steakhouse menu but the African, Asian, and Latin flavors are prepared and presented in a number of unique ways.  I can personally say the steak was simply incredible and I caught a glimpse or two of passing lamb chops that look equally delectable.   I also appreciated how they kept the menu consistent with children.  Again, you catch a glance of your usual chicken or Mac’n’Cheese meals but then you notice those unique options once again such as Pineapple Tofu and Jasmine Rice or the Smiley’s Little ‘Croc’ of Chicken Soup.  Our family had a great time experiencing a lot of new flavors without straying too far away from our usual tastes.  The Skipper Canteen isn’t a place you will read a lot about throughout different forums or blogs but this place really offers some surprisingly good food regardless how tame or adventurous your palette may be.

Atmosphere:   The Skipper Canteen really brings in a lot of elements from The Jungle Cruise which is, of course, just a short distance from the restaurant.  By simply looking around the room, you will notice countless visuals, sites, and sounds that brings the look and feel of Adventureland directly into the dining experience.

While I do not consider this a major negative but the truth of the matter is when you are a dining experience in Walt Disney World, especially the Magic Kingdom, there is a lot to live up to.  With dining experiences such as “Be Our Guest” and “Crystal Palace” just a hop, skip, and jump away, it’s hard for any Disney-goer not to feel a little underwhelmed.  In this regard, Skipper Canteen just feels like any other restaurant, but for those familiar with the land and the Jungle Cruise theme, will soon feel at ease the moment they capture some the nuances and interactions from the dining staff.

Experience:   The overall experience is pretty standard for any non-character experience found in Disney.  I believe the did a great job working with their theme, it’s just that unless you’re familiar with The Jungle Cruise theme, it may not “pop” compared to other themes found throughout Walt Disney World restaurants.  However, the waiters and waitresses will often use some of the script, tone, and humor found on the Jungle Cruise attraction which adds to the experience.  The food is prepared, plated, and feels somewhat high end which is a nice change from the paper plates or buffet experiences that most people are used to when visiting the Magic Kingdom.

Cost:   The cost is a slight mark up from any other steakhouse.  While you won’t find anything around $10.00 on the entree list, $25-$30 is not completely out of line given the portions and quality of food you will receive at the Skipper Canteen. For those with the Disney Dining Plan, the experience is valued at a Casual Dining Experience (1 Casual Dining Credit).

Bottom Line:   The Skipper Canteen is a nice, “change of pace” dining experience in the Magic Kingdom with a high quality of food and a variety of unique options that would be satisfying to anyone looking to avoid the crowded dining rooms and wait times typically found at other experiences.

  • Food - 7.5/10
  • Atmosphere - 6.5/10
  • Experience - 7/10
  • Cost - 8/10
Skipper Canteen
Skipper Canteen
Skipper Canteen
Skipper Canteen

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