If you are hungry for more adventurous fare while touring the Magic Kingdom, Jungle Navigation Co LTD. Skipper Canteen (whoo… that’s a mouthfull!) is the restaurant for you! This dining experience goes way beyond the standard amusement park hamburger and fries, transporting you to the jungles of Asia, Africa and South America.
I have to admit, I was a bit wary of dining at Skipper Canteen. Would I like the exotic cuisine and more importantly – would our kids eat it? However, once I entered this beautiful restaurant, I was very happy we decided to try it.
The Canteen is an air-conditioned oasis in Adventureland and the dining rooms are wonderfully themed. I spent quite a lot of time just looking at all the fun details that Disney put into their decorating. Like many of Disney’s dining establishments, this restaurant tells a story. This is the “tropical headquarters” for the skippers who show you the sites on the Jungle Cruise.
The three dining rooms include the Mess Hall (pictured above), the Jungle Room (former parlor of Dr. Albert Falls) and the S.E.A. Room – a former secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (found behind a secret bookcase door!).
We were seated in the Jungle Room, and loved the bright, colorful atmosphere. The tables had enough space between them to give everyone some breathing room and the seating was comfortable.
After exploring the restaurant a bit, we were ready to eat! Our menu explained the origins of the restaurant. Fun!
On to the eats!