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Disney Announces New Jungle Cruise-themed Restaurant for the Magic Kingdom

August 14, 2015, 4:28 PM · A new Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant is coming to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Disney confirmed during the D23 Expo in Anaheim this afternoon.

Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen

Kevin Lively, a former Jungle Cruise skipper who now works for Walt Disney Imagineering, announced the news during the "Safari So Good - 60 Years of the World Famous Jungle Cruise" panel at the expo. The Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen will open later this year in the old Adventureland Veranda space in the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland.

Lively also revealed some of the backstory for the new restaurant. Its owner, Alberta Falls, is the daughter of the late founder Albert Falls, a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. (You will fully appreciate the "Albert Falls" reference if you remember that the Jungle Cruise's Schweitzer Falls is named for physician Albert Schweitzer, known for his medical work in Africa.)

Lively also said that narrative changes will be coming to the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise ride to support the new restaurant.

Replies (10)

August 14, 2015 at 5:36 PM · Great idea for the secret room of the Society of Explorers & Adventurers. Bets are on whether alcohol will be served in the secret room.
August 15, 2015 at 12:09 AM · this along with Trader Sam's let's me get over Adventure's Club, (a place I've never been to because i was too young)
August 15, 2015 at 7:30 AM · The backstories are often over complicated and unconvincing. They usually don't add to the attraction although I assume it helps them design it. They should stop with it. Better that they add a true narrative to attractions and have the restaurant reflect that.

Their approach now is backwards. Make Jungle Cruise fit the restaurant. The restaurant itself will have the better story. Again, people probably won't care when the theming is the ultimate attraction.

August 15, 2015 at 9:04 AM · SEA is coming stateside in a big way! Let's hope they keep the ball rolling and bring a SEA ride to WDW.
August 15, 2015 at 9:06 AM · Will everything "taste like chicken?"
August 15, 2015 at 9:59 AM · I will be there on opening day.

Any idea as to whether it will be a full service restaurant (reservations) and any booze news?

August 15, 2015 at 11:33 AM · A full menu version of Trader Sam's would be a pretty good fit here...
August 15, 2015 at 3:09 PM · Yay, society of explorers and Adventurers finally coming to the US!!! I hope something like that makes it to California.
August 16, 2015 at 12:25 PM · Anon,

The backstories are often more interesting then the main narrative. They give more depth to the story and make the overall experience much more fulfilling. The backstories add a whole new level of theming and storytelling and is one of the main reasons why the Disney parks have such a huge fanbase. So why stop?

August 17, 2015 at 6:02 AM · This is going to be awesome!

I wonder if there is going to be a secret "cannibal" menu?

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