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Skipper Canteen Opens at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

December 13, 2015, 4:02 PM · The new Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen restaurant soft-opened to guests at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom today.

Located in the old Adventureland Veranda space, this Jungle Cruise-themed table-service restaurant offers a variety of Asian- and South American-inspired fare, and includes the first in-park references in the United States to Disney's Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

Entrees are:

Appetizers include:

The childrens' menu includes:

Desserts (all $8 each) are:

The signature drink is the "Schweitzer Slush" - "frozen apple juice and passion fruit topped with Bursting Green Apple Boba Balls, first concocted by the noted explorer Dr. Albert Slush." It's $5.50, or $14.50 when served in the Jungle Skipper Canteen souvenir mule mug.

Schweitzer Slush

The back story is that the restaurant is owned by Alberta Falls, the daughter of its late founder Albert Falls, who was a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant restores Dorthea Redmond's interior design for the Verdana in its main dining room, with the addition of several themed side dining rooms.

The restaurants's official opening happens Wednesday, and as of now, Disney is now yet taking advance dining reservations for the Skipper Canteen, though we have heard that it is accepting Tables in Wonderland.

Replies (21)

December 13, 2015 at 5:47 PM · Greatest ... Restaurant ... EVER!
December 13, 2015 at 6:43 PM · I would like it more if it had adult drinks at least for dinner. I can drink in Fantasyland but not in Adventureland? The prices look just as high as be our guest.
December 13, 2015 at 6:53 PM · Alcohol served?
December 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM · This seems to be a really ambitious menu, so kudos to Disney for trying it. I wish I were in Orlando now so that I could eat there. And I hope that the inevitable guest complaints about the lack of burgers and sandwiches don't lead Disney to dumb down the menu before I get the chance to try it.
December 13, 2015 at 7:31 PM · $20 for a bowl of tofu and broth? Talk about ridiculous!
December 13, 2015 at 7:38 PM · The menu looks awesome. It'd be nice if they have some more traditional options for the kid's menu. My real beef is with the signature drink. It's just LeFou's Brew with boba on it. It would've been so much better if they had come up with something original.Regardless, I look forward to eating there in the very near future. I would recommend against eating there during the first month. Restaurants tend to be at their worst when they're working out the kinks.
December 13, 2015 at 8:02 PM · This sounds too far off and too pricey to be a good choice for a theme park. It reminds me of the chorizo beef burger with fried cherry peppers, spicy-lime aioli on a black bun at the Galactic Grill at Disneyland, they're getting too far off and the burger hasn't gotten very good reviews.
December 13, 2015 at 8:47 PM · Why not? It looks like an improvement over the nothing MK had going on in that corner. I too hope that they keep the menu.
December 13, 2015 at 9:48 PM · A very welcome addition and can't wait to see the decor, but praying they don't dumb down the menu with burgers, pizza and fries after a couple months...
December 13, 2015 at 10:59 PM · The menu doesn't seem ambitious, but the prices certainly are. Pho at $20 with tofu only? Pho without braised beef, tendons, flank, or meat balls isn't authentic. I wonder how they made the broth without using beef. Maybe they should have not called it Pho.

Char Siu pork at $23 is most certainly ambitious. It would be $10 a serving at any Chinese restaurant.

Shu Mai at $10. I'm sure they are sold as 4 per plate. Almost 3 times more than a typical Dim Sum restaurant.

December 14, 2015 at 2:05 AM · I think that misses the point Anon Mouse. You can't compare theme park prices with outside-of-park prices as they are never the same. I have yet to go into a theme park and find a burger at McDonald's prices...

Disney is the worst offender admittedly but you know the prices are going to be high when you go so you just get used to it. It's a bit like going to Switzerland!

December 14, 2015 at 4:59 AM · I agree! I would like it more if it had adult drinks at least for dinner.
December 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM · Ate here yesterday and it is THE best restaurant at Magic Kingdom. The food is great and the prices are normal for a theme park.
December 14, 2015 at 8:59 AM · @David: That's nice and all, but Disney is charging premium prices for Pho without any beef. That's like paying $18 for a vege-burger or spaghetti with tomato sauce.

Would you like fries with that? Okay, how about medium-sized fries for $10. That's what you're getting with the Shu Mai prices.

Love some ribs. Okay, you're getting it for $23 for a half stack equivalent with Char Siu, which is not normally considered an entrée item. It should have been offered as an appetizer or a side or a combo.

December 14, 2015 at 10:42 AM · I think the restaurant looks great, and the menu (while pricey) is cool. However, I'm unsure if we'll go because my daughters are picky (and very young). There may not be anything for them to order, even on the kids' menu.
December 14, 2015 at 12:46 PM · These are gourmet prices (20$ for a bowl of working class street food) so I would expect the setting and ambiance to be gourmet as well. Or maybe they're shipping the ingredients directly from Vietnam lol.
December 14, 2015 at 5:50 PM · I'm going to the MK on Jan. And have reservations at Be Our Guest for lunch, and Tony's Town Square Restaurant. Should I cancel Tony's and get Skipper Canteen when reservations are available?
December 15, 2015 at 4:50 AM · Correction:there is already an in-park reference to SEA in WDW. In the queue line for Big Thunder Mountain.
December 15, 2015 at 3:41 PM · It's not just about the food is it? When you eat in a restaurant you pay not only for ingredients but also for setting and ambiance and environment. And at the end of the day you have the ultimate sanction: if you think it's too expensive for what it is, don't eat there!
December 15, 2015 at 3:41 PM · It's not just about the food is it? When you eat in a restaurant you pay not only for ingredients but also for setting and ambiance and environment. And at the end of the day you have the ultimate sanction: if you think it's too expensive for what it is, don't eat there!
December 15, 2015 at 8:15 PM · I looked at the menu at another site. It seems like the food was reinvented to fit the entrée form. The ingredients was inverted to fit their new creation. The Char Siu is presented as 3 pieces of pork tenderloin pieces. I assume you eat it with a knife and fork too. The Pho looked like its in a clay hot pot. Nice presentation, but not traditional Pho. A mix of Korean clay bowl, Chinese hot pot and vegetable mix, and Pho noodles and broth. The curry looks appetizing, but it is clearly a vegetarian dish. The highlight is obviously the drinks in the souvenir Skipper mugs. Anyone wanting to try it should not regret it.

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