REVIEW – Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen Should Not Be Skipped at Magic Kingdom

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Magic Kingdom is not known for its food. Sure, there are certain iconic treats like a turkey leg, hand dipped corn dog, or Dole Whip soft serve, but when it comes to table service dining there aren’t many crave-able options. There is one location, however, that I get a craving for: Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen. It is one of the best themed dining experiences in Magic Kingdom, and the menu is unique and adventurous.

Skipper Canteen Appetizers
Skipper Canteen Dining Room

Let’s set sail with Chrissy on our team who explored the wilds of this Adventureland treasure earlier this month.

  • Pao de Queijo – Gluten-friendly cheese bread served with chimichurri cream cheese – $12.00 (on the not-so-secret menu)
  • Orinoco Ida’s Cachapas –  House-made Corn Pancakes, Beer-braised Pork, Roasted Corn, Fresno Pepper Salsa, and Avocado Cream – $13.00
  • Falls Family Falafel – A secret recipe of Chickpeas, Garlic, Onions, Lemon Juice, and Herbs served with House-made Edamame Hummus and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (Plant-based) – $10.00
  • Perkins Thai Noodles – Tofu, Seasonal Vegetables, and Rice Noodles tossed in a Spicy Soy-Chili-Garlic Sauce. (Plant-based) – $25.00
  • “Tastes like Chicken” Because it is! – Crispy-fried Chicken with Sweet Chili Glaze, Stir-fried Vegetables, and Seasoned Rice – $24.00
  • Kungaloosh! – An African-inspired Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Bananas served with Cashew-Caramel Ice Cream topped with Coffee Dust – $9.00
  • Panna-Connie’s Congo Lime Delight – Lime ‘Panna Cotta’ served with Mango-Lime Sorbet and Fresh Fruit (Plant-based) – $9.00

Before we dive into Chrissy’s thoughts on each dish, I have to point out that the Plant-based options at Skipper Canteen offer some of the best variety of any dining location at Magic Kingdom. There’s not much creativity when it comes to Plant-based dining at Magic Kingdom, but Skipper Canteen offers a good variety, and emphasis on vegetables rather than “fake meat.”

Pao de Queijo at Skipper Canteen
Pao de Queijo at Skipper Canteen

First, let’s let you in on a little secret. Skipper Canteen has a not-so-secret menu that is presented to each guest. The highlight of this little menu is the Pao de Queijo. It was cheesy and chewy, and a comforting way to get the meal underway.

A hearty way to start the adventure is with Orinoco Ida’s Cachapas. There was a little bit of spice, according to Chrissy, but not overwhelming. And it was a generous portion that could serve 2-3 adults as a nice appetizer.

Orinoco Ida’s Cachapas at Skipper Canteen

One of my favorite plant-based foods is falafel. It’s usually so flavorful no matter where I order it. Chrissy reports that the Falls Family Falafel had a nice crunchy exterior, with a creamy, fluffy inside with great flavor and balance of spice. For $10.00 you are served five falafel on a bed of edamame hummus with toasted pumpkin seeds. It’s a good deal.

Falls Family Falafel at Skipper Canteen
Falls Family Falafel at Skipper Canteen

A highlight of the menu is the Perkins Thai Noodles entree. It is plant-based, but Chrissy’s party added sliced steak for $8.00 more. The portion, especially with the added steak, was overly generous and would satisfy two adults. This is a spicy dish, very spicy especially from Disney’s standards. With fresh, crisp stir-fried vegetables and oodles of noodles this is a must-do as long as you like heat.

Perkins Thai Noodles at Skipper Canteen
Perkins Thai Noodles at Skipper Canteen (Steak Added)
Perkins Thai Noodles at Skipper Canteen

If you’re anti-heat and love the sweeter side of life, then the “Tastes like Chicken” Because it is! just might float your boat. There was no heat in this dish; the glaze is nice and sweet.

Parting is such sweet sorrow so save room for dessert. Chrissy and her party ordered the Panna-Connie’s Congo Lime Delight as well as the Kungaloosh! Unless you are devoted to plant-based eating, Chrissy suggests passing on the Panna-Connie’s Congo Lime Delight, and go get a Dole Whip Soft Serve instead (it’s dairy-free). The Panna-Connie lacked flavor, both on the sweet side and tart side.

Panna-Connie’s Congo Lime Delight at Skipper Canteen
Kungaloosh! at Skipper Canteen

The Kungaloosh is the way to go. Chocolate? Yes. Coffee? Yes. Caramelized bananas? Sold! None of the flavors overpower each other and the Cashew-Caramel Ice Cream that tops it off elevates the entire plate.

Panna-Connie’s Congo Lime Delight and Kungaloosh! at Skipper Canteen

We have ratings and rankings for every Walt Disney World restaurant on our site and Lines app. Our subscribers give Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen a 89% thumbs up rating, and it is ranked #29 out of 105 table service restaurants.

Skipper Canteen Dining Room
Skipper Canteen Dining Room
Skipper Canteen Dining Room
Skipper Canteen Dining Room

If you’re a fan of the Jungle Cruise, the sorely missed Adventurer’s Club, or just Disney’s adventure themes in general, the dining room of Skipper Canteen is going to charm you. There is one large room with two smaller rooms to the side. There is no outdoor seating, but the main dining room is very airy. You must take a look around and examine the details. Even if you’re not intimately familiar with Disney’s adventure themed attractions, you’re sure to get tickle out of the décor.

Overall, if you prefer familiar cooking, with less exotic flavors, you may not enjoy Skipper Canteen. It does a great job of presenting Asian-influenced dishes as well as a few Mediterranean and African inspired options. And so, if these types of flavors appeal to you, then set a course for Skipper Canteen.

Have you ever dined at Skipper Canteen? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

3 thoughts on “REVIEW – Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen Should Not Be Skipped at Magic Kingdom

  • April 30, 2021 at 9:34 am
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    We loved Skipper Canteen. We’ve eaten there twice. The atmosphere is terrific and the food very unique, but there’s something for everyone. On our recent trip we had a large group of 21, split into three tables and the service was great and the food as well. Everyone found something they liked, we will return.

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  • May 1, 2021 at 2:35 pm
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    I tried the pork dish and it was swimming in sauce. And the Kungaloosh is so small! It’s a two bite dessert. But that caramel cashew ice cream is so good! Maybe next time I’ll get the Thai noodles with beef because that picture looks so appetizing.

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  • May 1, 2021 at 4:22 pm
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    Just checking although I can guess the answer – do you have to make a reservation or can you just walk up for this restaurant?

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