Jungle Skipper Canteen: A Disney World Dining Review
Want to know the quickest way to get out of the Jungle? Trust me, this is ONE Jungle you will want to STAY in! Check out Jungle Skipper Canteen: A Disney World Dining Review to find out why you may never want to leave this Jungle!
Welcome to the Jungle!
Located in Adventureland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, you will find the newest and most adventurous dining experience this side of the Nile! Those same skippers who took you on a “Jungle Cruise” are the same skippers who will give you your first taste of “Jungle Cuisine”. Let me just tell you, it is an experience you won’t soon forget!
The moment you walk into the Jungle Skipper Canteen, you KNOW you are in the presence of none other than Dr. Albert Falls, founder of the Jungle Navigation Shipping Company. Dr. Falls is also in charge of the JUNGLE CRUISE, just down the road a bit. You may want to grab a bite to eat before your journey down in the Jungle begins, we never know if we will actually make it back!
We were excited to get those dinner reservations just before our “Jungle Cruise” was scheduled to depart. We were immediately seated in the famous “Mess Hall” (which was NOT messy at all!!) There are two other dining areas in the Canteen: The Jungle Room, and the S.E.A. Room (Society of Explorers and Adventurers)-Don’t tell anyone about this one! It’s TOP SECRET! These rooms are beautifully decorated and your dining skipper will allow you to walk around in each room for a view of some pretty awesome decor! With such beautiful scenery, artifacts and intricate detail in every fixture, you will want to wander around for hours, looking at every little detail.
Flavors of the Jungle
After being offered “the backside of water”, we were excited about some of the drink options available. Choices such as “Punch Line Punch”, “Exotic Coca-Cola (Brazilian and Fanta Melon Frosty-Thailand) and Schweitzer Slush, will have your taste buds wanting more. Regular soft drink choices are also available, for those feeling a little less adventurous.
With bold flavors from Africa, Asia and South America represented in the dining choices, you will not be disappointed in this flavorful meal! There were three of us dining and of course “Dr. Falls Signature Grilled Steak” was at the top of our list. This signature steak is a strip loin marinated in sofrito, served with yuca planks, avocado and house made chimichurri. Our skipper also recommended squeezing the lime on our steaks-WOW! It may possibly be the best steak we had ever had the pleasure of devouring! Jungle Skipper Canteen also has a children’s meal consisting of grilled steak, which my 6 year completely engulfed. Right after we received our delicious feast, our skipper came by to check on us. Noticing the cell phone on the table, she immediately grabbed it and began to take “selfies” with the other skippers. She let us know that they “did not see gadgets like that everyday”!
If the steak is not your child’s favorite, don’t worry, there are a lot of options for them, such as “Tiki, Tiki, Fishy”, “Junior Skips Mac N Cheese” and of course “Chef Tandaji’s Crispy Chicken”.
There are a lot of other great options on the menu, such as Grilled Lamb Chops, Trader Sam’s “Head-On” Shrimp, “Not Piranha” Sustainable Fish and a dish labeled “Tastes like Chicken”. In addition, our friends were also dining at the Jungle Skipper Canteen and had a little one who was not fond of the yuca planks (although they were quite yummy). Their skipper immediately went next door and ordered up a serving of “regular fries” for this little cruiser. He was beyond happy!
Even though we were all stuffed beyond measure, our skipper insisted we have dessert (insisted is pretty strong, she mentioned it and we all jumped at the opportunity). She did suggest we have dessert, since being on the cruise, we may not know when our next meal would be. We all happily obliged. With several exotic choices available, it was very difficult to narrow it down. Finally, again with more fantastic suggestions from our skipper, we made our choices. I chose the famous KUNGALOOSH! This is an African inspired chocolate cake with bananas and caramel, dusted with coffee!! Seriously, how can you go wrong with chocolate AND coffee? This was absolutely amazing! Also ordered was the Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream.
On the little one’s menu was the option for a Volcano! Yummy chocolate cake with caramel lava and chocolate rocks. As a result, the dessert plates were basically clean when we were finished. Every morsel GONE!
Do NOT be left in “de-nile”
This restaurant will have you begging to throw caution to the wind and cruise the Nile for weeks! OK, maybe not weeks, but you get the idea! Be prepared! It might get a little dangerous out there! Here are a few things you need to know!
- Advance Dining Reservations were just released for this restaurant. They are available on My Disney Experience or by calling 1-407-WDW-DINE. Previously, reservations were only available as “walk-up” or same day reservations.
- Valid park admission required
- Lunch and Dinner are both one table service dining credit on the Disney Dining Plans (Regular Plan and Deluxe Plan).
- Please do not take pictures while dining at The Jungle Skipper Canteen-they are nailed to the wall. (pun intended-haha). You really CAN take pictures. The skippers actually encourage it!
I truly hope you have enjoyed Jungle Skipper Canteen: A Disney World Dining Review.
If you have enjoyed it, my name is Vanda. If you have NOT enjoyed it, my name is Mandi.
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