Just across from Tom Sawyer Island is Skipper Canteen , a restaurant staffed by the Jungle Cruise staff! Not only will you get food from around the globe, your servers will keep you on your toes with the same wit as you find on the Jungle Cruise ride at Magic Kingdom. While this table service restaurant is on the pricier side, the food and the experience make it worth checking out!
There are three different rooms in which you can dine at Skipper Canteen:
The main seating area is the crew’s colonial-era Mess Hall
The Jungle Room happens to be the former family parlor of Dr. Albert Falls himself
The S.E.A. Room is a once-secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers! We ate in the S.E.A. Room. It was quite, cozy and very close to the bathroom.
The food is different than anything you will find at Magic Kingdom. It is Boma meets Yak & Yeti; very tropical dishes that reflect Asia, South America, and Africa. When you actually eat there, be sure to flip the menu over and read what it says. I didn’t post because I didn’t want to spoil the entire experience for you.
What to eat & drink at Skipper Canteen:
Everyone at Skipper Canteen gets to start with Bread & Honey dipping sauce. It is a taste of heaven.
The star of appetizers at the Skipper Canteen is their House-made arepas . This Amazon-inspired sharable dish is made with ground maize, slow-cooked beef, black beans, Tostones and queso fresco was nothing less than amazing.
Trader Sam’s Head-On Shrimp is perfectly seasoned. Paired with rice and spinach and you have a wonderful meal.
On the lighter side of things, is an Egyptian Baladi Salad made with Romaine Lettuce, green peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and tossed in a delicious Garlic-Coriander Vinaigrette.
Probably some of the best Fried Chicken I’ve ever eaten, you cannot go wrong with “Tastes like Chicken.” It comes with Citrus and Ginger-scented Rice, Chili Glaze, and seasonal vegetables.
If you are looking at a soup, consider Nile Nellie’s Noodle Bowl with Chicken. Pho type soup comes with rice noodles, sliced mushrooms, jalapeños, and fresh herbs.
You cannot leave without having a Schweitzer Slush. You will certainly cool off with this frozen Apple and Passion Fruit concoction topped with Bursting Green Apple Boba Balls. The texture is very similar to the Night Blossom in Pandora World of Avatar.
There wasn’t one part of this dining experience that we didn’t enjoy. In fact, it is my top pick for dining at Magic Kingdom and I will be trying to get a reservation next time we are there so I can try some more dishes!
Have you been to Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom? What was your favorite dish?