The Skipper Canteen

Happy New Year Love Bug,

skipper canteen front

   Last month, the Magic Kingdom opened their anticipated new restaurant in Adventueland, The Skipper Canteen!  Luckily, I was able to check it out during its soft opening, so I’m here to share with you the top five reasons you should check it out on your next visit to the happiest place on earth!

5.  Story and Theme

Disney always has great stories, and the one behind the new Skipper Canteen is no different.  The menu at the restaurant will tell you how the Skipper Canteen began:

skipper canteen storyline

Along with a great storyline comes a great theme. Guests will be seated in one of three rooms in the restaurant: The crew’s mess hall, the old family room, and Dr. Albert Falls’ old secret meeting room. Each of these dining room areas are unique and decorated accordingly with props and color palettes that will take you into the jungle! I especially love the clever props in each room. Look closely at what is on the walls because you will find references to other areas in the parks and in Adventureland as well!

skipper canteen interior

Sneak peak of each of the three rooms!

4.  The Menu

Talk about infusing different cultures, the Skipper Canteen does just that with their diverse menu options. Whether you have a wide palate or are looking to try new flavors (or want to introduce new foods to your little skippers) this is the best place to do just that. Enjoy appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks with a Latin, African, American, and Asian twist. There are many different menu items that are exotic and perfect for the Jungle theme of the restaurant! The jungle is full of adventure, and it will be quite the adventure for you as you prowl through the menu!

skipper canteen menu 1

skipper canteen menu 2

3.  The Bread

If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of bread, and lets face it, who doesn’t love to go to a restaurant just for their bread?!  The Skipper Canteen offers some of the most delicious bread I’ve ever had!  It is a warm loaf with a side of sweet orange blossom honey for dipping, and I have to say, I wanted the whole loaf (selfishly) to myself.

skipper canteen bread

2.  The Food

Ok, lets be real here, the main reason we all love certain restaurants is for the food, of course! The Skipper Canteen offers a plethora of exotic choices, but the quality and taste of these foods is out of this world delicious! Everything is incredibly fresh and tasty! My smile was plastered all over my face as I indulged in the Asian flavors with the S.E.A. Shu Mai appetizer and then my taste buds headed over to Africa to explore the famous Mac and Cheese (that is layered between Egyptian beef), which is out of this world. There are some other really great options like arepas, soups and salads, grilled steak, noodle bowls, stews, and more. The little ones can enjoy a soup or salad appetizer and can choose between fish or steak (with accompaniments), their famous mac and cheese, and arepas for their entrée. No matter what you decide to try, you wont be disappointed with the quality of your meal and your little ones will enjoy feasting on some great jungle cuisine!

skipper canteen sea shu mai and mac and cheese

1. The Awesome Cast Members

Cast members that work at the Skipper Canteen (also called skippers) are a hoot! They make the dining experience so much fun! If you’ve ever experiences the 50’s Prime Time Café (in Hollywood Studios) or the Whispering Canyon Café (at the Wilderness Lodge) then you know what I’m taking about. Make sure you bring your sense of humor along with your hunger, because the jokes, wisecracks, and sass that the skippers have here will surely put a smile on your face. My server was full of silly jokes throughout the length of my dining experience that made me giggle the entire time!

Make sure you check out the new Skipper Canteen in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom!


Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.

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