Peek Inside the Magic Kingdom’s Newest Restaurant – The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

With over 100 restaurants to choose from at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, picking a spot to have lunch or dinner on vacation can seem like an overwhelming task.

I’ve done my fair share of dining at Disney and while I tend to skip over counter service spots and go straight for Disney Signature Dining, the moderately priced and fairly new table service restaurant Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom is worth a visit.

Sure…there are many restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World Resort that are themed to Disney movies or characters, but the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom is different. Where else can you dine at a restaurant inspired by a classic Disney attraction?

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Situated in an often underutilized area of Adventureland, the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen has breathed new life into a once overlooked area of the park. Catty corner to the Jungle Cruise attraction and directy across from Swiss Family Treehouse you’ll find this new eatery offering guests both lunch and dinner daily.

Check in for your table and take advantage of the open outdoor rotunda seating area on a good-weather day.

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

The Jungle Cruise theming continues on onside of the restaurant’s receiving room.

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

There are three distinct dining areas inside the restaurant which include the crew’s colonial-era Mess Hall, the Jungle Room, and the S.E.A. Room—a once-secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. This was the room where our group had the pleasure of dining on a recent visit.

the crew’s colonial-era Mess Hall (which is not messy at all, thank you very much); the Jungle Room, former family parlor of Dr. Albert Falls himself; and the S.E.A. Room—a once-secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers!

I don’t want to include too many spoilers in this review but I will tell you that you can come to expect the same amount of quirk and snark that you would expect from a skipper on the world famous Jungle Cruise attraction. For example, we were seated across from a curio cabinet filled with flatware and it was described to us at the “Great Wall of China”.

Artifacts aplenty adorn the walls and tables and even hang from the ceilings like this homage to the birds from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Let’s take a look at the eats shall we?

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Sips and Bites

DRINKS

Our lunch service began with drinks of course.

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Punch Line Punch
Tropical Fruit Juices | Mango Purée | Savory Spiced Rim

Which was followed by complementary bread service.

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Bread Service
Spiced Bread | Honey Dipping Sauce

APPETIZERS

Shared Appetizers were then passed around the table.

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

House-made Arepas
Slow-cooked Beef | Black Beans | Tostones | Queso Fresco

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Falls Family Falafel
Chick Peas | Garlic | Onions | Lemon Juice | Herbs | White Bean Dip | Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

S.E.A. Shu Mai
Pork | Shrimp | Mung Beans | Spices | Gyoza

ENTREES

There are over a dozen Asian, South American and African dishes on the menu to choose from.
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Grilled Lamb Chops
North African Berber Spice Blend | Green Lentil Stew

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Rice Noodle Bowl with Chicken
Pho Broth | Jalapeños | Herbs

DESSERTS

Do not skip desserts here. They were the best part of the meal.
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Because I was dining as part of a media tasting we were offered a sampling of two of the most popular desserts here.

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Kungaloosh!
Chocolate Cake | Caramelized Bananas | Cashew-Caramel Ice Cream | Coffee Dust

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Coconut Bar
Coconut Bar | Pineapple-Basil Compote | Vanilla Cream

The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom is open daily. Lunch is served from 11 AM to 2:55 PM and dinner service starts at 3 PM and contuniues on until 9:30 PM. Same-day reservations are accepted only at this time. You can take a detailed look at The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen menu here.

Special thanks goes out to the Walt Disney World Resort for hosting me and a guest for lunch. No monetary compensation was received for this review.