Skipper Canteen at the Magic Kingdom Opens

Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom opened today, December 13, 2015, for a soft opening.  A soft opening

generally means that a restaurant or attraction is testing itself to make sure they are ready for prime time.  During a soft opening, an attraction or restaurant can close (or reopen) unexpectedly at any time.  Call it sort of a dry run.

For a long time, the Jungle Cruise has sported this billboard of delicacies.  The corny jokes have always been a source of amusement for our family, even creeping into our dinner time conversation at home.  (If I served something that was ummm….less than fantastic…it could be renamed Fillet of Rock Python in my house).  Luckily, I do not serve the fillet of snake very often.
Disney World Jungle Cruise

Starting today, you can eat in the real crew mess hall at the Skipper Canteen and the menu is decidedly more appetizing than the one above.

Alberta Falls, granddaughter of Dr. Albert Falls, (founder of the Jungle Navigator Company which is responsible for all of those wayward adventures) is your host at the Skipper Canteen.  She welcomes you, but, as you can see, is very busy so she left you this letter.  She will be your gracious host…..until she tells you to get out!
Skipper Canteen Story

This restaurant is table service, serving lunch and dinner.  Reservations are not available yet but are expected to open up very shortly, possible this coming week, for future dates.  Once they do, expect that this restaurant will be very popular and reservations will be recommended.

The restaurant has three rooms, the Crew’s Mess Hall, Falls Family Parlor and Secret Meeting room of the SEA.  Albert was a member of the Society of Adventurers and Explorers (SEA) so the secret meeting room was were he would host member meetings.  I expect that this room will be the most popular of the three.  (much like the rose room is the most popular at Be Our Guest)  All three are fascinating though with interesting things to see in all directions.

Skipper Canteen 2

Beverages include Punch line punch (get it?) and the Schweitzer Slush which, unlike it’s Disneyland counterpart, does not include alcohol but you can purchase it in a souvenir mug.  There is also the standard coke products line up and a nice selection of Twinings tea along with coffee beverages.

 Appetizers include:

Sustainable Fish Collar- Broiled collar with green papaya salad and Yuzu Soy Sauce

Falls Family Falafel- a secret recipe of chickpeas, garlic, onions. lemon juice and herbs served with white bean dip and tomato-cucumber salad

House made Aprepas- slow cooked beef, black beans, tostones and queso fresco

Ginger’s Grog of Hot and sour soup- flavored with Ginger (not the croc herself, thank goodness, she is alive and well) garlic, soy sauce, and red wine vinegar and finished with egg, tofu and mushrooms

Baladi Sslad- Egyptian sslad with heats of romaine, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and Ambasha bread with a garlic corriander vinaigrette

SEA Shu Mai- named after the secret society itself, port, shrimp, mung beans and spices steamed in a gyoza skin

And now… for the main courses….and dessert of course.
Skippers Canteen 5

Overall, I have to say that this restaurant is offering some very unique dishes and most guests should find something on the menu that is a significant departure from any of the other dining choices at Disney World.

Before I forget, I know a lot of you may be wondering if there is anything that your littles will find appealing.  Fear not, there are some interesting choices for the little ones but they do mirror the adult entrees.  Children who are strictly of the “I like PB&J, chicken nuggets and pizza” sort will not find much to their liking but isn’t it nice to offer them something different?

Children’s menu:
-Serengeti Salad- romaine with tomato, carrots, broccoli and cucumber with Italian dressing

Safari Soup- egg drop soup

Tiki Tiki Fishy Fishy Grilled sustainable fish with multi-grain rice

Sizzling Savanna Grilled Flank Steak- with steamed broccoli and potatoes

Junior Skip’s Mac and Cheese- same as the adult kind with the ground beef in it

Amazon Annies Arepas- with slow cooked beef, beans, queso fresco and yuca planks

Children also get to choose from a Volcano Dessert( chocolate caked with caramel lava), fresh fruit, or chocolate dipped bananas with chocolate sunflower seeds.

So what do you think?  Is this on your must-do list on your next trip!

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