9. Jungle Skipper Canteen
Having opened at Magic Kingdom Park at the end of the 2015 year, this Jungle Cruise inspired establishment stands as one of Disney’s newest culinary wonders. Get ready to set out on an expedition into the edible featuring a bounty of unique menu selections that incorporate the tantalizing tastes of Asia, South America, and Africa. You’ll enjoy all the same humor and witticisms you know and love so well from the ride, with “off duty” crewmembers from the boat serving as restaurant staff and presenting an exotic menu reflective of fun puns that both hit the mark and hit the spot. Ginger’s “Croc” of Hot-and-Sour Soup, Trader Sam’s Head-on Shrimp, and Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak are just some of the quirky cuisine favorites you can get here. Top it all off with a sweet sendoff with one of many desserts to choose from, like Kungaloosh—an African-inspired chocolate cake with caramelized bananas and cashew-caramel ice cream topped and covered in coffee dust or Quick Sand!!!, which comes served as a jasmine rice pudding with mango sauce, lemon curd, hibiscus meringue, and pineapple.
Jungle Skipper Canteen operates as a full table-service restaurant that seats over 220 at a time. The restaurant backstory follows Alberta Falls, granddaughter of the famed Dr. Albert Falls of Jungle Cruise legend, who has decided to open the home office as a restaurant for explorers bound for or returning from their cruising adventure. There are three distinct dining rooms to be seated in. You’ll find the Mess Hall to be rather tidy with clean tables and floors and all bulletins and other effects displayed in orderly fashion. The Jungle Room formerly served as the private parlor of Dr. Albert Falls and his family. Finally, the S.E.A. Room was previously used as a secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Wherever you sit and whatever quest for cuisine you seek, one thing is for certain—when you come out to this outpost to dine you’re in for a most appetizing adventure.