Jungle Cruise-Themed Skipper Canteen Restaurant to Undergo Radical Menu Change

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Since the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant opened at the Magic Kingdom last December, it has been a point of much controversy. Many applauded the diverse menu, a great departure from other eateries around the park. However, a lot of guests have taken a seat at the restaurant only to find a menu that might be a little scary to those less-familiar with cuisine from other regions. Maybe it’s just too much for such a popular theme park to serve such food? Probably not considering how many other establishments in the park serve fairly standard food offerings. Regardless, Disney will be changing the menu due to the demands of these unsatisfied guests.

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Disney has not stated when the change will happen, but cast members at the restaurant have been informed that the changes are coming. The menu is expected to radically change, with almost all of the current offerings going away or moving to another restaurant at Walt Disney World (the head-on shrimp are moving to Tiffins at Animal Kingdom).

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We’ll be sure to bring you the new menu once it debuts, so stay tuned.

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Paul Cyopick
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Paul Cyopick

Magic Kingdom’s food is mundane at best, this being the only exception. Now it will be yet another place for nuggets and burgers.

Why do we have to pander to the least common denominator with regards to food? There are enough bland tasteless places already, we don’t need another one.

Lisa
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Lisa

I agree :( We ate here twice in our trip in January because of the better menu. I hope the menu revamp isn’t too vanilla and boring.

Alison
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Alison

I ate there 2 weeks ago tomorrow. It was fabulous!!! I hate to see it change.

Bob
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Bob

But how does this effect Rivers of Light?

Nancy Nolan
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Nancy Nolan

Why would this affect ROL? Skipper’s is not even in DAK.

Sandra G.
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Sandra G.

It’s all about whether or not they can turn a profit or at least break even on a restaurant. If they have lots of empty seats night after night and are getting negative remarks about the food (not the service) then they know they need to change. I am always sorry to see an interesting concept be made more bland; we were looking forward to trying this place in the fall. I normally want to see some plain chicken or a burger on a menu simply because of my son, who has autism and a limited palate. But please, keep… Read more »

Lesley C.
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Lesley C.

I’m with you. My DS11 has aspergers and is SUPER picky. My husband is a plain meat and potatoes guy. I’m more on the adventurous side and wouldn’t mind trying a few of these things. But I need at least some run of the mill options for my family or I don’t get to go at all.

Clare ali
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Clare ali

Maybe if ADRs were offer at 180 days they would not have empty seats. Just a thought. I was really looking forward to eating here in the summer. But if the menu is going to be same old same old I might as well save money & eat at cosmic rays or caseys

Sarah
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Sarah

That is something that ALL the cast members who work there would like to see. Unfortunately, it’s not their choice or it would have happened back at opening. It’s a great restaurant with a great set of cast members creating the best crazy dining experience ever. It makes me so sad to see that it is still struggling when it should be one of the busiest places in the park!

Joe Ranney
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Joe Ranney

Regarding the comment above about having empty seats, I have been trying to get ADRs three months out, and this restaurant is booked both lunch and dinner for the week that we are there. Go figure.

Leslie
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Leslie

It’s not booked. I called and was told they only accept reservations that day. Go online and look at today’s availability and I bet you will see it is available. So you have to call that morning or you can book online that day. Here is the problem I have with that. I have to have a safety reservation so if the Canteen is booked we have an alternative option however you have to cancel 24 hours prior or eat $10.00 per person on that “safety reservation”. I just wish you could make a reservation like all the other places.… Read more »

Sarah
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Sarah

Leslie – A little known FYI – you can cancel day of without being charged by going to the other restaurant and letting them know that you need to cancel. But yes. That is an annoyance that shouldn’t happen.

Ioe – They only accept day of reservations, which is why seats are empty because people plan their days in advance and assume that they can’t eat there because the My Disney Experience shows no availability because of this issue. It was a long, difficult battle just to get day-of reservations there.

SR
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SR

Very disappointing! Those malcontents can eat at any other blah restaurant in the park. Why do they have to mess with a good thing?

Rain
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Rain

Joe… they only take same day reservations. There are always plenty available.

budahmon
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budahmon

I’m sad to read this. The Magic Kingdom needs better and more diverse restaurants. I only wish that in making “ethnic” foods they didn’t rely so heavily on soy sauce. Being highly allergic to soy I can’t eat at Yak n Yeti at all and my family loves their food. Not all Asian food traditionally contains soy! Of course the burgers and nuggets crowd would die if you gave them something with fish sauce in it. Sorry, rant over.

Cindy
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Cindy

We were planning on having dinner there in October because of the great menu selections. I guess we’ll wait to see what the new menu looks like. Maybe back to our old stand by, Liberty Tree Tavern.

Marie Cleary-Fishman
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Marie Cleary-Fishman

Very sad, I LOVED the menu, I have Celiac and there were wonderful options for me!!

Cyndi
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Cyndi

Ugh, boo. I loved that they were so vegan friendly and had more to offer than the typical burger. Why do boring picky eaters have to overrule everyone? Add. Why revamp?

Papa Burgandy
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Papa Burgandy

People blow my mind sometimes. Isn’t part of the fun of vacation to do, eat, and drink new things? Why would you want the same fare you can get at any park and at any restaurant you live near? I hope they at least keep some of the items for the people who aren’t such scaredy cats. :D

Diana
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Diana

Are there in January. Loved the food. The desserts are amazing!!!!! I hope they can try and keep some of the flair it has.

Valerie
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Valerie

Just dined there two weeks ago & was so excited to see such great menu items & somewhat plant based….had the noodle bowl which was underwhelming but the relaxed and eclectic environment of the restaurant more than made up for it!!!! Was looking forward to a return trip to try some of the desserts!

Kimberly Oehrlein (@MagicKimdom)
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Kimberly Oehrlein (@MagicKimdom)

I’ve dined here four times since mid-January. A few days ago, when I mentioned that the noodle bowl on my prior visit was nowhere near as spicy as our server has warned, I was told they had recently taken some of the “heat” out of that dish. A little disappointing, but even that wasn’t enough of a change to prevent the two large parties who were going to be seated next to us from actually sticking around once they viewed the menu. Perhaps they could keep most of the dishes in place but add less-scary versions as well (like a… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

Dang it I didn’t even get to try it! I was excited by a menu without the standard fare. If people want the usual stuff, why don’t they just go to the usual places and leave something for those of us not afraid of eating something other than a burger! I hope everyone who loved the original menu complains just as loudly so that they at least end up with a halfway interesting menu.

beckybaxter
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beckybaxter

How pitifully sad that they’re changing it. It’s called Disney WORLD, for pete’s sake. We were so happy to have real food in the Magic Kingdom. We loved it a lot… Oh, well.

Brad
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Brad

Thanks Shanghai

ceronomus
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ceronomus

The food here was so good we cancelled reservations at “Be Our Guest” to dine there again. I am VERY disappointed.