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REVIEW: Adventureland Veranda Fried Rice, Blended DOLE Whip Drink, Short Rib, and More 50th Anniversary Offerings from Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom

Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen has several new drinks and a new short rib meal — plus the return of a Verandah Restaurant appetizer — all to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. Join us for an adventurous meal at the Jungle Cruise-inspired restaurant.

Adventureland Colada – $9.00

DOLE Whip® Pineapple blended with Coconut Cream and Passion Fruit

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I am not the biggest Dole Whip fan, but coaxed with coconut cream, this becomes a favorite for me. The passion fruit is not overbearing; it’s a light coating of the glass that eventually settles at the bottom for a light taste throughout. Overall, I would highly recommend giving this a try.

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Tropical Sangria – $11.00

White Wine blended with Tropical Juices and a touch of Ginger

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A play on the nearby “Tropical Serenade,” the Tropical Sangria is not well blended. It’s just wine and juices thrown in a glass with little regard for flavor.

Veranda Shandy – $10.00

Blue Moon Draft with Chipotle and Pineapple Juice garnished with a Pineapple Wedge

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Blue Moon with chipotle and pineapple juice is an interesting choice, and that’s about the nicest thing I can say for this. It’s not bad, but it seems a bit odd as the juices and beer don’t work all that well together. The chipotle is present in a tiny bit of spice in each sip, light enough to be missed altogether.

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Veranda Fried Rice – $15.00

Spicy Chili-Garlic Shrimp served over Pork Fried Rice with Eggs and Peas

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Veranda Fried Rice was originally a menu item at the Verandah Restaurant, which closed in the 90s and was later (much later) replaced with Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen.

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I have vague memories of the Adventureland Verandah and this item, but I don’t remember what it tasted like. If it was anything like this, then the world suffered a tremendous loss. This is one of the best appetizers at Magic Kingdom, if not all of Walt Disney World. The rice has a salty, well-balanced flavor from the teriyaki sauce (which we assume is Kikkoman as they sponsored the former location), while the shrimp is sticky-sweet and not at all fishy. This is a must-order item if you’re dining here.

Senegal Sal’s Short Rib – $36.00

Berber-spiced Short Rib, Sweet Potato Silk, Cucumber, and Root Vegetable Slaw

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So, Skipper Canteen shares a kitchen with The Diamond Horseshoe and Liberty Tree Tavern. With that being said, this is most definitely just the “Pennsylvania Pot Roast” from the other restaurants, which isn’t a good thing.

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The sweet potato puree is quite good, but it is not enough to save this overcooked, stringy, and mushy short rib.

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