Skipper Canteen is one of the uniquely themed table service restaurants in Magic Kingdom, located just inside Adventureland. The prices are pretty reasonable at around $15-$35 per person plus sales tax at both lunch and dinner. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, Skipper Canteen is one Table Service Credit.
Skipper Canteen is themed to the brilliant attraction, Jungle Cruise. It might not be for everyone, just as the attraction isn't, but if you love the humour from the Skippers, Skipper Canteen will be right up your alley!
As with most table service restaurants, it is highly recommended that you make a reservation 180 days in advance. Skipper Canteen does take walk ins but that is risky business. We made our reservation at the 180 day mark, but actually ended up having to change the time on the day due to a fairly large Orlando storm separating our group in Blizzard Beach. The Cast Members were super accommodating and happily moved our time backward to 8pm.
We arrived a little earlier than our rearranged time and we asked to take a seat outside whilst our table was ready. We were probably only waiting about five minutes before we were called. It was quite late, so we weren't surprised to find the restaurant pretty much empty, with everyone else already standing out on the Hub and Main Street to watch Happily Ever After.
We were seated quite near the back of the restaurant and only a couple of other parties were there at the time. We were handed our menus, although in typical me fashion I had stalked the menu months beforehand so knew exactly what I was having.
Our order was taken very promptly and drinks arrived in minutes - you can't fault the speedy service. Someone in our party wasn't keen on the drink they had ordered and the server was amazing in suggesting an alternative based on what they liked and was more than happy to replace it.
What I love about the menu is that it sticks with the theme of the restaurant - the elephants from the attraction, the backside of water joke getting in multiple times throughout the decor and the menu, and the coffee mug stains!
The interior of the restaurant is quite clever. There is an upper deck with faux doors into offices, each with their own humorous name. The Jungle Cruise banner is on the walls, and various trinkets are plastered everywhere. It absolutely kept within the theme of the Jungle Cruise, as did the humour of our server!
I went for the Tastes Like Chicken Because It Is - everyone loves a good Jungle Cruise joke with the title of their meal! It's a crispy fried chicken with jasmine rice, chilli glaze and vegetables. Pictures don't do the size of this chicken justice it may as well have been a whole chicken, it's massive! The chilli glaze adds heat to the meal and goes nicely with the vegetables. It has a slight Asian twang to it, as does the majority of the menu, which I love! It was a massive portion and was usually twice the amount that I would normally eat.
As soon as we were finished, our plates were whisked away. We had been in the restaurant about half an hour at this point, to give you an idea of the quick service. Normally, you get a bit of time between your courses to just chill out a bit but our server was right over with the dessert menus and refills to the drinks. We were now only one of two parties left in the restaurant.
Our dessert orders were taken really quick and at this point we were staring to feel a little rushed. We figured we were one of the last seatings of the night as the park closed at 9pm. We aren't usually slow eaters, so this felt rushed even more so.
Desserts came out, again, quickly. I went for what I think it called the Quick Sand which is a chilled jasmine rice pudding with a lemon curd and biscuit squiggly thing. I love lemon, and really liked the cut of the sourness with the creamy rice pudding. However, this was a very strong citrus flavour, so if you don't like lemon I would lift it off to the side. The dessert was really good and I can't fault it. I was surprised it was served chilled as we tend to have hot rice pudding here in the UK, but I still recommend it.
As soon as dessert came out, so did the bill. We knew the servers wanted to clear up and go home. Obviously, this is at no fault of our server who was still high energy, hilarious and attentive the entire way through our meal and really made our experience.
As we left, we managed to catch the last few minutes of Happily Ever After right above the entrance. We were the only ones stood there, so if you want a quiet viewing spot away from the crowds at the Castle, walk through Adventureland to the Skipper Canteen entrance.
Overall, I would definitely go back to Skipper Canteen. Being rushed didn't ruin my experience, but it did dampen it a little. The servers, even the ones not serving our table, were brilliant and in-character at all times. The food was really good; giant portions with a lot of variety. If you like Asian influenced food with amazingly timed awful puns, this is the place for you!