News! Jungle Cruise Restaurant — Skipper Canteen — Officially Coming to Disney World!


After months of waiting, watching, and hoping, there is now confirmation from Disney that a Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant is indeed on its way to Disney World! The Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen is coming to Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland!

Skipper Canteen Concept Art

Skipper Canteen Concept Art

Here’s what we know: offering “World Famous Jungle Cuisine,” the Skipper Canteen will feature several different dining rooms such as a Crew Mess Hall, and even a “once-hidden secret meeting room” of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

And if that Society rings a bell, that’s because it’s the very same group that — as the story goes — once frequented Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (opening in Downtown Disney this fall).

Do You Think Any of the Specialties from the Crew Mess will Make It to the Skipper's Cantina Menu??

Do You Think Any of the Specialties from the Crew Mess will Make It to the Skipper’s Canteen Menu??

Best of all, Jungle Cruise Skippers will staff the restaurant! Anyone who loves, loves, LOVES the Jungle Cruise knows how the Skippers bring the attraction to life, and we imagine this will be no less the case at the Canteen!

Jungle Cruise Eats? Sign Me UP!!!

Jungle Cruise Eats? Sign Me UP!!!

It has been rumored that the service style of the restaurant may function similar to Be Our Guest Restaurant, offering a Counter Service lunch by day and Table Service dinner in the evenings.

Look for the Skipper Canteen to open its doors at the former site of the Adventureland Veranda restaurant (right next to the new location of Sunshine Tree Terrace) later this year!

Are YOU excited to visit the Skipper Canteen when it opens? Please let us know with a comment!


  1. Allen says

    This is great, but my daughter will miss the Faeries. And I can’t be the only one that hopes it brings back the feeling/atmosphere of The Adventurers Club.

  2. Susan Lane says

    So excited. An additional restaurant is definitely needed. Can’t wait to try it out.

  3. Steve says

    Looking forward to seeing the new restaurant. However, the themed atmosphere of the Adventureland Veranda will be tough to top. It was one of the best immersion experiences of Magic Kingdom Classic.

  4. Essie says

    This so exciting!!!! I, too, enjoyed the old Adventureland Veranda, especially when you had a table overhanging the water, but I LOVE the idea of this new themed spot. It’s so good to see something that represents a beloved old classic from the Golden Era of Disney. My next trip is not yet planned, but along with totally new experiences like Pandora, I will be so looking forward to enjoying this new but ‘old Classic’ restaurant. I can’t wait!!!!
    PS: I love the new idea of having lunch as QS and dinner as TS in the same eatery; this plan gives guests so much flexibility and so many, more options. Good work, Disney.

  5. says

    This is so exciting!!! Jungle Cruise is one of my favorite rides! I was hoping it would be themed well (sort of like Blue Bayou in DL) and sort of overlook the ride, but it doesn’t sound like it. Still, I hope the waitstaff has the same personality as those operating the ride! LOVE it!

  6. Megan says

    wowowwow! finally some interesting food at MK! I know you’ll keep us updated when it’s official, but any idea when we can start making ADRs? I’m going in January and would lovelovelove to eat here!

  7. Lauren says

    Oh my goodness! I really hope the “later this year” part holds true! We’ve got a trip planned for the new year and I really, really want this place to be open!

  8. says

    I can’t wait!!! We absolutely LOVE Jungle Cruise- I’m so glad skippers will be a part of what is sure to
    Be a great light hearted dining experience!! Thanks for the detailed info!

  9. Cindy says

    I will be up early 180 days out so I can get a reservation. I cannot wait. I love the new resturants becoming a ride type experience. Leave it to Disney to make extra fun even when dining.

  10. Ray Wilmot says

    Jungle Cruise is in my opinion the best Disney ride of all and I expect the restaurant to be the same.

  11. Charles Quackenbush says

    I’d love them use some of attractions from the Pleasure Island Explorers Club. Bring in the old colonel or the Stone Goddess. Kungaloosh

  12. Janet Sala says

    Thank you for the update, AJ! This looks like a whole lot of fun! Any idea if this will be open for a trip we have scheduled for the first week of December?

    Rumor has it you will be on the Passporter Moms Podcast this week. Hope we will hear more about this, soon!

  13. Jim Anthony says

    Love the ride…laugh at all the jokes..can’t til opens…will down 2nd week if October and Thanksgiving week so hope it’s open by then

  14. Dawn says

    Can’t wait to tryout the new restaurant. Always ready to try new experiences, especially when they are Disney style!!!!

  15. Juli says

    Please, please, please tell me we’re going to see something like The Adventurer’s Club brought back at this location!!!!

  16. Ashley says

    OH MY GOSH! Did not see the later this year part!!! We are going in mid November…. FINGERS ARE CROSSED!

  17. Edward says

    I always like to try new places and the Jungle Cruise itself has been a favorite since it opened. The food sounds yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

  18. Danielle Sullivan says

    I hope it is open by early November so we can visit during our stay. Any idea when it will be open?

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