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9 Things You MUST Know Before Going to the New Jungle Cruise Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom

Though it had been rumored for weeks, the Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen opened for soft openings yesterday, just days after a Cast Member preview. Though this restaurant isn't quite all the way open yet, if you're planning on dining her any time in the near future, there are some important things you should know first: 

1. It’s not completely open quite yet

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Much like other much-anticipated dining establishments at Walt Disney World, the Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen is in a soft opening phase, which means there are no reservations available and not all the décor is quite installed yet. Operating hours are also flexible, and this location could close at any point. 

However, though this new dining location isn’t currently operating on a full schedule, we do know that it will finally open 100% in just a few days on December 16th. 

2. It’s not like Be Our Guest 

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When this restaurant was first announced, many hypothesized that this new dining location would be a hybrid location like Be Our Guest, serving a quick service lunch with full service dinner. However, this never came to pass, as this location is now confirmed to be full service only for both lunch and dinner.

3. The menu is quite diverse (and the prices are pretty high)

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One of the big questions before this restaurant opened revolved around what kind of menu this dining location would feature. After all, the Jungle Cruise “visits” some pretty exotic locales. And interestingly enough, the menu features all kinds of delicious offerings inspired by exotic locales from around the world. The full list of dishes (along with prices) is below: 

Appetizers 

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S.E.A. Shu Mai – A legendary blend of Pork, Shrimp, Mung Beans, and Spices wrapped in Gyoza Skin then steamed $10

Baladi Salad – Classic Egyptian Salad consisting of a mix of Hearts of Romaine, Green Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, and Ambasha Bread tossed with Garlic $9

Falls Family Falafel – A secret recipe of Chick Peas, Garlic, Onions, Lemon Juice, and Herbs served with White Bean Dip and Tomato-Cucumber Salad $8

Amazon Annie’s House-made Arepas – A trip down the Amazon with Slow-cooked Beef, Black Beans, Tostones, and Queso Fresco $9.50

Ginger Grog of Hot and Sour Soup – Flavored with ginger “not the crocodile” garlic, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar finished with fresh egg, tofu, and wood ear mushrooms $7.50

Sustainable Fish Collar – Broiled Collar served with a green papaya salad and yurt-soy sauce $11

Entrees

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Rice Noodle Bowl – Pho Broth served with choice of Chicken, Duck Breast, or Tofu served with Jalapeños and mix of fresh Herbs. Duck $23, Chicken $22, Tofu $20.

Grilled Lamb Chops – Seasoned with a North African Berber Style Spice Blend served with green lentils stew $25 

Char Shiu Pork – Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin Medallions served with Chinese Broccoli and choice of Five-gran or White Rice $23

Skipper Canteen Curried Vegetable Crew Stew – Served with Roasted Acorn Squash, Lentils, and Sautéed Collard Greens $17

A “Lot at Steak” Salad – We’re betting it all on this Thai-marinated Flank Steak tossed with Hearts of Romaine, Carrots, Red Peppers, Cucumbers, Red Onions, and Cherry Tomatoes with Asian Dressing $18

Curried Vegetable Crew Stew – Served with Roasted Acorn Squash, Lentils, and Sautéed Collard Greens $17 

Skip’s Mac and Cheese – A typical Egyptian dish consisting of Spiced Ground Beef, Pasta, Béchamel Sauce, served with Broccoli $19

Trader Sam’s Head-On Shrimp – Sustainable Local Farm Raised Shrimp tossed in a Chili-Garlic Sauce and served with Chinese Broccoli and choice of Five-grain or White rice $25 

Sustainable Fish – “Not Piranha” served over Chinese Broccoli, Carrots, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Red Bell Peppers in a fragrant Lemon Grass Broth (Market price)

“Tastes Like Chicken Because It Is!” – Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast served with Stir-fried vegetables, Shiitake Fried Rice, and Hoisin Sauce $23

Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak – Strip Loin Asado marinated in Sofrito and served with Yuca Planks, Avocado, and House-made Chimichurri $23

Desserts

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Sugar-crusted Congee Pudding – Caramelized Custard with Millet, Almonds, Apricot, Dates, and Honey-Almond Tuile $8

Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream – Vanilla Chiffon Cake with Coconut and Lime–White Chocolate Ganache $8

Bertha’s Banh Bong Lan Cake with Mango Lime Sorbet – Vanilla Chiffon Cake soaked with Lemon Grass-Ginger syrup $8

Kungaloosh! – An African-inspired chocolate cake with caramelized banana served with cashew-caramel ice cream topped with coffee dust $8

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There are 6 comments.

Fabulous article! Thank you , we are very excited!!

Sorry but, waiter... that is NOT a Kungaloosh.

Is there a bar area where you can just go to get one of the drinks or since no alcohol, only if you completely dine in?

I ate there on Monday, and the food was delicious! (It was a bit pricey, as the article notes.) You can get the Punch Line Punch with rum (at an additional cost), but those signature drinks come in a souvenir mug (pictured in the article.) The wait staff were very good, and they were constantly throwing out bad puns (just like the Jungle Cruise!) The decor is very nice (but incomplete in a few areas). For fun, go stand near the doorway to the kitchen -- there are sound effects of food being prepared!

If you're a fan of the Jungle Cruise, you should try to eat here at least once!

You might want to update this article, as they are no longer accepting TIW. They did, for a whole 3 days, and then stopped.

We were there on Monday December 28 and the mugs were sold out!! We had a great meal awesome server but it was pricey!!! $171.00 for 4!!!

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