When you’re planning a Magic Kingdom park day, you’ll probably be planning around your meals. Dining at the Magic Kingdom has improved so much over the years. They’ve added more indoor table seating options and one of the most unique dining options is definitely Skipper Canteen restaurant. I’ve got your complete dining guide to Skipper’s and answering all of your questions. See if it’s worth booking an advanced dining reservation for your Disney World vacation!
Skipper Canteen Review: Menu, Food, Cost & Atmosphere
Skipper Canteen is tucked away inside Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland area. It’s touted on the Disney website for offering Asian, African and Latin Cuisine, with prices ranging from $15 – $35 USD. They are open for both lunch and dinner. If you’re a fan of The Jungle Cruise ride, then this might be a must-do dining experience for you.
The Restaurant Atmosphere
There are three different dining rooms that make up the restaurant and they’ve each got their own quirky personality. There’s the crew’s colonial-era Mess Hall, the Jungle Room – former family parlor of Dr. Albert Falls himself and the S.E.A. Room, which was once-secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. So every time you dine at Skipper’s you might get a slightly different experience. Each room has a nod to the famous ride.
It’s a casual table service option with only a few window views that look over Adventureland. You will not be able to enjoy fireworks from any location inside the restaurant (we’ve dined here during fireworks because our youngest son doesn’t enjoy the loud noises). That means dining during the fireworks is probably your best chance for a walk-in experience.
If you don’t have an advanced dining reservation, you want to check for a table ahead of time at the front hostess desk that’s outside the restaurant. We’ve been able to snag last-minute tables and they have both an indoor and outdoor waiting area.
Purchasing Alcohol In The Magic Kingdom
For many years, Magic Kingdom has no alcohol sales. Now, guests can purchase alcohol at Skipper Canteen and Be Our Guest restaurants. On Skipper’s menu, they offer beer, wine and two specialty cocktails. You can purchase wine by the glass, starting around $11 or buy the whole bottle, which may run up to $75. I actually think the cocktail prices ($10 – $11) are quite reasonable for Disney Parks.
Non-Alcoholic Beverage Options
Check out the Schweitzer Slush, which is pictured below! This non-alcoholic beverage is definitely instagram worthy and one of the items that the canteen is known for. It’s frozen apple juice and passion fruit topping with boba balls. My Husband has ordered it – for the record, he prefers Le Fous Brew at Gaston’s Tavern a bit more. However, this one is definitely a tropical fun drink that anyone in the family can order.
Most Popular Menu Items
As soon as the restaurant opened, I was intrigued by the menu. You won’t find typical theme park food at this Magic Kingdom dining spot. The lunch and dinner menus offer unique finds that features zesty flavors of Asia, South America and Africa.
I’ve ordered the “Hardy Har Char” Siu Pork entree and the “Tastes like Chicken” Because it is! Don’t be fooled by the names – the portion sizes are no joke. The pork is always fork tender and served over fluffy white rice. The chicken has a light breaded coating that compliments it’s spicy chili glaze.
Another popular menu item is the Dr. Falls Signature Grilled Steak. It’s a flavorful adobo seasoned New York Strip that’s grilled to perfection and served with a caramelized onion puree. It’s on our bucket list to order, but we happen to be fond of other Walt Disney World steakhouse locations when it comes to red meat.
Skipper Canteen Kids Menu
Kids can pick from steak, curry, chicken or macaroni & cheese as menu options. I’d love to say that my kids were adventurous for the sake of this review, but sadly they ordered the macaroni and cheese. While I can’t tell you something amazing about the other item choices, I can speak to the portion size. Two kids can easily split an entree from the kids menu. It’s served with their choice of a side too.
Skipper Canteen: Is It Worth The Cost?
There aren’t many table restaurant options at the Magic Kingdom. Dining a Skipper’s will cost you one dining credit per person (it is not a signature dining option) if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. I definitely think it’s worth a visit and paying, even out of pocket for (especially if you’re a big fan of the Jungle Cruise ride). Overall, they’ve got a unique menu and offers a fun atmosphere that’s also a nice reprieve from the Florida heat. If you don’t have an advanced dining reservation, your best bet for getting a table would be during Happily Ever After fireworks show.