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The New Menu Items You Have to Try at This Underrated Magic Kingdom Restaurant

The Walt Disney World Resort is an ultimate destination for foodies, and Guests can always keep coming back to try new snacks, entrees, and even specialty beverages thanks to the Resort’s frequent menu updates.

The Magic Kingdom is home to some of the most iconic table service restaurants at Walt Disney World, with Be Our Guest Restaurant giving Guests the opportunity to enjoy a three-course meal inside the Beast’s castle, and Cinderella’s Royal Table offering the ultimate princess character dining right inside Cinderella Castle.

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For more casual experiences around the Park, Guests can enjoy burgers, salads, pasta, and more, finished off with an ice cream sundae at The Plaza Restaurant or family-friendly Italian eats at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. And we can’t forget the buffet with characters from Winnie the Pooh at the Crystal Palace.

One of the Park’s best table service restaurants tends to fly under the radar, though. And this location, the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, just added some new menu items that we cannot wait to try!

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Disney’s iconic Jungle Cruise attraction inspires Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, so Guests will find nods to the classic ride around the dining areas, along with details taken from the larger backstory of S.E.A., the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

The inspiration from the Jungle Cruise is not limited to the restaurant’s decor. Cast Members are in character similar to the skippers who operate the Jungle Cruise, and each menu item even stays consistent with the storyline while also providing some delicious eats (often at a decent value, at least for a Disney World restaurant.)

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“Tastes Like Chicken” Because It Is! at Jungle Skipper Canteen (Credit: Disney)

The menu at the Skipper Canteen has undergone several changes since the restaurant opened. Still, a lot of the original staples remain like the Falls Family Falafel and Orinoco Ida’s Cachapas appetizers and the “Tastes like Chicken” Because it is! and “Hardy Har Char” Siu Pork entrees. Some of the new menu items are updated versions of past entrees, while others are entirely new (but they all look delicious!)

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New items on the menu at Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen include:

  • Irrawaddy Irma’s Hanger Steak: Ginger and Soy-marinated Sliced Hanger Steak served with Garlic Rice, Frisée, and Pickled Onions
  • Baa Baa Lamb Chops: Spice-rubbed Lamb Chops, Chermoula, Cauliflower, Potatoes, Cipollini Onions, and Harissa Sauce, garnished with Preserved Lemons and Herbs
  • Skipper Dan’s Dan Dan Noodles: Thin Noodles tossed in a savory Spicy Chili Sauce topped with Crispy Pork, Pickled Mustard Greens, Radish, and Cucumbers
  • Enchanted Orange Dream: DOLE Whip® Orange blended with Vanilla Soft-serve and served with an Orange Candy rim
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As far as Disney restaurant pricing goes, the new items on the menu at the Skipper Canteen also seem to be a good value for Guests looking for a table service meal in the Magic Kingdom. Both Irrawaddy Irma’s Hanger Steak and
Baa Baa Lamb Chops are priced at $38 while Skipper Dan’s Dan Dan Noodles (and most of the restaurant’s entrees) are priced at $26. The most affordable option is the Curred Vegetable Crew Stew for $19.

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Fans of DOLE Whips will need to try the Enchanted Orange Dream during their next trip to the Skipper Canteen. While DOLE Whips are an iconic Adventureland snack, it is not often that you see DOLE Whip treats exclusive to a Disney table service restaurant, and this one looks delicious!

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The Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen is open daily for lunch and dinner with lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. and dinner from 3:00 p.m. to Park close (note if you are visiting this Disney Park this summer and into the fall that the Magic Kingdom closes at 6:00 p.m. on select nights for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Since the Skipper Canteen is one of the most underrated theme park restaurants at Walt Disney World, you can often score a last-minute reservation here or even a table if you walk up.

Be sure to try these new menu items during your next trip to the Magic Kingdom, and enjoy!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."