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The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd Skipper Canteen or more simply the Skipper Canteen is a restaurant at the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland. Located in the former Adventureland Veranda restaurant, it is based on the Jungle Cruise attraction and serves as the main headquarters and mess hall for the Jungle Navigation Company that runs the cruises. Reflecting the international waters featured in the Jungle Cruise, the restaurant's menu features food from Africa, Asia, and South America.

Description

History

The Adventureland Veranda first opened in 1971 with the rest of the park and functioned as a counterservice restaurant until 1994. When it closed, the space was generally reserved for special events and served as the location for Pixie Hollow meet and greets with Tinkerbell and her friends from 2011 to 2014. The Skipper Canteen was announced as moving into the space at D23 Expo 2015 and opened to guests on December 15, 2015.

A portion of the Veranda space unused by Skipper Canteen would eventually be filled in 2018 by a Club 33 lounge called "The Captain's Quarters".

Layout

The Skipper Canteen has 222 seats spread across three main areas. The first of these areas is the main mess hall, which retains much of the original 1971 design. The main waiting area features portraits of the Falls family, with a traditional depiction of Doctor Albert Falls and a cubist portrait of his granddaughter (and current Jungle Navigation Co. president) Alberta Falls. Artifacts and ephemera from the Jungle Navigation Company's history can be found along the walls and in the balconies above, offices for different Skippers can be seen, including references to Disney Imagineers Marc Davis, Harper Goff and Bill Evans.

The second area is a meeting room for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, accessed through a secret library doorway now permanently open. Bookshelves along the entryway feature references to Society members and numerous Disney films and attractions and several SEA club fezes are on display in a glass case. Within the SEA room are large maps of mythological creatures charted by SEA members, a display wall of butterfly specimens, and a painting of Doctor Albert Falls discovering the Cambodian Temple seen in the Jungle Cruise attraction.

The third area is the Jungle Room, the Falls family parlor, which features wood carvings of attraction scenes made from wood once used on the attraction's docks, stained glass chandeliers in the form of the Enchanted Tiki Room's birds, and one of the miniature boats from the Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats game on display in a glass case.

Easter Eggs and Trivia

Falls Family Parlour

  • The portrait of Dr. Albert Falls on a boat near Schweitzer Falls in 1911 shows his boat with the original red/white striped canopies of the original Jungle Cruise boats.
  • There is a small model of a boat called the Molopo Marie. In the Jungle Cruise's backstory, this boat was named for Dr. Falls' wife, explorer Victoria Marie Falls and was piloted by Alberta.
  • Carvings decorating the room represent animals and vignettes from the Jungle Cruise.
  • The chandelier is modelled after José, Pierre, Fritz and Michael from the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Library

Titles in the library range from books written by SEA members and other characters with thematic ties to Adventureland to jokes about Disney attractions. The book that served as the "lock" for the secret door into the SEA room is a copy of The Jungle Book.

Character-written books:

Generalized book references

Real books

  • The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Tom Sawyer

Menu

  • The meal Kungaloosh! is named for the official greeting from the Adventurers Club.
  • The Perkins Thai Noodles are named for the Pleasure Island character Pamelia Perkins. The description for the meal states it as being her favourite meal.[1]
  • S.E.A. Shu Mai is named for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
  • Schweitzer Slush is presumably named for Schweitzer Falls and/or Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
  • Shiriki Slush is named after Shiriki Utundu from Tower of Terror and is described as having been served at the Hotel Hightower on the December 31 of 1899.
  • Chef Tandaji's Crispy Chicken is named after Chef Tandaji, an unseen member of S.E.A. who first appeared int the Skipper Canteen.
  • The crocodile illustration appears to be modelled after the Blue Caterpillar's hookah-smoke crocodile from Alice in Wonderland.
  • The Bandar-log from the Jungle Book have illustrations in the menu.
  • The illustration of Chief Nah-mee shows him selling pendants in a way reminiscent of Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions in Tokyo Disneyland where instead of running a gift-shop or trading in heads, he traded enchanted medallions known as the Tiger of Courage, the Elephant of Wisdom, and the Monkey of Cleverness.

Mess Hall

  • Occasionally as part of the mess hall's audio loop, the voice of Dreamfinder can be heard asking where he can park his flying machine.[2]
  • A letter on the bulletin board is addressed to Rosita of the Enchanted Tiki Room only for it to be marked with a return to sender stamp due to Rosita apparently being gone.
  • In the, "Lost and Unfound" is a toolbox belonging to Jock Lindsey from Raiders of the Lost Ark with a warning that it might possess a live-snake.
  • Trader Sam's services are advertised on the bulletin-board.
  • The voice of Shrunken Ned can be heard in the audio-loop.
  • On the bulletin-board is an advertisement for the Jingle Cruise.
  • The doors in the Mess Hall are labelled as being the offices of Skipper Marc, Skipper Bill, and Skipper Harper. These are tributes to imagineers Marc Davis, Bill Evans and Harper Goff.
  • A note on the bulletin-board from, "Merry Time Traders" advertises the second-hand purchase of a Plaza Swan Boat.
  • One shelf is shown holding Christmas decorations from the Jingle Cruise.
  • There is a message from Skip Documentary from the Adventure Trading Company inside the board with a key.
  • There is a barrel containing, "The Backside of Water" addressed to be sent to one Prof. Marley at Marshall College. The Backside of Water is a reference to Schweitzer Falls from the Jungle Cruise, Prof Marley is named for the real Dr. David John "Dr. Skipper" Marley who is a Jungle Cruise cast-member turned Disney historian, and Marshall college is the fictional college which Indiana Jones teaches at.
  • Multiple jujus from the Adventure Trading Company are hanging from within the board.
  • One of Shrunken Ned's diagnoses is on the bulletin-board.
  • One of Walt Disney's, "Merry Menagerie" comic-strips is pinned to the bulletin-board.[3]

Restrooms

  • There is an edition of The Daily Gnus from the Adventure Trading Company alongside several jujus.

S.E.A. Meeting-Room

Gallery

References

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Disney Parks
Jungle CruiseJingle CruiseJungle River Cruise: Curse of the Emerald TrinityShrunken Ned's Junior Jungle BoatsTrader Sam'sThe Tropical HideawaySkipper Canteen
Media
Films: Jungle Cruise (soundtrack)

Books: Tales from Adventureland: The Keymaster's QuestTales from Adventureland: The Golden PawThe Making of Disney's Jungle Cruise
Video games: Walt Disney World ExplorerKinect: Disneyland Adventures

Characters
Albert AwolAlbert FallsAlberta FallsTrader SamShrunken NedChief Nah-MeeGarrett ReedNigel GreenwaterKon ChunosukeFelix Pechman XIIISkip DockmonkeyEllie the Elephant

Film Characters: Frank WolffLily HoughtonMcGregor HoughtonProximaPrince JoachimLope de AguirreNilo Nemolato
Crossover Characters: Indiana JonesLord Henry MysticRositaPamelia PerkinsEmil BleehallTarzanMerlin Jones

Songs
Run Through the JungleTrashin' the CampCircle of Life
See Also
Jungle Navigation CompanySociety of Explorers and AdventurersHeadhunter TribeGorilla RaidersLost SafariJeepers CreepersThe Adventurers ClubTears of the Moon


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Linked Attractions
Fortress ExplorationsTower of TerrorMystic ManorBig Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom) • Oceaneer Lab (aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder) • Miss Adventure Falls (Typhoon Lagoon) • Soaring: Fantastic FlightJungle CruiseAdventurers Suite (Disney Explorers Lodge)
Restaurants
Magellan'sJock Lindsey's Hangar BarSkipper CanteenExplorer's Club RestaurantThe Tropical HideawayColonel Hathi's Pizza OutpostCafe HyperionAbracadaBarTrader Sam'sClub 33
Members
Harrison Hightower IIILord Henry MysticBarnabas T. BullionJason ChandlerCaptain Mary OceaneerJock LindseyDr. Albert FallsMerriweather Adam PleasureCamellia FalcoProf. R. BlauerhimmelCharlton J. TaboretDr. J.L. BateristaMaestro D'ElfmanDr. Kon ChunosukeProf. Garrett Reed • Luana Teixeira • Chef Tandaji • Shango Sio
Associated Characters
Alberta FallsAlbertArchibald SmeldingArielBeatrice Rose EndicottCaptain BrieuxCaptain Nemo • Charlie Allnut • Colonel Critchlow SunchbenchConstance HatchawayCornelius Endicott IIDuncan the ParrotEmil Bleehall, Jr.Felix Pechman XIIIFletcher HodgesGeorge HightowerGiant SquidHathaway BrowneHoward StarkCliff SecordFrank WolffIndiana Jones • Hammerhead Fred • Kimballum HorriblusMadame ZarkovManfred StrangMaraMarion RavenwoodMickey MouseMinnie MouseOtis T. WrenPacoOtis BigelowPamelia Perkins • Rose Sayer • RositaSallah Mohammed Faisel el-KahirSalty the ParrotSamantha SterlingTheodore RooseveltTrader SamUrsula • Victoria Marie Falls • Yeti
Artifacts
Backside of WaterBalinese Music BoxDead Man's ChestFountain of YouthHyperion Airship • Jujus • Monkey King StatueShiriki UtunduTreasure of Cortés • Snarflblatt • Ursula's contract
Other Associated Attractions
Raging SpiritsAdventurers ClubWalt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
See Also
Disney KingdomsShinji Takahashi and the Mark of the CoatlLeague of AdventurersAdventure Isle Discovery BayDisney Springs
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