The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd 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.
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".
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
- 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.
- The mythological creature maps in the SEA room feature references to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Island at the Top of the World with the Nautilus, Giant Squid and Hyperion Airship appearing in the map artwork.
- The Butterfly collection in the SEA room once belonged to Lillian Disney.
Library Book Titles
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 include:
- A Small Village With A Large Heart and Rockefeller, Hippo, Pet, Family by Doctor Albert Falls.
- A Manor of Fact, Primates as Shipmates, and Treasures of the Manor by Lord Henry Mystic from Mystic Manor.
- FUZNEWI PDMWH CHF JD U by Albert the Monkey from Mystic Manor, in a joke about the "infinite monkey theorem".
- Another New Year and Global Night Celebrations by Merriweather Adam Pleasure from Pleasure Island.
- MINE!, Treasures of the Animal Kingdom, and Everest Expedition: Search for the Yeti by Harrison Hightower III from Tokyo DisneySea's Tower of Terror. The latter titles references Hightower's status as being based on Imagineer Joe Rohde.
- Parrots as Pets and Charting Course by Mary Oceaneer from the Disney Cruise Line's Oceaneer Lab and Miss Adventure Falls
- Illustrated Guide to Radio Broadcasting by Albert Awol from the Jungle Cruise.
- Friends for Dinner, Top Hats and Umbrellas, and The Missing Mask by Trader Sam from the Jungle Cruise.
- The Eyes of Mara by Indiana Jones
- Temple Tours, a series by Paco from Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
- The Harambe Chronicles by Wilson from Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Birds of Song by Tiki Kiki Serbano, a character from Disneyland's Adventure Trading Company event.
- The Polar Voyage by Captain Nemo
More generalized references, puns, and tributes include:
- Songs of the Tiki Bird by Prof. Boag
- Tiki, Tiki, Tikis of the South Pacific by B. Baker
- Crooning Flowers by Sherman and Sherman
- Great Characters of World Literature by J. Lasseter
- Meeting Royalty by Sklar
- Native Orange Birds of the Southeastern United States by Dr. Sid Truss
- True Life Adventures by W.E.D.
- A Small World of Traditional Wardrobe by A. Davis
- Banjos and Baboons by Goff
- Primates of the Caribbean by Coats
- Profiles of Legendary Pirates of the Caribbean by Gibson
- Treehouse Construction by Mills
- A Journey to the Stars by Kimball
- Leaders Throughout History by Professor G. Kalogridis
- The Grace of a Swan by Plaza
- The 1871 Annual Review of Song by M.M.R.
- Mission to the Stars by Tom Morrow
- Creatures from Space! by Clench
- The Stars Above Us by Quill
- Keeping Time by Williams
- A Flight Through Dreams and If You Had Wings You Could Fly by B.L. (nods to Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin's predecessors)
- Keel Boats of the Mississippi by Fink
- The Mystery Castle by Cindy Ella
- The Wildest Ride by J.T. Toad
- A View from Above by S.W. Buckets
- Hamlet: A Lion's Tale by Shakes Speare