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.
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.
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.
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.
- A Small Village With A Large Heart and Rockefeller, Hippo, Pet, Family by Doctor Albert Falls.
- The Falls Family tree is hinted at by way of several books in the library. Married Into the Jungle is written by Dr. Falls's wife Victoria Marie Falls, Born Into the Jungle is written by Albert Falls Jr., and Married to Someone Born in the Jungle is written by Sneh Falls, the wife of Falls Jr. and mother of Alberta.
- 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 book Top Hats and Umbrellas references the appearance of Chief Nah-Mee from the Magic Kingdom version of the ride.
- The Eyes of Mara by Indiana Jones which references the Temple of the Forbidden Eye and its goddess, Mara.
- 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 and Rongo's Right by Tiki Kiki Serbano, a character from Disneyland's Adventure Trading Company event.
- The Polar Voyage by Captain Nemo which homages the North Pole scenes of Submarine Voyage.
- Keel Boats of the Mississippi by Fink
- Tales of the Supernatural by Gracey, referencing Master Gracey and the Gracey family from the Haunted Mansion along with imagineer Yale Gracey.
- Mission to the Stars and Mission to the Red Planet by Tom Morrow, Tom Morrow being a character from the defunct Rocket to the Moon attraction.
- Creatures from Space! by Clench, referencing L.C. Clench from ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.
- The Stars Above Us by Quill, Quill referring to Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord from Marvel Comics.
- True Life Adventures by W.E.D., W.E.D. referring to Walther Elias Disney.
- The Wildest Ride by J.T. Toad
- A New Way to Manage Birds by I & Z Management Publications.
Generalized book references
- 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
- A Small World of Traditional Wardrobe by A. Davis
- Banjos and Baboons by Goff
- Scaling the Matterhorn
- 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
- The Mystery Castle by Cindy Ella
- Leaders Throughout History by Professor G. Kalogridis
- The Grace of a Swan by Plaza
- The 1871 Annual Review of Song by M.M.R.
- 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).
- The Mystery Castle by Cindy Ella
- A View from Above by S.W. Buckets
- Hamlet: A Lion's Tale by Shakes Speare
- Myths of the Galaxy by Karrison, a tribute to imagineer and story-editor Margaret Kerrison.
- Ghosts of New Orleans by Scholtz, referencing the Haunted Mansion.
- The Congo Queen by M. Pittman, referencing the Congo Queen boat from the Jungle Cruise.
- Pink Elephants and other rarities by Lopez
- The Swiss Family Robinson
- Tom Sawyer
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- There is an edition of The Daily Gnus from the Adventure Trading Company alongside several jujus.
- The mythological creature maps in the SEA room feature references to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, World of Motion and The Island at the Top of the World with the Nautilus, Giant Squid, Kimballum Horriblus Sea Serpent from World of Motion and Hyperion Airship appearing in the map artwork.
- One map is made by the joined forces of Jason Chandler from Discovery Bay and Captain Brieux from The Island at the Top of the World. Another map is made by Captain Mary Oceaneer from Oceaneer Lab and Typhoon Lagoon.
- There are portraits and certificates commemorating Dr. Albert Falls' discovery of Schweitzer Falls and the Cambodian ruins from the Jungle Cruise.