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 Tinker Bell and her friends from 2011 to 2014. The Skipper Canteen was announced as moving into the space at D23 Expo2015 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
Falls Family Parlor
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.
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.
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 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.
Introduced in 2022, Skipper Dan's Dan Dan Noodles references "Weird Al" Yankovic's Skipper Dan song about the Jungle Cruise attraction.
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.