*This dining experience took place in August 2016.
The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, located in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom, is a table service restaurant inspired by the World Famous Jungle Cruise.
Brandon and I visited back in January and really enjoyed the meal and absolutely loved the theming. With three themed rooms and so much detail, not to mention the cast member Jungle Cruise-inspired antics, there’s a lot to love about Skipper Canteen.
Even better the Skipper Canteen has an impressive Allergy friendly menu with tons of gluten free and special dietary needs options.
On this particular occasion, I went with my mom and stepdad to grab lunch, and I knew I wanted to try something different from my previous visit.
After arriving, our hostess Skipper took us to our seat located in the 8th wonder of the world. The backside of the Skipper Canteen Mess Hall!
While going through the menu, our server Skipper Jason, brought me some Ener-G rolls along with a Honey Fenugreek dip. The honey is quite delicious and makes for a unique bread service, but I do really wish that the Skipper Canteen would have the Deanna’s Gluten Free rolls (formerly known as GNI Brand) on hand because they are far superior to the Ener-G rolls which promptly turn into hockey pucks in about 30 seconds.
Though I didn’t eat any of this appetizer, my mom did order the Arepas which are marked as Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Peanut/Tree Nut, Shellfish, and Soy Allergy Friendly. I was told on my first visit that they were dairy free minus the cheese on the black beans, but I’ve heard reports from others stating that the arepas themselves have dairy in them.
I decided to get the “Tastes Like Chicken” Because It Is! entree made with Crispy Fried Chicken with Citrus and Ginger-scented Rice, Chili Glaze, and Seasonal Vegetables. This is marked Gluten/Wheat, Milk, Shellfish, and Peanut Allergy Friendly.
Skipper Jason recommended this as he said, “Anything deep fried gluten free is a good choice.” He was right!
It’s so rare to get gluten free fried foods that are safe, and this dish was fantastic. The coating on the chicken was very light and crispy. Though there was a bone on the chicken, I was glad to see that it was only one small portion of the serving. The rest of the chicken breast was boneless.
The citrus and ginger rice was good, but wasn’t anything special. I loved the seasonal veggies. The stars of the dish wer the crispy gluten free fried chicken and the gluten free soy ginger sauce on the side. I loved this sauce, and it really made this dish special.
Overall, it was a hands down winner, and I may have to order it again on my next visit. It was that good!
After our meal, we took the chance to check out the restaurant. We got to see the library and some of Trader Sam’s favorite books.
We also got to see Skipper Jason’s favorite highlight of the Skipper Canteen. You can see the “high light” in the photo here.
Overall, Skipper Canteen continues to impress with its unique and delicious gluten free and special dietary needs options. With all the choices, the menu really does go on for Niles and Niles. And, if you think you won’t have any choices at the Skipper Canteen, well, you might just be… “in de Nile.” (sorry, I couldn’t help the Jungle Cruise puns!)
Have you been to the Skipper Canteen? What did you think of the restaurant and special dietary needs options?