The Magic Kingdom’s most recent restaurant, Jungle Skipper Canteen has, in the past, not allowed for advance reservations. Instead, Guests were able to walk up to the restaurant, put down their name, and they would be notified that their table was ready via text.
Well, as part of a test, from February 12-27, Guests will have the opportunity to make same-day reservations for either lunch or dinner at the Adventureland table service location. To do so, Guests can visit jungleskippercanteen.com or call 407-939-1933 on the day of their visit. A credit card will be required at the time of the reservation and the standard cancellation policies still apply.
Guests who do not wish to made advance reservations will still have the opportunity to inquire about the restaurant availability at the restaurant’s podium.
The light in Walt’s apartment window above the Disneyland Fire Dept.
One of the many things I love and appreciate about the Disney Parks is that, while they are constantly evolving and improving, they stay true to their history and even celebrate it; and when I’m at Walt Disney World, I’m always looking for it. Much to my family’s chagrin, I have this inner need to educate them about the history of each attraction we find ourselves waiting in line for or about the individual windows on Main Street, U.S.A., or about the original name of Cinderella’s Royal Table or…well…you get the idea. As you can imagine, this self-pronounced Disney World Historian was beyond thrilled to experience her first trip to the Disneyland Park to finally walk in Walt’s footsteps, a literal treasure trove of Disney History and the original. So stay tuned for A Disney World Historian’s Guide to the Disneyland Park.
Main Street, U.S.A.
There is so much history for the Walt Disney World fan to appreciate on the original Main Street, U.S.A., more than I could ever mention in one article! However, a personal favorite of mine has to be Walt Disney’s Griffith Park Bench found just inside the Opera House. According to Walt, he was sitting on a bench in Griffith Park watching his daughters ride the merry-go-round when he first dreamed up a Disney-themed park where families could have fun together.
The Opera House is also where guests can take in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the predecessor to the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Walt originally wanted audio-animatronic American Presidents in a show, but the technology just wasn’t available at the time for such a large-scale show. It was possible, however, when Walt Disney World opened and The Hall of Presidents was somewhat of a fulfillment of Walt’s original vision. Therefore, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is something every Disney World Historian should check out and is sure to create an even greater appreciation for The Hall of Presidents.
We’re back with everyone’s favorite theme park advent calendar: a daily countdown of our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World,Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld building anticipation to the Big Day.
Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!
DAY FOURTEEN: at Schweitzer Slush Skipper Canteen (Magic Kingdom)
First concocted by the noted explorer and humanitarian, Albert Slush.
Sweitzer Slush at Skipper Canteen. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Fresh off the opening of Thirsty River Bar late last week, Walt Disney World saw a new table service restaurant soft open yesterday with the Jungle Navigation Co LTD Skipper Canteen. The first new table service at the Magic Kingdom since Be Our Guest Restaurant, Skipper Canteen continues the trend of being magnificently themed inside with a ton of references for Disney fans. Skipper Canteen does not feature any alcohol, but it does have two signature drinks, including the one we are going to spotlight today: Schweitzer Slush. Cleverly referencing one of the longtime gags in the Jungle Cruise (Schweitzer Falls), the Schweitzer Slush is visually interesting as it is one of the only drinks featuring boba balls that puts the balls on top of the drink. Most drinks featuring boba balls have them at the bottom, such as Fishy Green Ale in Diagon Alley.
As big fans of good Disney souvenir cups, we recommend getting the Schweitzer Slush served in the great Jungle Skipper Canteen souvenir mug. While not technically a Moscow Mule mug (because – while metal – it is not made out of copper), it has the look and feel of one and includes the Skipper Canteen logo and Adventureland. It’s the little things we love.
Ingredients: Frozen apple juice and passion fruit topping with bursting green apple boba balls.
Schweitzer Slush and #StoryCoasters at Skipper Canteen. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD. Skipper Canteen. (photo by Brandon Glover)
The Jungle Skipper Canteen, the brand new Adventureland table service restaurant, will officially open at the Magic Kingdom on December 16.
The story behind this restaurant is that the crew of the World Famous Jungle Cruise are here to serve up a side of signature jungle skipper humor with every meal in one of three fantastic dining rooms. The room’s themes include a crew mess hall and a once hidden, secret meeting room of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
Dishes include grilled steak, head-on shrimp, curried vegetable stew, and a rice noodle bowl. For dessert guests can choose from things like a coconut bar and a dessert called Kungaloosh!, not to be confused with the infamous Kunglaoosh alcoholic beverage formerly served at The Adventurer’s Club. Instead the Kungalooh here is an African-inspired chocolate cake. Themed, non-alcoholic specialty drinks include things such as the Punch Line Punch and Schweitzer Slush. Oh and for those looking for unique souvenir mugs, Jungle Skipper Canteen has a great one!
The Skipper Canteen — officially the unwieldy Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen — soft opened today in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. It is a brand new restaurant themed to be the mess hall for the skippers from the nearby Jungle Cruise. “Soft opening” is a phrase meaning that the venue is still being tested and not officially open, so it may close at any time without warning.
That said, friends of the blog Darren Wittko and Brandon Glover managed to saunter in and take some photos for us this morning. Have a look! (And don’t forget to check out Derek Burgan’s look at the Skipper Canteen’s signature drinks including the Schweitzer Slush).
Main Dining Area of Skipper Canteen
Side Dining Room and former secret meeting place of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.)
Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? Remember that clicking on any picture will open a full size version of it (don’t say we didn’t warn you).
First up is a Goofy’s Candy Company Gumball Machine. Who doesn’t like a gumball machine? It’s unAmerican not to!
For the first time EVER, Disney Infinity items were reduced for clearance at the Outlet. There had occasionally been a Disney Infinity figure here or there for sale, but always at full price. This month had a slew of figures marked down, including everyone’s favorite Frozen sisters reduced to $14.99.
Menus have been changing recently at the Magic Kingdom and now there is one more counter service restaurant that is seeing a change.
Since Pecos Bill’s recently switched to a Mexican-inspired menu, Tortuga Tavern needed to see a menu change. The Adventureland restaurant will be debuting an all new menu featuring barbecue treats.
Guests will be able to order one of three barbecue sandwiches choices – pulled pork, sliced beef brisket, or grilled chicken breast. Sandwiches will be served on Texas toast and sides will include beans and cole slaw. Guests can also choose to enjoy a delightful roasted corn and vegetable salad with a vinaigrette dressing. (Guests can choose to add the beef brisket or chicken to the salad, if they choose, as well.)
Tortuga Tavern’s new menu rolls out on October 14. The restaurant will remain as a seasonal offering.
Take a walk through the best attractions at Disneyland Paris with the Best Week Ever. (photos by Seth Kubersky)
Greetings and salutations from the high seas! I’m currently in the middle of a transatlantic cruise from Barcelona back to Florida, but even in the midst of my marvelous voyage on the newly refurbished Disney Magic (more on the boat’s upgrades in an upcoming column) I still can’t get my recent visit to Disneyland Paris out of my mind. If you read the last edition of Best Week Ever, you already know I didn’t find much positive to say about the Walt Disney Studios park at the resort formerly known as EuroDisney, but the Disneyland Parc — as the French call it — was a different story altogether. When I’m back on dry land, I’ll go into greater depth on the strengths and weaknesses of that potential-packed park, but for right now I want to share some visual highlights from my favorite unique attractions. Disneyland Paris is well know for its unusual variations on classic Disney rides like Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, and Haunted Mansion (a.k.a. Phantom Manor). Far less publicized — but just as exciting to me — are the one-of-a-kind Disneyland Paris walkthrough attractions that can be found in each of its lands. While most guests attend a theme park to climb aboard moving ride vehicles, I invite you now to take a stroll through some of Disneyland Park’s most exciting pedestrian experiences.
At both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort, guests are treated to castles, lovable characters, classic attractions, Mickey-shaped balloons, and…Dole Whips! One of the most popular treats on either coast is a Dole Whip, which is pineapple flavored soft-serve that is seriously addicting and an essential part of the Disney Park experience. Some Dole Whip Enthusiasts, like myself, prefer Dole Whip Floats where the soft-serve is served up in a cup of fresh pineapple juice. Others, however, believe the soft-serve alone is the only way to enjoy a Dole Whip.
[To learn how to make your own Dole Whip at home, and the way you like it, click here!]
Now Dole Whips have been popular in the parks for quite some time, but in recent years Dole Whips have become even more famous at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World — inspiring t-shirts and even home décor! Now that got me thinking; Which coast does Dole Whips the best? How is getting a Dole Whip at Disneyland different than at Walt Disney World? I plan to answer just that in Disneyland vs. Disney World: The Dole Whip Experience.
The new location of Aloha Isle
Location: Once upon a time, the only two places to get a Dole Whip at Walt Disney World were Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland and Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Village Resort. That is now no longer the case: These days, Walt Disney World guests can get a Dole Whip at not just Aloha Isle, but also at the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Village Resort, Tamu Tamu Refreshments at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, and at different booths during Epcot’s annual festivals, such as the Flower and Garden Festival each spring and the Food and Wine Festival each fall.
At Disneyland, however, there is still only one place to experience a Dole Whip and that’s at the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland, right in front of the Enchanted Tiki Room and near the land’s entrance. Clearly, Disney World has the most locations — and the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Village gives guests and locals the ability to satisfy their Dole Whip cravings without park admission.