By David Sibila
Dining in Orlando's theme parks just got more adventurous with the opening of the new Skipper Canteen restaurant in the heart of the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World. Adventurers who have an appetite for exotic flavors with a side of humor will enjoy this new epicurean expedition.
Located in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, this unexpected place to dine which honors Dr. Albert Falls, the founder of the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd., features a full menu of Asian, South American and African cuisine.
There are three uniquely themed areas to dine inspired by the historic Jungle Cruise attraction, just down the path (follow the sounds of native drums), including The Mess Hall, The Jungle Room; and The S.E.A. Room, a secret space once hidden by a false bookshelf that served as the meeting place of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.).
Here are a few of the favorite dishes that Visit Orlando's hungry explorers got a chance to sample:
The tour begins with a handful of colorful beverages including a specialty Coca-Cola selection from Brazil, the Guarana Kust.
The Punch Line Punch is made from tropical fruit juices and mango puree which can include a spiced-rim.
The Schweitzer Slush serves explodes with apple flavor with frozen apple juice, passion fruit topped with green apple Boba balls.
Anyone into the veg life will be thrilled with the Falls Family Falafel made with from a secret recipe of chickpeas, garlic, onions, lemon juice and herbs served with white bean dip and tomato-cucumber salad.
For a taste of Asian flare, the steamed S.E.A. Shu Mai includes a blend of pork, shrimp, edamame beans, and spices wrapped in Gyoza Skin.
Disney's master chefs are always on a mission to find fresh flavors from sustainable sources, and the "Sustainable Fish" hits the mark, served with Chinese broccoli, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, and red bell peppers in a lemon grass broth.
The Dr. Falls' Signature Grilled Steak is a fresh take on a classic Latin meal marinated in sofrito and served with yuca planks, avocado salsa and house-made chimichurri.
The not-to-be-missed favorite is Skip's Mac and Cheese which is an Egyptian-inspired dish of spiced beef, pasta and Béchamel sauce.
The desserts are a classic throwback to the favorite flavors of Disney's Adventureland brand including a Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream. This treat is a great compliment the world famous, Dole Whip.
As a nod to the departed Adventurers Club, the KUNGALOOSH! serves up taste and thrills on an African-inspired chocolate cake with caramelized bananas with cashew-caramel ice cream topped with coffee dust.
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Written by David Sibila, Senior Manager of Content and Social Media for Visit Orlando. He's a TV producer turned content and social media strategist, hands-on dad and a casualty of four rescued pets.