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New Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen Opens Dec. 16 in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 14th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Diners at Magic Kingdom Park can soon set off on a culinary adventure at a new eatery in Adventureland featuring “World Famous Jungle Cuisine.” The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen will open on December 16 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Just steps from the legendary Jungle Cruise attraction you can enjoy the bold, flavorful tastes of Asia, South America and Africa at this new 222-seat table-service restaurant staffed by the wisecracking crew of the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd.

The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

There are three dining destinations within the company’s headquarters-turned-restaurant: Hungry passengers may find themselves in the mess hall or the jungle-inspired parlor once used by the company’s founder, Dr. Albert Falls and his family. Behind the once secret bookcase lies an additional dining room in a former meeting room of the mysterious Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

The Jungle Skipper Canteen touts an adventurous menu with some new and interesting dishes inspired by the exotic flavors of the rivers traveled on the Jungle Cruise. You can try head-on shrimp or sustainable fish collar, or stick with delicious, familiar tastes such as a grilled steak, pork tenderloin or chicken breast.

  • House-made arepas with slow-cooked beef, black beans, tostones and queso fresco;
  • Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak, a strip loin marinated in sofrito and served with yuca planks, avocado and house-made chimichurri;
  • Rice Noodle Bowl with an Asian pho broth with choice of chicken, duck breast or tofu served with jalapeños and mix of fresh herbs;
  • Trader Sam’s Head-on Shrimp, with sustainable, local, farm-raised shrimp tossed in a chili-garlic sauce and served with Chinese broccoli and choice of five-grain or white rice;
  • Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream – a vanilla chiffon cake with coconut and lime topped with white chocolate ganache;
  • Kungaloosh! This African-inspired chocolate cake is served with caramelized bananas and cashew-caramel ice cream topped with coffee dust.

Little ones can try something a little different:

  • Junior Skip’s Special Mac and Cheese is inspired by an Egyptian dish with ground beef, pasta, Béchamel Sauce and house-made cheese gratin, served with broccoli;
  • Amazon Annie’s House-made Arepas with slow-cooked beef, black beans and queso fresco served with yuca planks;
  • Sizzling Savanna Grilled Flank Steak with steamed broccoli and fingerling potatoes;
  • Smiley’s Little Croc of Chicken Noodle Soup;
  • Kids Volcano! (This gooey chocolate cake with caramel lava and exploding chocolate rocks will make your little one shout “ ‘UH OA!”)

Two non-alcoholic specialties will be served: the Punch Line Punch, with tropical fruit juice and mango puree (also available with a spiced rim for an extra zinger); and the Schweitzer Slush, with frozen apple juice and passion fruit topped with bursting green apple boba balls (legend has it this was first concocted by the noted explorer and humanitarian, Dr. Albert Slush).

The Disney Dining Plan is accepted.

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This Week in Disney Park Photos: ‘Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season’

posted on December 12th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


When I first saw the collection of pictures Jennifer Fickley-Baker shared of this fireworks display, I thought they were paintings. The burst of colors and festive images projected onto Cinderella Castle are so vivid. Here’s another look in case you missed it:

‘Holiday Wishes’ Fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is seeing light displays of all kinds. And this one – combining lights, projections and fireworks – is a pretty spectacular gift for our guests visiting during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park.

What’s your favorite holiday display at Disney Parks?

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PHOTO GALLERY: Special Images of Tiana from ‘The Princess & The Frog’

posted on December 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


We first met Princess Tiana in the 2009 release, “The Princess & The Frog”. First an ambitious and hardworking waitress who dreams of opening her own restaurant, Tiana’s dream is detoured when her kind heart leads her to help a Frog Prince (Prince Naveen) turn back into a human by kissing him – only to have her kiss turn her into a frog also. Tiana and Prince Naveen then go on a journey to find someone who can help them become human again, and along the way, she finds the strength to resist Dr. Facilier’s “deal” and also learns what’s most important in life – love.

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Thanks to Kent Phillips for the images. To check out more in our series, see the list below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Minnie’s Christmas Dreaming

posted on December 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” image was snapped in the castle hub at Magic Kingdom Park. In it, one could say that this small statue of Minnie Mouse has gone from Disney dreaming to Christmas dreaming, as Main Street, U.S.A. glitters in the background.

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11 Photos Of ‘Holiday Wishes’ Fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Is it me, or could “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks be the merriest sight of them all here at Walt Disney World Resort?

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Featured during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties at Magic Kingdom Park, this holiday fireworks display is narrated by Jiminy Cricket, features seasonal tunes and you just may catch a fleeting sight of Santa and his reindeer passing by.

Check out 11 photos of this amazing holiday show in the gallery above.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Village Lights Up The Yacht Club

posted on December 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was snapped at Disney’s Yacht Club.

This season, guests can enjoy a miniature Mickey’s Village among glittering Christmas trees, garland and more.

Thanks to Photographer Mark Willard for the photo.

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15 Photos of Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

posted on December 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


For many guests, a highlight of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, a merry procession of Disney characters, gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers and much more.

In case you haven’t heard, we’ll be live streaming the parade one night only on Sunday, December 6, at 8:25 p.m. EST. In the meantime, check out these 15 photos of the parade that are guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood.

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Behold the Beautiful Christmas Trees Across Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 1st, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


If there were ever a contest for trimming trees, our Walt Disney World Resort holiday team would be tough to beat. They work almost year-round to design, maintain and decorate the themed Christmas trees you’ll find across the resort.

It’s not just the trees’ enormous size (the tree at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is 70-feet tall!), but the detail in the decorations such as handcrafted baskets and masks, sketches of Pixar favorites, and handstitched garland that make them such a sight.

Until you visit in person, here’s our top 11 Walt Disney World Resort Christmas trees that dazzle during the holidays.

Christmas Tree at Disney's Contemporary Resort


Which tree is your favorite? Have these inspired your tree decorations?

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Celebrate Holidays Around the World Arrives at Epcot

posted on November 27th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Now I know it’s REALLY the holiday season: Holidays Around the World has returned to Epcot.

Beautifully-costumed storytellers who share the traditions and cultures from their countries and entertainment themed to the holidays add to the sparkle of the gorgeous decor around the theme park.

Celebrate Holidays Around the World Arrives at Epcot

Hear from Helga, Father Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as performances from the Chinese Lion and the mariachi band and dancers in Mexico – these are just some of the special experiences available for the season.

How will you spend your holiday visit at Epcot?

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Cozy Bungalow

posted on November 26th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was snapped at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows here at Walt Disney World Resort.


Sure looks quiet and cozy on this lovely holiday.

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