PHOTOS - Sam Eagle from the Muppets to play starring role in the upcoming Regal Eagle Smokehouse at Epcot

Jan 03, 2020 in "Regal Eagle Smokehouse"

Disney is continuing its drive to bring well known characters to Epcot, with Sam Eagle playing a key part in the new Regal Eagle Smokehouse.

Sam Eagle will be featured in the restaurant's entry sign, pictured above.

According to Disney, "Regal Eagle Smokehouse will be the site for “Sam’s Centennial Cook-Off: A Salute to All Cook-Offs but Mostly Barbecue.” Guests will be the beneficiaries of this contest – described as “a competition fit for all patriots and pit masters” – as it brings in a variety of classic backyard barbecue selections from across the country to vie for Sam’s top honor."

The restaurant will also carry a range of merchandise featuring Sam Eagle.

The new eatery, currently under construction, will open this winter in the American Adventure pavilion.

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Article Posted: Jan 03, 2020 / 5:50pm ET
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UNCgolfMar 09, 2020

Don't go in expecting some of the best BBQ you've ever had -- it's not at that level. It is quite excellent for Disney, though.

NunuMar 09, 2020

H and I were thinking of maybe sharing one of these, guess not! 🤔

HauntedPirateMar 09, 2020

Brisket sandwich was good. I like the garlic toast “bun”. The spicy mop sauce wasn’t too spicy, good flavor. We also liked the smokehouse sauce as well. The 3-meat platter was very disappointing. Small portions, too small for the price.

Texas84Mar 09, 2020

I've got to try Polite Pig one of these days.

zeedanMar 07, 2020

But how was the BEER?

Epcot82GuyMar 07, 2020

Man... Now I want Pig Floyds!!

UNCgolfMar 07, 2020

Yeah I know, but he didn't specify Disney owned; he just said at WDW -- most of the restaurants at Disney aren't operated by Disney anyways.

MrConbonMar 07, 2020

Same. Got the ribs at Docking Bay 7 once and they were just awful. It was all fat and rubbery.

Steph15251Mar 07, 2020

Depends how far out you want to go,4 rivers is great imo .

Steph15251Mar 07, 2020

Polite pig is much better but that is not owned by Disney ,it is owned by a local family in winter park ,they have a few other restaurants but those are table service.

UNCgolfMar 06, 2020

I don't know about that; EPCOT has some pretty good counter service in the World Showcase. Also there are several excellent counter service places at Disney Springs -- I will never believe Regal Eagle is anywhere near as good as Polite Pig for counter service BBQ unless I experience it myself. You may not be counting Disney Springs as part of WDW though if you meant just inside the parks themselves.

jaxonpMar 06, 2020

I’ve only been to docking bay twice and had gritty gross ribs. That could have been a one off and since everyone raves about it I’ll likely give it another go.

Texas84Mar 06, 2020

I'm comparing it to other WDW counter service. By that standard it's an A+. But yeah, I think I enjoyed Docking Bay 7 ribs more now that you mention it.

Tom MorrowMar 06, 2020

It was around 8:00 PM so perhaps I didn’t get the best example of it, but have you eaten at a legit, high rated bbq place before? I genuinely can't imagine Regal Eagle improving that much to where it could compete with one.