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New Regal Eagle Smokehouse Coming to Epcot Takes Its Inspiration from the Honorable Sam the Eagle

Jeremy Schoolfield

by , Walt Disney Imagineering Communications Manager

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue is a new fast-casual restaurant opening soon at The American Adventure pavilion in Epcot. Today I have new details to share about what is sure to become a guest favorite foodie spot in World Showcase – including new merchandise on the way!

The restaurant takes its name from the venerable Sam the Eagle, the Muppet known for his patriotism and strict sense of duty and honor. He takes all things seriously … and barbecue is certainly one of those things. 

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 (for more details on the menu, click here). 

Sam’s unmistakable visage will be part of the décor at this new restaurant. For instance, you’ll see him on the sign as you walk in …

Regal Eagle Smokehouse sign

… and inside, on a poster highlighting the barbecue competition.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse poster

He will also be incorporated into new Regal Eagle Smokehouse merchandise available exclusively at this tasty locale. 

OK … I’m officially hungry now! I can’t wait to try everything on the menu. Because if it passes Sam the Eagle’s muster, you know it’s going to be the very best. 

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more information on this fun new restaurant as we prepare to officially open its doors later this winter.


  • Awesome to hear and excited that there will exclude Sam Eagle merch! Any change we’ll be able to buy items from PizzeRizzo as well??

  • Sam Eagle? For some reason, Disney has dropped “the” from his name just within the last few years. I wonder if that’s a deliberate choice, or if they just don’t realize it’s almost always been Sam the Eagle until recently.

  • This is such great news!! I love seeing the Muppets incorporated into new areas of parks, especially now that Great Moments in American History is gone…

  • A meet and greet with Sam Eagle would be the GREATEST! Please please please!

  • I’m so excited! My favorite muppet and of course, my favorite place in world show case…. AMERICA ❤️🤍💙🦅 to top all this off, BBQ FOOD 😍

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