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Regal Eagle Smokehouse Epcot Review

Regal Eagle Smokehouse Epcot Review

After months of waiting, the day has finally come! I was over the moon excited about combining my love for BBQ with my love for the Muppets. What I found was that the Muppets were better at comedy than creating high quality BBQ. Here’s my Regal Eagle Smokehouse Epcot Review from opening day.

The decor

Let’s begin my commenting on the look of the new Regal Eagle Smokehouse. I like the new touches that blend the Muppets bits of humor with classic Patriotism. The Muppets injection is done in an appropriate way that is not over-the-top, like Muppet Vision 3D. The entrance does have a “Regal” appeal.

There is an outdoor smoker. I was told it was not in use for day one, but would be used on select days in the future and could begin being used tomorrow. It seems like a no-brainer to have meat smoking on a wood smoker. It would draw in guests by the smell alone.

Sam Eagle has his own logo prominently displayed on the right as you enter his establishment. There was no sign of Rapunzel though.

Below you will find Gonzo doing a stunt. It’s one of the many tributes to the Muppets. You’ll find a great deal of red, white and blue bunting and hints of Sam Eagle’s prowess with BBQ preparation. He is said to be an award winner.

The tiny trophies remind me of Gaston’s Tavern, where he displays many tiny animal heads.

Rolph gets in on the act in the picture below left.

These props are located off to the right of the ordering area.

The back story tells us the Sam Eagle hosted the 1876 Centennial Cook-off. It’s a salute to all cook-offs, but mostly barbecue.

Seating areas

The space is similar to what existed as Liberty Inn with a refreshing. Everything is clean and freshly painted. More tribute bunting flows through the space.

On nice days, like today, you may wish to be seated outdoors. In the summer months, you’ll be thankful for the quality air conditioning indoors.

The food

It’s likely that you didn’t come here for a bunch of photos of the decor and benches, so let’s get to the food. I ordered the American Platter and the North Carolina Chopped Smoked Pork Butt Platter. Regal Eagle is included in the Disney Dining Plan and you can use My Disney Experience for mobile ordering.

American Platter

The American Platter allows you to choose 3 different meats along with a side and Texas toast. The cost is $18.99 and is the way to go when dining here. You could easily feed two people with a single dining plan credit or feed one person with a hearty appetite.

I ordered the Kansas City Smoked Half-Chicken, Memphis Dry-rub Pork Ribs and the Sliced Texas Beef.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse American Platter

Sliced Texas Beef

The Sliced Texas Beef comes mopped in sauce, which was odd to me. I lived in Texas for 7 years and never had brisket presented with sauce already applied. Sauces were always available to me, but I didn’t find it with sauce on it.

I wanted to taste the actual brisket preparation, so I picked through it first to find some with no sauce. I wanted it to have a hearty smoked flavor and some outside fat. I really didn’t find either. It more tasted like it came from a rotisserie than a smoker. The sauce did save the dish though.

The sliced brisket was tender and easy to eat, so it was cooked at the right temperature and for the correct length of time.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse Review

Memphis Dry-rub Pork Ribs

The Memphis Dry-rub Pork Ribs had a good flavor, but it wasn’t over-powering. The rub had a nice taste, but I’m used to Memphis style being a bit stronger in nature. I was served two ribs and one was an end rib and was too hard to chew on the outside.

Kansas City Smoked Half-Chicken

The Kansas City Smoked Half-Chicken had a good sauce and used a decent rub on the outside. The inside of the breast was quite dry. I was still left wondering where the smokiness was at. I needed a smokey, nutty flavor, but was left with something that felt like it came from Publix.

Seasoned Fries

The seasoned fries were quite salty. I could only taste the seasoning when it was applied heavily to the french fries. They were hot and crispy and tasted just fine. They were not spectacular, but they were serviceable.

North Carolina Chopped Smoked Pork Butt

Regal Eagle Smokehouse Review Pulled Pork

I was happy with the pulled pork. It was tender and juicy and had some burnt parts that provided the classic southern BBQ that I’m accustomed to eating. I tried it with a variety of the sauces that were offered and preferred the Sizzlin’ Pit sauce. The mustard sauce was good as well, but I don’t prefer that taste on my pulled pork.

Macaroni and Cheese

The mac and cheese was delicious. It was creamy and tender and the breadcrumbs on top added a bit of crunch to the side dish.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse Mac and Cheese

Onion Rings

I ordered the onion rings as a side item to taste. I was very disappointed to find that my side order at $4.99 contained exactly THREE onion rings. The rings themselves tasted great. They were presented hot and crispy, which is rare for quick service in Walt Disney World. I would order them again, if they provided more for the money.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse Onion Rings

Those who consume soft drinks and tea will be happy to know that there is a beverage bar with unlimited refills while you dine at Regal Eagle. I would caution you that you do need to make a purchase in order to use the beverage bar. It’s not a free benefit for coming to EPCOT.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse Fountain Drinks

For those who imbibe on alcoholic beverages with their meal, there is a limited offering on the main menu, but there is a more full menu outdoors at the walk-up bar.

Overall, I would rate my first experience at Regal Eagle as okay compared to my expectations. It’s much better than burgers and chicken nuggets, but I’d like to taste more southern style BBQ without needing the sauces to add flavor.

It’s like preparing a steak. When you have to request steak sauce for your steak, it means it was not prepared as you expected it. At Pig Fest in Lakeland last year, I purchased some ribs from a vendor. As he handed them to me, I asked for some sauce. He told me, if you need sauce on them, I’ll give you your money back.

I will visit the Regal Eagle again and I hope to see the tastes more full flavored, but it is a good improvement over the old Liberty Inn menu. You can always find the full menu with pricing and snack credits on Character Locator! You can add it to your touring plan for ease of use.


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Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Ate at Regal Eagle on Friday 2/21. The process for getting food was crowded, slow and chaotic. Watching them work while waiting for food it was obvious that they still need some time to work out the kinks. I strongly suggest avoiding the restaurant for at least a few weeks or months especially if it’s busy. The food was ok once we finally got it. But not worth the wait.


Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Ate there Thursday. Did not like the hamburger. It had no taste.


Friday 21st of February 2020

So nice to read an article written by you Kenny! :-)


Friday 21st of February 2020

Sad you skipped the vegetarian option.


Friday 21st of February 2020

I did not taste the BBQ Burger, the salad or the Jackfruit "burger". I also didn't try desserts due to complications from Type 2 diabetes.


Friday 21st of February 2020

Sauce on Texas Brisket!?! Sacrilege!

I wonder where they're actually preparing the meat because that smoker is woefully inadequate for a Disney restaurant. Four of those wouldn't get the job done. Hopefully things turn around somewhat. I would suspect you were served some meat that had been held for a day or more. Smoke flavoring will fade pretty quickly. Pulled pork fares a little better with it's higher fat content.


Friday 21st of February 2020

I would make the assumption that they cooked the meat in some way in the kitchen area. Probably some type of commercial cookers. The smoker was not even working on day one. I agree that it was very odd to have brisket with sauce.

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