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Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

The table service restaurants around World Showcase Lagoon serve global cuisine, such as Mogador Grouper Tangine, Involtini di Melanzane alla Parmigiana, Puerco en Salsa Verde, Canard à l’orange, Wasabi Shrimp, and Tradisjonell Kjøttkake. But will your kids eat any of those foreign foods?


There’s a kid-friendly (and cheaper) alternative. It’s a “yestaurant”—the Liberty Inn at the American Adventure pavilion.

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2007

Colonial garden room on the left side of the American Adventure pavilion.

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Entrance to the Liberty Inn

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Historical banners on the side wall, as you walk to the order stations

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2019

Look for an open order station.

You’ll find a patriotic menu of fast food favorites, such as Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, Macaroni & Cheese, All-Beef Foot-Long Hot Dog, and Fried Shrimp Basket, just to name a few.

The Liberty Inn’s menu items are all easy to pronounce. Okay, maybe Tradisjonell Kjøttkake at Akershus is also easy to pronounce—if you’re Norwegian.

You decide to order the All-American Burger.

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Place your order.

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2019

Look for temporary special items.

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2009

Visit the condiment bar.

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Bring your food to the spacious dining room.

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Admire the large, bright, clean dining room.

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2019

There’s a modern skylight, contradicting the Colonial era theme

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2009

Fountain (or planter, depending when you visit) in the dining room

There’s plenty of seating indoors in air-conditioned comfort. But if not raining or oppressively hot, you might want to sit outside.

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2007

Indoor seating

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Outdoor seating

In a park that offers delicious specialties from around the world, you just ate a hamburger. But that’s okay. After all, this is the American Adventure pavilion—and what’s more red, white, and blue than an All-American Burger served on a paper plate with french fries, accompanied by a paper cup of genuine Colca-Cola over ice?


Liberty Inn was an opening day counter service restaurant when Walt Disney World’s second theme park, EPCOT Center (now Epcot), premiered October 1, 1982. It was the only eatery at the American Adventure pavilion.

Most other World Showcase pavilions in 1982 had table service restaurants—but not all of them. Canada’s Le Cellier, which is now a pricey steakhouse, was originally a cafeteria; it became a table service restaurant in 1995. Despite the popularity of Chinese food, the China pavilion opened in 1982 without a restaurant. That was fixed in 1985 with the addition of the Nine Dragons Restaurant.

Over the years, Epcot lessees and Disney invested in additional table service restaurants and improved the existing ones—especially at Mexico, Italy, Japan, Morocco, and France, where the restaurants are operated by lessees.

But, somehow, the Liberty Inn remained much as it was for almost 37 years. The United States was represented by basic American fast food. The menu changed from time to time, although there were always hamburgers.

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2009

Liberty Inn menu in 2009

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Liberty Inn menu in 2013

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Liberty Inn menu in 2015

Liberty Inn at Epcot

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2019

Liberty Inn menu in 2019

Liberty Inn closed July 7, 2019, to be replaced by a new counter service restaurant with an unwieldy name—Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue.

The restaurant’s name refers to Sam the Eagle, the patriotic Muppet who delivered the memorable line in MuppetVision 3-D about ”a salute to all nations, but mostly America.“ This time, there’s “Sam’s Centennial Cook-Off: A Salute to All Cook-Offs but Mostly Barbecue.”

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue at Epcot

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Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue

The Walt Disney World website invites guests, ”Step inside a smokehouse celebrating the regions of American backyard barbecue and craft beers. Join us for a delicious meal as our pit master uses techniques from classic barbecue regions to smoke our selections over oak wood.”

The location is still hosted by Coca-Cola, just like the Liberty Inn, but there’s an increased emphasis on craft beer, American wine, and at least one regional cocktail. Even the name puts Craft Drafts ahead of Barbecue.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2020

Still under construction in early 2020

Regal Eagle Smokehouse is expected to open during February 2020.

It promises to be a significant improvement over Liberty Inn. Finally, the focus is on regional American cuisine, featuring four house-recipe regional barbecue sauces. The location has been elevated from fast food to fast-casual.


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