THE MOMENT YOU ALL HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR HAS ARRIVED. Whew! Sorry about the all-caps, but friends, this is serious business. You saw it. We saw it. We allllllll witnessed the reveal of one extremely unique item that is coming to the Star Wars Hotel. You know what we’re talking about. The colorful. The shocking. The intense. The…blue shrimp!
Yes, that’s right folks. We recently got the chance to visit Disney World’s new Star Wars hotel, and we did all the things you would have expected. We had lightsaber training, dressed up in costumes, learned to play galactic card games, and ate all kinds of food. But nothing could prepare us for the very special experience that is…BLUE. SHRIMP.
Oh yeah, you read that correctly. On the second night of our trip, we sat down for our meal in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room. Dinner on this night is a “Taste Around the Galaxy” meal, where you’ll try food inspired by all different planets in the Star Wars universe.
One of the items served during this meal was the Iced Blue Felucian Shrimp Cocktail. Ever since we saw the promotional photo of this shrimp, we have been SO curious to find out what it tastes like. Here’s that promo photo for reference.
When our server brought the dish to our table, it was actually smoking from dry ice in the lower part of the display stand.
During this meal, Crew Members tell you a little bit about the planetary fare you’re trying. The blue shrimp comes from the planet Felucia and is a favorite of one of the musical performers on board, Ouannii. Ouannii even came out to help introduce the course when it came time to eat!
Here’s what it looked like when it arrived at our table in all of its glory. The smoke covered some of the food for a while, but once it cleared a bit we saw that they are not kidding when they say it’s BLUE shrimp!
There are some other elements on the plate, including Redball Jungle “Cocktail” Sauce, Pickled Mushrooms (that’s the yellow!), and “Ocean Weed.”
But once you see those bright blue shrimp, it’s difficult to look away. Needless to say, we’re intrigued. Will it taste as weird as it looks?
And I will say — two of our taste-testers were not fans. But they aren’t really fans of shrimp cocktail in general, which is pretty much what this is. But our third reviewer is a fan of shrimp cocktail, and she…well, I wouldn’t say she enjoyed it…but it was acceptable to her. The blue color comes from soaking the shrimp in a butterfly pea powder solution, which is absolutely a natural ingredient — and is sometimes used to make color-changing dishes!
Our server recommended we try the shrimp with the other elements on the plate since some people thought that made them taste a lot better. Unfortunately, the combination actually tasted worse to us than the shrimp on its own. The pickled mushroom especially was a weird flavor to add to the shrimp, and all of the strange textures and flavors together were just not good.
If you don’t like normal shrimp cocktail, you will definitely want to avoid this dish. Still, though we didn’t love it, a couple of the servers said they love the combination when you get a bite with all of the different ingredients together — so you COULD end up a fan of the blue shellfish. Just because we didn’t like it doesn’t mean that you won’t!!
Even though it was a generally unpleasant experience, we’re proud to say that we have tried the infamous blue shrimp. And if Disney was going for unusual and bizarre for the menus at the Star Wars hotel, they definitely hit the mark with this dish! It was fun to try the blue shrimp and it’s a part of our trip that we will never forget. I mean, where else can you eat BLUE SHRIMP?!
We’ll continue sharing our food thoughts from our trip to space, so stay tuned to DFB for more Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser coverage.
Would you eat blue shrimp? Tell us in the comments!
Disclosure: In nearly all circumstances, Disney Food Blog writers and photographers pay full price for their own travel, hotel, food, beverage, and event tickets. We do this because it’s important to us as journalists to ensure not only that we give you unbiased opinions, but also that you can trust us to do so since we’re paying our own way. On rare occasions, when we are invited by a company to attend a preview as media, and when we choose to accept that invitation, we will always make you, our readers, aware of that situation. Recently, we were invited by Disney World to attend their media preview of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. We later visited on our own accord during the inaugural “sailing.” Some of the photos in the post above are from the media event, some are from our own paid trip. Note that when we attend events as media we are 1) Not required to review that event/food on any of our channels, and 2) Not required to review that event/food favorably. You can always count on DFB to give you a 100% unbiased and honest review of any event that we attend, food that we eat, or beverage that we drink.You can see more in our Disclosure Policy. Thank you for reading. — AJ