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How Did Disney Create the Infamous Blue Shrimp on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?

Disney fans are abuzz with news of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, which launches for its maiden voyage beginning today, March 1, 2022. In addition to the overall immersive experience Guests can have onboard, along with dramatic storytelling events, exclusive Star Wars merchandise, and activities, and an excursion to Batuu on Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Guests will be able to sample some of the most interesting menu items from around the galaxy.

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Passengers enjoy the Halcyon starcruiser dining experience in the Crown of Corella Dining Room in Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

One of the most notable items we have seen in promotional photos since the announcement of the Halcyon starcruiser has been a plate of rather unique-looking blue shrimp. Here is the scoop on how Disney created this out-of-this-world dish.

The creators behind the infamous “Iced Blue Felucian Shrimp” on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser recently spoke with CinemaBlend to share some insight into the creation of this memorable seafood item. The shrimp are featured in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room on the second night of Guests’ voyage aboard the Halcyon. During the second night of the trip, the dining room features a “Tastes Around the Galaxy” menu that includes various items inspired by the Star Wars Universe.

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As for the shrimp, they are indeed shrimp cocktail and the process of getting this classic appetizer to the right shade of blue ahead of the opening of the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser evidently took Disney’s culinary team six months.

Culinary Director Brian Piasecki shared some secrets of creating the blue shrimp with CinemaBlend:

In its core, it’s a shrimp cocktail, but the shrimp is brined in butterfly pea tea so it turns the shrimp this shade of blue. It took about six months to get right. And it actually permeates through the flesh of the shrimp so when you cut into it or bite into it, the entire shrimp is blue throughout. But it transfers zero flavor. So it tastes like shrimp cocktail. If you were to eat it with your eyes closed it would be a shrimp cocktail.

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Early reviews from Guests and media who have already taken a voyage on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser by the Chandrila Star Line have only had positive things to say about the Iced Blue Felucian Shrimp. While the dish was initially met with confusion and trepidation when it debuted in marketing photos last year, it does seem to be a hit so far!

Hoping to try the blue shrimp for yourself? Voyages aboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser are currently booked for many dates in the spring, but beyond that availability looks fairly open so far. The cost of the voyage ranged from $4,800-6,000 for the total experience depending on the room type and party size (less for a standard cabin or more for some of the luxury suites.) Complete details and booking information for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser are available at StarWarsGalacticStarcruiser.com.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."