Last week, we had the opportunity to attend a really fun event called the #GalacticMeetup which brought together folks from both NASA and Imagineering to go over some of the ways in which the two worlds collide for ventures like Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark.

Taking place after the park closed for the day, the private event brought together retired US Navy Pilot and NASA astronaut Capt. Mike Foreman; NASA astrophysicist Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith; Vice President of Development, TV and New Media, Marvel Entertainment Stephen Wacker; Regional Executive Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering John Mauro; and Executive Media Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering Amy Jupiter for a spirited panel moderated by Disney Parks Blog Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort Erin Glover.

Following the super interesting convo with these notables, we were treated to a nice little dessert party and super short lines for the opportunity to ride the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark over and over again!

The whole thing was really well organized and super fun!!

Capt. Mike Foreman and Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith were fantastic panelists and guests. Hearing their experiences is really phenomenal and Ennico Smith gave a really encouraging and candid response about how girls can succeed in mathematics and applied sciences.

Erin “Don’t @ Me” Glover is charming and well-poised as always.

Unlimited rides were available for the attraction and Star Lord and Gamora were on hand to greet those who survived Monsters After Dark.

Treats included beverages plus Oreo Macaroons, Destroyer White Chocolate Cheesecake, and Green Goddess Pistachio & Cassis Layer Cake

Even the drinks can’t help themselves when it comes to Disney touches.

Pretty awesome walking through the park after it’s closed!