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Star Trek: The Experience Has Reached The Final Frontier

Star Trek: The Experience (Image courtesy Trip Advisor)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not a Trekkie by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve enjoyed some of the Star Trek TV shows and movies (ok, really just TNG) and I have to admit I’m just a little sad to see that Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton has closed. I don’t know how many times I’ve been on the ride, or ate at the restaurant, but whenever I was in Vegas for a trade show or vacation, I made sure to stop by. And while some parts of Vegas can be pretty tacky, I have to say the Star Trek: Experience was really first class, with loads of props used in the TV shows and films on display, and some decent interactive rides. (Consider yourself at a loss if you never experienced the transporter effect there.)

Unfortunately in the end a dispute over the lease between the attraction’s owner, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., and the Las Vegas Hilton is what brought the decades old Star Trek attraction to a close. I’m not sure how they intend to re-purpose that space, since that part of the Las Vegas Hilton is saturated in a science-fiction theme, but I do know that Trekkie’s all over the world are pouring a Warp Core Breach on the curb in remembrance.

[ CNN - Star Trek: The Experience closing down ]







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  • http://eep.me.uk rob

    This was one of my highlights when I was over from the UK and visited Vegas in 2003. And the transporter effect – awesome! What a loss.

  • Espen

    This almost made me cry.. Ive been wanting to visit Vegas for years because of this attraction, and I had planned a trip for november this year, i was finally going to experience this attraction.. And now it has closed down? I dont know what to say.. This is just sad!.. :-(

  • Mike

    I remember going through that star trek timeline saying “oh yeah, I remember that episode” and “but wait, they didn't cover the part where… oh I see, the alternate history is shown over there.”

    And yes, the TNG ride was amazing. Borg crap, not so much.

    I hope they find a new place to bring this back (though I think the script for the TNG one specifically mentioned the Hilton, so they'd have to bring Jonathan Frakes out of cryo-stasis to re-film it).

  • Mike

    I remember going through that star trek timeline saying “oh yeah, I remember that episode” and “but wait, they didn't cover the part where… oh I see, the alternate history is shown over there.”

    And yes, the TNG ride was amazing. Borg crap, not so much.

    I hope they find a new place to bring this back (though I think the script for the TNG one specifically mentioned the Hilton, so they'd have to bring Jonathan Frakes out of cryo-stasis to re-film it).

  • Mike

    I remember going through that star trek timeline saying “oh yeah, I remember that episode” and “but wait, they didn't cover the part where… oh I see, the alternate history is shown over there.”

    And yes, the TNG ride was amazing. Borg crap, not so much.

    I hope they find a new place to bring this back (though I think the script for the TNG one specifically mentioned the Hilton, so they'd have to bring Jonathan Frakes out of cryo-stasis to re-film it).