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.