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Star Trek: The Experience to end

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 4th 2008 8:24AM
Star Trek: The ExperienceStar Trek: The Experience is ending after an 11 year run at the Las Vegas Hilton on September 1st, 2008. The interactive ride contained elements from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager.

Chad Boutte, Operations Manager and Director of Marketing, said in a press release, "Hailing frequencies open. We'd like to thank all the fans and friends of Star Trek, whose constant and amazing support we've enjoyed throughout our tenure at the Las Vegas Hilton. As we boldly go into the futures that await, know that we take your love of Star Trek: The Experience with us. We share the memories of time spent in the most unique place in the Galaxy, and we carry those memories into our futures with us. Live long, and prosper. Hailing frequencies closed." He said it in this fashion because he's a big nerd.

Appearing in the ride was Jonathan Frakes as Commander Riker, Levar Burton as Geordi LaForge, Robert Picardo as the Holographic Doctor and Kate Mulgrew as Admiral Kathryn Janeway. The ride was in two parts: the Klingon Encounter and Borg Invasion 4-D, the latter of which was added in 2004.

Having been to the ride twice in the past ten years, it was a lot of fun. Still, these are trying economic times and Star Trek doesn't quite have the popularity it once did. I will always treasure the Spock Teddy Bear I picked up at Star Trek: The Experience, as well as the Wil Wheaton-autographed Wesley Crusher photo. I'm only kidding about one of those.

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Ras Thavas

I went there when it first opened. I always wanted to get back and do it again, but I guess that won't be happening now :-(

July 05 2008 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was there once. Very fun time. What made it memorable for me was when a 7ft tall Klingon started scaring my kid. I had to step in. My heart was pounding out of my chest and I thought I was going to have to defend myself against someone with spikes on their boots. Luckily it only ended in shouting, but he walked off first. I'm sure it was all in a days work for the Klingon. But for me it was a near death experience.

July 04 2008 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh man, I hope they don't close down Quark's Bar. My wife and I had plans to stay at the Hilton on our next trip and become regulars at the bar...

July 04 2008 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Cincinnati Mike

Yeah, Quark's was pretty cool...the one "Vegas" thing about Star Trek.

July 04 2008 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's too bad... I just went there myself for the first time. The monorail made it easier, because otherwise, I wouldn't have gotten there. And I too picked up a Spock Bear and I'm not a nerd or a big fan.

July 04 2008 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mj green

I always said if I ever got married again, this was going to be the place. I guess I'm one of those uberdorks. Oh well.

July 04 2008 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cincinnati Mike

Did it twice myself. First time as a ride, second as a museum of props and costumes. Didn't have much choice the second time. I waited 2 hours (after paying my $12, of course.) Apparently it was two identical rides, and one of them was broken that day. When I saw those uberdorks on Wild Weddings getting married on the bridge in full costume, I figured its days were numbered. Seems funny that they would close down 6 months before the next movie comes out, though.

July 04 2008 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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