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Shatner and Trek Celebs Lining Up for Star Trek Tour + Return of Wesley Crusher [UPDATE: and Tuvok] January 11, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions , trackback

Star Trek The Tour (the 50,000 square foot traveling exhibit of Star Trek sets, costumes, props, motion rides, etc) kicks off next Friday in Long Beach, CA. William Shatner is the official ambassador for the event and has already started his publicity tour. In addition a number of Trek celebs are already lined up for signings. Plus Wil Wheaton reveals that the tour will feature the return of Wesley Crusher.

Shatner Publicity
Last night Shatner appeared on Access Hollywood to talk about the tour…and also revealed who was the best kisser on Star Trek

Click to see video (opens new window)

Shatner will have more TV and other press appearances for the tour over the next week.

Shatner radio commercial

The first radio commercial for The Tour started airing in LA this week. It features Shatner along with Trek vet John Schuck.
Listen to it

Print ads have also started appearing in the local press and there is a huge billboard for the event on Sunset Blvd. TV commercials start next week.

Trek Celebrity signings
In addition to all the exhibits and rides in the tour, you will also have the chance to meet and get autographs from Trek celebs (for an additional fee of course). The following is a preliminary list for the first couple of weeks in Long Beach.

SATURDAY, January 19th
Walter Koenig (TOS: Chekov)
Robert Picardo (VOY: The Doctor)

SUNDAY, January 20
Armin Shimerman (DS9: Quark)
Max Grodenchik (DS9: Rom)

MONDAY, January 21
Suzie Plakson (TNG: K’Ehleyr, VOY: female Q)
Richard Herd (VOY: Admiral Paris)

WEDNESDAY, January 23
Suzie Plakson (TNG: K’Ehleyr, VOY: female Q)

FRIDAY, January 25
Garrett Wang (VOY: Harry Kim)

More celebs are planned for the subsequent weeks, will provide a list as details are finalized.

The Return of Wesley Crusher and the Titan
The ‘finale’ of the tour is the ‘4D Encounter Theater’ which features a multimedia presentation along the lines of those at Star Trek The Experience in Las Vegas. After you enter the round theater a simulated briefing will start which quickly turns into a dramatic attack by renegade Klingons on the USS Titan. The film features Wil Wheaton. Wheaton wrote about his appearance on his blog:

Last week, I mentioned one of those “so cool I can’t talk about it” projects. Today, I can go ahead and reveal what it was: I composed that post about an hour before I put on pointy sideburns and a space suit, brought Lieutenant Commander Wesley Crusher back to life as the Assistant Chief Engineer of the USS Titan.

UPDATE: Tuvok in the House has learned that Tim Russ also appears in the movie reprising his role as Tuvok. In the Titan novels from Pocket books Commander Tuvok is the tactical officer of the USS Titan under the command of Captain William Riker. In case you are wondering, neither Jonathan Frakes (Riker) nor Marina Sirtis (Troi) appear in the short filmed presentation.

Gala event Jan 17th – Tour opens Jan 18th
Next Thursday there there will be an invitation only Opening Night Gala with various celebrities including Shatner. has been invited so keep an eye out for a report on it. Doors open to the public on Friday January 18th. (some VIP packages also include a ticket to the Opening Gala).

Tickets for Long Beach are are available at TicketMaster. (CLICK HERE for details on VIP packages) (CLICK HERE for a preliminary list of future cities )

More info at

Tour poster

Tour floor plan (varies from city to city)


1. Bobby - January 12, 2008

i’ll be at the long beach show on the 26th! looks to be fun.

2. CanuckLou - January 12, 2008

Can’t wait till it hits Toronto!

3. KennyB - January 12, 2008

Glad to be alive to see the day when Wes is back and Berman is gone………:-)

4. gord - January 12, 2008

Good to see Wesley back, I hated all the stick he got from fans back in the day.

5. Pragmaticus - January 12, 2008

I really wish they’d announce when this is going to be in each city. I can’t WAIT for it to come to DC!

6. Jared - January 12, 2008

Can’t wait til it hits Vancouver!!

7. dave - January 12, 2008

cant wait till it is in portland Maine

8. JBS - January 12, 2008

The video is funny. I won’t spoil it by telling you the best kisser was, but it’s worth watching the video for it.

Can’t wait till the tour comes to Seattle, WA!

9. Captain Presley - January 12, 2008

Can’t wait till it hits Indy!

10. Vulcan927 - January 12, 2008

Can’t wait til Boston! :-)

11. Harry Ballz - January 12, 2008

Wesley Crusher’s back?? Thanks for the warning!! :)

12. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - January 12, 2008

Dave – Post #7

As a fellow Mainer…I’m with you! I’ve watched Trek since the sixties and have never been to any event beyond opening night of a Trek movie. I’m very excited to see The Tour…and The Movie in December.
And just briefly on the latter mentioned event…I look forward to seeing some new Trek in any form. Being a very daily visitor of this site (and others much inferior) and having read all the lines, as well as between them, I expecting to see both an interesting and entertaining film that will hopefully revive and pay repsectful homage to what has become a major icon in the human cultures, i.e. Star Trek
Wishing you all the best…and everyone keep up the great work here. I love this site.

13. trekkie1701D - January 12, 2008

According to someone I talked to from the company it will be going to the following places (in this order):

1) Long Beach
2) San Fransisco
3) Minneapolis
4) Chicago
5) Detroit

They’re expecting Detroit to start end of July or Early August

14. Scott - January 12, 2008

Wow a lot of B-List Trek actors & fake props!
If the bridge recreations are good,
it might be worth a visit.
Hope there will be pictures of the
Enterprise bridges on the web soon.
Lets hope they did not cheap out this one.

15. trekkie1701D - January 12, 2008

Sorry for the double post, but when going to using Firefox I dont get any of the images, is anyone else having this problem w/ firefox, when using IE it works fine.

16. I AM THX-1138 - January 12, 2008


Is it really going to go east before it goes to Seattle? That doesn’t seem to make sense.

Maybe if it does, I’ll have more time to save my latinum so that I can get all the goodies.

17. trekkie1701D - January 12, 2008

I’ve actually had 2 different employees tell me this, and according to the newest issue of the Star Trek Magazine it is true. Not the most ‘logical’ course of action, but I get to see it sooner (Im just outside of Detroit)

Regarding the different tickets:
Ticket master only has the Q Pass ($1500.00) and the Captains Package ($175) available, any ideas as to when the other packages and/or stndrd tickets go on sale?

BTW is anyone planning on getting the Q Pass?

18. trekkie1701D - January 12, 2008

Here’s a video of the server for the Tour:

19. ShawnP - January 12, 2008

#13 – Yesss, Chicago!!!

20. Classic trek - January 12, 2008

is this thing coming to Great Britain???


21. Captain Dunsel - January 12, 2008

#11 Harry–me too! I look forward to seeing Wil Wheaton in Starfleet togs again like a cow looks forward to giving hamburger.

I guess I don’t have to worry–what are the odds that the tour will come anywhere near central Illinois?

22. TREKSTAR - January 12, 2008

Wish I could buy the Q PASS. Don’t know what you mean when you say Ticketmaster only has packages – they have General Admission tickets available for all the dates. I just bought tickets for Jan 28th

23. trekkie1701D - January 12, 2008

#20, I’ve heard that it will go overseas after its done in the US and Canada. It’s supposed to be very similar to Star Trek: The Adventure though.

24. trekkie1701D - January 12, 2008

#22, yeah, I noticed that after I made the post, they didnt see the other packages though (Commanders package etc)

25. Mark - January 12, 2008

I just went to the site, and they show a picture of the Enterprise-A that is labeled as the shooting model, and one can tell that it is obviously not. First, it’s not the right size, and secondly it’s no where near as detailed as the shooting model

26. Quatlo - January 12, 2008

Pestley Crusher, TNG. Pfft. :)

27. TrekMadeMeWonder - January 12, 2008

I wonder how obselete this will all be in 11 months. HA!!!

28. TBK1701 - January 12, 2008

I can’t wait till it comes to San Francisco. I wish I could get my tickets now!

29. NCC-73515 - January 12, 2008

please bring it to germany…

30. Classic trek - January 12, 2008

thank you trekkie1701D no 23

i hope it does come here in the UK. sounds like a great day out.

31. Harry Ballz - January 12, 2008

The Q pass is $1500???

For that price, what does the Q stand for?

What, you get to take the Enterprise for a QUICK spin around the solar system?

32. OM - January 12, 2008

….Wesley’s back? Get a rope :p

33. Harry Ballz - January 12, 2008

Hearing Wesley’s back is real bad
Every time he’s on screen we get sad
Not that the actor is weak
It’s the role that does reek
When he’s gone for good I’ll be glad!

34. Larry Nemecek - January 12, 2008

Okay, guys, I just came from one of the beehives of Tour activity, racing to be ship-shape for premiere night Thursday and opening night Friday, so I’m going to take a sec away from that to say …

The Wesley bashing is *so* 1989. Aside from the fact that I thought fans had grown up to realize they should yell at the early revolving-door writers, not the then-16-year-old kid… have you seen the crowds Wil draws at Vegas and the other big conventions these days? He’s acting more, his blog and poetry and improv have all grown. And this Tour film appearance is a bit of a bone for all those upset how his cameo was trimmed from Nemesis.

Oh and Scott/14: most of the re-creation props are TOS–still very well done, but there are LOTS of more modern original pieces, plus the costumes, and isolated set pieces–all held apart from the recent auctions. (The Ent-A is beautiful, but it is not a filming model; that was a miscue with the early PR. It’s like the big ships built for the Experience lobby). And “B-list actors”? There are series regulars there, and it is only the beginning of the run. Stay tuned.

The show is a mix of cool authentic stuff and very fun fan things–from displays to media to “immersive events”. Plus one Tour project I’m involved in that won’t debut til a few weeks AFTER the Long Beach opening–and I’ll leave it at that.

Except to say: make sure to say howdy if you catch me around there in the early days!

35. Lt. Iowagirl - January 12, 2008

Liked that one, too. :)

ST history will never be obsolete.

Yes, Germany would be great.

36. Larry Nemecek - January 13, 2008

Oh, one more thing: there are also LOADS of real filming-model ships, (plus some new models). Didn’t mean to imply otherwise. Bring your cameras. There’s lots for the techheads.

37. cw - January 13, 2008

Personally, never much cared for Wesley Crusher. His was the most throw away character. IMO, the show improved with his absense.

38. AJ - January 13, 2008

Larry: Thanks for the real picture.

I, for one, don’t mind seeing Crusher as a Starfleet officer of proper age. And we DO blame those writers. I just hope you all have his return from cruising with the Traveler sorted out so us canon-heads can sleep at night (though we have bigger things on our mind these days).

Is the Tour coming to NYC?

39. StarTrekRockerGirl - January 13, 2008

Wow! *Waves to Larry Nemecek* We are getting some great talent in here these days! Welcome Aboard! Happy to see you here!

I am glad to hear that Wesley is finally getting to make a more proper come-back! And I agree with Larry that Will’s convention appearances are wonderful!

Thanks for the info!

40. CaptainRickover - January 13, 2008

Sound’s good.

Hope this will come to Germany one day.

I like to see an older, wiser and hopefully not so shoked-about-everything Whesley .

And I hope they don’t use this Voyager-kitbash for the USS Titan (I must say, I’ve never had read one of the books, but I’ve seen the aweful Titan-design). The name suggests a big ship like the Enterprise-D or the Enterprise-E and so it should be.

41. Jay - "The Real Jim Kirk" - January 13, 2008

They should make a USS Titan series damn it!!

42. mntrekfan - January 13, 2008

Has the dates for the other cities been confirmed? Minneapolis is third on that list! Probably looking at early spring? I’m very excited about this coming to the Twin Cities. Back in 1994, a similar type of thing came to the Mall of America. Marina Sirtis, James Dohan and Robin Curtis made appearances. Will there be Trek celeb’s attending all the cities?

43. Dr. Image - January 13, 2008

There was this Trek exhibit years ago up at Niagara Falls that kicked ass. LOTS of original props, costumes, and rare stuff. Even a full-size- ENT-D engine core and a classic bridge! Anyone remember it? I can’t imagine this topping that.
BTW, welcome, Larry!

44. Oregon Trek Geek - January 13, 2008

I will want to go to the Seattle one. It’s frustrating that they don’t yet have the specific dates for each city. I want to start making my travel plans.

I hope the Seattle one is in the Summer so I will at least have a 10% chance of no rain. :)

Hmmm, I see there is also San Fran and Sacramento. Both would be doable.

Oh, and I ALWAYS liked Wil Wheaton…

Larry Nemecek DATES please!!!!! :)

45. Cap'n Pike - January 13, 2008

The city list for North America is yards long. Even if it stays only a month at each site the show would be one the road for years. The last show like this crashed and burned in less than a year.

Having both Seattle and Vancouver on the list is a bit odd. I’m from Vancouver and if it goes to Seattle first I’ll see it there instead of wait months or years.

46. Harry Ballz - January 13, 2008

Hey, Cap’n Pike…….I’m from Toronto!

How many Canadians we got on this ship? (with nod to Spaceballs) :)

47. Adam Castle - January 13, 2008

I don’t hate Wil Wheaton, I’m sure he’s a nice guy. But if you didn’t hate Wesley Crusher on TNG to the point where his death would have been fan service, something is wrong with you. Seriously. If Star Trek was Happy Days, Wesley would have been Potsie.

48. Katie G. - January 13, 2008

Just what did everyone hate about Wesley Crusher? That he was smart? That he was respectful and courteous? That he wasn’t old enough to sleep around like Riker? What? After having too much “reaity” (rebellion, STDs, gangs) I didn’t mind him. Sorry. Maybe the writers were a bit gooey and utopian, but come on! There are plenty of rebels out there like Picard’s almost-son, Jason Vigo for example (Episode #274, May 1994). How about Eddie Haskel on “Leave It To Beaver”? That guy gave me the creeps. I’d take Wesley over them any day. (Although it did look like Jason Vigo was turning his life around thanks to the love of a wonderful father-figure. (sniff!)

You Canadians may want to move to the States when you find out I’m from Toronto. Oh well. C’est la vie. (In case you didn’t know, we are bilingual here in Canada). Hah! What does that mean? There are so many nationalities here it could mean anything. Anyway, I digress.

Sorry Wesley-haters. (Is there a website for “WesleyHaters”?


49. Katie G. - January 13, 2008

Just noticed # 11 – Harry

Harry, Harry, Harry, you’re pretty funny.


50. Harry Ballz - January 13, 2008


I love it when you repeat my name over and over like that!

A fellow Torontonian, eh? Up kinda late, aren’t ya? :)

51. Katie G. - January 14, 2008


Um, you DO know that I was imitating Tom Paris – the many times he’s addressed Ensign Kim like that – don’t you? I can’t get excited about the name “Harry”. Sorry. It was my dad’s name. And the last name? That’s gotta go.

I am a night owl. Makes it difficult to get up early. Wait a minute. If you answered my comment, doesn’t that mean you’re up late too?

These Star Trek people. Don’t they ever sleep?

Like I’ve said before, I’ll take anything Star Trek. Wesley and all. Love the whole franchise.



52. Harry Ballz - January 14, 2008


Harry is, of course, my nom de pleume….first name is actually Michael.

Nice to chat with a fellow night owl Trekker from Toronto! :)

53. Katie G. - January 14, 2008


I kinda sorta had it figured out that you were using a “handle” as opposed to your real name.

Anyway, I’m up. Warp nine, engage! Gotta get going.

By the way, is #34 for real?


54. Katie G. - January 14, 2008

Re: #34

Glad I didn’t make the scathing comment I was going to make about the Star Trek guys never reading these comments…


55. DEMODE - January 14, 2008

Hey, here is a note from one more “Night Owl Trekker” from Toronto…

It’s cool to hear that Crusher and Tuvok have scenes filmed for this event. Just a shame they didn’t get Riker and Troi in there for a few shots… I can’t imagine Frakes would say no to that at all. Maybe if enough fans ask for it, we can see that happen!!!

Hopefully this leads to some interest in a USS Titan series or Direct-to DVD Movies.

56. Harry Ballz - January 14, 2008


I hear you about Frakes reprising the Riker role……..the trouble is that lately he’s put on so much weight, he looks like a blowfish with a beard! maybe that dissuaded them! Starfleet officers should at least APPEAR to be in good shape!

Anybody else out there from Toronto? We could all get together and have a movie marathon! :)

57. DEMODE - January 14, 2008

Well, with Frakes, I’m sure they could film him in such a way that we don’t see the weight…lol…. Just have him filmed sitting down or something in his command chair. Sounds like it would only be a 2 minute clip or so anyways, so I doubt we would see much of him in “action!”

58. DEMODE - January 14, 2008

ps: movie marathon sounds cool! :)

59. Katie G. - January 14, 2008

Re: #56 Harry! and #57 DEMODE:

Boy do I hear ya! It makes me sad to see him go like that. We already lost John Candy (and Chris Farley). Hope someone gets to Frakes before it’s too late.

It’s almost a sign that we won’t be seeing any more of Riker and Troi. Man, did you see the last episode of “Enterprise”? If they get too crappy-looking they won’t dare appear. Frakes was HUGE and Troi’s hairpiece looked like she just slapped it on 5 seconds before they called “action”. That was an immense disappointment. It almost looked like they really couldn’t have cared less and were doing everyone a gigantic favour by gracing us with their presence. “Ho hum. Guess we can thrill the trekkies with an appearance”. Tremendous letdown. It could have been done well. Last minute idea? Looks like it (in my opinion).

Hope the new Trek will have actors that REALLY want to be there. It will show.

Sorry about the above rant. It’s just that I feel we (fans) deserve better; after all, we are why the franchise is so successful. No matter what talent went into it — writing, acting, directing — if no one was buying tickets to see the movies then buying the movies when then came out on VHS/DVD or going to the Conventions (like the beginning of “Galaxy Quest”) etc. they would not have been able to continue. Remember how the original Star Trek got extended? (Somebody stop me!) Guess I’m just anal about doing things with excellence. Better go. It’s getting deep in here.


60. Katie G. - January 14, 2008

Hey, my posting disappeared! I was about to apologize for the typo and it’s not there! Or did I hit the wrong button? Nuts. Gotta type it all over again. (I heard that you guys!)

Anyway I was just agreeing with 56 (“Harry”) and 57 (DEMODE) about the size of Jonathan Frakes. When I saw Riker and Troi in the final episode of “Enterprise”, I couldn’t believe it. Thought it was a great idea but they looked awful. Frakes was HUGE and Sirtis looked like she just slapped on the wig 5 seconds before they yelled “action”. It kinda looked like they could not have cared less about being there. “Let’s give the little trekkies a thrill…”. Just couldn’t believe they’d go on camera looking like that.

Here goes the rant that I also apologized for:

The whole Star Trek franchise would not be as successful without (us) fans spending all the cash on it (going to the movies, buying the VHS/DVDs of the movies and all of the photos, T-Shirts ad infinitum, ad nauseum — hey now they’re probably going to be putting out the blueray [is that the right term?] versions — more money!!) Let’s hope that this new installment will have people who look like they want to be there and putting their all into it

Can’t remember any more (lucky you). Better get supper going. My husband is wasting away while I type…


61. Katie G. - January 14, 2008

Figures. (Sigh…) :-|


62. Katie G. - January 14, 2008

Hey — can you delete your own stupid posting? Been trying but it looks like I can’t do the deleting.

Also — was scanning the Takei Interview and was going to post a comment but, this “message” part, below the last posting was not there. Am I missing something (or is someone trying to tell me something)?


63. The Vulcanista - January 14, 2008

1. No, and you’re not the only one who wishes there was a “do-over” button.

2. Anthony closed the comments in the Takei interview. That’ll happen from time to time when a thread implodes.


Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

64. Harry Ballz - January 14, 2008

#63 The Vulcanista 2. “when a thread implodes”

Considering I have the last post in the Takei interview, I’ll try not to take that personally!

65. Katie G. - January 15, 2008


Yeah, I was wondering if that might have been the reason.

Won’t bother to post the comment I was going to make. Don’t want to start another “implosion”.


66. The Vulcanista - January 15, 2008

#64 Harry: LOL! Final comment was that bad, huh? Quite frankly, I though it shoulda been shut down about a hundred posts before yours.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

67. The Vulcanista - January 15, 2008

See, there’s a perfect situation where a do-over button would be handy:

I though[t] it shoulda been shut down about a hundred posts before yours.


Peace. Live long and prosper.
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