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Details On ST: The Experience Decommissioning + Final Tickets On Ebay August 28, 2008

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

In just four days, on Monday September 1st, Star Trek The Experience will close its gates for the last time. The 11 year long run at the Las Vegas Hilton will conclude with a special decommissioning ceremony and the public are invited. Plus, tickets for the final VIP run of the rides are available on Ebay.


Labor Day Weekend – Last Chance for ST: The Experience
This is it folks, if you have a hankering for a Photon Torpedo Sandwich, a ride on the Klingon Encounter or just to get blasted by a Warp Core Breach, you only have four more days to do it. This weekend should be packed at Star Trek The Experience; operations manager Chad Boutte tells TrekMovie that the last few weeks they have been "unbelievable, with record breaking numbers." The closing has been getting a lot of media coverage, especially in Las Vegas, and so  locals have been coming to get a last look, but Boutte says that lots of people are also flying in for a final tour of Star Trek’s premiere attraction. Boutte also stated:

Since the June announcement of our closure, we’ve received tens of thousands of e-mails and messages of support. The outpouring of affection is just overwhelming, and is visible as our Wall of Memories, just inside the attraction. We hope that everyone who has ever felt or wanted to be a part of our Star Trek family will join us on September1st to help celebrate over ten years of one of the most thrilling interactive attractions ever conceived.

Special Final Rides + final tickets on EBay
Star Trek The Experience will be open all weekend with their regular hours:
Shops: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Quark’s: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM (closing 9 PM Monday)
Bridge/Borg set photos: Noon – 8 PM
Rides: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM (8 PM Monday)

On Monday the hours for Klingon Encounter and Borg Invasion rides will be different. The final ride for the general public will be at 8:00. These final public rides will also have a special price (yet to be determined). Then a special a special VIP group of 27 will take the absolute final ride of The Borg Invasion at 8:30 and the final Klingon Encounter at 9:00. This group will include Star Trek The Experience and Cedar Fair senior staff and the most loyal customers (including one guy who has ridden over 1000 times). You can also get in on this group yourself.

Five tickets for the final VIP group are now on auction at Ebay. Bidding ends on Sunday afternoon and opening bid is $500. The winning bidders will also get VIP seats at the special decommissioning ceremony and a special commemorative gift, not available to the public. CLICK HERE to bid for one of these final tickets.


Original tickets from 1998 are begin used all weekend


Decommissioning Ceremony
At 10:00 PM, after the final rides, there will be a special ‘decommissioning ceremony’ held in front of the gates of Star Trek The Experience, in the Space Quest casino area. This event will include most of 160 STTE employees, including the Starfleet and alien actors, along with  members of the Las Vegas business, civic and entertainment communities. It will be open to the public and is likely to be packed. The STTE team are going to great lengths on this event, even doing research  for it to follow traditional naval traditions so they can decommission ‘the time station’ and ‘close the temporal rift’ between the 24th century and the 21st century. The event will be MC’d by Boutte and Suzie Plakson (guest star on TNG, VOY and ENT). Of the decommissioning event, Boutte stated:

In keeping with over forty plus years of established Star Trek themes of exploration and cooperation, we felt the pride in being a part of that legacy should be reflected in a dignified but joyful leave-taking. Although we wish we could do so much more, our fans and friends expect nothing less.

At around 11:00 PM on Monday Sept. 1st, the gates will come down for the final time. If you need to drown your tears, the bar in the Space Quest casino should be open all night.


Time to say goodbye to some old friends

Buying the last of STTE
As of now most of the merchandise in the ‘Promenade’ has already been sold and Boutte expects that by Monday the shelves will be bare. As for what happens to all the stuff inside Star Trek The Experience, TrekMovie has been told that all the props and replicas, including the items in the Museum, will go back to CBS and they will not be auctioned off. Some items owned by Cedar Fair, like menus, glasses and sales fixtures all being sold and you find out more about getting a piece of The Experience in the retail area. As for the rest, anything that cannot be repurposed by Cedar Fair, or anything that is related to the Star Trek property, will be destroyed.  By December 31st the entire 65,000 square foot space will be entirely vacated and ready for use for whatever the Hilton Hotel plans to put in its place.

For more information, visit startrekexp.com.

 

 

Comments

1. Paul-Fitz - August 28, 2008

I wished I got the chance to see this, LV is too far from Ireland…

2. X-Files Mania - August 28, 2008

Firsttttt !!!!

I DONT WANT IT TO CLOSE AHHHHHHH IVE NEVER BEEN wahhhhh!

3. Dunny - August 28, 2008

I already have tickets and plans to spend all day Monday at the STE.
It’s been my favorite thing in this town, and I’m going to miss the hell out of it.

4. Newman - August 28, 2008

too far from Nova Scotia as well…

5. Energize - August 28, 2008

Wow. I loved the ride. I’ve been on both of them. I even have a pic of myself in the Captain’s chair. Sad to see it going.

6. OneBuckFilms - August 28, 2008

I’ll miss it dearly.

7. Energize - August 28, 2008

I was at the ride one day and there was a Klingon convention going on. About 100 Klingons were in Quark’s Bar. I asked one if I could take a pic with him, and he was really in character. It was awesome.

8. Melonpool - August 28, 2008

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on these rides — the high point being earlier this year (just before they announced that it was closing) — when I got to take my son on them both for the first time. I can;t believe that the Klingon Encounter has been there a full 3 years longer than he has!

Anyway, I wish I could afford a quick trip to Las Vegas for one last ride. It’s worth the trip, if only to be able to go on them once!

9. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - August 28, 2008

Being a “poor white boy” from Maine, I am truly saddened to see The Experience close it’s doors. It will forever remain an unfulfilled item on my “bucket list” :-(

10. 750 Mang - August 28, 2008

I got to go for the first time at the beginning of this past July. It’s awesome!

I wish I could go and help send her on her way.

11. DougieB - August 28, 2008

Glad I got my bottle of Klingon Blood Wine and six-pack of Romulan Ale before it closed. You’ll probably never see officially licensed Star Trek alcohol again

12. Joe Dickerson - August 28, 2008

Sniff. I was able to see it for the first (and last time) at the Vegas con thanks to a business layover. I made the (stupid) mistake of not doing the Klingon ride when I was there, thinking I could do it the next day. NOT! The line to get in was a two hour+ wait and I had a flight to catch. At the time of the decommissioning I will be home after two days at Dragon*Con, and I will try to remember to turn myself to the west and raise a glass in tribute….

13. Dr. Image - August 28, 2008

I’m glad I ripped off a menu from Quark’s and later had Armin sign it.
I really hope it’s brought back- soon.

14. Energize - August 28, 2008

I have a menu, too. I bought a Cardassian PADD prop from the store for 200 bucks.

15. Thomas - August 28, 2008

It’s a shame it’s closing, more for everyone else who enjoyed it than for myself. I live in L.A., so it was only an hour-long plane flight away. I just never made it out there, it just wasn’t on my list of must-do things. At least the Experience can go out with a lot of love and memories behind it.

16. Reign1701A - August 28, 2008

They’re gonna destroy those giant ceiling models?! That’s a shame, they are truly exceptional in detail. But it wouldn’t be easy storing those things. They oughta try donating them to the Smithsonian…or something.

17. stop the clocks - August 28, 2008

It just deeply saddens me that it’s closing before I ever got to see it. My fiance and I had planned to get married there next year, but now it won’t happen.

Oh well, I had 11 years to make the trip and never did, so it’s not worth crying about.

18. Mike T. - August 28, 2008

I’m sure that there are many fans that would be happy to take them off of their hands ;)

19. Bones, Thugs and McCoy - August 28, 2008

Booo!

20. T2 - August 28, 2008

Very grateful I got to go there 3 years ago and enjoyed every minute of the Experience. Removing it from Vegas will give me one less reason to go back. Now all the more reason to do something similar in another place.

21. Jordan - August 28, 2008

It’s a shame that they’re closing it down. I’m glad I got to experience it 7 years ago :)

Hopefully, some people will put some neat videos on YouTube from these last few days.

22. Brian - August 28, 2008

Ieave Saturday and will be there all day Sun and Mon

23. John E. Kirk - August 28, 2008

I was told this past weekend by someone who was just at the Vegas Hilton that Michael Jackson “Neverland” will be moving into the space….

24. Wes - August 28, 2008

Can someone take a movie of the ride and the attractions, for memory and history? Nothing like this had been done before! The Experience needs to make a DVD of the ride and everything for posterity! I was 9 when it first opened and I was there, close to opening day back in 1997/98

25. Energize - August 28, 2008

In one of the TNG Season box sets disks there’s some behind the scenes features of the ride and stuff. Also, there’s a ton of stuff on Youtube.

26. The Vulcanista - August 28, 2008

Aw, hell!

Y’all jes’ c’mon down heah to Et-Lanna (translation: Atlanta) for the DragonCon this weekend. It’ll be LOTS more fun!!

Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim team have promised us real dragons this year!

Seriously.

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

27. Daniel Broadway - August 28, 2008

I was just there last week. It was a great time. Loved it.

28. Negotiator - August 28, 2008

I went recently after finding out it was being shut down. I had already been to it years ago. The admission price was a little steep for what was being offered.

They should set up shop somewhere in the Paramount lot in Hollywood and add it to their Studio tour, specially with the new film coming out.

29. Thomas - August 28, 2008

As a member of the above-mentioned Retail department here at ST:TE, let me just say that it has been a distinct pleasure to serve such a wonderful, devoted clientele.

I am very saddened by this, and the Decommissioning will be a bittersweet ending for such a fantastic journey. I hope to see as many of you there as possible.

I think that I will miss the fans most of all.

30. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - August 28, 2008

Truly a wonderful “experience”. My wife and I LOVED evrything about it.

I can’t tell you how many times I offered real money for the ships hanging from the ceiling. I even offered to transport them myself. To no avail.

It was good to see you, Anita.

31. Q - August 28, 2008

I really want to cry. I’ve never been able to go, and now I’ll never be able to go. Buu. Oh well….

Dif-tor heh smusma…

32. Gabriel Bell - August 28, 2008

The Trek mecca. Sad day. I am flying in Monday and will be there. Hopefully something will take its place in the coming years … somewhere.

33. Energize - August 28, 2008

Next up! A new Clone Wars ride!!!

34. Gary - August 28, 2008

Two years ago I was married on the bridge at the Star Trek Experience. “It’s really not gone … as long as we remember it.”

35. Clinton - August 28, 2008

I was happy I got a chance to enjoy the attraction one last time two weeks ago. It will be very sad to know the Experience is no more.

If you are at Dragon*Con this weekend, you may see me raise a glass or two in a toast to the Experience. Please feel free to chime in.

36. Energize - August 28, 2008

I think the first meal I had there was the Warp Core Pizza. It was awesome..

37. sherlockfreak - August 28, 2008

Sigh…. I just got into Star Trek last year, so I never knew about this until fairly recently. And now I’ll never get to go. :(

38. Ampris - August 28, 2008

Ditto, 37. That’s exactly what happened in my case. But even if I’d known about it for years, Vegas is still an awfully long ways off, and not exactly our first choice for family vacations. And much as I love Trek, making a special trip just for one attraction really isn’t all that viable. Hehe.

The only consolation is that maybe, with the new movie, there’s a chance of a revival someday soon, possibly one that’s 23-century themed. Now that would be awesome, but until that happens — if it ever does– it’s just sad that this place has to close. And a darn shame, too. So many people obviously still love it, and I think that there’s plenty that could have been done by way of fixing it up and improving, rather than demolishing to make way for something totally different, if they weren’t turning enough profit. But that’s just an armchair accountant’s opinion. *shrugs*

(BTW, I like your name. :D)

39. Captain Walker - August 28, 2008

I want to let everyone know that the USS Las Vegas Star Trek club will be on hand to observe the closing ceremonies and will transmit a full and detailed report back to Anthony Pascale with our comments and pictures of the closing ceremony on Tuesday.

As I have reported here in this forum on many occasions our Star Trek club has had the great fortune of meeting every month at Quark’s for the last 2 1/2 years. Our club will continue to “Live Long and Prosper” and will keep everyone up-to-date on all things Trek here in Las Vegas NV.

It has been my pleasure as Captain of the club to have our meetings there, to interact with the staff, and characters and actors and I am sure I speak on behalf of my crew when I say we will miss all of them very much and much success in the future. It is hoped that one day the powers that be at CBS will once again reopen the Star Trek attraction somewhere sometime down the road. I can only hope that the USS Sancity (an IFT Affliated Star Trek Club) based in San Diego, California will be able to take advantage of the oppportunity they have to make use of the “Star Trek: Exhibit” based currently in Balboa Park for their club functions. It will be there through the rest of the year.

May you all Live Long and Prosper.!!!

Captain Walker
USS Las Vegas

40. Jim Nightshade - August 28, 2008

Myself and Sheri went for the last time last week aug 19, and 20th….I met with my fave cast member there in and out of character at quarks…talked for hours…tried a mini borg sphere…rode the rides, ate at quarks picked up what few souvenirs were left…it was all awesome….Its so sad that THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE museum will soon be in the past..ironic too…God this really hurts! And all the 160 Employees cast…THEY ARE WHAT MADE THIS ATTRACTION GREAT! I am so sad for them! LIVE LONG AND PROSPER all of you.
My only regret is that I found out that 2 days after we were there they put out cases of souvenir glasses that had the beginning and end dates on em….which sold out. I would have loved to get one of those to add to my collection..Hey Thomas..do you know any other employees that got extra? I would pay a lot extra for one if I could find one!

I got to say goodbye to april and hug her and thank her for all the great fun times there…I would have loved to see the decomission ceremony I hope it gets videotaped by someone….I couldnt afford the high prices for the last day. I could barely afford to come one last time last week. Im glad I did though….It was a one of a kind attraction….and yes folks those beautiful huge ships will probably be destoryed because it would cost millions to move them out of the building….I was told they were only able to be put in the building because at the time a wall was gone because they were building the attraction. Even Paramount said yah we would love to have them but we cant afford to move them….Only someone like bill gates or Paul Allen could spend millions to move it….I wish Paul allen would move them to his sci fi museum in seattle….oh well…sigh…
This really does hurt….I believe I will be crying on monday thinking about it being gone. Everybody there was so kind and caring and you could talk to anybody in the bar and we all were fans so we all got along….I will have no reason to go to vegas after this and certainly will never go to the hilton again….Michael Jackson replacing Star trek…CRAP
JEFF AND SHERI

41. Tango - August 28, 2008

Good bye Star Trek Experience. I’ve been there about 3 or 4 times. I would have likely visited there again next time I was in town, but now I have nothing to do but gamble or watch blue man group.

42. Brian - August 28, 2008

STTE was the only reason I went to Vegas, this will be my second trip. I dont expect to return for a long while.

43. Thomas - August 28, 2008

Re:40
I only managed to get one myself. I do know some employees grabbed a few extras, but I don’t think they intend to part with them. I bet that a few of the people who bought them will try to turn a profit with them shortly after the closure, so just check eBay and such.

You’d be really disappointed if you knew the few other items that we were supposed to receive that got cancelled at the last minute (mostly because the manufacturers couldn’t meet the deadline).

44. Mitja Iskric - August 28, 2008

Where will I get married now?!

45. Will - August 28, 2008

I can’t believe they’re going to destroy so much awesome Trek related stuff. I would hope that they would be able to auction at least some of it off for a charity or something…

At the very least, I hope that the staff who want stuff can find ways to “destroy” things into their homes.

Damn, this makes me sad… but at least I got to experience this awesome attraction on my birthday just over a month ago. Anyone from the Experience who reads this, specifically Chris who lead our behind the scenes tour, thanks for putting on an awesome awesome AWESOME experience and for being involved in something that I really wish didn’t have to become simply a memory and a neat story to tell people once it’s gone.

Next time I’m in Vegas, I’m going to go to the spot where ST:TE was and toast its memory… while whatever/whoever takes the space stares and wonders what the hell is wrong with that kid standing and raising his drink in the middle of some lobby.

Cheers, Star Trek : The Experience, it was a fun freaking ride.

46. NCC-73515 - August 29, 2008

Parting is such sweet sorrow…

47. SirBroiler - August 29, 2008

I have always refused to visit the Star Trek Experience because the rides and attractions were so chock full of canon violations that it made me sick to my stomach.

And the model of the Enterprise hanging from the ceiling – the nacelles are actually .06% out of proportion with the saucer section, so frankly it should be destroyed.

This is the same reason I will be skipping the premiere of the new movie – and will sit at home polishing the knob while I watch TOS DVDs.

End scene.

Now, for real…. visited once when I lived in Vegas and had a great time. Sorry to see it go. Good luck to the hard working staff who truly made it an experience. It’s surely not a good time to be losing jobs in Sin City.

48. Doug in Kabul, Afghanistan - August 29, 2008

I had planned on returning to see the exhibit after returning home from my deployment here in Kabul next spring. Such best laid plans…. sigh

If CBS is smart they’ll find a way to run a similar exhibit.

49. Trevor - August 29, 2008

Thomas:

I believe you may have been the man who took my Bridge and Borg Chamber photographs. I visited a couple weeks ago now, wearing the “expendable” red.

All the employees at ST:TE did an amazing job over the last 10 years, and I am truly saddened to see them go. I hope earnestly that Paramount decides to create another Star Trek Themed Attraction based off of this, for the world just doesn’t seem right without one.

50. EM - August 29, 2008

#4 – I live in Nova Scotia and I went there a few years ago. It was really not a big deal.

51. Magic_Al - August 29, 2008

Too bad if Phase II or another production can’t be given/sold the Enterprise-D bridge.

52. MARIKO - August 29, 2008

I’VE BEEN THROUGH THE WHOLE THING ONCE AND ENJOYED IT,MANY YEARS AGO.BUT EVERYTIME I’VE BEEN IN VEGAS,I’VE VISITED THE SHOPS AND BOUGHT TILL I DROPPED.GLAD I GOT MY GOODIES WHILE THERE WERE GOODIES TO BE GOT.I HAD HOPED TO DO THE EXPERIENCE AGAIN,BUT SUCH IS LIFE.
FAREWELL AND HOPE TO SEE YOU IN ANOTHER TIME AND PLACE.

53. Horatio - August 29, 2008

Damn the Hiltons and their unholy daughter!!!!!

54. MORN SPEAKS - August 29, 2008

:(

55. Brian - August 29, 2008

Hey Thomas, any chance you could share with us what they were hoping the get made (but didnt)? Will there be special items for sale for the closing weekend? I heard about the cups, but they’re already sold out. Any chance of them ordering more? Thanks!

#53: IIRC The LV Hilton is not actually owned by the Hiltons, but by an external company.

56. Seanski - August 29, 2008

I managed to visit just this past weekend. It was packed the whole day. Quarks even ran outta food in the evening, about an hour before close. Food! All they had were drinks. The rides were amazing! The museum was fun! The promanade was sad. All the shops were closed except one and their shelves were already almost barren and everything was on sale. I’m glad I got to go though. I’d always wanted to go since it first opened. I for one, will miss it.

57. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - August 29, 2008

#40

That’s it! Paramount, the Hilton, and Cedar whatever they are should call Paul Allen. The Experience is a perfect fit for the Sci-Fi Museum. It would make Seattle officially a Mecca for science fiction enthusiasts. I’m reasonably certain that Mr. Allen could afford to move the whole thing AND relocate the staff.

To heck with that. I’d move over to Seattle and get a job there.

Paul Allen, make it so.

58. krikzil - August 29, 2008

I had planned on being there for the last weekend but a friend went last weekend and her report was so despressing I decided not to go. Quark’s is handing out paper menus and only 1 store is still open. I’d prefer to remember it as it was.

Thanks to the staff who made the experience so much fun! You guys rawked.

The Vegas con just isn’t going to be the same.

59. starfleetmom - August 29, 2008

I’m crying

60. Harry Dog - August 29, 2008

Goodbye ST:E you made my trip from Edinburgh to Vegas memorable – well that and the Grand Canyon. I can still taste the Warp Core Breach we enjoyed in Quarks – special place shame it’s gone. As for Vegas I don’t think I’ll be hurrying back

61. VancouverStarTrekFan - August 29, 2008

I was at the recent Convention at the Hilton and spent as much time at Quark’s as I could stand.
One of the Con sessions was a fellow from CBS Products division who stated that they are looking to place a Star Trek themed attraction somewhere else. He couldn’t say where, when or what but that it was impossible to just up and move the Experience so it will be something different.
Hope he is right and that it doesn’t take too long to get this ball rolling!!

62. Matthew_Briggsuk - August 29, 2008

gutted, just gutted. I go to Las Vegas Tuesday 2nd September. Suppose Cher will be the high light of my holiday now ; (

63. Treknut - August 29, 2008

One final farewell. An experience that truly took us all boldly forward where no other place on Earth had ever gone before. As a fan since the original airings of Star Trek (long before VHS and DVD) I remember how bleak it seemed when the show was cancelled. Then, Creation made it possible for fans to meet and rekindle the spirit that is the sole of Star Trek (long before STTE). STTE and Quark’s tapped into that soul in a way no other place ever did. But, I will remain forever optimisitic that we will one day see STTE return some place….and it won’t be long. Until then, my fiance’s you tube video captured something of our own personal memories. I’ve attached the url below in case you care to share a moment with us. Peace and long life to you all

64. Treknut - August 29, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NN-c0Cyy5Q

65. starfleetmom - August 29, 2008

#64 that was awesome. what a great souvenir you made.
I was there, too, and I’m so sad that it’s over…..

66. Jim Nightshade - August 29, 2008

Oh Dougieb #11…..I heard from the head of retail that the ROMULAN ALE may not be dead….Response has been so good that they may continue to make it. They dont know for sure yet but I was told it is possible that Romulan Ale may live on. Ive never had any but I got the last three romulan ale magnets from the store when I was there hahaah….

67. Jim Nightshade - August 29, 2008

Thats Ok Thomas but if you run across any fellow emplyee during the decomissioning that might have a spare one let me know will ya? And I also would like to know what was being planned for final souvenirs too. TOO bad it was such a fast decision. I really wanted some final souvenirs…damn…

#40 Paul Allens EMP Experience Music Project and the SCIENCE FICTION museum continue strong in seattle at the center…theyve had many millions of guests….I live in Tacoma, an hour south of Seattle….That museum does have the ORIGINAL Capt Kirk Chair from tos series….they even lent it to the comedy channel for the roast of William Shatner a couple of years ago….Its a great museum for scifi fans….those models and the enterprise d bridge would make it awesome….I heard that Paul ALLEN did make a phone call to the Experience but apparently no one returned his call, or so I heard?

Treknut that Video was awesome….Your pretty sweet fiance, made tears come out of my eyes when she started to cry. That song closing time was perfect for the pix and videos too. Thanks for sharing. Sheri and I were at the con 2 years ago for the 40th anniv. so I know where you guys were in most of those shots…couldnt afford it this year or last….but the memories remain. Thank you again for sharing with us..I still can’t believe its going to be gone….I see you guys got yer pix taken with Gerry and Francine..I just met Gerry last week when we were there. And you got great pix and vides of the awesome bartenders at Quarks…Well done! APPLAUSE! I wish I had a copy of it on my own computer..I hate YOU TUBE cuz I can never save anything haha oh well…

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69. Tim - August 30, 2008

So sad. Vegas will seem so empty now. :(

But I do have a great idea for where ST:TE could end up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbOGbkHlyVw

70. 750 Mang - August 30, 2008

I bit the bullet. I just bought my ticket. I’m closing down the Star Trek experience!

71. NX - August 30, 2008

Just popped down to the STE to see how it’s going (I live next to the convention center, 15min walk from STE) and it’s packed out. Lots of people everywhere. There were a couple of weddings going on, a lot of Starfleet suits walking around, and more-than-usual (as of late, at least) alien staff on duty. Quark’s has long lines – there isn’t an empty seat.

Chase Masterson, Suzie Plakson and I *think* Grace Lee Whitney are there signing autographs, and look to be there for the next couple of days. There isn’t a lot of merchandise left, mostly plushies and commbadge pins, a few figurines & signed photos. No t-shirts or clothes of any kind, no Romulan Ale or Klingon Bloodwine. Didn’t see any phasers, model ships or tri-corders. Looks like someone bought the $4,500 life-size Borg Queen in the last few weeks as she was no longer there. And other than that, most of the promenade shops are closed (Zek’s Grand Emporium, Garak’s Clothier, Latinum Jewelers), Moogie’s and the one behind it are the only two open that I could see.

There’s definitely quite a buzz there today, clearly people are coming from all over for its final days. Reading the hundreds of messages on the support-wall is almost heart-wrenching – I was there and added mine about 3 weeks ago and the wall has tripled in size since, snaking its way up the access ramp.

I expect Monday is going to be huge. My wife and I will definitely be heading down for the de-commissioning and a final Warp Core Breach for sure. I’ll shoot & YouTube as much footage as I can. If you’re planning on going, note that Quark’s will cease seating for meals from 8:00-8:30pm, according to signs.

72. Nick Cook - August 31, 2008

My wife and I first visited in on our honeymoon in 2005. We loved the place, and have been back twice since 2005. The sets were wonderful, hanging out in Quarks and wandering the Promenade were always fun. But it was the staff that made the Experience what it was. Sure, the sets, the rides and the museum were fantastic, but without the staff they’d be nothing more than and empty setting. Trading barbs with the Klingon Commander, and the Da’Har Master. Acting out with the Ferengi, and teasing the Andorians. Those were the things that really made the Experience a special place.

So a big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the Experience, truly an experience. You will be missed.

73. Keith - September 1, 2008

My friends and I went to Vegas this weekend (August 29-31) for this particular attraction! SOOO happy we made it before it closed. We had not done the 4-D ride before, it was very entertaining! And the Klingon Encounter opening is still beyond my comprehension to this day! At least I’ll have the photos from our visit to remember everything by!

74. Rich C - September 1, 2008

Thanks to my wife, I got to go to STTE back in 2006. We’d been married little more than two months by the time we got there. She was a real trooper the entire time…allowing me as much time to wander around the entire Experience without ever once being upset at the time I was taking. I took as many pictures of the Museum as I could and still have them today.

It was my first and only time in Vegas and I wasn’t going to leave without experiencing everything that the Experience had to offer; and that included the Back Stage Tour. That alone was the best part of the entire experience. That, and having my picture taken on the bridge of the Enterprise D, standing behind Tactical wearing a tan uniform with Lt. Cmdr rank. My smile is one of the biggest, most sincere smiles I’ve ever had. (The wife was sitting in the Captain’s chair for that picture.) Since I was wearing shorts, I didn’t have the uniform shirt on for my picture in the Captain’s chair.

A friend sent me a text message at 11:30, Sunday night, August 31st, 2008 to tell me that STTE was closing and he was going to Vegas in the morning. Sadly, I didn’t get the message until I woke up on Monday and wasn’t able to make the arraingments. It would’ve been quiet a feat as we live in New Jersey.

11 years isn’t a long enough period of time for something like this. With the new movie due out in 2009, I can only assume that STTE will be back in some way or another and soon. I remember the staff at the Museum of the Future being very proud of the fact that they were the only ‘in production’ version of Star Trek in 2006.

There are a lot of casinos out there, both in Vegas and here in New Jersey. Hopefully STTE will have the chance to be back in that environment.

75. nathan thomas - September 1, 2008

we recently did the star trek experience in the hilton and it was fantastic!

I cant believe they are pulling the plug on it and whats worse is destroying all those sets! why cant they re-locate them to another hotel willing to provide some space for it.

its a big shame. we stayed at the Hilton for 6 nights and often enjoyed sitting in Quarks bar with a few beers. not that we were big trekkies but this attraction was truly unique and no-where else to be found in the world.

This attraction was a big hit and was very popular with queues of people back when we visited in July 2008 so I cannot understand why they would ditch the whole thing! despite the Hilton spouting that ticket numbers had dropped – that didnt seem to be the case when we were there and people loved it!

A big mistake.

Personally unless there is equally a good attraction to beat it then its the last time I will be staying in the Hilton Las Vegas

76. Trevorj - September 1, 2008

#75:

I agree. I will no longer stay at the Las Vegas Hilton, and I will also make an effort to avoid staying at /any/ Hilton-owned hotel.

77. Anthony - September 1, 2008

Oh man that sucks! I just went to this for my bday last april and It was great. I was looking forward to doing it again. If I dint have work I would take a drive up and enjoy the party! what a bummer tho!!!

78. ES - September 1, 2008

As much as I love “The Experience” it was clear that its time had come. The “Klingon Encounter” film had become blurry and gold grid lines were annoyingly apparent on the screen. The Borg 4-d ride wasn’t even in 4-d anymore. Now viewers watched a movie play out on the big screen. No glasses, no cool 3-d. Maybe it was just a temporary thing? And worst of all? The price!!! $50.00 for two rides that were maybe 30-45 minutes in length total. That seemed very, verrrrrrry steep. Maybe that’s why numbers have dropped off so radically. And you couldn’t just purchase a ticket for one ride. No, you had to buy both (the caveat was that you could ride them as many times a day as you wanted to…but who would do that?) Top it off with Star Trek’s waning popularity and…well…I hate to see it go. But yeah. It’s time for new destinations. I still have my original program book from 1998, though! Woo-hoooooo!!

79. Kent Chivers - September 1, 2008

I am from South Bend Indiana. I enjoyed ST:TE 3x and loved every minute of it. I am sad for my kids who may never experience such a great attraction. I am extremely bummed out today and hope that we as fans can convince the powers that be to re-open it somewhere. What a tragedy.
I will take away great memories and I, too, have a picture of myself and twin brother on the bridge. I am so thankful we did that. The staff was the best and we all share in their loss. How cool to have worked there!
If anyone has any ideas on how we can ban together to get this to re-open somewhere else, I am all ears. I just found out about the closing yesterday while reading the Sunday paper….I don’t know what to say except thanks to all for the memories. Con, Warp 1….Engage!

80. RT Hood - September 1, 2008

Every year I wanted to get to Vegas specifically for this experience. And every year life got in the way. Now I have no reason to ever go to Vegas at all…

81. Lourdes Asenjo - September 1, 2008

Bring to Orlando Florida, we will be first to buys annual passes!!!!!

82. Lourdes Asenjo - September 1, 2008

The Experience was owened by Cedar Fair Entertaiment, we should start e-mailing them to let them know the culture still very much alive and they should consider opening at another site.
We have been in Vegas four times and the main reason was the Experience. We didn’t get to go this year because I’m a recovering cancer patiente. We were planing to go next year when I get better and renew our vows, I guess that is not going to happen . Any way, I think the Hilton has made a BIG MISTAKE, I promise I will never stay at another Hilton again.

83. Jim Nightshade - September 1, 2008

Its been said before….THE LAS VEGAS HILTON is not owned by the HILTON CHAIN. It was bought about 5 years ago….colony something? Anyway..No relation to the hilton chain just the name….
And the Borg 4 d was just as good as usual 2 weeks ago…with the glasses…and the pokes….something must have been broken when you went….and the Klingon ride was as clear and great as its ever been to me….Oh well I am drinking a bloody mary in my Borg Invasion 4d glass mug green colored and raising it in toast to those in vegas…from here in Tacoma WA….SALUTE to all the staff and the decommisioning ceremony….tonite…..I hope we on line get to see video from it!

Ceder fair…bah I think Paramount CBS should take it back and take care of it right when they redo it if they redo it someday. We will see

84. Kreg Steppe - September 2, 2008

For the record, My co-host and I were allowed to record audio/video of the Backstage tour for our Podcast Technorama. Part 1 is posted here for those that could never go.

http://www.chuckchat.com/technorama/?p=835

Part 2 will be posted in about a week…and video to follow soon.

85. Kent - September 2, 2008

What is considered the “hub” of ST information? Should STTE open again what would anyone recommend as THE place to watch for information?

86. Anthony Pascale - September 2, 2008

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trekmovie.com

87. Ben Spratling - September 2, 2008

I wouldn’t ordinarily go to Vegas, but I’ve been wanting to go to the Star Trek Experience for ten years. So two weeks ago a buddy of mine and I got cheap cheap tickets and flew out there for just a day. I have to say, if you missed the “Klingon Encounter,” you missed the star trek experience of a lifetime. Even though I’m such a Star Trek geek that I could tell every single little error in their reproduction, by the time they had us on the Bridge I was screaming on the inside “the Klingons are attacking; we need to raise the shields; I know where the button is; let me press it!” I really felt like I was there. They could have made the “grand corridor” and the simulator boarding a bit more like the real shuttle bay, but over-all I give the show a great big A+. And oh, my gosh, the transporter was awesome! ;-)

88. Adrian Fox - September 2, 2008

So very sad to see it go – the main reason for visiting Vegas has just been taken away for me. I was lucky enough to visit from the UK 3 times – last time was February 08. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the atmosphere, the rides, the people and the cast of characters who made it all so special. If anyone did the backstage tour (I still have my certficates!) what will happen to the memory book that we all signed at the end of the tour? After all those signatures and memories I hope its not just going to be thrown away. Chris who conducted my last backstage tour was so passionate about the whole ST ethos. The thought of the awesome huge ships on display being destroyed is just too much to bear as it is. Huge thanks to everyone at STTE for making it such a special place to visit – you’ll all be missed. And here’s hoping for a new ST Mecca sometime really soon. I just can’t believe its all going, simply because a couple of companies, no matter how influential, couldn’t sit down and agree a way forward to keep it going! And as for a Michael Jackson theatre? If it’s true that’s just misguided. PAH! Barry Manilow will be delighted I’m sure!

89. NX - September 2, 2008

Here is some video from last night’s ceremony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZThaDeqCpbk&fmt=18

It was a rather emotional event – first time I had seen a vulcan cry! Farewell, Star Trek Experience.

90. Jim Nightshade - September 2, 2008

Thanx for the video post. It made me cry to see April cry. She deserves the recognition….She is the premiere member of the experience. So how many were in the crowd for the decom? Doesnt look like a very big crowd. i thought Vegas officials, etc were gonna be there….or was it just because the video was being shot very close? Its an excellent video. Man that hurt to watch that curtain close….How much more it must hurt for all those working there. ..

Hey Kreg is that part 1 just audio? Or video too it looks like its just audio?

I hope Gerry checks in to tell us in detail what went on last nite. That was a great video! Hope there is more out there….
Farewell Star Trek The Experience….I will remember it all always….at least we had the glistening jewel of an entertainment experience for a decade plus….I hope this is not the end….ALL GOOD THINGS….and Star Trek the experience and Quarks were all good things! ALL THE TIME! This world can never have too many of them!

91. Jim Nightshade - September 2, 2008

What the HECK….YOU TUBE SAYS THAT VIDEO IS UNAVAILABLE! WHAT HAPPENED!!! I only saw it once! GRRRRRRRRRRR! Why did they take it down?

92. byron - September 2, 2008

i made my last respects and paid my dues in late july. I actually had one of the best experiences of my entire life there. I said goodbye to the only woman I ever really loved there. I’ll never forget the amazing experience I had. I’m very, very sad.

93. NX - September 2, 2008

It’s fixed now – it’s weird, I think it went offline while I was editing it. I took a call, forgot about it, then got a message from another YouTube user saying it wasn’t working, and indeed it wasn’t when I checked. I went back and finished my edit, hit save, and now it works… oops! :¬)

Hard to tell how big the crowd was, Jim. I mean, there had to be at least 500 people, but probably less than 1000… I’m really not good at guessing those kinds of things ;) If you’re familiar with the venue (it seems like you are), the entire area in front of the entrance was packed full from the Monorail entrance to the opposite side, and the crowd spilled back thru the slots and around the Spacequest Bar (I was on the steps of the bar).

I’m not too sure on Vegas officials in attendance, but Garret Wang & Chase Masterson were around, as well as Suzie Plakson of course. Somebody was saying Marina Sirtis was there also, but I didn’t see her myself.

I’ll try get some more footage up soon. There should be a ton popping up on YouTube in the next few days, there were a LOT of video cameras there. ;¬)

94. NX - September 3, 2008

Next up, the Starfleet crew! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwJ_yyA_vpA&fmt=18

95. Nick Cook - September 3, 2008

Thanks for posting the video. I’m glad I got to see it, even though it was incredibly sad.

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