Details On ST: The Experience Decommissioning + Final Tickets On Ebay

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.

 

 

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

Firsttttt !!!!

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

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.

too far from Nova Scotia as well…

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.

I’ll miss it dearly.

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.

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!

Ensign Ro- (short for Roland)

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” :-(

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.

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

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….

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Bones, Thugs and McCoy

Booo!

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.

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.

Ieave Saturday and will be there all day Sun and Mon

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….

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

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.

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 }:-|

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

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.

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.

THX-1138 The Fandom Menace

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.

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…

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.

Next up! A new Clone Wars ride!!!

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.”

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.

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

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. :(

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)

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
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… Read more »

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.

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

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).

Where will I get married now?!

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.

Parting is such sweet sorrow…

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.

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.

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.

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

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