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More Details Emerge For New Home Of Star Trek The Experience November 7, 2008

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

Last month we reported that Star Trek The Experience (which closed its doors at the Las Vegas Hilton in September) may be resurrected at a new location. Since that time TrekMovie as well as local Las Vegas journalists have confirmed that Star Trek The Experience is moving to a new home at Neonopolis, in downtown Las Vegas.  Today some new details have emerged.

The New (Old) Star Trek The Experience
In Business Las Vegas has a new feature story on the future of the Neonopolis complex which covers the opening of both a new art museum and the move of Star Trek the Experience.  Rohit Joshi, a representative for the owners of Neonoplis is quoted staying:

The museum and the arts center will represent the past and the present and the Star Trek Experience will represent the future.

There are no specific details yet, but the article states that all five components of the Experience will be moving over:

The article notes that the Experience will be "similar but different from its predecessor and includes significant upgrades." This is a welcome sign, as noted in previous reports from TrekMovie, The Experience at the Hilton was becoming less relevant to the entire Trek franchise, especially regarding The Original Series and the new Star Trek movie.

What isn’t clear is what will be upgraded. For example will the 4-D theater still be based around the Voyager themed ‘Borg Invasion’ or will they have something new. One source told TrekMovie that the simulator rides will continue to feature the TNG-themed Klingon Encounter, but new footage will be added (replacing the part where the shuttle lands at the Hilton to where it lands at Neonopolis). Sources also indicate that Quark’s Bar and Restaurant and the ‘Promenade’ shops will be part of the move and likely the first elements to open. The plan is to open these before the Star Trek movie in May.

Regarding the ‘cast’ of characters, it is expected those who were let go when The Experience closed at the Hilton will be offered positions before auditions begin to bring on new staff.

TrekMovie has contacted Mr. Joshi and Neonopolis and will hopefully have an update on the future of Star Trek The Experience coming up soon. To date, CBS will not comment on Star Trek The Experience, so it is likely that details are still being worked out.



1. vanedge - November 7, 2008


2. vanedge - November 7, 2008


3. That One Guy - November 7, 2008

Oh, thank the Prophets!

Anthony, any word if the original workers have been offered their jobs back? Or will it be a new “crew?”

4. Kirk's Ripped shirt - November 7, 2008

trekdigious!!! yup new word for the day =)

5. T Drake - November 7, 2008

Where theres profit, the Ferengi will find a way…THANK THE NEGUS !!!!!

6. That One Guy - November 7, 2008

Someone must’ve been following Rule #113, if ya’ know what I mean. ;)

Either that or 95.

Mayhaps 202?


7. Enterprise - November 7, 2008

I bet it will open next year along with the new movie.

8. THX-1138 - November 7, 2008

I can’t get ’em straight either, Shark. I always was a poor student.

Oh thank goodness! This is great news! Neonopolis is that place over near Fremont Street, isn’t it? I think I remember it as the place that had the genie lamp from the old Aladdin. If my memory is correct.

9. Dr. Image - November 7, 2008

YES!!! GREAT NEWS- and now official!
Trek “live” Lives!

10. 750 Mang - November 7, 2008

Good. I’m there.

11. Kayla Iacovino - November 7, 2008

Whoo hoo! Going to celebrate!!!!

12. Daniel Broadway - November 7, 2008

This is great news. The Experience was a wonderful….errr…experience. :)

I have great hopes for the new one.

13. Clinton - November 7, 2008

This is excellent news!

14. Radioactive Spock - November 7, 2008

I was in total awe at the 4d borg attraction. I haven’t seen a whole lot of 3d stuff in recent years anywhere, but that was amazingly 3d! I seriously think they should make an entire 3d movie like that. It was breathtaking.

15. Jordan - November 7, 2008

Very cool. Even more reason to go back to Vegas!

16. SciFiMetalGirl - November 7, 2008

Awesome news! Now I will have a place to hang out at again! Very cool indeed!

17. Ryan T. Riddle - November 7, 2008

I hope that it gets a significant upgrade in line with the new movie and the original Trek.

18. Capt Mike from the Terran Empire - November 7, 2008

This is great. Ill be moving back to vegas soon and ill be there on opening day. can’t wait to have my faveroite drink. The warp core breach!. I hope the original actors will be there. Theres a certen ferriengi i want to talk to about some merchendise he sold me. Im not happy about it. !!

19. LoyalStarTrekFan - November 7, 2008

17, I agree but I hope they don’t replace the TNG stuff in favor of TOS items. Remember, the TNG era comprised 14 years (in a row) of Star Trek and is therefore an important part of it. That said, they should introduce TOS and ENT related items in order for “Star Trek: The Experience” to represent the entire Star Trek franchise.

20. Lou - November 7, 2008

seeing as how it didn’t make enough money for the hilton to continue its run, they’ll need to do something different to draw in bigger crowds.
ooh! laser tag! er… ‘scuse me. *PHASER* tag. game rooms (lan trek games, arcade games, console games, etc)

21. tek - November 7, 2008

Awesome. I’ll get to go a third time. Wonder if the two bartenders from last December will get rehired. They were awesome.

22. Adam E - November 7, 2008

Parts will open before the movie! Wow, that’s pretty quick – I’m sure they are going to use this to promote the film.

23. Third Remata'Klan - November 7, 2008


24. Enterprise - November 7, 2008

Take out the lame Borg ride, and make a TOS/TNG ride.

25. Romulan Ale Dale - November 7, 2008

Well this is extremely encouraging! I’m glad they plan to update the technology and am VERY glad they seem ready to acknowledge that the actors who worked at the original STTE (STTOE?) were the main reason fans returned over and over again.

I sincerely hope Quark’s will remain Quark’s and not adopt some new theme. At the same time, I hope Abrams’ new Trek vision will be featured. STTE was/is the one place all incarnations of Trek can coexist in harmony.

26. Romulan Ale Dale - November 7, 2008

I’d also like to offer a word of encouragement to any and all former performers and employees of STTOE: PLEASE COME BACK! WE MISS YOU!

27. OM - November 7, 2008

…Well, this means that when I get my new fake leg, I’ll once again have a reason to finally go to Vegas.

28. Q - November 7, 2008

YAY!!!! I’ll actually be able to go! I thought all hope was lost. Woot!!! YAY!!! Again!

29. Chris M - November 7, 2008

This is awesome news!

30. Rudy M Alapag jr - November 7, 2008

Thank you a lot for resurrecting the star trek the experience in downtown las vegas, i thought that it’ll never come back or it’ll move on forever. but i’m sure that all the us fans want it back again.. thanks to cbs. I would love to go again
to the experience over and over and again and again forever this time.
“.Live Long and Prosper Star Trek The Experience” WELCOME BACK!!!

31. MORN SPEAKS - November 7, 2008



32. pacimage - November 7, 2008


One of the only reasons I go to Vegas every year is for the Experience… the other reasons we can’t talk about!

33. Tim Lade - November 8, 2008

Has it been confirmed that the former employees will be given their old positions back or is this purely speculation on the part of

34. Jim Nightshade - November 8, 2008

Sounds AWESOME! I dont think anything about the former employees and performers is solid info yet….We are just now getting the newest information. I agree with the other poster who pointed out that the new owners obviously realize that it was the great staff, employees, bartenders, and performers that made trek live for us fans….They will have to do without Their boss Chad B. as we heard from Gerry and Francine that hes gone….not sure if he still works for Paramount or not. ..I have a feeling if they do offer the positions to the former employees some will be available and some will have moved on and some probably are not sure about whether or not they want to come back. We will see….

It is awesome news to hear there will be updates….that means that Paramount itself is involved again!!! I was afraid they would just basically move whats there downtown and then what? Other than Trek fans who else would go out of their way to go downtown? I still wish they were moving on the strip where tons of families teens etc….go they would have easy crowds and popularity on the strip..Still not sure about downtown. I hope it works…I hope they are doing more than just updating the simulator movie….I agree that more should be added but still keep the tng aspects as well….all the treks should be represented by rides and artifacts and even performers…..that would be cool…but yes QUARKS needs to STAY QUARKS!

I finally managed to get a couple of those blue star trek experience glasses with the beginning and ending dates on the glass…Found em on E bay and they cost me a TON of money! I have a feeling not too many of those were made…

Best of luck to all concerned lets hope the new similar but different Star Trek Experience will ROCK! and be popular forever…..and ever!

35. OneBuckFilms - November 8, 2008

Yay, I’ll get to have another Warp Core Breach with my Shipmates !!!

Yum …

36. Thomas - November 8, 2008

As an employee at the old Experience (not a high-ranking employee, mind you), I’ll say that I’m learning all of this as you are, and so far I’ve not been contacted for employment. Outside of the official news, there have been a few rumors I’ve picked up from other employees, but very little specifics and nothing real reliable.

I’m glad to read that the character staff will be offered spots, and hope to see them all there. Although I have no indication, I would assume that some of the management might be offered positions as well (after all, they would already know how to run the place). Beyond that, I understand if the “regular” staff isn’t given the same priority, but I don’t see any reason why experience at the old Experience wouldn’t be a huge factor in any employment decisions. And I’ll be there the moment I know where to apply!

37. TrekMD - November 8, 2008


38. Andy Patterson - November 8, 2008

Good story. I didn’t know Vegas had other things of interest. Nice to know.

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40. richpit - November 8, 2008

It’s over by Fremont Street? Cool…so I can hit the Experience and then the strip clubs? What more can you want??

Seriously, as long as I can get a warp core breach again one of these days, that rocks.

41. Charlie in Colorado - November 8, 2008

#19, I agree with you. But while the TNG era is my favorite, I do think there does need to be more of a presence of TOS than there was at the Hilton. It will be interesting to see how they juggle everything in. It would be cool to have the bridges for both 1701 and 1701-D or 1701-E.

#36… I hope everything works out for you and the rest of the STE staff. On my final trip to the Hilton, I took the backstage tour and afterwards had wonderful chat with the tour guide. I’ve forgotten his name, but I can tell you he was the guy who made a lot of the resin props for the actors. Part of what made the Experience so fun for me was the dedication of the staff — they knew there stuff and were very passionate about All Things Trek.

42. Peter N - November 8, 2008


We’ll have to let our friend the conductor/Star Trek fan know that he can look forward to the reopening of the Experience in Las Vegas. He told me that he was disappointed at never being able to catch it when he was there,

43. Captain Robert April - November 8, 2008

I can now put Vegas back on my list of vacation spots.

44. Captain Robert April - November 8, 2008

As for the Ferengi angle on this, it just goes to show that all you have to do is trust in the Great River and it shall provide opportunity for profit.

45. DaiMonRon - November 8, 2008

I smell gold pressed latinum…..

46. Dave - November 8, 2008

F’n A! I guess my boycott of Las Vegas for 2009 has been lifted.

47. james - November 8, 2008

just 3 words

48. Tanner Waterbury - November 8, 2008

WOOHOO! I Can finally go to vegas and celebrate my 21st (although i turned 21 on September 29th) Of course the first thing to do will be to go to the Experience.

49. DesiluTrek - November 8, 2008

A working Guardian of Forever that I could leap through and land at Desilu Stage 9 in 1966 would be ideal.

Short of that, I’d love to see a complete 360-degree enclosed original series bridge and a “Galileo 7″ ride.

50. Justin Toney - November 8, 2008

Maybe they can show a bird of prey crashing into the hilton :)

51. Jim Nightshade - November 8, 2008

HA HA Justin!!! Or maybe at least a battalion of Klingons Beaming Down and giving everybody at the Hilton Wedgies! Heheheh……Thats what they get for calling us nerds n closing us down…

Actually there is one point in the simulator movie where a car on the strip is vaporized…hmmm…..just aim a little bit higher and back a couple of blocks at the Hilton haahh…

Just imagine if thanks to Star Trek the Experience NEonopolis is popular and the Hilton Loses popularity due to lack of the Experience. I know I will never go there again..including the convention…..Creation better move it downtown fast…..

52. SciFiMetalGirl - November 9, 2008

Once upon a time, many moons ago, Creation used to host their conventions at the Union Plaza (now known simply as The Plaza Hotel), which is at the other end of the Fremont Street Experience. So maybe there might be a possiblity of getting the convention back in there?

Might be interesting to see a bunch of Trekkers trekking about between the Plaza and Neonopolis in the Fremont Street Experience! It would make for some fun photo ops, for sure!

53. Mitja - November 9, 2008

Will there be any weddings?

54. Nick Cook - November 9, 2008

Sounds promising. Here’s hoping!

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56. jorDe' - November 9, 2008

With the new Star Trek: The Experience possibly opening Downtown before the new Star Trek movie, You might consider looking downtown for the Star Trek Convention reservations in August 2009. I have already made my Reservations at the Fremont, Downtown.
I hope more will be downtown to Party at Quark’s!!


57. Mr. Bob Dobalina - November 9, 2008

If they don’t change things to steer away from the TNG era and focus mroe on Abrahm’s Trek they aren’t going to do any better, businesswise, in the new location. They better start re-tooling the attraction if they want to stay relevant.

58. Justin Toney - November 9, 2008

TNG will always shine as far as the attraction goes, but they do need to add some other options to give variety to the experience. They should do a couple different versions of the ride film for the Klingon ride so that there are some variations. I would love to see that ride expanded to where you get to see other parts of the ship as well.

No idea what they could do for TOS.

I would love to see something from the classic movies though

59. Locutus - November 10, 2008

Resistance is futile

60. gaila - November 10, 2008

I am very happy.
I can get my warp core breach again soon.

makes this ferengi happy.

61. Ian - November 10, 2008

What great news. This Aussie will be back in July 09 and will be there.

62. Lt Bailey - November 10, 2008

Welcome news indeed! What a relief to know we have not lost something that could imerse ourselves in the Star Trek atmosphere, meet friends, have a few (Ok, a lot of) Star Trek inspired drinks and watch the films. Even though I have all the films on DVD, I really enjoyed watching them sitting at the bar. ST:TE was the closest any of us could get to actually being in a ST film and with the Time Station characters (Andorian, Klingon, Ferengi, etc) added such a high degree of real time feel to your “experience”, how could you go wrong? I bought one of those huge fish bowls from the ST:TE website to make our own Borg Sphere drink, but it never comes close to same thing you got from the highly talented bartenders. Jerry & Francine, we’ll see you there!

63. Harry Dog - November 11, 2008

Any more news? I’d love to come back but would only visit Vegas for ST:Experience. But I’d still boycott the Hilton. I’d be over the moon if it re-opened by next next April then my wish of toasting my 40th at the Experience with a Warp-Core breach would come true. I’ll drink to that!

64. Gerry L - November 11, 2008

Harry Dog: It would be nice if you could do that, but I know from experience in the design and construction field that delays in constrution are ineveitable. The orignal STTE was delayed about 6 months from the original opening date. They are trying to get the bar and restaraunt open by the movie release, but as far as I know they haven’t started yet. No official announcement has been made yet here in Vegas. But, it is going to happen which is the best news.
Lt Bailey: Yes, we look forward to seeing you too. We’ll be the first ones in line the day it opens.

65. Lt Bailey - November 11, 2008


If you get to hear the opening date in advance, let us know. Lisa and I will be there in line with you both, as we wait for Darren, Matt, Jeff, Dave, Monte or Shannon to bartend for us.

What we all need to do, is to support ST:TE when is does re-open at the new site. We seldom get a second chance at things in life and this is the Trek fans second chance. It does not matter what show or era you are into. It is the fact that it is STAR TREK and this new location will have something for everybody, be it large or small. While I watched TOS in the 60’s, I really enjoy the Kirk era films too. I watched a few of the episodes of the other series as well. I thought ENTERPRISE was great and hope that they have something set up at the new location including what ever JJ Abrams has in store for us.
When ST:TE was first built, TNG, DS9 and VOYAGER were riding high in peoples/fans mind and it was built around that theme. I never had a problem with that because it was STAR TREK, even though it was Picards bridge and there was no Kirk bridge, that was OK with me. Bottomline is that something was built for all fans to enjoy and have fun (and drink). As far as I am concerned, Vegas can keep its Ultra Lounges (what ever that is) and clubs as I will never patronize those venues. Give me the comfortable, friendly atmosphere of Quarks any day!

66. Sogh Ho'neH jorDe' taI-VamPyr - November 11, 2008

Gerry L, I am looking for the Opening. I will be there in my full Klingon Warrior Uniform. I have been to the Experience several times when it was at the *spit* Hilton, in full Uniform. Even when the Convention was not going. I have had several guests of The Experience ask if I was stationed there (Worked there). I told them that I was just a visitor, like them. Well, maybe not exactly like them. lol The only question I would have is which uniform to wear?


67. Harry Dog - November 12, 2008

Gerry L – thanks for the reply. I’ll just postpone my birthday – I can wait!!!!

68. James W - November 12, 2008

Well Jerry I’ll be there right beside you and Francine so it’ll be a race as to who gets to the bar first :-). If you still have my email send me a note I’ve heard from some of the former actors. K and the baby and I all miss you and Francine.

69. TOS Klingon Brother-Dan - November 15, 2008

I,for one,will be there on opening day from opening till closing to celebrate the continueing presence of Star Trek in Las Vegas.I hope to see all of the regulars there; Guy,Gerry,Francine,Robert,Vern,April,Steve,Mark and the rest.And of course,the Klingon Brothers WILL be there!
Save your money now,it will be one hell of a grand opening.

70. TOS Klingon Brother-Dan - November 15, 2008

I wonder if we were to start a motion to have the Hilton destroyed by a Klingon ship crashing in to it on the simulator ride,they might actually show it.That or if Vern or Rob would do a short fan movie about it.I would certainly pay to see that.What do you say?

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72. Michael Mazzacano - December 11, 2008

Ill pay to see that!

73. Trevorj - January 5, 2009

Anybody know anything new yet? It’s been a while..

74. Ian - January 6, 2009

Any more news would be great. I’m coming to Vegas in July from Australia.

75. Harrydog - January 7, 2009

Yeah it’s been prettyquiet. I googled it but only got the old news stories

76. Tim - January 23, 2009

Somehow I doubt that no news is good news

77. Sogh Ho'neH jorDe' taI-VamPyr - February 9, 2009

This is at the end of the article from the Las Vegas Sun posting dated February 9, 2009.

The Star Trek Experience is slated to open May 8, the same date as the movie’s premiere. The experience will be introduced in phases, with the simpler (and less costly) components, such as the food and beverage, retail and museum to be rolled out first. The entire experience, including rides and an IMAX 4D component should be completed by next year.
Possible tie-ins to the May movie opening include merchandise sales and a Las Vegas red carpet premiere, complete with cast members.

78. Sogh Ho'neH jorDe' taI-VamPyr - February 9, 2009

Las Vegas Sun posting dated February 6 not 9, 2009.

79. Ian - February 9, 2009

I knew I was flying over in July this year so this news is great. With the rest of the attraction to open next year I guess I’m coming back again then as well.

80. Harrydog - February 10, 2009

Great news. Too late for me to visit in April but looks like I’ll be in Vegas in 2010. Make it so

81. Brooks of Borg - February 11, 2009

I am so happy I just peed!

82. Data's Mistress - March 9, 2009

Sweet Flying Picard, this is the best news I’ve heard in ages!
Please keep us updated as to when it will have the official opening!
Can’t wait to start shopping again!
Are they going to change the menu at Quarks at all?
Because that thing definitly needs some revamping!

83. CAROL PARTAIN - April 4, 2009


84. Ensign Thomas - April 8, 2009

hi – I am also a former employee of STTE and although some actors have moved on there are many of us looking forward to reapplying when the Experience re-opens. Rumor has it that the attraction itself is not opening until 2010. As always, rumors are not fact so fingers crossed that it opens in 2009. Restraunt and retail is a different story. They may open sooner …. alot sooner. Again, just rumors.

85. CAROL PARTAIN - April 11, 2009


86. TrekkieBride - April 27, 2009

#53–I sure hope there will be weddings there; I for one was looking forward to having mine at the Experience when it was at the Hilton, but those plans were derailed. Now there is hope that maybe, just maybe, it could still happen.

#57–Take a chill pill. TNG was (and still is) a huge part of Trek. While it can never hurt to make sure TOS and such are included in the Experience, it would also do a great disservice to Trek in general if TNG were ignored.

Gosh darnit, I want my wedding on the bridge of the D! :P

87. CAROL PARTAIN - May 13, 2009


88. Andrew - November 1, 2009

I never got a chance to go to it before it closed but i hope they keep the Tng/Voy/Ds9 like theme and that they keep the attractions they had,(Borg invasion/Klingon Encounter) BUT if they do i theme based off of the original series AND/OR the new movie(WHICH WAS GOOD BUT I WOULD NOT WANT AN ATTRACTION BASED OFF FROM IT) Will be a BIG DISSAPOINTMENT!And i won’t even consider going there! is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.