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No Progress On Bringing Star Trek: The Experience Back To Las Vegas [UPDATED] April 21, 2011

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

The attraction Star Trek: The Experience closed down at the Las Vegas Hilton in September 2008. Since that time CBS had tried to bring a new Star Trek: The Attraction to Vegas, but that has since fizzled. A new report now cites CBS as confirming that there are no current plans for a new Star Trek: The Experience. [UPDATE: Statement from CBS]

 

UPDATE: CBS Statement

A CBS Consumer Products spokesperson has sent TrekMovie the following statement

Our licensee did not meet the terms of his contract so we have terminated the license. We remain committed to creating a new Star Trek attraction for fans to enjoy and will continue to pursue opportunities in Las Vegas and elsewhere.

original article

Nothing happening in Vegas for Star Trek: The Experience

Shortly after Star Trek: The Experience closed in September 2008, CBS began working on bringing a new Experience to the Neonopolis Center in Downtown, Las Vegas. In early 2009 CBS confirmed they had a deal in place and hopes were that something would open by 2010. However, by 2010 the only thing happening with Star Trek: The Experience was the auctioning off of a warehouse full of fixtures and equipment from the old Hilton Star Trek Experience.


Signage from ‘Star Trek: The Experience’ in Las Vegas warehouse before being sold in 2010

A new report at Tekgoblin confirms our previous reporting, with a rep from CBS confirming that the "the Neonopolis project is not going forward" and there are currently no plans for a new Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas.

According to TrekMovie sources who have confirmed this report, the deal with Neonopolis never got off the ground due to lack of financing. The problem was that the deal was cut shortly before the financial collapse of late 2008. After that it became too difficult for Neonopolis to secure the loans needed to build the multi-million dollar project.


Economic downturn doomed Neonopolis deal for Star Trek: The Experience

Future of Trek attractions

However, not all is lost. TrekMovie has also confirmed that there is a newly planned Paramount theme park coming to Spain in 2015, including a brand new Star Trek attraction. Unlike the hopes for the new Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas, the Murcia Paramount Park project has made big strides and looks likely to happen, but it too must secure the required financing. 

And of course there still is Star Trek: The Exhibition, the traveling tour of Star Trek props, costumes and replicas – headed to Germany and Kennedy Space Center this summer. The Exhibition includes a couple of motion simulator rides, so it is something.


Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas may be dead, but there is hope for a new Trek attraction in Spain

 

Thanks to Matt for link.

Comments

1. Kertrats - April 21, 2011

So sad to hear this. I’m relieved I was able to make it to the Experience a couple of months before it closed. It was amazing!

2. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - April 21, 2011

I was so hoping that the Experence would be back. I loved going to Quarks Bar and eating lunch and arguing with Quarks Staff. Loved it. I do miss the Warp core breach. Great Drink.

3. Kertrats - April 21, 2011

Oh yeah… forgot about the warp core breach. That was an excellent drink.

4. VZX - April 21, 2011

I was there in 1998. It really sucks that its gone since now my son is into Trek and I would have loved to have taken him. Real bummer.

5. Phaser Guy - April 21, 2011

It’s dead Jim. I

6. Browncoat1984 - April 21, 2011

Why must these things happen in threes all the time? I was wondering what number three would be:

1) No further Stargate beyond SGU’s season 2 finale

2) Elizabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith on Dr. Who) passes

3) No Star Trek: The Experience

Though this news doesn’t affect me as much as the first two do, I count this as number three.

7. Red Dead Ryan - April 21, 2011

It’s done for good. Not coming back. The original Experience lost millions of dollars even when the American economy was strong. These days, nobody has the money to spend on travel, hotel costs, and the Exhibit.
Few people can barely afford the cost of the Exhibit alone.

I think CBS was merely ruling out every logistical reason for bringing it back. They knew they weren’t going to bring it back to life. There is no reason to. It’s a money losing business. Even George Lucas, the master of merchandising, knows better than to put on a permanent, single location “Star Wars” exhibit. And “Star Wars” is a much bigger brand worldwide than “Star Trek” will ever be. That tells you everything right there.

8. Red Dead Ryan - April 21, 2011

6.

Not to be rude or anything, but wouldn’t you have Elizabeth Sladen at #1?
A death of an actress would easily overshadow everything else, especially cancellations of shows, I would think.

9. Jim Nightshade - April 21, 2011

hmmm doesnt the star tours ride at disney parks being upgraded count as a permanent star wars attraction?

10. Red Dead Ryan - April 21, 2011

Well, I meant a site devoted strictly to “Star Wars” and run exclusively by LucasFilm.

11. The Galactic Battleburger - April 22, 2011

Ah, the Warp Core Breach. It was always fun going on the simulator rides after one of those beasts. Anybody have the recipe for it?

12. Rick - April 22, 2011

Hard to believe there once was a STAR TREK Experience and sad to say it looks like there will not be one again. At least for some time.

13. Bruce - April 22, 2011

Maybe Star Trek should take a page from Star Wars and do what this guy said when the Experience first closed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbOGbkHlyVw

14. Steve - April 22, 2011

I went in 2006 and it was awesome. I recall arguing with a Kilngon Chancellor and a Borg drone refused to assimilate me!!! Wish I could have picked up some of the props when it closed down.

15. Cyberghost - April 22, 2011

Glad I made it to Vegas a bunch of times to enjoy the ride. But, it was so dated, they would probably have to build a new one out of scratch. And from what I have read, and from what a buddy told me, who lives in Vegas, Even the great casinos and Vegas in general are not doing that well in this poor economy.

Oh well, I bet by the time the 3rd movie comes out and if the economy improves, it will probably be back.

Patience young Jedi. – oops, wrong movie, except for the bar scene in ST 09 and SW IV A new hope. Lucas, let Speilberg Direct SW 7 !!!

16. Weerd1 - April 22, 2011

They should take the Exhibition and settle it in one city while a traveling show tours. I would think Seattle would be open to providing the permanent site.

17. captain_neill - April 22, 2011

It seems that the Paramount Park is the only hope for new Star Trek theme ride.

I hope it has a mix of 23rd and 24th Centuries in the rides.

18. captain_neill - April 22, 2011

Really sad that the Experience deals fell through as I was looking forward to the Experience coming back. I loved the Experience and sad that it is no longer there.

19. Dayton Ward - April 22, 2011

Those wanting a Warp Core Breach should head to McMullan’s, an Irish pub on Tropicana Avenue in Vegas. Former Quark’s bartender Darren Benjamin works there, and will fix you up right. :)

20. Horatio - April 22, 2011

No….. thats not true…. THATS IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

The above dialogue courtesy of Star Trek: The Economy Strikes Back.

21. Sebastian - April 22, 2011

Went there a few times. I really miss it, too.
It was a chance to live, breathe and eat Star Trek for a weekend!

And speaking of eating, the food at Quark’s was delicious, too.
I’d love it if it ever came back into being somehow, but as time goes on I doubt it. Seems to me (as a fan) that Star Trek’s heyday (for fandom) was in the mid to late 1990s. Three (with two overlapping) series; the movies, and TONS of books, magazines, etc. It was a good time to be a ST geek!

And then there was The Experience. For us Trekkies, ST:TE was the single coolest thing available for any devotee of the show. Period.
But sadly, that heyday has passed….

Not even the new movies can generate that record level of fan frenzy…

22. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - April 22, 2011

The problem is not only economics, the 15 – 25 yr old market today see Star Trek as a cheesy TV show that Dad or older siblings watched .
As Scott Bakula said in an earlier interview, his son thought that the Trek series looked dated, and to be totally honest, it has not aged well.
Many of us would love to get STE back, but its not going to happen simply to salve our nostalgia.

23. Shannon Nutt - April 22, 2011

I’ve been to the Star Trek Experience in Vegas AND the Star Wars Exhibition when it was in London a few years back, and I have to tell you the Star Trek Experience was much more entertaining – as it combined both a museum with an interactive expereience, while the Star Wars Exhibition just provided a museum-like experience with some video screens and a few (cheesy!) demonstrations with live actors.

That said, I think if one of the major theme parks did a “Star Trek” area the way Orlando has done Harry Potter, Dr. Suess, Jurassic Park and a few other trademarks, it could/would do quite nicely. Just no more simulators…I think people are tired of that kind of experience. Although at least the Experience walked you through a mock-up of the Enterprise- D before sticking you in it (still more entertaining than the ride itself, in my opinion)

24. Phil - April 22, 2011

No suprise here. If someone, anyone thought there was a snowballs chance in hell of making money on this financing would not be an issue.

25. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - April 22, 2011

Why doesnt CBS bring it to Chicago? Plenty of money in the city, 2 air ports its in the center of the country so lots of people could just drive to it… I think it makes sence!!!

26. Daoud - April 22, 2011

Well, one can argue the one thing Roddenberry didn’t foresee, was the placement of SFHQ. San Francisco, though beautiful, and with the later movie and series’ payoff of using the Bridge as an icon… was a lousy “base city”.

If only he’d set SFHQ in say… Houston, or Spacecoast Florida…. then he would have reaped profits from a later theme park built around Star Trek. Of course, I guess we can retcon now, that all SF activity in Florida was taken out by the Xindi weapon!

27. Mandy - April 22, 2011

I had the fortune to visit the Experience a few years back. I have to say I love almost all ST (no so for DS9) but the thuth is that the Experience was no handle very well. The uniforms that the staff and live actors had look cheap and amateur.
I agree with 22.(Shannon) the BEST experience was the little walk through the Enterprise and of course the Bridge Photo (besides the horrible expandex “One Size Fits All” uniform they had there for anybody that wanted to used for the picture).
It was an experience that every real trekkie had to do.
Hope to see, at least a ride in any theme park.

28. Mandy - April 22, 2011

#13 (Bruce) That sounded kool!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbOGbkHlyVw

29. dc - April 22, 2011

*sigh*

30. Joseph - April 22, 2011

#8,
I think he was putting them in chronological order. Which makes me wish that she were in fact much, much lower on the list.

31. captain_neill - April 22, 2011

such a shame the Experience wont be happening

32. captain_neill - April 22, 2011

Is it true the new theme ride at paramount Parks is likely to be based on new movie only or all of Trek?

33. Lt. Bailey - April 22, 2011

How we miss this place, the friendships that have come out of it for us. The only place to go and be surrounded in a true Trek environment… oh for one more Tranyia or Mind Meld or Borg Sphere or Romulan Ale…

We miss you actors of STTE, you know who you are.

34. Richard C. - April 22, 2011

Why keep it in Vegas?
Just move it to Houston! :D

35. Phil - April 22, 2011

@ 32. It’s way to early to speculate what will be at the new theme park. Spain is dealing with it’s own debt issues, so I’d guess that there is a good chance this project won’t get past the planning stages.

@34. There is no “it” to take to Houston. What wasn’t sold or returned to CBS ended up at the landfill.

36. SJU - April 22, 2011

Feh! I loved the experience. It should be brought back.

37. Brian K - April 22, 2011

Just got back from a trip to Vegas. The Neonopolis on Fremont Street has completely shut down. It’s a huge complex that used to be thriving, with restaurants, shops, and 14 movie theaters. Now it’s a ghost town. Kinda sad, the ST Experience would have been a perfect fit with the bustling party atmosphere of the Fremont Street Experience

38. Phil - April 22, 2011

RE: The update. In this economy, don’t hold your breath…

39. agentm31 - April 22, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbOGbkHlyVw

Star Trek goes to Disney World!! Genius!

40. Jonathan - April 22, 2011

How about the Wrap of Khan at Quarks bar. I was able to take my 2 daughters 4 & 6 to The Experience 1 month before it closed and they loved it! Although my 4 year old was 1 inch too short to go on the rides:( But she wrote a farewell message on “The Wall” and it actually appears in the bonus DVD of the Next Gen movies. I was completely shocked to see her message on the wall while watching the DVD. They keep asking me when they can go back to The Experience and it just sad a new one isn’t going up somewhere.

41. JP - April 23, 2011

#22: I like the way the Trek shows have aged. They are a product of their time but I like the way they stand in quirky contrast to a lot of what comes out today. Fashion is cyclical. Today’s “dated” is tomorrow’s “retro chic”.

42. Steve - April 23, 2011

@#7 – Red Dead, with all due respect, as someone who worked there at the beginning and who had friends working there right up to the end, you don’t know what you’re talking about. The Experience always operated in the black and in just the first couple of years made almost all of its start up costs back. So much so, in fact, that they added the Borg Invasion in 2004.

Still, I agree that the Roddenberry/Berman era of Trek may have passed (would that it were not so) and any new Trek Experience will likely build on the Abramsverse.

43. VulcanFilmCritic - April 23, 2011

The problem with “Star Trek,” with ALL of the Star Trek franchises is that they are products of their own time. TOS grows out of the technology of the 1960’s, TNG, the 1980’s and so on.
The future has a way of catching up to even the best sci-fi and making it obsolete, or at the very least, an alternate view of what the future might have been.
Even the new movie is no longer a view of the future but a somewhat hip view of a television series from the 1960’s.
The real future, the real Starfleet is in it’s infancy, and is happening RIGHT NOW. The FAA has recently granted the first commercial astronaut license and Richard Branson is going ahead with plans for his space port to house Virgin Galactic, in Texas, I think. He is also building the airline of the future headquartered in *gasp* SAN FRANCISCO!!!

When I read this:

http://www.virgingalactic.com/news/item/virgin-america-unveils-its-next-generation-new-sfo-home-toasts-the-evolution-of-flight-with-virgi/

I could not believe my eyes! So this is how it happened. This is how Starfleet came to be located in San Francisco.
OH MY GOD! STAR TREK IS REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anything the “imagineers” at Disney might concoct for a Star Trek Experience would look faded and dated compared to the real Star Trek.

Man, when Virgin Galactic goes public, I’m buying a few shares. I bet the annual shareholder’s meeting will be a blast!

44. April Hebert - April 23, 2011

Hi everyone! On behalf of all the former actors and employees at Star Trek:the Experience, thanks for all your kind words about the Experience. We all miss it too. Deep in my heart, however, I knew that when it was gone, it would never return. That’s why, every day at work, I would look around and think to myself, “You are so lucky. Remember this moment.” Now I have all those wonderful moments forever burned into my brain, my heart and my soul. Those moments were largely due to people like you, who made my job so much fun.

By the way, I have to respond to Red Dead Ryan–ST:TE did not lose millions of dollars during its lifetime. It originally cost around 70 million to build and open; it made that back within the first 18 months of its existence. At no time did it ever run in the red; it was always a moneymaker (first for Paramount, then for Cedar Fair after it was sold). In fact, after it was shut down, Cedar Fair’s profits took a dive! Of course the timing of the closure coincided with the recession; yet it was still surprising to find out just how much of their business was driven by the Experience! Same thing with the Hilton; they thought that they would quickly find something to fill that space, yet it still stands empty (a monument to foolish business decisions, if you ask me). To those of you who say it needed updating, I totally agree; but it was a very viable business and would have remained so for many years.

Oh, and yes, Dayton Ward is right–if Darren is working at McMullen’s he will hook you up with a Warp Core Breach!!!! So all is not lost…;)

45. Kirk, James T. - April 23, 2011

I didn’t understand it in the first place, it seemed very 90’s for it’s time. What Star Trek needs isn’t a theme-park or experience type venue but a ride that captures the imagination and idea of Star Trek dotted around the globe at major established theme-parks.

The legacy Star Trek has left behind it and has infront of it is bigger than an experience in the middle of a desert within a city notorious for it’s complete juxtaposition to Star Trek’s message.

Why some people are against JJ Abrams touching Star Trek and for this abomination of an experience is beyond me. Let it die.

46. vlarg - April 23, 2011

hey that’s me in that pic.

47. Red Dead Ryan - April 23, 2011

42 & 44.
…………

Well, with all due respect to you two, I would have to think the reason why the Experience got shut down was because the owners of the Hilton were losing money. It almost always comes down to the bottom line: money and profit. The Hilton was most likely not seeing it. I’m gathering that it did earn profits for the first few years, but by the time “Enterprise” got canned, attendance had plummeted dramatically. The addition of the Borg ride was probably a decision based on desperation. It clearly didn’t work because fewer people were going afterwards. Cedar Fair’s shares took a dive because it had associated itself with a theme exhibit, which doesn’t pay much dividends to shareholders. I’m guessing that Cedar Fair had been losing shares even before the closure. If Cedar Fair had to do it all over again, they wouldn’t have invested in the Experience in the first place.

The problem with theme exhibitions and parks is, that they depend on the economy and tourism. When both are down, these enterprises are in big trouble. It’s happened to Disneyland and Disneyworld. Six Flags downsized as well. And those “businesses” cater to a larger base of customers. They have broader appeal. And they still lose money quite frequently. Disney can keep it’s parks open because they are in more family-friendly locations as opposed to the Experience being in an adult-oriented city. Disney also has sponsorship deals with various companies that help pay for the costs of operations, the Experience, I would presume, did not.

48. Jim Nightshade - April 23, 2011

Not true Red Dead Ryan….It is probably true technically that the Hilton did not make much money on the Trek Experience because they were leasing the space from the Hilton at a very cheap rate for those ten years….this is probably why it was easily able to make a profit….Now if what I remember is correct technically no one closed down the experience, Hilton just made the new lease something like 3 times as much as it was originally making it so it would not have been profitable for the Experience to continue….

Thanks to the wonderful Ms. April Hebert for checking in and saying hi…she helped to bring many of us wonderful memories and experiences from visitng her and the whole crew at the experience…She says that we helped to make her memories great and likewise she and many others like her were the ones that made Star Trek the Experience the wonderful attraction it was….without them it would not have been the same….So thinking about it, if there was an attraction at say Disneyland or Orlando, without dedicated actors and staff helping to make the attraction three dimensional I doubt the experience would be as good as it was in Vegas…

James t Kirk, calling the experience an abomination??? Rather strong words for something that brought so much joy to so many families….and many of us who loved the attraction wish it were back….not much of an abomination if ya ask me….maybe you should watch the video saying goodbye to the experience on the Next Generation movies collection…you will see the dedication and love both actors like april had and the many fans like us who loved it so much….Saying goodbye to April two weeks before it closed was tough….any new attraction would need to have that level of actor/staff involvement which truly made it live…without it then it is just a simularo ride or attraction…Not the same….Thanks again to April and the many staff and actors that made the experience the closest most of us will ever get to the Trek Universe….that is NOT a small thing….Aprils love of the experience and Trek in general helped her enthusiasm transfer to those of us who interacted with her and the others….it was MAGIC….

49. Crazy Trekker - April 23, 2011

SPAIN?! WTF???!!!

50. Phil - April 23, 2011

Hardly an abomination, but if you saw it once there really wasn’t much of a need to see it twice.

51. Steve - April 23, 2011

Red Dead, you’re simply incorrect. All of your speculations fly in the face of the actual facts. April, who worked there from beginning to end, has laid out the actual reality of the situation and Jim very nicely added the bit about the Hilton’s position. Yes, attendence has plummeted and the recession would have probably killed it in any event, but the place was making money for everyone right up until the end. The only reason it did not continue is that the three corporations involved, CBS, Resorts International, and Cedar Fair, could not come to terms on a lease renewal. The. End.

52. Jvzilen - April 23, 2011

Ive seen it asked for.. here are the recipes for the drinks from Quarks
http://uglycouchshow.com/quarks-bar-drinks/

53. John from Cincinnati - April 23, 2011

Spain?

I’ll pass.

54. VulcanFilmCritic - April 23, 2011

is something more ominous going on here? Does CBS/Paramount want to distance itself from the Star Trek image (which I might add has become a little tarnished)?

55. Adam - April 23, 2011

If it is a financial funding issue, I think CBS should talk to Disney and try and get something going there. I mean Disney has Star Tours along with Star Wars Weekends. I would love to see a Star Trek attraction at Disney…at least. I don’t know how spain ended up with it lol.

56. Red Dead Ryan - April 23, 2011

The other problem with the Experience was that it ignored “The Original Series”. It was all TNG, DS9, and VOY. That alone eliminated a huge portion of the potential customer base right off the bat. Should have had at least a replica of the TOS bridge. I enjoyed all of the spin-offs, but ignoring TOS was like doing a James Bond exhibition and leaving out the Sean Connery movies, or a “Star Wars” show forgetting about “A New Hope”.

By the way, I would have gone to the Experience but I just couldn’t afford it.
A real shame.

57. Jim Nightshade - April 23, 2011

Tos wasnt quite ignored….the museum part had as many if not more props and costumes from tos and the tos movies as tng etc….it was a history of the future museum and treated tos s part of the timelime with all the respect it deserved…but the attractions were set in the tng era of course…possibly adding a 3rd one that lets you time travel to th epast to see a tos bridge could have been done….but when it was made TNG and the other series were all going big….quite a few menu items in quarks had tos names as well….and of course the shops had more tos stuff than anything else….

58. Bucky - April 23, 2011

I was in Vegas almost a year ago, Hard Rock Hotel, and they were selling a huge chunk of Trek props and costumes. Surplus from Star Trek the Experience?

59. April Hebert - April 24, 2011

Yeah, we asked for a TOS bridge but never got one; Paramount would send those components around with the “Word Tour.” I have my picture taken in the captain’s chair when we worked the LA County Fair in ’98. That bridge would have been a big hit in Vegas. Gotta say Shatner pretty much ignored us due to the fact that the Experience wasn’t particularly focused on him. He only came there once or twice to film some stuff for Trek specials (40th anniversary, etc.). But Majel used to hang out there a lot; she was full of awesome. Voyager actors liked us too–Tim Russ, Garrett Wang, Robert Picardo, Suzie Plakson spent some time there. Picardo refers to the Borg Invasion as “his theme park ride.” Love it!
I’m getting nostalgic; even though I’ve moved on and am very happy being a tenure-track college instructor, it still hits me. Every once in a while, I imagine myself standing up in the museum overlooking Quark’s, gazing up at the beautiful ships. I miss my ships……
Okay, I’m better now. Thanks for listening.;)

60. Phil - April 24, 2011

@59 Gotta say Shatner pretty much ignored us….

So, that’s not particulary suprising to hear, now…..

61. Jim Nightshade - April 24, 2011

Haha April–great reminiscing-bet u could write a heckuva book bout yer experiences gal–sheri n meself still miss ya but very glad u r happy teaching n all–u were such a great tour guide n actress bet ur a great teacher too–

62. JP Saylor - April 25, 2011

Oh yeah, like we’re going to fork out the money to go to Spain to hear “Larga vida y prosperidad”.

Get real paramount.

Consider this an official Middle finger from me.

63. Anthony Thompson - April 25, 2011

Why not go to Spain? It’s wonderful! People who diss it probably rarely leave their trailer parks.

64. Lt. Bailey - April 25, 2011

The fact that STTE did not focus on TOS or have anything TOS related other than the Museum props & Time Line does not bother me at all and I happen to love TOS as I grew up watching that show from 1966 on.

So STTE centered on TNG/DS9/VOY is fine with me. Otherwise we may not have had Quarks and the huge variety of food and drinks to enjoy. But the biggest reason was to have the wonderful actors such as April (My favorite Andorian!!) Vernon, Tom, Richard, etc to converse with. TOS themed STTE would not have had that kind of cast of characters or maybe it would have. Putting it in the TNG gave us fans the best bang for our buck. I know of some people who were upset (and rightly so) that it did not have anything ENT related and I love that show too but it did not stop me from enjoying STTE.

My wife and I have great friendships because of that STTE with the former actors and employees. I am so grateful to know them out of character but I really miss them in character. If we lived in Las Vegas when STTE was there, we would have been there once a week. Enjoying the food and St movies/TV shows playing on the screens above the bar.

Regardless of current status, I believe or I will always choose to believe that there will be some thing like STTE for us all in the future.

65. Eric - April 25, 2011

The Experience had to go. I’ve detailed why before. And although Vegas has been *extremely* good to Star Trek over the past few years the identity of the city today is not conducive to a Trek-themed exhibit.

When The Experience opened Las Vegas was building unique, themed environments up and down the Strip. Egypt, Paris, Arabia and Venice all snuggled next to each other as, respectively, the Luxor, Paris, The Aladin and the Venetian. Star Trek fit well against these other compartmental worlds.

In the last few years things have become much more generic and typical. The Wynn, the Palms, M and even the massive City Center don’t promote any sort of escapist theme other than “hey–we’re Las Vegas.” combine this with Trek’s wane in mainstream popularity and…well…itvdoesn’t surprise me that the Experience is done and buried.

What would it take for ST:TE to return? A new, soaring and ongoing level of franchise popularity and commercial appeal. In the meantime there’s always the very enjoyable and very big convention in August (this year at the Rio!)

66. Eric - April 25, 2011

BTW, I was down at the Hilton the other day, walking around. They’ve done some more re-modeling at the former ST:TE site. You have to really look to see the old remnants now. Really sad.. (but it had to go).

67. Matt Jurek - April 26, 2011

It saddens me that the experience closed, I enjoyed it when it was open. I still get chills when I think about the dark room then appearing on the enterprise transport pad.

68. Eric S - April 27, 2011

Wasn’t that awesome? I loved to bring friends to it.

That moment when the lights blinked out…the flash of lights…a burst of air…and then Boom!! Suddenly on the transporter pad. How did they do that, anyways??

Oh–and I can still *feel* that rush of momentum when the shuttle would suddenly jump up and hurtle through the shuttle bay, out into that beautiful expanse of green cosmos!

Ya know…has anyone thought of doing a unified fan campaign to bring it back?

69. Steve - April 27, 2011

CBS knows the fans want it back. It’s simply a question of who to partner with on it and where. When those stars align, some form of it will return.

70. John - May 22, 2011

My boys just finished watching all the Voyager Series. I think they caught the bug and want to see all of the others including the original one. We found out about the “Experience” from watching one of the “Extra” commentaries on one of the DVD disk. We did a search only to find out it closed in 2008. Too bad for the boys. They were bummed.

Star Trek is fun stuff. I hope it comes back.

71. Warbirdguy - May 29, 2011

Steve, I like your positive thinking. I too hope and believe that STTE will return. But that isn’t going to happen until the financial problem ends. Hope remains eternal.

Remember…..

CBS:We remain committed to creating a new Star Trek attraction for fans to enjoy and will continue to pursue opportunities in Las Vegas and elsewhere.

72. Chuck G. - June 5, 2011

I truly miss the ST:E. Perhaps it’s time had passed, but I still loved it. Indeed, going to Quark’s was mandatory on any Vegas outing.

Though I wonder just how “past” it was. Not as if that gaping hole at the Hilton is earning them any money…

Certainly a questionable business decision. As a buddy of mine put it, “Why would I go to the Hilton? It has nothing to offer!” And he’s right. Apart from various headliner shows (Barry Manilow, etc. – not that I like him, but many do) the Hilton has a lot going against it, given that it is located fairly far off strip. If I want to gamble, there are plenty of varied and better places to do so. Eating? Sure, there are some neat places there, but nothing that I can’t find an equivalent on-strip or somewhere else more convenient. Shopping? Though the original excuse to boot the ST:E was to put in high end shopping, it is plain that has gone nowhere. Even if the economy had not tanked, it is doubtful that they would have taken any business away from Caesar’s, Wynn, etc. And now such high end catering is a dead end.

No, without the ST:E there is *no* compelling reason to go to the Hilton. It is to be noted that even among all of the theme places, there was nothing else quite like ST:E that gave such a tactile “I’m really *here*” sort of experience. Not even close.

I suspect the only thing keeping the Hilton afloat are conventions at the next door convention center. Without that, I have a feeling the place would have closed its doors already.

Though I doubt I will ever see anything like ST:E again, I would be overjoyed if I did. It would be nice if they would at least open up Quark’s bar… that alone would probably do quite well!

73. John Long - June 11, 2011

A new one for Spain? I’m sure it’ll be good for Star Trek fans in Spain, but what about those of us in USA?

74. Joe - June 20, 2011

I will say it now and I will say it again, One word… ORLANDO
International Drive – Build a flamboyant building to house it. Win/Win scenario.

75. Vulc4n - July 11, 2011

Eric, I have thought of a unified campaign, but I do not know whether it will make a difference or whether CBS have dug their toes in. My feeling is if Vernon Wilmer could not save the last piece of evidence being the sign, then it may be a difficult task ahead. However, I would support such an endeavour in a heartbeat, it just has to be all Star Trek fans unite and stop quibbling in the public domain about which series is best and so on. Star Trek is best full stop.

76. warbirdguy - August 7, 2011

Trying to compare Orlando to Las Vegas is like comparing Chevy with Cadillac.

77. Carls - August 19, 2011

I hope they bring back the Experience. it was amazing!! Went three times!!! Flew into Vegas just for the ride the first time!

78. Ochuta - August 20, 2011

never been there but have seen pictures on the net, I hope where ever I can go to it, in the picture it look like the people have a blast.

79. Jason - August 25, 2011

I never been to Star Trek Experience before. I was sad to hear it closed after ten years, they should try to bring it back and have an tour around the would. They should come to Raleigh, NC to the Raleigh Convention Center.

80. Jason - August 25, 2011

They should have an tour around the world.

81. Jason - August 25, 2011

I never been to Star Trek Experience before. I was sad to hear it closed after ten years, they should try to bring it back and have an tour around the world. They should come to Raleigh, NC to the Raleigh Convention Center.

82. Bill - August 29, 2011

I was very lucky to be able to go to the Convention in 2003. The first place I headed for was Star Trek: The Experience. I absolutely loved it. I ate at Quarks several times. I did the picture packages, shopped in all the stores, betweeen the convention and those stores, I bought so much stuff that I had to buy another suitcase to bring everything home in. I still have a 6 pack of Romulan Ale. I hope they do re-open somewhere here in the states. I like the idea of Orlando on International Dr, that would be a perfect spot.

83. squidelus - September 30, 2011

Felt like a kid in a candy store when my wife and I had an opportunity to do this back in ’06, Told all my trekkie friends about it since. Buddy is coming down for his 40th this year, wanted to get tix, googled = sinking feeling. How many of us got a pic standing next to that photon torpedo? I was ‘faking’ that I was paying respects to Spock for the photo, then I got misty. What the hell?! Wasn’t really an ‘attraction’, but more of a museum with great folks that worked there. It really made the future and history and imagination tangible. Would love to see it open somewhere else (at least Quarks Bar) San Francisco I am talking to you.

I will see you down to McMullan’s late October for another WCB.

I still have one of those Romulan Ales somewhere…
‘Ryker, fetch! Good boy!’

84. Ddave - February 13, 2012

Went to Vegas in 2002.

Planned on seeing the city, but ended up partying at ST: Experience every single night.

I can still taste the M Class Pizza and Romulan Ale!

Fantastic memories, and a shame it’s no longer there.

85. caffman - February 24, 2012

I still have an unopened case of Romulan ale and a bottle of blood wine!

86. Bubbles - May 7, 2012

Stayed at the Hilton in June 2004. Really enjoyed the experience. Used to have a nightcap in Quark’s bar most nights :-) Really sad to find out it no longer exists.

87. Alan8 - May 18, 2012

I went to Start Trek the Experience every time we went to Las Vegas. It was my favorite thing to do in Las Vegas!

Since it closed, I’ve stopped going to Vegas. The Experience was the most amazing entertainment experience I’ve ever seen, from the realistic sets (which made me feel like I was in the future) to the awesomely realistic and exciting shuttlecraft flight.

If they bring it back, I’d start going to Las Vegas again.

88. Chachachica - June 17, 2012

I’m with you Alan8 – been to Vegas 4 times, and every time, we visited Quark’s and The Experience – at least once! I liked being able to interact with the costumed characters, who were always brilliant. I have a little desire to return to Vegas now that my favorite attraction is gone.

And I too miss the Warp Core Breach along with the Rings of Betazed.

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