TrekMovie has been reporting that Star Trek The Experience, which closed last year at the Las Vegas Hilton, is headed todowntown Las Vegas and today CBS finally confirmed the move. They are not providing many more details, but TrekMovie has done a little digging to find out what is going on with the rebirth of this Trek attraction. Plus there is an interesting new documentary online, all about the history of ST: The Experience.
Contract Confirmed for a ‘New’ Star Trek The Experience
The CBS news came today in an article at SciFiWire, where CBS Exec Vice President Liz Kalodner confirmed that a contract has been signed for a phased re-opening of Star Trek The Experience at Neonopolis in downtown Las Vegas, starting with a restaurant and shops by May 8th (the same day the Star Trek movie opens). Kolodner noted it was "premature" to talk about any details beyond confirming the contract existed.
TrekMovie has done a little digging and has learned that no construction has started on the bar/restaurant and that the former staff and cast have yet to be contacted about being rehired. However designs are in place for what is being called a ‘new’ Star Trek The Experience, which will be more technologically advanced and which also brings in more of The Original Series era (something lacking in the The Experience at the Hilton). However it is unclear if the rides (which will open later in the year or 2010) will be new or just modified versions of the previous ones at the Hilton (Borg Invasion and Klingon Encounter).
Expect those kind of details when CBS makes the official announcement. Until they do make the announcement, the dates and details reported so far should not be considered final (so don’t book those trips just yet). TrekMovie will continue to monitor the return of ST: The Experience and report things as they develop.
ST: The Experience Insider’s web documentary
Vernon Wilmer, one of the former castmembers of Star Trek The Experience at the Hilton (primary playing a Borg), has started posting twelve-part documentary covering the history of Star Trek The Experience. Today he released part one, check it out his Vimeo channel. Here is the trailer for the full series.