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Vegas Star Trek Experience Closing Down

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the where-3-million-have-gone-before dept.

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Leebert writes "Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton is closing its doors today after the attraction owner and the hotel could not work out a renewed lease deal. In its 10-year tenure, more than 3 million people have visited the Trek themed exhibit. 'Trekkies are incensed. They've scrawled reminiscences about the exhibit on the walls inside, and they're calling Cedar Fair and the hotel to complain. But their online rumor that the space the exhibit occupies will become a theater for pop star Michael Jackson is unfounded, Sternberg said. He said nothing's decided.'"

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Wow 10 years! (3, Insightful)

Merlin42 (148225) | more than 6 years ago | (#24833905)

I had never heard of this, but then again I have never actually gone to Vegas.

Anyway, would that make this the longest running Star Trek franchise?

Re:Wow 10 years! (5, Funny)

e9th (652576) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834041)

I had never heard of this, but then again I have never actually gone to Vegas.

Neither have I. This may provide a clue as to why it's closing.

Re:Wow 10 years! (2, Funny)

Stellian (673475) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834351)

I have never actually gone to Vegas.

Neither have I. This may provide a clue as to why it's closing.

Another clue: geeks understand how probability works.

Re:Wow 10 years! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834683)

If all you're interested in is killing some time and sipping free drinks, the probability works in your favor. Sit at the nickel slots/poker in a major casino and you can get a drink every 40 minutes for as long as your $5 buy in lasts (usually a few hours). Ask for 'doubles'.

Re:Wow 10 years! (5, Interesting)

goodtim (458647) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834857)

I went to the exhibit last February with a good friend of mine (and fellow Trekkie). While I did find it to be a bit overpriced (I believe the tickets were $50.00 each), it was well worth it. The rides were entertaining, and the memorabilia very cool. However the best part by far was "Quarks Bar". I had myself more then few Warp Core Breaches [flickr.com] (complete with dry ice!). I would avoid the Romulan Ale however, it tastes like Bud Light, with blue food coloring.

Re:Wow 10 years! (1)

Rakarra (112805) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835333)

Quark's Bar was, by far, the best place in Vegas to have a party with friends.

Those Warp Core Breaches were pretty good...

Re:Wow 10 years! (1)

nickswitzer (1352967) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834061)

I had never heard of this, but then again I have never actually gone to Vegas.

Anyway, would that make this the longest running Star Trek franchise?

Well I've been to Vegas and I still didn't hear of this. The majority of the people hear about the magicians and comedians, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller. This is a niche market that seems to be declining because the age of the normal trekie is rising and subsequently declining.

Re:Wow 10 years! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834303)

This is a niche market that seems to be declining because the age of the normal trekie is rising and subsequently declining.

Wait, what? What's a "normal" trekie in this sense?

(Disclaimer: I watched the original as a kid in the sixties, but I didn't inhale.)

Re:Wow 10 years! (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834481)

Anyway, would that make this the longest running Star Trek franchise?

Not by a long shot. The first movie franchise, even if you only consider Star Trek I - VI, ran from 1978 to 1991, which is 13 years.

Re:Wow 10 years! (3, Informative)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834609)

Wow, then you've missed out. I've been there a couple times and it was great fun. The experience/ride was cool, but my favorite aspect was just the overall ambiance of the place. It truly was a Disneyland for a trek nerd.

They had a reproduction of Quark's bar where you could order exotic looking (and fairly tasty) food and drink, Klingons and Feringi walking around making comments about typical ST stuff, and all kinds of ST crap to buy. Yeah, all of it was woefully overpriced, but it IS Vegas and much better than spending an hour at a blackjack table.

I still have a couple of tribbles I bought there. Though I'm actually surprised it stayed around so long, it's a shame to see it go... a real shame.

Re:Wow 10 years! (1)

Mascot (120795) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835001)

I still have a couple of tribbles I bought there.

Me too. And it's one of the few noises my guinea pigs refuse to get used to.

It'll be strange going to Vegas and not vising it. It's become tradition on our US vacations.

Re:Wow 10 years! (1)

Idefix97 (725474) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834833)

And you never got to try out the Warp Core Breach?! You missed out! :)

poor trekkies (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24833909)

They never kissed a girl yet this is the greatest affront to their existence?

Priorities, people.

Re:poor trekkies (5, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834097)

I dare you to come down to my mother's basement and say that to my face, punk!

SciFi Museum (4, Interesting)

VoxMagis (1036530) | more than 6 years ago | (#24833911)

Seems to me a great opportunity to pack it up and move it to the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle.

Re:SciFi Museum (4, Funny)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 6 years ago | (#24833957)

I don't think it matters where it moves to.

With all the enthusiasm behind it, I'm sure it will live long and prosper.

Re:SciFi Museum (1)

bonehead (6382) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835207)

Speaking personally, it makes a great deal of difference to me where they move it to.

I enjoy Vegas. If they stay there, I'll get to visit it again.

Seattle, on the other hand, I would actually pay good money to avoid having to visit, so if they move there, it's as good as gone to me.

While it's certainly a cool exhibit, it doesn't rise to the level of something you can plan an entire vacation around.

Re:SciFi Museum (2, Funny)

magarity (164372) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834075)

You know you've been watching too much Star Trek when you casually say pack up a hotel and exhibit hall and move them to Seattle from Vegas.

Re:SciFi Museum (5, Informative)

Mitch Haile (822543) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834323)

I realize this might have been a joke, but I've been to both the SF museum in Seattle and the Star Trek Experience in Vegas.

Trust me, the SF museum in Seattle has nothing on the Star Trek Experience. No disrespect to Paul Allen; it's just the magnitude of the two isn't even close.

The Star Trek Experience was absolutely incredible--very well done, terrific actors, great museum, the rides were stellar, and Quark's bar had some kind of fish bowl alcoholic drink with dry ice--all in all, an unforgettable experience. And I say this as someone who was never very interested in Star Trek.

Re:SciFi Museum (2, Informative)

pgillan (1043668) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834555)

The drink was called the Warp Core Breach, I think. If I was in Vegas for more than a day or two, I used to try hit that place for lunch. I haven't been there for a while, but even then the whole place was starting to look pretty run down.

Re:SciFi Museum (2, Informative)

Ambiguous Puzuma (1134017) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834821)

There was another, similar drink called the Borg Sphere as well.
I was going to try one of them a couple weeks ago, but they actually closed at 1 in the morning even though the place was still packed. (Sony's Fan Faire was held in the same hotel, which contributed quite a bit to the place being full that night.)
You can see the menu for Quark's here (as a PDF):
http://www.startrekexp.com/pdf/quarks_menu.pdf [startrekexp.com]

Re:SciFi Museum (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24835023)

I wonder if anyone has ever ordered a "Sulu Toss"?

Re:SciFi Museum (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834559)

It's called the "Warp Core Breach" and it's clearly designed to be consumed by more than one person... the star trek booze version of the Vermonster.

Re:SciFi Museum (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834947)

designed to be consumed by more than one person...

Now you tell me!

Star trek? Science Fiction? (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834693)

I thought it was a skitzo soap/court drama with occasional western themed episodes?

Uh. Didn't know it existed! (1)

houbou (1097327) | more than 6 years ago | (#24833915)

I wish I would have known, I would have gone and visited! Oh well, Beam me up Scotty, there are no intelligent life form in the vicinity.

It was a lot of fun... (1)

symbolset (646467) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834127)

I liked it. With luck the props will be salvaged for some museum somewhere.

straight talk (1)

CaptainNerdCave (982411) | more than 6 years ago | (#24833925)

why can't businesses and their representatives give us the the straight story about what's happening? why all the lies? i call bs; whatever is going to happen has been planned for at least a year, maybe longer.

Re:straight talk (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834177)

maybe maybe not. they aren't lies they are half truths because the important people haven't made final judgments and decisions. Anyone who has gone through a corporate sale/merger knows this all to well, the really important decisions seem to wait until the last possible second.

My boss sold her company because she wanted to retire. Now she is planning on working part time for 3-12 months, but is unsure of what kind of part time hours she wants. it isn't for the money it is because she can't decide what she wants.

Re:straight talk (2, Informative)

FishWithAHammer (957772) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834479)

A buddy of mine is a regular there (dating one of the ST:E performers)--it has been in the works for about two years because the place just isn't making money. I gather that its marketing has hugely sucked.

It's too bad. I wanted to see it someday, and was going to go to Vegas next summer. Ah well.

Damn (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 6 years ago | (#24833937)

Got the chance to go there while visiting a friend in LV a couple years. It embarrassed the hell out of her, but I had to go.

Anyway, it's all mostly sub-Disney type rides and prop filler, but still lots of fun, shame it's shutting down.

Re:Damn (1)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834179)

My wife and I (both trekkies) have talked about going for years.

Now my only reason to ever visit Vegas is gone. Bummer ... it (ST experience) was right at the top of my places to go see :(

Re:Damn (1)

anyGould (1295481) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834201)

Went a couple years ago with the wife. The behind-the-scene tour was the best part - you get to see how the effects are done, and you get to spend some actual time in the hallways and bridge, sit in the chairs, and generally geek out at being on the closest thing to the actual -D set.

Only downer was that they didn't allow photography (and the prices for the in-house pictures were too steep to justify).

Re:Damn (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834467)

It was cheesy, but the sets where well done. I wish they had allowed more time to stroll about and admire them instead of being ushered through. The Andorian girl they had walking about in tight slutty latex was a nice touch, and of course they served alcohol at the end. IIRC one of the drinks was named the 'reactor breach'.

Re:Damn (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834719)

The CheeseBorger at the restaurant wasn't bad...and until our waiter arrived I hadn't known there are gay Klingons.

rj

Re:Damn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24835153)

You didn't know, much like english and japanese, the Klingon word for sword has other connotations too :D

P.S. Captcha was Catheter. Youch!

I cannie keep it open captain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24833943)

I doont hav tha poower

been there twice (1)

Celt (125318) | more than 6 years ago | (#24833967)

I've been to it twice over the years, both times I visited Vegas when flying over from Ireland.

Enjoyed both times and its sad to see it go :(

Re:been there twice (5, Funny)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834001)

>But their online rumor that the space the exhibit occupies will
become a theater for pop star Michael Jackson...

At least it will stay a SF/Alian theme...

Re:been there twice (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834141)

Hopefully, the Casino rules will still stand and no one under 21 will be allowed into MJ Land. Actually, as long as they keep anyone under about 14 out, they should do fine. If they do decide on the Michael Jackson Theatre, I think we should insist they add the Roman Polanski, OJ Simpson and Phil Spector Theaters in the same building. Then we can nuke the building from space. (It's the only way to be certain.)

Re:been there twice (2, Funny)

davolfman (1245316) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834459)

If you're going to bombard buildings from space you really ought to do it in Salt Lake City. The grid system makes it easy, they even give you a nice big target at the center of the coordinate system to zero your sight with.

Re:been there twice (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834541)

Then you might appreciate this:

As a former employee of Cedar Fair, L.P., let me be the first to say: Revenge is a dish best served cold.

K'plagh!

been there a few times (4, Informative)

Rick Bentley (988595) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834619)

For those who haven't seen it, it was pretty great. I went on it when it first opened on a company event (General Magic) while at a trade-show and went back on my own a couple more times over the next several years. It went something like this:

1) After you buy your ticket you get in line to get in. The line winds around a kind of museum that goes through the time-line of the Star Trek Universe. It's kinda like reading a big comic book summary of all the different shows and movies.

2) Then you get together for a shuttle simulation ride. But before you can get on the ride, while watching a safety video, you get accidentally beamed aboard the Enterprise (Next Generation vintage).

3) Then you are put on a "real" shuttle and go on a crazy ride involving battle with Klingons before you're brought back to your own time through a wormhole or whatnot.

4) After the ride you can go hang out and Quark's bar and stuff like that. At the bar there's usually at least one Klingon in character with a working knowledge of Klingon (at least the three or four things I'm geeky-enough to know). I hear more recently that there was a Borg-related ride added on as well.

Wikipedia has all the details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Experience [wikipedia.org]

Anyway, it wasn't geek nirvana but it was kinda close. I can only hope that the Genesis Planet that is Vegas produces a new better one someday...

oh well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24833987)

It was lame anyway
That weird space beer they had was like bud light with food coloring

God damn... (4, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834029)

...Ferengi bastards!

Re:God damn... (1)

pokasd (1354451) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835185)

Morn must have left. :|

It wasn't 'sub-Disney' at all (3, Informative)

mschuyler (197441) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834071)

It was on a par with Star Tours in Disneyland--better because of the costumed actors as part of the show. I enjoyed it, took both sets of adult kids to it over the years. My wife would never open her eyes in teh shuttle. "My, God. Open your eyes and experience the thrill!" The costumed Ferengi in the restaurant was great and the props and timeline were top notch. Guess there's no reason to go out of your way over to the Hilton any more. Oh, well.

Re:It wasn't 'sub-Disney' at all (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834237)

well, I hear the Paris Hilton still has an attraction at the back door...

Re:It wasn't 'sub-Disney' at all (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834373)

Paris Hilton's attraction IS her back door.

Re:It wasn't 'sub-Disney' at all (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834385)

You know, most people don't consider herpes to be an attraction.

Should close long ago. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834091)

Most Vegas attractions get 1 million plus visitors a year, so 3 mill over 10 years is really bad.

Re:Should close long ago. (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834691)

Yeah, but this was off the strip. I wouldn't be surprised if they are changing the way they do things now that the monorail goes right past the hotel.

Although I enjoyed the Vegas experience (3, Interesting)

joeflies (529536) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834133)

I found the musueum exhibit at The San Diego Air & Space Museum to be far more rewarding. I spent hours at the San Diego exhibit, looking at the detail at which items were presented. Set reproductions, models from the show, props and costumes. It was fantastic. [aerospacemuseum.org]

The vegas experience was something I walked through and felt like I was being shuffled through like cattle - there are people lining up, looking over you, and many don't even want to be there.

I hear that the San Diego exhibit was part of a much larger exhibit that was broken up - I wish I could have seen the original.

Re:Although I enjoyed the Vegas experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834343)

Oh great.

Not only I haven't seen the Vegas Star Trek Experience (it was closed due to "private event").

Now I also know I missed Air & Space museum (really, they should put leaflets in turist information centers etc. - I only knew about the zoo and the Water world).

At least the Air & Space museum didn't hurt UNTIL I LEARNED ABOUT ID THANKS TO YOU.

(I'm from Europe and I probably won't be heading to USA again any time soon)

Re:Although I enjoyed the Vegas experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834389)

Um... while the small "History of Trek" thing with its various pieces from the show is mildly interesting, it's only there to give you something to look at while you wait for The Experience. The way you compare it to the SDASM exhibit makes it sound like you missed the experience part of the Experience. Does the museum exhibit give you the opportunity to board a functioning NCC-1701-D complete with live crew and a shuttle ride? Not saying that the museum exhibit isn't worthwhile, it's just so completely different that comparing the two is ridiculous.

What did you think of the immersive adventure part of the experience, or did you not do that and just walked through Quark's and the little maze of Trek trivia and prop pieces?

Re:Although I enjoyed the Vegas experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24835043)

The San Diego show was not bad. The original bridge set is missing a number of details, like the viewer on the science station. No mention of the animated trek, and not a lot of props. Also almost nothing about Star Trek Fandom.

Re:Although I enjoyed the Vegas experience (1)

LVSlushdat (854194) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835277)

If you're into SecondLife, you (actually your avatar) can walk around a scale model Enterprise bridge, transporter room, both from the original series.. Its VERY well done... I live in Las Vegas, and only heard about the Experience closing today.. I last visited it about 5 years ago, when friends were here from out of town. They wanted to do the "ride", and at the time it was about $25 for locals, if I remember correctly.. From what I see on the current webpage, its now (or WAS) $50!!
for a flippin' 18 min ride??? No wonder it closed... I'm a pretty rabid ST fan, but there's no way in hell I'd pay $50 for an 18 min ride...

Scotty....Scotty...... (1)

TheCastro (1329551) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834137)

I guess that's why it isn't getting beamed up to somewhere else.

I'm sure enough nerds sending in 10 dollars can save it. I should start a fund.

And while I'm at it I'll hit up other religions; if you send me $9.95 God will forgive your souls.

So you guys never heard of the Star Trek experience? That really surprises me, it's pretty huge. Read "Least I Could Do" the webcomic this last week all took place there.

I went expecting... (2, Interesting)

NitroWolf (72977) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834171)

The first time I went, I was expecting something extremely cheap and stupid. I was so very pleasantly surprised by the transporter the first time. The recreation of the bridge was top notch and the surprise transport blew me away, since I was expecting something stupid.

It was definitely worth seeing and it's sad that it's closing down, since it was a pretty decent "show" for fairly cheap. The shuttle craft bit was standard motion ride fare, but otherwise the actors did a good job and Quarks bar was pretty good for ambiance and such.

Oh, did I mention the surprise transporter was excellent? :) I took a few people over the years just for that effect.

so..how DID their simulated transport work anyway? (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834611)

how did the part where they transport you work? That part always confused me! I want to know!

Re:so..how DID their simulated transport work anyw (1)

tcolberg (998885) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834791)

I went about two years ago and I will also agree that it was looking a bit run down at that point. But the museum was spectacular, especially the 15ft Galaxy-class model. And that transporter effect, it completely surprised me and I still wonder how they pulled it off.

Re:so..how DID their simulated transport work anyw (3, Interesting)

v1 (525388) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834795)

A lot of the sudden scene shift are a case of changing the lighting under the floor so the floor appears to have changed, and at the same time they drop in or drop away walls that suddenly cause the entire surrounding to change. You don't go anywhere, but everything you see moves. And they shuttle you between multiple sets while they reset the previous ones, that's why you're never in one place for too long. The lights of course go out in the brief interval where the walls are dropping.

But if you're not expecting it, it's very involving. You don't have time to question what you're seeing, which makes it so much more realistic.

The canned video conversations between picard etc and the on-set actors was fairly well done but still looked a little artificial imho.

The only part I didn't care for were the klingons trying to make idle chat with me. I know they were just doing their acting jobs but it seemed a bit corny.

Re:so..how DID their simulated transport work anyw (2, Interesting)

SpacePunk (17960) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835311)

The transporter effect was one of the few things that made me think "wow!" It was seamless, and fantasticly done. I was expecting some cheap crap, but everything was well done, and the actors were very good.

As for the Ferengi, you could tell they were having fun with the part. Kind of felt sorry for the person(s) who drew the short straw, and had to walk around as Borg. Although it would be ok if you were hung over.

Re:I went expecting... (1)

gooman (709147) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834741)

I agree. I went a few months after it opened. Overall, it was very good, not awesome, but very good. The transporter effect was excellent! Made the whole thing worth doing. Went several times since.

Too bad it's gone now. But I think it's better to have it be gone and fondly remembered, than have it become an old joke of an attraction.

That's the thing about Las Vegas, it's a very dynamic town. There's always somthing new. They don't get stuck in the past. Blow up the old, build something new. Sure they've lost some history, but that's what photographs are for.

Re:I went expecting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834813)

You didn't do it right. I went through the shuttle ride extremely hung over and of greatly unsettled stomach after an exceptionally late night. I can tell you that what may have seemed very standard and dull is absolutely terrifying when you're trying not to hurl on the person in front of you.

What's black and comes in little white cans? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24834205)

Federation boot polish.

Obligatory (3, Funny)

Zephurus (1204434) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834239)

KHAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN!

Re:Obligatory (4, Funny)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835141)

It's dead Jim.

Its a sign (3, Funny)

TRRosen (720617) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834361)

A sign that Vegas needs a entire Star Trek Themed hotel.

Quarks Casino, Shopping on the Promenade, The Risa Day Spa, The 10 forward lounge, Sulu's bath house err ahhh

Re:Its a sign (1)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834505)

And Deana Troy running around in her tights.

Re:Its a sign (2, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834811)

you can have Troi, I'll be hangin' with 7 thankyouverymuch

A nice experience for the casual fan... (5, Interesting)

Leontes (653331) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834367)

I went there once: when I was in vegas, saw both the exhibits. It was really neat to be on the bridge and the shuttle craft. I was caught pushing the buttons and was jokingly yelled at by the "Lieutenant"for messing with the gravity systems. All the star trek memorabilia was worth seeing and I had a cup of something blue in the Quark bar afterwards where I spoke with a bomber pilot (no kidding) who was a member of the Canadian air force. I'm still not sure if he was part of the exhibit. In and all, sad to see it go... Was great to read the Wil Wheaton's rememberances after attending the exhibit shortly after it opened, which is why I decided to check it out.

Re:A nice experience for the casual fan... (1)

multisync (218450) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834653)

Was great to read the Wil Wheaton's rememberances after attending the exhibit shortly after it opened, which is why I decided to check it out

Yeah, speaking of which, it's been a while since we heard from ol' you-know-who [slashdot.org] . Wonder what he thinks about this, if he does at all.

Re:A nice experience for the casual fan... (1)

JohnFluxx (413620) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834955)

Looking at his last few posts, there has been someone posting anonymously insulting him. Maybe that's why we haven't heard from him for a while?

Re:A nice experience for the casual fan... (5, Funny)

tcolberg (998885) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834939)

If this weren't closing today, I'd probably go back right now and push buttons too. If a Lt caught me, I would just claim "I'm rerouting auxiliary power". As any Trekker knows, rerouting auxiliary power is probably the most important thing in a starship battle, right after raising shields and holding on for dear life.

Well shit. (1)

Grimbleton (1034446) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834535)

My aunt (A major Trekkie) and I made plans to go next year after her last year of teaching, when she was officially retired.... ... her treat!

Available Space For Trekkies!..... (1)

IHC Navistar (967161) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834575)

I'm pretty sure Trekkies could find room for their gatherings at Bellevue.

Been There Many Times (1)

Blackjack Joe (997819) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834585)

This was always a favorite thing to do in Vegas, even if I didn't do it every trip. But knowing that it was closing, I made two trips this summer that both included visits to it.

It was more than a couple rides, it was near total immersion into the world of Star Trek. I even took the behind the scenes tour of how it all worked. Quarks Bar and Grill was a cool place to have a drink or a meal and it's unfortunate that it will be closed with the rest of the Star Trek area.

Warp Core Breach (3, Interesting)

sbillard (568017) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834613)

I, for one, am going to miss the Warp Core Breach drink at "Quarks" bar/restaurant after the show/ride.
Dry ice in a drink the size of a fishbowl! Make it *_hic_*... Make it *_hic_*... Engage.

The Klingon, Ferengi, and Borg actors made for some better than average atmosphere.

[annecdote] friend of mine knew how to speak some "klingon" and got into it with one of those staff actors at the bar. received a head butt and mock beat-down for his trouble.[/annecdote].
Good times.

Re:Warp Core Breach (5, Funny)

tgd (2822) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835057)

[annecdote] friend of mine knew how to speak some "klingon" and got into it with one of those staff actors at the bar. received a head butt and mock beat-down for his trouble.[/annecdote].

Good times.

I can't decide if I want to post a mocking reply or a "zomg, thats cool!" reply.

Tell you what, if anyone asks outside of Slashdot, I mocked your anecdote, but between you and me thats freakin' cool.

The best 'wow' moment goes with it :( (1)

ItsIllak (95786) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834723)

I've not been to Vegas since 2001 and to be honest, I'm pretty sad that I won't get to do the ST experience again. It was fantastic with one of the best 'wow' moments ever served up by any theme park ride I've ever been on.

Oh well, saves me having to go anywhere near the pit that is LV: Hilton I guess, least time spent that end of the strip the better :)

There goes that Vegas trip (1)

earthsoft (1355385) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834733)

I used to go to Vegas all the time when I lived in California (10+ years ago) and have been wanting to go visit lately to see how it's changed. My wife would go though she has mentioned she wouldn't be thrilled with going there since it doesn't seem like her type of place.

A couple of months ago she found an article somewhere that mentioned this Star Trek attraction and she started saying she wanted to go to Vegas to check it out!

Now this.

Just when I thought I caught a break. I'm sure she'll go but she probably won't enjoy it as much now.

Doing this the wrong way... (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834749)

Usually when something like this closes down, they send out a message saying "we're closing in six months".

I'm bummed I can't go to it one last time.

Just goes to show it was crappy marketing that ruined this exhibit.

Re:Doing this the wrong way... (1)

vranash (594439) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835285)

I will agree with you here. I was actually just saying 'Slashdot lets me down again.' given that a lot of the articles that've been coming up in the last couple months have been 'too little too late' affairs with things not being mentioned until AFTER they happen. Kinda sucks when it's places/things nerds might actually want to GO TO/BUY.

I actually had been to Vegas once, like 5 years ago, and had thought of going to it (except I would've been underage at the time) and had no clue where it was located. Given what a filthy disgusting place Vegas felt like, even on the trailing end of the strip (down towards the airport, nevermind a few blocks in from the strip proper!) I would never have gone back there again. However if I'd been told about this closure last week, I would've grabbed every damn cent I had, jumped in my car driven my ass 8 hours straight to Vegas, and spent every dime on me enjoying my last shot at the experience. And that's coming from someone who hasn't watched an episode of Star Trek in a good 3-4 years, and hasn't considered theirself a trekkie in a good 10 years.

Truly a sad day!

63 comments... (4, Funny)

amccaf1 (813772) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834753)

63 comments in and still no one has made an "it's dead, Jim" joke? What happened to the slashdot I used to know?!

Re:63 comments... (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834993)

What happened to the slashdot I used to know?!

It may not be dead, amccaf1, but it's not as you know it.

Re:63 comments... (1)

morcego (260031) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835341)

63 comments in and still no one has made an "it's dead, Jim" joke? What happened to the slashdot I used to know?!

We are all waiting for netcraft to confirm it ...

I was just there a few weeks before it closed (1)

kalislashdot (229144) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834761)

I was in Las Vegas for Defcon and had not been in 4 years. The wife had come along and was very excited to go to the Star Trek Experience. That is when we found out it was closing. I got to go on it one last time, and the wife got to see it before it closed. I feel we were very lucky. RIP Star Trek the Experience. I will remember you always!

Re:I was just there a few weeks before it closed (1)

vranash (594439) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835299)

Shame on you for not getting it reported for the rest of us! I haven't been to defcon in years, and given that 'authentic vegas atmosphere' wouldn't go back, but the STE closing I would've made time for.

Sad day in Trekkie land... (2, Funny)

Da Cheez (1069822) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834963)

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

Re:Sad day in Trekkie land... (1)

sizzzzlerz (714878) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835255)

I guess that's the scifi equivalent of mixed metaphors, using catch phrases from one movie for a completely different one.

Klaatu barada nikto

Cedar Fair must be in trouble. (1)

Deathlizard (115856) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834965)

First they close and sell off a good portion of Geauga lake and now their dropping Star trek.

Whats next? Sell off Cedar Point's Magnum XL200?

Make that over 2,999,999. (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 6 years ago | (#24834989)

more than 3 million people have visited the Trek themed exhibit.

Make that more than 2,999,999 - I went twice.

Calling CleverNickName! (1)

dosun88888 (265953) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835131)

Does anyone have a Wil-signal?

Fantastic time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24835149)

I had a wonderful time staying at the LV:Hilton while in Vegas. I went all-nerd and wore my uniform down to the Experience and on the second day of the weekend, a couple of the actors in Quark's Bar started up an in-character conversation with me. I played along and we had a great time. By the end of it we had a crowd of about 12 people all enjoying listening in.

it'll be fine (1)

crossmr (957846) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835167)

They'll just reverse the polarity and it'll all work out.

Wished I would have gone... (1)

shellster_dude (1261444) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835177)

I'm not exactly a trekkie, well maybe a litte, but I wish I would have gone while I was in Vegas for DEFCON. I almost went to :(.

A compromise (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 6 years ago | (#24835429)

Why don't they just program in the exhibit into a holodeck? I'm sure they could find some space for something that small.

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