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TrekToday August 29 2008 04:50 AM

'Star Trek: The Experience' To Close With Ceremony
Monday, September 1st, marks the last day of the Las Vegas Hilton-based <i>Star Trek: The Experience</i>, but it is not going quietly into the night. <p>As reported by <A class="link" HREF=""></A>, more details have emerged regarding the final day of <i>Star Trek: The Experience</i>. A press release from the marketing director of the attraction explained how the fan favorite attraction would end its Las Vegas run and gave a "Star Trekkian" reason for the closure. "The central premise of 'Star Trek: The Experience' is that alien researchers and scientists, along with their necessary support staff and materiel were transported via a 'temporal rift' from the late 24th century to present–day Las Vegas to study and interact with the various cultures of 21st century Earth," said the release. "The rift, however, has recently grown unstable therefore the 'Time Station' must be abandoned."<p>The attraction will close after a "decommissioning ceremony" which will begin at 10:00 P.M. on September 1st. The public will be in attendance, as well as VIPs. The VIPs will attend an invitation-only reception to be held at Quark's Restaurant and Bar after the ceremony.<p>The decommissioning ceremony is to be modeled after an actual U.S. Naval vessel decommissioning. According to the press release, "Extensive research was done to assure the ceremony, which rings down the curtain on the seventy-nine million dollar, 65,000 square foot complex, will follow the actual procedure for decommissioning a U.S. Navy vessel as closely as possible."<p>According to <font color=yellow>Chad Boutte</font>, marketing director for <i>Star Trek: The Experience</i>, "In keeping with over forty plus years of established 'Star Trek' themes of exploration and cooperation, we felt the pride in being a part of that legacy should be reflected in a dignified but joyful leave-taking. Although we wish we could do so much more, our fans and friends expect nothing less. Since the June announcement of our closure, we've received tens of thousands of e-mails and messages of support. The outpouring of affection is just overwhelming, and is visible as our 'Wall of Memories,' just inside the attraction. We hope that everyone who has ever felt or wanted to be a part of our 'Star Trek' family will join us on September 1st to help celebrate over ten years of one of the most thrilling interactive attractions ever conceived."<p>Five lucky (and deep-pocketed) fans will be able to become one of those VIPs. <i>Star Trek: The Experience</i> is auctioning VIP tickets on <A class="link" HREF="">Ebay</A>. According to the description of the auction, "The Final VIP show will consist of twenty-seven guests who will travel to the 24th Century to experience Borg Invasion 4-D and Klingon Encounter as they conclude their ten year mission. In addition to being part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you will also be seated in the exclusive VIP seats for the Decommissioning Ceremony, receive a special commemorative item, and be invited to attend the private staff party after the ceremony." Bidding for the VIP tickets ends Sunday afternoon.<p>To read more, head to the article located <A class="link" HREF="">here</A>.<center></center>

Cmndr J Crichton August 29 2008 06:21 AM

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Farewell The Experience. The greatest attraction ever created. I still think this is pre-mature. Imagine the new movie comes out, and it's a suprise smash? All those fans wanting to re-visit the Experience, all that income will be gone. They should've updated Klingon Encounter instead of building a whole new attraction. Mabey converting that second bridge to another ride section to expand the lines. That was always the favorite attraction anyway. Or, instead of MORE of the 24th century, what if they made a TOS bridge simulator? There was hardly anything representing that era. If it were a true time rift, wouldn't there be Classic TOS officers walking around?

Pioneer August 29 2008 10:59 AM

Re: 'Star Trek: The Experience' To Close With Ceremony
I never got to "experience" it. :(

USS Intrepid August 29 2008 04:44 PM

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Truly sorry to see it go. My wife and I first visited on our honeymoon in 2005, and we've been back twice since. I wish we could have made one more trip.

The folks who work at the Experience do such a great job at making the place fun. It's a crying shame to see them lose their jobs.

captaintish August 30 2008 07:25 PM

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I don't think the Hilton cares about the money they can make from the new movie. It's all about image to them. Vegas is moving toward a more adult-oriented theme, and Star Trek is just too family-friendly for them. Well, fine, the Hilton can say goodbye to our fannish, geek money and we'll just take our conventions elsewhere.

number6 August 30 2008 11:01 PM

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I'm sure they'll make more money with a few more casino games and their upcoming Michael Jackson Theatre. That'll be a great attraction to take the kids to.

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