The Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton ... ends today.
After a ten year run and some three million visitors, the attraction at the Las Vegas Hilton is closing. Rather than a lack of popularity, it appears the closure is the result of contractual term challenges between the Las Vegas Hilton and Cedar Point which owned the show.
The Star Trek Experience offered interactive rides simulating space travel and adventure, the themed restaurant Quark's, and more. The Hilton has not announced what will replace this attraction, one of the most notable themed attractions in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Hilton is a major off strip hotel that is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center (though don't think you are right next door in the usual sense because walking from the Hilton rooms to the Convention Center via the skyway or below via sidewalks is a walk of about 10 minutes even at a fairly brisk pace. The Las Vegas Convention Center is one of the world's largest facilities and even getting from one end to the other is quite a hike.
Here's the Star Trek Experience Press Release, closing the show effective today:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Monday, June 30, 2008
CONTACT: CHAD BOUTTE 702-697-8717 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE TO CONCLUDE SUCCESSFUL 11 YEAR
RUN AT LAS VEGAS HILTON
Las Vegas - Star Trek: The Experience, Las Vegas’ premier interactive attraction will
conclude its historic 11 year run at the Las Vegas Hilton on September 1, 2008.
Since 1998, millions of guests have gone boldly into the 24th century to battle Klingons,
Borg, and other hostile aliens. The original complex featured the Klingon Encounter, an
interactive adventure and ride. In 2004 Borg Invasion 4-D was introduced and the Secrets
Unveiled Backstage Tour was unveiled in 2005, making Star Trek: the Experience the
stomping grounds for fans around the galaxy.
Asked if there is any final transmission he’d like to convey from the Enterprise bridge,
Chad Boutte, Operations Manager and Director of Marketing said “Hailing frequencies
open. We’d like to thank all the fans and friends of Star Trek, whose constant and
amazing support we’ve enjoyed throughout our tenure at the Las Vegas Hilton. As we
boldly go into the futures that await, know that we take your love of Star Trek: The
Experience with us. We share the memories of time spent in the most unique place in the
Galaxy, and we carry those memories into our futures with us. Live long, and prosper.
Hailing frequencies closed.”
A digital media kit is available upon request.