Las Vegas loses top Star Trek attraction

By John Freeman

Not even the upcoming eleventh Star Trek film could sway the “powers that be” from closing the doors on what has been known as Star Trek “Mecca”. TrekMovie has now posted two reports noting the passing of the Star Trek: The Experience, located in the Las Vegas Hilton, will close its doors in September.

A decline in sales along with diminished talks between Experience runners Cedar Fair and the Las Vegas Hilton has apparently brought about the conclusion of the attraction.

Since its inception eleven years ago, the Star Trek: The Experience has served as the venue for the annual Star Trek convention organised by Creation Entertainment, with fans travelling from all around the planet to attend. Forty years of Star Trek history has also been on exhibit in the form of Film and TV props, costumes and memorabilia, as well as themed bars and restaurants for visitors to appreciate.

Little is known as to what will happen to the physical sets, however, props and other authentic memorabilia will be returned to CBS.

Despite this bad news, a campaign has begun to find a new home for the attraction still to be located in Las Vegas, so for Star Trek fans there remains a glimmer of hope, while Wired magazine reports that CBS/Paramount statements indicate the search is on for the Experience’s new home. In a statement to TrekMovie.com, CBS said “We’re extremely proud of the 10-year run Star Trek The Experience had in Las Vegas. We’re currently exploring several options to continue The Experience for the public to enjoy for years to come.”

The entire Star Trek attraction closes permanently on 1 September 2008. Until then it’s open daily from 11.30 – 8.30 p.m. Weekend closing times may vary. The retail shop is open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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