“All good things must come to an end.”
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.
Well that kinda sucks, but I suppose it was bound to happen. Even I’m a little weary of the faux-constancy of Star Trek. I love watching the shows and the reruns, but an exhibit that can’t really progress and is “off the strip” was doomed to eventually become unprofitable, and even the in-costume Ferengi there would tell you there’s no point in that!
I went to STTE on my first ever trip to Vegas. Sean had a room with a free bed, so I figured why not? It was a great trip, I won quite a bit of money and we really did paint the town. One thing I had to do was visit the Hilton for the exhibit, of course, and we did have a ball. Going through the ride after imbibing in the bar is a highly recommended experience as the actors seemed to appreciate our tipsy joking. I will say that being around cute actor men in ST:TNG “speedsuits” is also quite intoxicating… in a good way.
I don’t know that I’ll make it out to Vegas again before the exhibit closes, but I’m hoping that they’ll find a more permanent venue for it, they did quite a good job putting it together and it’d be a shame to strike all those sets and put the memorabilia back into storage.