30 August 2008

Star Trek the Experience RIP

After ten years at the Las Vegas Hilton, Star Trek: The Experience is closing down. Click the title link to see an AP slideshow of this attraction, which was a breakthrough in experience design. I had the pleasure of profiling this attraction when it opened, for Live Design Magazine (back when it was Entertainment Design mag) but alas, haven't been able to find a link to it.

In 1998, Star Trek: The Experience was honored by the Themed Entertainment Association, with an Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 5th Annual Thea Awards.

According to this Aug 30 story in the Los Angeles Times, Cedar Fair, owner of the attraction, and the Las Vegas Hilton, could not agree on terms for a new lease.

IPM Magazine profiled the Borg Invasion 4D theater that was added in 2004, in its 4D Theater Showcase, published last year.

Here is the official press release announcing the end of the "10 year mission."