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A Look Back at Star Trek: The Experience at the LV Hilton

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by lithium78, Apr 8, 2016.

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  1. lithium78

    lithium78 High-Roller

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    On my first trip to Vegas in 2007, I spent an entire day enjoying Star Trek: The Experience at the Hilton. As a lifelong Star Trek fan, it was absolutely amazing. It really made you feel like you were a character in Star Trek. We went on both rides, got drunk at Quark's Bar on Deep Space Nine, shopped on the Promenade, had photos taken on the bridge of the Enterprise and in a Borg alcove, interacted with costumed character actors, took a backstage tour to see how everything worked, visited the Museum of the Future to see all the Star Trek costumes and props, etc. The place closed down in 2008 during the Recession and I wish it would return now that Star Trek is becoming a lot more popular again.

    I found videos of the rides. They look really outdated now since technology has changed so much, but still so much fun:
    [video=youtube;qi5DFCa8SRw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi5DFCa8SRw[/video]
     
  2. lithium78

    lithium78 High-Roller

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    [video=youtube;N5Or83fcDbo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5Or83fcDbo[/video]
     
  3. wormhole

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    I have fond memories of doing the whole show there. I've been a Star Trek fan since I discovered the original series at the age of 13 (it was in its last season).

    My first visit to Star Trek: The Experience included a meal at Quark's bar. One of the waiters was dressed as a Bajoran. He told a story about buying a bootleg holodeck program from a Ferengi. It had a very amorous Klingon female in it (their love making is very rough, bruised and cracked ribs are common). He found out the hard way that all of the safety protocols had been disabled. Myself and the woman across the aisle from me must of had the same mental image of this waiter getting the ride of his life because we both busted out laughing.
     
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    We are not even ST fans but we stayed there for 2 nites during our 2nd trip to LV. We really enjoyed that part of the casino and would stay for hours. The atmosphere was great & the slot always active.
     
  5. ken2v

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    Vegas needs that type of camp. The old-style Treasure Island, Mirage being a tropical oasis. Don't get me wrong, I love Vdara and hotels of that ilk, but can't we have some silly fun still?
     
  6. lithium78

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    Yeah, the silly fun stuff is what I think of when I remember the old Vegas of my youth. You would have a great time going on rides, checking out free attractions, and going to stuff like Star Trek: The Experience during the day and then gamble and drink all night. Now I guess you are supposed to pay $800 for a $20 bottle of sub-par vodka and sit around at the pool during the day and then gamble all night at games with much worse odds and payouts. Still fun, but less so.

    Anybody remember the goofy Obelisk ride at the Luxor from back in the day? This was back when the Luxor really embraced the Egyptian theme.

    [video=youtube;QveqcOj_PEM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QveqcOj_PEM[/video]
     
  7. UKFanatic

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    I agree. That's the Vegas I remember when I first started going there. And even then, GhostBar and its ilk were running the themed, campy stuff out of town. There's is room in Vegas for camp, theming, and vibe. I am going to start a petition to bring back the talking camels at Luxor!
     
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    Not a Star Trek fan but that looks so fun! I have fond memories of the Nile river boat ride at the Luxor. Still having trouble accepting the fact that they de-themed a giant goddamn pyramid with Sphinx.
     
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    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    Or the submarine sticking out of the side of Fashion Show.
     
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  11. lithium78

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    LOL! I remember seeing that skit when I was a kid. So funny!

    Things have changed a lot though, when it comes to geeky stuff like Star Trek. Fans these days generally aren't the stereotypical overweight losers who live in their parents' basements. I go to a lot of Star Trek and comic book conventions and most of the fans I come across look more like this:

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    Or this:

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    Guess that's what happens when the stigma of being a "nerd" is removed from the equation. The last two Star Trek movies made a combined $852,000,000. Anybody who built a new Star Trek: The Experience would make a ton of money.
     
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    Thanks for the vids. As a huge long time ST fan they were much appreciated!
     
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    A group us down for golf went over to the LVH intending to check out the casino and bar. When we walked in they were giving out coups for a $5 ride, so we jumped. The casino was nothing, the bar was so so, but the ride was great. I went back a year later and was talked on to the ride by newbies and the ride had lost it's luster for me. It was enjoyable, but not the same.

    Good Luck!
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    Not sure but I thought when they closed the owners were going to store the pieces of the STE and they were looking at opening up somewhere else (like neonopolis). Guess that never happened.

    I did enjoy visiting the place and taking pictures. Funny because once when I was there they had a star trek wedding, the party including bride and groom all dressed in star fleet uniforms and I think they paid to get married on the bridge of the enterprise (they had notices that the bridge area was closed for a private party).

    I thought the men's bathrooms were interesting, all metal looking (even the urinals) and space age type (for the time).

    When they were closing I picked up a lot of memorabilia, hmmm, wonder where I put them all.

    The problem was that vegas was going through a "de theming" and so they were getting away from the theme stuff like luxor and star trek. But as with all shows, it was busy in the beginning but near the end it wasn't busy enough to stay afloat to pay the bills.

    By the way, this year is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. They will be having a convention in August at Rio. Too bad many of the cast have passed away so we will never see them in person again; Spock, Scotty, Bones all gone. We can see Sulu in his chalupa commercials, har har.

    EDITED: Before you start planning your August trip for the Star Trek convention, I just checked the web site, all tickets seem to be sold out so you may (or may not) be out of luck if you want to attend the convention. Wouldn't be surprised if scalpers bought up all the tickets so they can sell them at ungodly prices.
     
  15. lithium78

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    I'm actually going to be in town that week, but tickets for the convention were so expensive that I decided to pass this year. I will see a Star Trek 50th Anniversary panel at Atlantic City Boardwalk Con in May that is being hosted by Rod Roddenberry, the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Also, Edward James Olmos from Battlestar Galactica is going to be there, which should be pretty cool.
     
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    15 credits to whoever has video of the Luxor Nile River ride.
     
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    Agreed! I still remember my first stay at MGM Grand and playing slots next to Dorothy and Toto. Loved it!
     
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    If TI can do the Avengers experience, I don't see why someone can't revive the Star Trek Experience, even if it's just done in a way to display the memorabilia. The new movies have done well and have touched off a full fledged revival. With the studios needing to promote new movies and a new TV show, they should be able to make this a win-win.
     
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    No video, but my brother and I got lost in the bowels of the newly opened Luxor trying to find a way onto the Inclinators. We were underneath the Nile river ride and followed its course until we reached the loading dock. I loved the movie ride trilogy and the Egyptian themed Sigma Derby.
     
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    The Hilton had a big million dollar yearly blackjack tournament years ago that I played in 3 times. Free rooms were part of the entry fee so I spent a little time at the Hilton during those years. I was never a Trekkie but I did watch the show regularly and enjoyed it. I had a blast at the Star Trek Experience and played around in there all three years I played the tournaments. It was cool on so many levels.
     
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