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Goodbye to an old friend?

Trekwolf164

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Report this Jun. 15 2008, 8:58 pm

Hope that is true I love going to Quark's :cool:

Biggshow

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Report this Jun. 16 2008, 4:37 pm

Quote (trekker670 @ June 15 2008, 5:37 pm)
I've heard from several people that have gone and returned that have stated the employees are fairly certain they will be staying open. It is true that the contract is up and they are renegotiating now, when the media got ahold of this it spread like a wildfire. It also didnt help an old employee was spreading rumors...

I believe I may be that old employee.  If you check on the Trektoday BBS, you can see all my old threads on the subject.  We were supposed to have a decision in May but the last e-mail I got from Operations Manager, Chad Boutte, said they still hadn't heard yet.

The optimist in me wants to see that as a good sign since Cedar Fair will need some lead time to get contractors lined up to tear the place out (beginning in Oct. if the place is truly going to close).  The realist in me sees this as typical corporate foot-dragging.

Use all the contact info from that earlier post to let people know you want the place to remain open.

juise15

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Report this Jun. 16 2008, 5:53 pm

Well let me tell you of a little secret.  If you go down the strip to the mall you will see a ticket place like half price tickets or something.  The tickets are half of what you would normally pay and are legit tickets.  Heck I went 2 days in a row for what I would have paid for 1 day :) plus you can get the other packages like backstage and Admirals packs for cheap as well.

MattJC

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Report this Jun. 16 2008, 5:59 pm

Do you know where exactly that ticket place is?
It'd be great for me to save some money before the convention starts.

juise15

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Report this Jun. 16 2008, 6:38 pm

Its in the mall right outdoors.  You know where the big APPLE signs are, its there.

juise15

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Report this Jun. 16 2008, 6:39 pm

Website....http://www.tix4tonight.com/locations.html

Rockatanski

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Report this Jun. 16 2008, 9:04 pm

I just wish there was some way to dismantle the rides, and keep the bar. I know the bartenders at Quarks and they're fairly certain it'll be around a while. But of course the decision's not up to them. It'll be a sad day if the place closes. I just can't imagine what The Hilton would replace it with? They're too far off the strip to put in anything trendy. They get 13,000 guests every August just for the convention... Keeping my fingers crossed.

MattJC

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Report this Jun. 17 2008, 2:40 pm

Quote (juise15 @ June 16 2008, 6:39 pm)
Website....http://www.tix4tonight.com/locations.html

Do you know If I could get to any of these locations by monorail?

terran2200

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Report this Jun. 18 2008, 2:31 pm

Hey everyone, I haven't read all the posts on here but I get the feeling that some of you still feel as if this could be just another rumor. However, this is the first time that an official statement about this has appeared in the news. This is definitely real, the contract for Star Trek: The Experience will expire at the end of the year and unless it is renewed or another company buys the Experience and negotiates a new contract, it will close by the end of 2008.

I agree with some others who have suggested petitioning to keep it open. The Experience is the only place in the world where Gene's vision comes to life every single day. The only place where you can become a part of Star Trek and feel as if you're in an episode. Let's not let it die without a fight! If Cedar Parks sees that there is enough interest they might reconsider and keep it open... maybe even renovate it. Can you really live with yourself if you don't at least try? I couldn't. So please write in to Cedar Fairs either via e-mail or actual physical letter and let them know how you feel about Star Trek and all the good times you have had there and that you want to be able to visit for many years to come. Maybe the fans couldn't save the TV series, but perhaps we can save the Experience! You can find contact info on www.cedarfair.com take a few minutes to present your arguments, it could be the few minutes that count.

Biggshow

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Report this Jun. 18 2008, 2:43 pm

Quote (juise15 @ May 21 2008, 6:15 pm)
Bart Kinzel
General Manager; Star Trek: The Experience
bart.kinzel@paramountparks.com
(702) 697-8743
or
Chad Boutte
Operations Manager; Star Trek: The Experience
chad.boutte@paramountparks.com
(702) 697-8761

CBS Consumer Products
1700 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-315-4000
Attn: Paula Block

Las Vegas Hilton
3000 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
888.732.7117
E-mail contact is tough to find on the website (www.lvhilton.com) but it?s there.

Cedar Fair (the company that actually runs the Experience)
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Marketing Department
One Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
marketing@cedarfair.com

Hey, kids,

The contact info is on page 4 of this thread and now it's here, too.

According to Chad Boutte, Cedar Fair wants to keep the place open.  It's the Hilton and CBS Consumer Products who are on the fence.  And apparently, the local management of the Hilton would also like to keep the place open but the main office of Resorts International (yes, that's right; the Las Vegas Hilton is not run by the Hilton Corporation.  Gotta love corporate America :) ) would like to gut the place.

Give those folks some ammunition.  Call or write and let them know how much you like the place.  Be polite.  Nothing gets your missive deleted faster than some comment like "How can you people be so stupid?!"

See you at Quark's.

juise15

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Report this Jun. 18 2008, 10:19 pm

Folks I agree, please continue to visit the attraction as well as write letters of concern.  I think we are at a pivotal point in this campaign as there was a Trekmovie article concerning the Experience and the apparent need to keep it open.

MattJC

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Report this Jun. 19 2008, 2:50 am

Someone mentioned over at the Trekmovie article that Borg Invasion monorail car is no longer running or something to that effect. Can anyone confirm this?
Biggshow?

KosherCoder

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Report this Jun. 19 2008, 12:15 pm

I was there 2 weeks ago. The borg monorail is indeed gone. :(
However, the Experience itself remains well staffed and well attended. My next visit is in 3 weeks. :)

trekker670

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Report this Jun. 21 2008, 6:26 pm

I doubt this really means anything, but the security certificate for the startrekexp.com expired today at 1:25pm

Robin_Lefler

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Report this Jul. 01 2008, 2:42 am

I just got the below in an email from Chad Boutte, Operations Manager and Director of Marketing @ ST Exp.

This is very sad news for all Star Trek fans.  However, it is not closing until 9/1/2008, so maybe if everyone started sending in emails, letters, calls we could still change their minds (see above for contacts).  I know some will say it is futile and why bother, but if we don't make our voices heard then what kind of Star Trek fans are we ??

The below came from Chad Boutte @ ST EXP:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: Monday, June 30, 2008
CONTACT: CHAD BOUTTE 702-697-8717     chad.boutte@paramountparks.com
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.¿

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