For ten years, Trekkies made their regular pilgrimages to the Las Vegas Hilton visiting the Star Trek the Experience exhibit. They would belly up to the Quarks bar and meet Borg in a 4-D ride with Captain Kathryn Janeway. True fans would spend hours checking out the exhibits and reviewing the video timelines before embarking on a time-traveling shuttle ride. But with declining attendance and increasing costs, the decision was made by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company to decommission the Experience on September 1, 2008.
Now, five months later, it has been announced that the Neonopolis, a three-story shopping center at the entrance of The Fremont Street Experience, will be the new home of Star Trek in Las Vegas. Neonopolis current tenants include the Galaxy movie theatres and Jillian’s restaurant.
The Quark-like restaurant and retail shop will hopefully be in business by the planned May 8 opening night of the latest movie in the Star Trek saga. However, the expectation is that the Star Trek museum and rides won’t be ready until 2010.