Par delays opening of Las Vegas ‘Trek’

LAS VEGAS — Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Parks unit said the opening of its $70 million “Star Trek: The Experience” attraction at the Las Vegas Hilton is being delayed again because of technical problems.

The attraction, featuring a motion-simulator voyage, state-of-the-art computer games, retail shops and a “Star Trek”-themed restaurant and lounge, should open by year-end, Paramount’s Susan Lomax said.

The project’s complexity had prompted the scheduled spring opening to be pushed back to summer as L.A.-based Landmark Entertainment Group, Technifex and the Paramount Studio Group worked to meet the creative demands of longtime “Star Trek” producer Rick Berman and designer Herman Zimmerman.

The main attraction is a 22-minute experience in which customers pass through an exhibit area featuring “Star Trek” memorabilia, then are “beamed up” to the bridge of the Starship Enterprise for a briefing from crew members before embarking on a simulated journey through the “Star Trek” universe aboard a motion simulator.

“The technology needed to make this work is a lot different from what worked for the TV show and the movies,” Lomax said. “You don’t have the advantage of retakes.”

Hilton’s Tim Chanaud said Paramount and the hotel-casino will split construction costs and profits from the attraction.

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