Can You Boldly Go To A Star Trek Theme Park?

Nighthawk roller coaster as seen from inside Carowinds on a partly cloudy day

No Star Trek Theme Park…Yet

Unfortunately, there isn’t a dedicated Star Trek theme park currently operating anywhere on Earth (or beyond, as far as we know). This might come as a surprise, considering the franchise’s enduring popularity. But it looks like we may have to wait a little longer for a theme park dedicated to Star Trek and its various worlds, aliens, and starships.

Trekking Through Attractions of Past and Present

Though there hasn’t been an entire Star Trek theme park, there have been a few themed attractions throughout the years.

Star Trek Adventure (1988-1996)

The Star Trek Adventure at Universal Studios was a short-lived attraction that ran from 1988 to 1994 at Universal Studios Hollywood and 1991 to 1996 at Universal Studios Florida. It used a combination of pre-recorded footage featuring iconic Star Trek actors like William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, and live-action participation from park guests. Guests would be selected to play roles in a Star Trek story filmed on a soundstage, creating a personalized and interactive experience.

Star Trek: The Experience (1998-2008)

Star Trek: The Experience, located at the Las Vegas Hilton (now Westgate Las Vegas), was a beloved attraction open from 1998 to 2008. It offered a fully immersive Star Trek adventure, complete with themed areas, interactive exhibits, and even a thrilling motion simulator ride where guests could join the crew of the Enterprise on a daring mission.

BORG Assimilator (2004 – present, renamed in 2008)

Originally located at Paramount’s Great America (now California’s Great America) as the world’s first modern flying roller coater, Stealth, this ride was moved to Paramount’s Carowinds (now Carowinds) outside Charlotte, NC in 2004. There, it received a Star Trek theme related to one of the franchise’s most iconic villains: the Borg. The ride even circled a crashed Borg sphere.

When Paramount decided to sell its parks to Cedar Fair, the ride received a new name: Nighthawk. This came with the removal of all Star Trek theming. However, the ride still stands and operates today.

Star Trek: Operation Enterprise (2017 – present)

Thrill-seekers can boldly go on the Star Trek: Operation Enterprise roller coaster at Movie Park Germany. This launched coaster simulates a daring escape from a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, complete with themed music and visuals. The queue line even passes through the bridge of the Enterprise D! It’s not a full park, but it’s a fun way to get your adrenaline pumping!

Looking to the Future

Rumors have been swirling about the upcoming Paramount Park Kunming in China. This massive park is slated to open sometime in the next few years and might include a “Star Trek” themed area called “The Final Frontier.” While details are scarce, the possibility has Trekkies worldwide eagerly awaiting official confirmation.

Dreaming Up the Ultimate Star Trek Theme Park

But Why Isn’t There A Star Trek Theme Park?

So why haven’t we seen a dedicated Star Trek theme park emerge yet? There could be a few reasons. Licensing issues might be a hurdle, with CBS and Paramount needing to find the right partner to develop and manage such a project. Perhaps the focus within the Star Trek franchise has been on television series and movies, leaving theme park development on the back burner. We all know streaming has been a hot topic as of late.

Status: There’s Still Hope

So, is there a Star Trek theme park out there waiting to be discovered? Well, not yet, but that doesn’t mean we should give up hope. As fans, we have the power to keep the dream alive through our passion, creativity, and unwavering dedication.

What would you love to see at a Star Trek theme park?

Christian McIlwain

Christian has been a fan of theme parks since he was a child. He has over twenty years of experience both researching and working in the industry. He grew up visiting Kennywood Park throughout his childhood. Currently, he lives in Atlanta, GA where he frequently visits Six Flags Over Georgia and Orlando area theme parks.


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