My first vacation with Sarah we went to Las Vegas for a long weekend. Sarah was excited about the shows and the gambling, but all I cared about was going to the STAR TREK EXPERIENCE! My inner Trekkie was very excited, and it’s a credit to Sarah that she stuck with me after watching the extreme geek-out when I saw a guy in a Borg outfit. Sadly, the Star Trek Experience is no longer in Las Vegas, but don’t worry, the King of Jordan has us all covered.
It turns out that King Abdullah II of Jordan is a huge “Star Trek” fan. (When he was prince, he had a nonspeaking role in “Star Trek: Voyager.”)
The king, through his King Abdullah II Fund for Development, is the main local investor of the $1.5 billion project, according to The National, an Abu Dhabi-based newspaper.
The Red Sea Astrarium, the planned 184-acre entertainment resort, will feature a “’Star Trek’-themed center that will deliver a variety of multi-sensory futuristic experiences, culminating with a state-of-the art space-flight adventure that takes real-time immersive entertainment experiences to bold new heights,” according to the developer, Rubicon Group Holding.
It’s not scheduled to open until at least 2013, but I know where my big vacation will be that year! Now, here’s the big question: will this be solely Enterprise-based, or is the King open to showcasing Deep Space 9 and Voyager? And most importantly, did he enjoy the reboot movie, or is he a “Shatner or Bust” Trekkie? So many questions, so few answers.
Yesterday, I would never have believed the King of Jordan and I had much in common, but apparently, we do! Maybe if I ask nicely he’ll join me for my “Star Trek” rewatch on Netflix?