Fans Are Angry That Creation’s ‘Star Trek: Las Vegas’ Will Charge Extra for Next Generation Reunion Panel

Creation Entertainment’s events aren’t your typical conventions, but those who attend them are usually guaranteed a very specific experience. This is especially true for people who shell out for the con’s $849 “Captain’s Chair” or $929 “Gold” packages, which get access to exclusive events, food, and in the case of the Gold members, autographs.

Gold and Captain’s Chair tickets sold out quickly, and these attendees were led to believe that the tickets included admission to all of the con’s programming. Needless to say then, when a 30th anniversary Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion was put on the schedule, it was expected that at least those attendees would be able to attend as part of their package.

Except not so much.

When tickets initially went on sale for the TNG Reunion Panel, attendees found that even for those premium ticket holders the panel would cost extra. In fact, if Gold level ticket holders want to sit in the same seats they have reserved for every other panel, it would cost them $125 in additional fees. You can probably guess what the fan reaction has been:

There’s also quite a bit on some of the Facebook groups dedicated to the event, but as those aren’t publicly visible we didn’t want to repost their contents.

When fans complained to Creation Entertainment about this ridiculous additional cost, they apparently didn’t get the greatest response:

Honestly, this whole thing is sort of nuts. After spending almost a grand on admission to an event, to be later told that it doesn’t include one of the biggest selling points for the convention is just ludicrous. Since the initial outcry began, Creation Entertainment has temporarily disable ticket sales for the panel, and hopefully that’s a good sign.

I wouldn’t hold my breath though.

We reached out to Creation Entertainment while writing this story, but have yet to receive a response.

Update: Creation Entertainment has tweeted out an updated policy:


While this means Gold and Captain’s Chair ticket purchasers will get in to the panel for no additional charge, Copper ticket buyers and others will still have to pay for the additional ticket.

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

6 thoughts on “Fans Are Angry That Creation’s ‘Star Trek: Las Vegas’ Will Charge Extra for Next Generation Reunion Panel

  • April 20, 2017 at 11:06 am
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    That’s why I stick to local cons..I’m a huge SC FI fan..but don’t have the budget for such things….so sorry for folks that spent to much on their seats…

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  • April 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm
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    I’m not even sure this is legal. When convention tickets went on sale, I don’t believe there was any mention of separate admission for this panel. Is anyone here an attorney?

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  • April 20, 2017 at 8:30 pm
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    So Creation has reversed *somewhat* and is now still justifying doing this… but now saying they will “buy” the tickets for the Gold and Captains chairs to stay in the same seats. HOWEVER, they are not including Copper patrons, which ALSO were guaranteed the same RESERVED seats for all panels, and also have seats at other evening events in the theatre too, the Gala and Rat Pack, for instance for no additional cost. Copper seats will have to pay $30 like General Admission even though some of them have reserved seats literally on the other side of the aisle from Gold ticket holders, and will have no guarantee of the same seat. This is particularly troublesome for people with disabilities that paid extra because they need to be near the front, or on an aisle seat, etc. Creation is clearly betting that they will make enough fans happy by taking care of the MOST expensive ticket holders to still get away with screwing over a significant number of other patrons.

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  • April 21, 2017 at 12:53 am
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    Creation is a money grubbing company that cares nothing of fans and is driven by the almighty dollar. That’s so UN Star Trek like.. I went to 1 Creation convention. Everything was CRAZY EXPENSIVE.. It was my last Creation Convention.. #StarTrekLasVegas #STLV #StarTrekFans https://www.facebook.com/groups/437058626478381/

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    • October 27, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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      Welcome to Vegas where everything is expensive. Want a table in a nightclub? Minimum spend is $2500 (divided with 5 people, so about $500 each). And that’s just ONE night. Five nights would be five times that.

      Even a reserve spot in some restaurants are $50 minimum, and you’re only there for two hours.

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  • July 25, 2017 at 10:31 am
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    Hi all, I’m not sure if this is the right place to do this, but I have 2 really awesome GOLD passes for the STLV convention that I need to sell, as I cannot go this year. I would hate for them to go to waste. Anyone interested?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/253049849186

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