Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda Sets His Sights on The Orlando Eye
Photo courtesy of Merlin Entertainments
Tightrope walking is one of the most dangerous acts a daredevil can attempt, and arguably the most famous performer of the stunt in our generation continues to be Nik Wallenda.
After conquering Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and two skyscrapers in Chicago, Wallenda and his team announced Monday that his next tightrope walk will take place on top of the 400-feet-tall Orlando Eye observatory Ferris wheel in Orlando, Florida.
The stunt will take place Friday, April 29.
The Orlando Eye is not open to the public until early May, according to the ride’s official website, but Wallenda will be attempting to walk on the top of the spinning wheel while it is moving without a tether or a wire.
The oversized observatory is located in the heart of Orlando's newly revitalized "I-Drive" District, and the Orlando Eye is part of the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex.
Wallenda spoke at a press conference about the decision to orchestrate his next stunt in Orlando and why he chose to conquer the Orlando Eye:
"When I heard about the Eye, I just had this vision of how cool it could be to tackle it and on top of that it's just really an amazing structure to behold. There are so many (actual) moving parts to this walk that I think people are going to enjoy watching it as much as I'm going to enjoy taking part in it."
It remains to be seen whether Discovery Channel will cover his latest daredevil act after they produced live specials for his walk across the Grand Canyon and once again for his back-to-back record-breaking walks in Chicago.
Regardless of whether the next walk will be televised or not, Wallenda’s decision to walk on top of the moving Orlando Eye could be his most dangerous stunt yet.
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