This Morning, Daredevil Nik Wallenda Will Walk Across the Orlando Eye … as it Moves
Thought Splash Mountain was a scary ride? Here’s a new take on adrenaline happening just beyond Walt Disney World.
Step aside Orlando theme parks, there’s another attraction stealing the spotlight this morning. Aerialist and serial stuntman Nik Wallenda is planning to take an untethered walk atop the Orlando Eye—the city’s just-debuted 400-foot-tall observation wheel—as it spins.
Here’s how it’s scheduled to go down: Wallenda will board the Ferris wheel like any other rider, take it to the very top, and then climb out onto the outer rim of the Eye, a six-inch-wide surface that’ll continue to rotate throughout his stunt. And as he walks around the perimeter, he’ll have to sidestep metal bars and cabling that make up the wheel itself.
The Orlando Eye follows iconic destinations like the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers as home to Wallenda’s legendary stunts—putting the attraction in pretty impressive company.
Think watching the big event might make you a bit queasy? The whole area around the Orlando Eye has been newly redeveloped as iDrive360, an indoor-outdoor development that’s home to a Madame Tusseauds, an enormous aquarium with 5,000 sea creatures and 360-degree underwater tunnel, and soon, the state’s first LEGOland hotel and theme park. (Perhaps it’s all the buzz that drew Wallenda—a dad of three—to this unexpectedly quirky locale.)
Nikki Ekstein is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.