Tightrope-walker Nik Wallenda will provide a preview for his summerlong residency at Darien Lake Amusement Park with a secret stunt Saturday.
Wallenda, who will begin performing at the park June 24, was occupied Wednesday with constructing the apparatus he will need for the stunt, with parts still arriving.
“He’s actually doing all the preparations himself, he likes to be hands-on that way,” said Jamie Frumusa, associate public relations manager at Tipping Point Public Relations.
The nature of the stunt is closely guarded, although park staffers and others have been able to figure it out. “I do personally know what it is,” Frumusa said. ”There are hints all over the place, so it wouldn’t be hard to figure it out. I am very excited about it.”
From June 24 to September, Wallenda will perform two hourlong “Nik Wallenda: Beyond the Falls” shows daily except for Mondays in the park’s 1,800-seat indoor Galaxy Theatre on tightropes that are, at their highest, 55 feet above the ground.
Wallenda’s mother, Delilah, and wife, Erendira, also will perform in the show, which will include a pyramid act, bicycle riding and pole climbing. An “interactive tightrope training academy” will be held three times a day, a 30-minute film about the family’s high-flying feats will be shown regularly, and the Wallendas will participate in impromptu “pop-up” midway performances.
Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls in June 2012, a performance that was watched internationally by 13 million people. He also walked across the Grand Canyon last year.
Admission to the Wallenda show is free with general admission to the park, which is $45.99 for adults and $30.99 for children shorter than 4 feet and for those over age 55. Adult tickets are $39.99 if bought online, and all tickets are less if purchased at Tops Markets. A season pass is $64.99. Parking is $8 per day.