Nik Wallenda to Perform Inner Harbor High Wire Walk to Celebrate Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Baltimore Odditorium

BALTIMORE, Md. (May 4, 2012)Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will formally announce its plans to bring the fun, bizarre and unusual to Baltimore’s Light Street Pavilion in the Inner Harbor in a way that only the worldwide leader in the unbelievable can.

Wallenda Reprises Great Grandfather’s Walk Across the Harbor as Ripley’s Officially Announces its Newest Family Attractions are set to Open in June.

On Wednesday, May 9, Ripley’s is bringing world-famous Nik Wallenda, the King of the High Wire, to Baltimore for a once-in-a-lifetime feat. Wallenda will walk a high wire from the new Ripley’s Baltimore Odditorium out over the harbor to a 100-foot tall crane mounted on a traditional Chesapeake Bay working vessel. Wallenda will cover more than 300 feet (length of a U.S. football field) – all on a wire and all without a net or any kind of safety device.

Wallenda, 33, is a seventh-generation member of the Wallenda family, famous for its high wire acts, whose great-grandfather Karl Wallenda walked over the Inner Harbor in 1973. This will be Nik’s final performance before his historic attempt to walk across Niagara Falls on June 15. He leaves Baltimore and heads directly to Niagara Falls to train for that dangerous high wire walk.

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Prior to Wallenda’s Baltimore walk, Ripley’s will announce specifics for its new harbor-side complex that will not only house the company’s 32nd Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, but also two additional family attractions.

Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze features nearly 2,000 square feet of mirrored paths, surprising corners, dead ends and continuous circles! Sound and lighting effects make the experience even more daunting. Unlike mazes of the past, this one offers multiple paths throughout and a unique infinity room. Adventurers can begin at the end and work their way through backward if they wish.

Also set to open is the 4D Ripley’s Moving Theater in which guests sit down for an adventurous and exciting 3D movie experience, with the addition of movement, sound, wind, rain and snow!   

Starting in June,  visitors to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Baltimore will find a collection of odd, amazing and bizarre items and exhibits, including:

  • A Mini Cooper covered in more than 1,000,000 Swarovski crystals.
  • Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle made from 600,000 wooden matchsticks.
  • A massive, 10,000 pound granite ball carved with believe-it-or-not facts about Baltimore floating on a thin layer of water. It’s called a Kugel Ball and moves so easily that YOU can make it turn just by pushing on it!
  • Eleven different themed galleries packed with one-of-a-kind exhibits, including more than 120 interactive activities.
  • A 9-foot round U.S. penny, made from more than 10,000 U.S. copper pennies.
  • A special salute to Baltimore’s own sideshow superstar, Johnny Eck!

Schedule of events for Wednesday, May 9

Wednesday morning – Nik Wallenda is available from 6 a.m. for live or taped interviews and to teach reporters how to walk a wire on a very low, safe training platform. Times must be scheduled in advance by calling Tim O’Brien at 615-496-5949.

Wednesday, during the day: Rigging for the walk will be taking place. A one-inch cable will be stretched between the new Believe It or Not! location to the barge, located approximately 300 feet out in the harbor off Pier One.

4:30 p.m. – Press conference talking about the new Ripley attractions and the benefits it brings to Baltimore’s tourism industry and economy will feature Ripley’s President Jim Pattison Jr.,  Tom Noonan, CEO of Visit Baltimore, and Chris Schardt, General Manager of Harborplace and other local dignitaries.

5:15 – Immediately after the press conference, Wallenda will begin his high wire walk, which is estimated to take approximately 15-20 minutes, depending on weather conditions. The timing is set to correspond with potential live TV coverage from local and regional markets.

5:45 – Wallenda will be available to the media after completing his walk.

The media and the public are invited to watch Wallenda’s amazing high wire harbor walk. The event is free and Harborplace affords plenty of great views of the event.

No media credentialing is required, but special requests should be made in advance.

Ripley’s Baltimore Odditorium is located at 301 Light Street, in the Light Street Pavilion. On the web at  www.ripleys.com/baltimore (Web site will go live on May 9).

Media Contact

Tim O’Brien
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
(615) 646-7465 – office
(615) 496-5949 – cell
Obrien@ripleys.com

About Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Baltimore is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 12 million people visit its 80-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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