The Great Wallendas

on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.

While over 13 million people watched Nick Wallenda walk a tight wire over the Grand Canyon on Sunday night, many local old timers will remember that Nick’s Famous family used to perform at the Enchanted Forest in Old Forge. Before Enchanted Forest became known as New York State’s largest water-theme Park, it used to be a regular theme park with shows and rides, part of which still exist today.

The famous Flying Wallendas were part of Enchanted Forest's lineup at times between 1956 and 1976. According to the park, the daily circus shows featured the internationally known Great Wallendas. Part of an NBC special documentary, as well as a CBS documentary on the Wallendas was filmed at the Enchanted Forest.

In fact, Nick’s grandfather, Karl Wallenda performed in Old Forge the same day as the funeral for his son-in-law who was killed in one of the family's stunts. Wallenda said, "People are coming from hundreds of miles to see us. I don't see any reason why they should not see us. I don't want to cheat them out of that."

Karl died in March of 1978 after a fall from the tight rope while performing in Puerto Rico.   33 year old Grandson Nick successfully walked across a 1500 feet deep gorge of the Grand Canyon, Sunday night without a restraining harness.