Signing off!

Ten days have passed since Nik Wallenda’s successful and historic walk over Niagara Falls on a high-wire. Everyone at Seneca Casinos congratulates Nik, his family, and his crew on a fantastic endeavor that helped put Niagara Falls in the international spotlight.

It seems only fitting to close out this blog… but not before one final interview with Nik Wallenda!

1.) The middle part of the walk certainly was challenging. How much did your training at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel come into play during those tough moments?

Absolutely!  The training at Seneca was invaluable!  It really played a vital role in keeping me safe.

2.) Was the “run” at the very end planned? Or was that pure adrenaline? Or a little or both?

Definitely a little of both.

3.) Have you watched the actual ABC special since your walk?

I have not had enough time to sit down and watch the show yet.  Hopefully later this week.

4.) So the Grand Canyon is next for you… when do you hope that might happen?

Maybe as soon as next summer!

5.) Any plans on returning to Niagara Falls anytime soon?

I’m hoping to visit Niagara Falls again this winter.

6.) We noticed you recently saw Madagascar 3 with your family. What does it feel like to have “time to be a dad” again?

I love being a dad again!  It’s most important duty and calling in life.

7.) We’re happy you stayed at Seneca Niagara!  Besides the views, The Western Door, and the hospitality, what would you say to people who ask about it?

It’s the place where Nik Wallenda stayed when he crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope!  What more is there to say?

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Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Is Home to Nik Wallenda for Historic High-Wire Walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             Media Contact: 
                                                                                      Tony Astran 
                                                                                      Publicity Manager 
                                                                                      Seneca Gaming Corporation 
                                                                                      Phone: 716-501-2066 
                                                                                      E-mail: TAstran@SenecaCasinos.com 

SENECA NIAGARA CASINO & HOTEL IS HOME TO
NIK WALLENDA FOR HISTORIC HIGH-WIRE WALK

 
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – June 13, 2012 – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is home this week to Nik Wallenda, who will make worldwide history on Friday evening when he crosses directly over the breathtaking Niagara Falls on a two-inch high-wire.

Wallenda and his family previously stayed at the AAA Four Diamond Award–winning casino and hotel in May, as he trained for 11 straight days in the casino’s parking lot in front of thousands.  The May 12 to 22 practice sessions were covered by dozens of news outlets from around the world.

In a message to readers of the Wallenda Walks blog (https://wallendawalks.wordpress.com), managed by Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Wallenda said: “The room and the hospitality [at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel] is amazing.  To top that off, the restaurants are incredible.  The Western Door [Steakhouse] is probably my favorite.  [Seneca Niagara’s] staff is courteous, and we even played some of the slots.”

Wallenda’s favorite entrée at the Western Door Steakhouse is The Chairman’s Delmonico – a 24-ounce, well-marbled cut that is dry-rubbed with bold seasoning, seared to perfection and topped with bleu cheese butter.  Wallenda’s wife, Erendira, and three children also will be staying once again at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.

Seneca Niagara Casino first opened on December 31, 2002, inside the former Niagara Falls Convention Center.  The hotel tower then opened three years later on December 31, 2005, and today remains the tallest hotel tower in New York State outside of Manhattan.  It has achieved the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award for exceptional service and amenities every year since its opening.

About Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is located just minutes from the world-famous Niagara Falls in Western New York, near the Canadian border.  The property is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.  Guests can enjoy 147,000 square feet of gaming space with 4,000 slot machines and 100 table games, 10 restaurants, live entertainment and a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning, 26-story hotel with 604 recently-renovated deluxe rooms, a spa and salon, fitness center and indoor pool.  Please visit www.SenecaCasinos.com for more information. 

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Catching Up with Nik Wallenda

Above: Nik Wallenda performs at National KidsFest 2012.

With less than one week until Nik Wallenda’s historic walk over Niagara Falls, the Wallenda Walks blog and Seneca Casinos recently reconnected with the high-wire stuntman via text message.  He will return in person mid-week to stay once again at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls USA.

1.) You just began performances in Branson, Missouri, during National KidsFest.  What is one neat act you have in store for attendees?

We are performing our family’s trademark chair pyramid on bicycles as the finale to our show.  It involves three people, one chair, and two bicycles more than 30 feet in the air — with no net!

2.) Will you be wearing any special clothing (e.g., logoed shirt, hat, wet suit) for the June 15 walk?

No logos as of now.  I will be wearing a suit that will keep me dry, though… as dry as possible, anyway!

3.) Besides prayer and sleep, what’s one fun thing you’ll do that’s fun after the walk is done?

Enjoy life again with my family!  This project has demanded so much of my time and energy, and I can’t wait to just be a dad and husband again.

4.) What do you think of the ABC commercial

I like it!

5.) What one thing – anything – would you like to pass on to readers of our Wallenda Walks blog?

My thanks to all of the readers for your endless support!  I couldn’t do what I do without the support of all of you.  Keep me in your prayers… and let’s go make some history!

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Nik Wallenda Untethered

No, Nik Wallenda is not untethered — he still has to wear a safety harness (per ABC News’ request) for the upcoming June 15 walk.  But Nik exclusively told the Wallenda Walks blog that “Nik Wallenda Untethered” would be the name he’d like for a slot machine… should one ever be created with his likeness.  (We asked him what he’d name such a slot machine, in response to the end of another exclusive update he previously provided to us.  Click here or see below for the video.)

Here are other questions we asked him via text message this past weekend, and his responses:

1.) Are you feeling more refreshed after a few weeks back home?

I’m definitely feeling somewhat more refreshed, but also more overwhelmed as June 15 draws near!  There are lots of “moving parts” happening right now.


2.) How was Memorial Day? Did you and the family do anything fun?

Memorial Day actually was a day of with lots of work!  We had a BBQ with the family that evening.


3.) When does your show in Branson [Missouri] start, and how are preparations for that?

The show begins June 9.  I’ve been rehearsing quite a bit lately for it.

[Editor’s note:  Here is a link with more information about the show — http://bransontraveloffice.com/national-kidsfest-at-silver-dollar-city/]


4.) Any new updates on the tether/harness?

The tether is being made now.  I’m still not too excited about it, and there’s not much time to practice with it.  All in all, the situation stinks.

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Volunteer to Make History!

Dear Community,

As you have heard, daredevil Nik Wallenda will transverse Niagara Falls the evening of Friday, June 15, 2012, in Niagara Falls USA. In the days leading up to this historic event and that day, Niagara USA and its stakeholders are in need of individuals who can volunteer their time to help with the logistics of the event, aid visitors to the area, and more.

Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation (NTCC) is looking for volunteers (18 & over)  to help with the massive amount of tourists and residents that will come to Niagara USA that day, to participate in distributing collateral to visitors in the downtown area, as well as staff a visitor’s tent on Old Falls Street.

If you are available to spend some time helping with this once-in-a-lifetime event, please contact Jane Schroeder at jane@niagara-usa.com or 716 282 8992 ext. 312.

Sincerely,
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation (NTCC)

VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP SHEET:  DOWNLOAD HERE

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