Wheel of Fortune has been a television staple for generations. Created by Merv Griffin in 1975, Wheel of Fortune is entering it’s 30th season in syndication. What WOF fan hasn’t dreamt about turning a letter or even better, buying a letter! (I’d like to buy a T!) I recently had the pleasure of being an audience guest. The behind the scenes experience is really cool. I suggest attending a taping if you are in the Los Angeles area. The reason for my visit was to celebrate Wheel of Fortune’s “Making Disney Memories Week”. As a fan of both Wheel of Fortune and Disney it was a pleasure to be a part of the magic!
“Making Disney Memories Week” airs January 28-February 1. The contestants are couples who love Disney! Prizes include “magical vacations” to Disney Parks or Disney Cruise Lines. The WOF stage set will feature props from the Disney parks including a Teacup from the “Mad Tea Party” ride, Lighting McQueen from the new Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park. TV viewers will also see customized segments of Vanna White from various Disney parks!
TV viewers can get in on the magic! The “Wheel of Fortune Making Memories Sweepstakes” will be a watch and win with a grand prize offering of a vacation package to the winner’s choice of the Walt Disney Resort in Florida or the Disneyland Resort in California! Tune in January 28th-February 1 for your chance to win! Along with the iconic Pat Sajak and Vanna White will be Mickey Mouse and his friends. Also, look for me!!! I’m sitting behind Mickey and Minnie in the audience!! I’ll be the one wearing Mouseketeer ears. =)
Find out more at www.wheeloffortune.com
Fun Facts about Wheel of Fortune
- Did you know that the show’s original name was “Shoppers Bazaar” and included a wheel that was much bigger and featured carnival sound effects?
- More than 10,000 people try out each year and only 600 lucky contestants are selected to appear on the show.
- Vanna has worn over 5,600 different outfits while at the puzzleboard.
- When athletes or celebrities appear on Wheel of Fortune, their winnings are donated to a charity of their choice. To date, Wheel of Fortune has donated over $5.4 million to charity!
- The puzzleboard contains 52 touch screen monitors, 12 across in the top and bottom rows and 14 across in the two middle rows.
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this post. We were invited to the taping of Wheel of Fortune. We’ve decided to share this information with our readers. This post is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.