‘Wheel of Fortune’: Are There Multiple Wheels in Use?

by Keeli Parkey
(Christopher Willard/ABC via Getty Images) CELEBRITY WHEEL OF FORTUNE

“Wheel of Fortune” has been giving away prizes and entertaining television audiences for more than four decades. It is known for many things in pop culture. For example, there are its hosts – Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

There are popular phrases such as “I’d like to buy a vowel.” There’s also, “I’d like to solve the puzzle.” There are the letters “R, S, T, L, N, and E.”

But, the center of the “Wheel of Fortune” world is the famous wheel. And, according to an article on GoodHouseKeeping.com, there is literally only one actual “wheel of fortune.” In addition, when the show takes to the road to film at locations other than its usual studio home, the wheel goes along.

First, the wheel has to be dismantled. Then, it is put back together at whatever location where the show is filming. To do this, according to the GoodHouseKeeping.com article, the people behind the show have to transport equipment that weighs more than one million pounds in order to take the wheel on the road.

And, of course, once the hosts and crew are done in whichever location they were filming, the process is reversed. The wheel is again taken apart, transported back to its studio home, and reassembled.

The Cost for Transporting Famous Wheel on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Might Surprise You

So, how much does it cost to transport the “wheel of fortune” for filming in a different location?

According to an article on AirportJournals.com, taking “Wheel of Fortune” on the road is “no small feat, and akin to putting a major rock band out on tour.” The show reportedly spends more than $2 million when it has to take the show on the road.

The wheel weighs around 4,000 pounds. Plus, the sets used on “Wheel of Fortune” also have to be moved. An article on Radio.com reports that the famous wheel has more than 2,000 digital lighting pieces. It can also show two million color options.

Also going on the road with the rest of the show is the famous Wheelmobile, according to AirportJournals.com. For those who may not know, the Wheelmobile is a 32-foot Winnebago. Fans can go inside to see if they would be a good fit as a contestant on the show.

Another factor that contributes to the $2 million price tag for taking “Wheel of Fortune” on the road is the cost of transporting and housing Pat Sajak and Vanna White. The show also has to transport and house its 150 crew members and staff, according to AirportJournals.com.

The publication also quotes White from several years ago. She talks about what it’s like to take “Wheel of Fortune” on the road to film episodes.

“It’s great when we travel, because it lets a lot of people who might not be able to travel to Los Angeles see the show,” White said, according to AirportJournals.com. “It’s been on the air for more than 20 years, so it’s exciting for them to see how it really works. Being here with Pat and I and the wheel and puzzle board is fascinating for them.”