‘Wheel of Fortune’: Vanna White Told Insane Story of Chance Interaction at Disney World

by Joe Rutland

“Wheel of Fortune” has been on the road throughout its time on TV. A trip to Epcot Center in 2017 stirred up memories for Vanna White.

White, whom everyone in the world knows turns those letters for “Wheel of Fortune” contestants, had an interesting story to share.

She and Pat Sajak conducted an interview with Attractions Magazine, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the show.

But White remembered a unique, chance encounter that involved herself, her then-baby, and a hotel waiter.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Cohost White Meets Familiar Waiter In Epcot Story

“With me, being with my kids,” White said about her Epcot Center memories. “My kids have been here since they were born. As a matter of fact, I have a cute story to tell you. Over 20 years ago (as of 2017), I was here with my children, or my son, and I just had room service the other night.

“The waiter who brought my food said, ‘I waited on you 20-plus years ago in your room and you were giving your baby a bottle,'” White said the waiter said to her. “And my baby is now 23 (as of 2017).”

White’s son, Nicholas, was born in 1994. She also has a daughter, Giovanna, who was born in 1997.

Vanna White has been with “Wheel of Fortune” since 1982. She’s currently under contract through 2022. White is quite involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, acting as a patron as well as appearing at events sponsored by St. Jude.

Game Show’s Wheel That Contestants Spin Is Actually Pretty Heavy

As people watch “Wheel of Fortune” in different places, probably someone has asked the question, “Do you know how heavy that wheel is they use?”

Well, there’s only one wheel used on the show. What does that mean? All 2,400 pounds of the wheel are taken to each taping location. Yes, the wheel you see used for the show at Epcot Center is the same one used in Los Angeles.

ABC says that the wheel has more than 200 computerized lights built-in, which combine to make up to 2 million colors. What creates the clicking sound? That would be 73 steel pins pushing past three pieces of hard rubber.

Now contestants do have a shot at spinning the wheel during a practice run-through. There’s even an adjustable platform that can be adjusted for anyone to spin the wheel effectively.

If you have a chance to spin the wheel, then this is what awaits you on the popular game show.