Epcot to host “Wheel of Fortune” tapings

Vanna White and Pat Sajak are celebrating the 35th anniversary of 'Wheel of Fortune' by coming to Epcot to tape three weeks of shows. (Wheel of Fortune)

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, “Wheel of Fortune” is coming to Central Florida to tape three weeks of shows at Walt Disney World Resort.

Epcot, which is marking its 35th anniversary as well, plays host Oct. 10-12.

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Good news: Central Florida players will compete.

Bad news, fans: The show is out of tickets for the tapings. The stage will be next to World Showcase Lagoon, between World Showcase and Future World.

“Wheel” will air the programs through the year during crucial ratings periods. The game show airs locally at 7:30 p.m. on WFTV-Channel 9.

The first week, featuring grandparent and grandchild teams, will showcase the holidays at Walt Disney World. Those programs air the week of Nov. 13.

The second week of shows, featuring married couples, will air Feb. 12-16 next year. The celebration of Valentine’s Day will promote Disney’s Fairytale Weddings.

The third week of shows will feature Disney fans and will air the week of April 30 — during the May ratings period.

A fourth week of shows, called “Disney Sea & Shore Week,” will be produced at the “Wheel” home studio in Culver City, Calif., in November. Those programs will debut the week of Jan. 8 next year and will feature Disney Cruise Line.

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“Disney and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ are a magical combination of brands that give families opportunities to create memories together,” said Harry Friedman, “Wheel” executive producer. “When planning our 35th Anniversary season, we could think of no better place to mark this memorable milestone than the Walt Disney World Resort.”

Disney will provide “a robust selection of prizes for contestants and viewers during the four weeks of shows,” “Wheel” said in announcing the shows.

Those prizes include Disney gift cards, Disney Cruise Line trips, vacations at Aulani — A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, and Adventures by Disney prize packages. “Prize Puzzles” will be Disney Vacation Club trips. Viewer giveaways will offer the chance to win family trips to Walt Disney World Resort.

There’s more promotion ahead. Pat Sajak, Vanna White and the crew will shoot segments at Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Wedding Pavillion. Footage from Aulani, Disney Cruise Line ships and Adventures By Disney locations also will be used in the shows, “Wheel” said.


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