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April 11, 2017

35th Night of Joy Entertainment Announcement

Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, MercyMe, Kirk Franklin to Play 35th Disney Night of Joy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Sept. 8, 9

The hits just keep on coming – as they say – with this year’s Disney Night of Joy event featuring 15 of the greatest performers in Contemporary Christian music – Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9.

With Country Christian Music legends like MercyMe, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman and Kirk Franklin joining a new generation of Christian hit makers like Danny Gokey, Jordan Feliz and Rend Collective, the complex will be filled with two nights of awe-inspiring music.

Word has it that Amy and Steven might sing a couple of songs together!

We are also thrilled to welcome Night of Joy favorite, Matthew West as our host for the two-night event this year. Matthew will be running around the complex, introducing artists and just generally keeping things hopping.

This year’s event – our 35th actually – will feature one of the greatest concert lineups in Contemporary Christian music history. (Entertainment subject to change.)

Friday, Sept. 8 – MercyMe, TobyMac, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Rend Collective, Zach Williams.

Saturday, Sept. 9 – Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, Crowder, Jeremy Camp, Tye Tribbett.

Tickets will go on sale in early June.

December 23, 2013

2014 Night of Joy Full Line-Up


The 2014 Night of Joy will be held in the Magic Kingdom on September 5th and 6th. The entertainment line-up has now been fully announced:

Friday, September 5, 2014:

Hillsong United
Chris Tomlin
Matthew West
For King & Country
Building 429
Matt Maher
The Neverclaim

Saturday, September 6, 2014:

Casting Crowns
Israel Houghton & New Breed
Britt Nicole
Colton Dixon
Rhett Walker
We As Human
One Girl Nation

The Night of Joy is a special separate ticketed event held in the Magic Kingdom.

August 24, 2012

Night of Joy September 7-8, 2012 Magic Kingdom

This is the 30th year of hosting the top Contemporary Christian and Gospel artists at the Walt Disney World Resort

Night of Joy is an after-hours event in the Magic Kingdom that features contemporary Christian music. It requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists are performing at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom attractions also are available for Night of Joy guests.

Here's the night-by-night Night of Joy 2012 lineup:

-- Friday, September 7, 2012: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, Disciple.

-- Saturday, September 8, 2012: MercyMe, Third Day, Kutless, Chris August, Lecrae, Yolanda Adams, Thousand Foot Krutch and Dara Maclean.

Advance purchase: $52.95 plus tax per ticket; Days of the event (if available): $62.95 plus tax. Two-night ticket available in advance only: $94.95.

Purchase by calling 407-W-DISNEY or at

August 28, 2011

Night of Joy Concert Schedule Released


Night of Joy 2011 is right around the corner. We are truly excited about the lineup this year, with artists representing a number of Christian Music genres including Praise & Worship, Rock, Pop, Urban and Contemporary Gospel. Hot off the press are the concert schedules for each night. Here's how they shake out. Of course, times, stages and performers are always subject to change.

Friday, September 9

Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage
• 7:45 p.m. - Jeremy Camp
• 9:50 p.m. - Newsboys
• :55 p.m. - Skillet

Galaxy Stage
• 7:30 p.m. - Francesca Battistelli
• 9:25 p.m. - Group 1 Crew
• 11:25 p.m. - Matthew West

Rockettower Plaza Stage
• 7:45 p.m. - Disciple
• 9:15 p.m. - Disciple
• 10:50 p.m. - Sidewalk Prophets
• 12:15 a.m. - Sidewalk Prophets

Saturday, September 10

Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage
• 7:45 p.m. - Jars of Clay
• 9:35 p.m. - Gospel Music Association Winner
• 9:55 p.m. - TobyMac
• 11:55 p.m. - MercyMe

Galaxy Stage
• 7:30 p.m. - Sanctus Real
• 8:35 p.m. - Disney Gospel Choir Fest Winner
• 9:45 p.m. - Kutless
• 11:50 p.m. - Marvin Sapp

Rockettower Plaza Stage
• 7:45 p.m. - Vashawn Mitchell
• 9:15 p.m. - Vashawn Mitchell
• 10:50 p.m. - Chris August
• 12:15 a.m. - Chris August

Night of Joy is an after-hours event, held Sept. 9 and 10, 2011, at the Magic Kingdom that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists are performing at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom attractions also are available for Night of Joy guests. Tickets are on sale now. One-night tickets are $51.95 plus tax in advance, $59.95 plus tax day of. Two-night tickets are $92.95. Groups of 10 or more can purchase one-night tickets in advance for $46.95 plus tax each and two-night tickets for $87.95. Additional information is available at

From the Disney Parks Blog

June 23, 2010

Gospel Choirs to Compete for a Chance to Perform at Disney’s Night of Joy

Gospel Choirs to Compete for a Chance to Perform at Disney's Night of Joy

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - On Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, gospel choirs from across America will raise their voices in praise and vie a for chance to perform on stage in the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom during the Night of Joy 2010. It's all part of the inaugural Disney Gospel Choir Fest that will be held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and feature, as celebrity Master of Ceremonies, Smokie Norful.

Norful is a GRAMMY Award-Winning Gospel Artist, Dove- and Stellar-award recipient, Billboard chart-topper and two-time gold-selling artist and crossover star.
"I am very excited to be involved in the inaugural Disney Gospel Choir Fest, said Norful. "This is a great opportunity for choirs to gain exposure and showcase their musical gifts."

A panel of EMI record executives will judge the choir performances and offer constructive feedback. The panel will also select the winning choir, which will showcase its talent later that evening during Night of Joy.

"Disney has created an incredible opportunity for gospel choirs to compete on stage at Epcot and showcase their talents in front of an audience of international theme park guests," said Tim Hill, director of special programs for Disney Destinations. "Combined with meeting Smokie Norful and attending the ultimate Christian concert event, Night of Joy, the Disney Gospel Choir Fest is sure to be an unforgettable experience."

The festival schedule includes performances throughout the day followed by an awards ceremony during which each participating choir will receive a special Disney Gospel Choir Fest Award. That night the winning choir will take center stage in the Magic Kingdom Park for a live performance in front of thousands of Night of Joy celebrants. And all Disney Gospel Fest participants will receive admission to Night of Joy, where they can enjoy their favorite attractions and cheer on the winning choir and enjoy performances by top bands in contemporary Christian, rock, pop and gospel.

The festival package includes admission to Epcot after the choir performances, as well as separate admission to Night of Joy. Special group tickets are also available to church groups and congregations wanting to join their favorite choirs and cheer them on during the competition.

Choirs can register to be a part of the inaugural Disney Gospel Choir Fest by going to For more information call (407) 566-6652 or e-mail

Night of Joy is a contemporary Christian music festival that will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 11, 2010, at the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in Florida. From 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night, Night of Joy guests are treated to live performances by top contemporary Christian music artists on stages throughout the theme park. Guests also have access to many of the park's popular attractions. 2010 artists include: Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Casting Crowns, mercyme, Third Day, Family Force 5, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Group 1 Crew, Tenth Avenue North, Sidewalk Prophets, Smokie Norful, Red, LeCrae and Day of Fire. Each artist performs one night of the festival.

August 20, 2009

Think You Can Make ‘Joyful Noise’? Prove It!

Celebration Ministries, Inc., Spearheading Talent Spotlight In Conjunction with Night of Joy at Disney's Hollywood Studios

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- So you think you can make "joyful noise"?

Celebration Ministries, Inc., is inviting you to prove it. The Texas-based ministry is conducting auditions of Christian musicians and singers -- groups and soloists -- that will give the most talented Christian music acts time on stage either Sept. 11 or Sept. 12 during Night of Joy 2009 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Talent Spotlight presented by Celebration Ministries, Inc. marks the first time in the 27-year history of Disney's Night of Joy that the contemporary Christian music event will host an amateur talent showcase. As many as 40 music acts will be invited back from auditions to perform at a special stage location near the Star Tours attraction at the Studios.

Solo artists and bands can audition two different ways: online or in-person. Online auditions are currently underway -- through Aug. 29. In-person auditions will take place between Aug. 26 and Aug. 29 at Walt Disney World Resort. Pre-audition registration is required by visiting the Celebration Ministries Web site, On the home page, click on Talent Spotlight. There is a registration fee of $80 per performer.

While Talent Spotlight is not billed as a "competition," performances at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be judged, with "a leading Christian record company artist relations executive" among the judges.

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