Night of Joy Schedule of Events for 2016

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It is almost time for Night of Joy, the Christian music festival that occurs at Walt Disney World each September. This year, the popular event will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex for the first time ever on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10.

Due to the new location, the event will be expanded for 2016. Guests will have more options than ever with two nights of music, ample seating at indoor and outdoor venues, amazing performances on multiple stages, including Champion Stadium, and opportunities for fellowship and fun.

This year’s Christian artist lineup features 18 great artists. The lineup for each evening is as follows:

Friday, September 9

HP Field House
6:30-7:45 p.m. – Matthew West
8:30-10:00 p.m. – Crowder
11:00 p.m. -12:30 a.m. – MercyMe

Champion Stadium
7:30-8:30 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
9:15-10:45 p.m. – Chris Tomlin
11:30 p.m. -1:00 a.m. – Casting Crowns

Jostens Center
6:00-7:00 p.m. – Stars Go Dim
7:45-8:15 p.m. – Zealand Worship
8:45-9:15 p.m. – Zealand Worship
10:00-10:30 p.m. – OBB
11:00-11:30 p.m. – OBB

Saturday, September 10

HP Field House
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Thousand Foot Krutch
8:00-9:15 p.m. – RED
10:15-11:45 p.m. – Switchfoot

Champion Stadium
7:00-8:00 p.m. – Hillsong YOUNG & FREE
8:45-10:00 p.m. – for KING & COUNTRY
10:45 p.m.-12:15 a.m. – Newsboys

Jostens Center
5:30-6:15 p.m. – VERIDIA
9:15-9:35 p.m. – Tim Timmons
10:30-11:15 p.m. – Derek Minor

 

New for 2016 will be the Fields of Joy where Guests are invited to visit the complex’s sports fields and take part in sports challenges, such as play a game of 4v4 soccer, clock your pitching arm, showcase your free throw skills and more. Guests will also be able to enjoy a bite from a variety of food trucks that will be open to serve.

Also new for 2016 will be FanFest at the Jostens Center. FanFest will include a fun, interactive area that includes video games, 60 second challenges, Imagination Playground and oversized versions of popular games such as foosball, connect four and chess. At FanFest, Guests will also be able to enjoy hilarious jokes from great Christian comedians.

Want to meet Disney characters? You’ll be able to meet Mickey, Minnie, and some of their friends from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. each night.

On Saturday night only, FanFest will also include an opportunity for Guests to participate in multiple question and answers sessions with some of the top artists who will be appearing at Night of Joy. These stars may also be available for photo opportunities and potentially play some games with Guests.

Of course, you’ll want to pick up exclusive Night of Joy merchandise which will be available for purchase.

Entrance to Night of Joy requires a valid special ticket and this year, Guests have more ticket options than ever before. Options include:

  • A single-night ticket for Friday’s concerts – $39 plus tax (in advance); $45 the day of the show (if available).
  • A ticket including a day at one of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and the concerts for Saturday night – $99 plus tax (in advance); $114 plus tax the day of the show (if available).
  • A 2-Day ticket which includes both nights’ concerts and a day at one of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks – $119 plus tax (in advance).

In addition, for those Guests who purchase the 2-Day ticket before August 9, (so time is running out!) they will also receive one ticket to either Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. The ticket will be good for anywhere from September 6 until September 12, 2016. Group discounts also are available to purchase.

For more information about this year’s event, make sure to check out nightofjoy.com.

Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

6 thoughts on “Night of Joy Schedule of Events for 2016

  • August 6, 2016 at 12:37 am
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    I’m so sad they moved this out if the parks. Been going for 20 years. One of the coolest things was seeing your favorite band perform on the castle forecourt stage. The expanded hub is now even better suited for this. I sure hope it gets returned.

  • August 6, 2016 at 9:13 am
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    I’ve never really understood this event and why it gets held in the Disney parks. They don’t for example have AC/DC nights or rock and roll nights I kind of in the parks and this is Disney saying look we’ve let you do it in the parks but our day and resort guest want to use them more now.

    • August 6, 2016 at 11:06 pm
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      Disney has it for the same reason they have all the different special events like foot & wine, marathons weekends, flower and garden, star wars weekend, Christmas lights, villian’s, candelight processional, etc – they try to draw people to their parks who have diverse interests. If a particular event doesn’t make sense to you then you were not the target audience for the event.

      I know some people who are going to Disney this year for the first time because of the night of joy event. Disney I’m sure is hoping these people will get a taste of Disney magic and want to keep coming back for more of it.

  • August 6, 2016 at 9:21 am
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    I understand what you’re saying, but it’s just like any other hard ticket event. Just cause it’s not content you might not care for. It is only 2 nights unlike Not so Scary or Very Merry. It even has the same time schedule. It’s only affecting one park for 2 nights a year.

    • August 6, 2016 at 10:06 am
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      I don’t really see it as being a hard ticket event more like a group renting out the park and then selling tickets to make up the cost of it.

  • August 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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    This will be my first time at Night of Joy. Do you know if there will be Photopass photographers there? I’m thinking especially for the meet & greets, etc… it might be worthwhile for me to buy Memory Maker if they will be there.

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