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Full Details of Disney’s Night of Joy for 2016

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Each September, Walt Disney World holds its annual Night of Joy event. This year, the popular Christian music festival will see a few changes. Mainly, this year, Night of Joy will will occur on Friday, September 9 and Saturday September 10 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports for the first time ever.

The event will be expanded for 2016, with Guests having 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.

Performers for each night include:

Friday, September 9

  • MercyMe
  • Casting Crowns
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Francesca Battistelli
  • Crowder
  • Matthew West
  • Stars Go Dim
  • Zealand Worship

Saturday, September 10

  • newsboys
  • for King & Country
  • Young & Free
  • Switchfoot
  • Red
  • Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Tim Timmons

Due to the change in venue, Guests will have more ticket options for this year’s event than ever before. Options will 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, 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 – September 12, 2016.

In addition, Group discounts also are available.

Tickets for Night of Joy will officially go on sale in mid-April. For more information, check out

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3 thoughts on “Full Details of Disney’s Night of Joy for 2016

  • I’m sure the CMs are relieved to no longer have this at MK. I’ve heard many horror stories of children running rampant through the park during Night of Joy events.

    This will also provide a much better venue for concert attendees. I’ve heard complaints that the NoJ events felt inferior to other concerts with the sole benefit being exploring the parks between sets.

  • I have gone to Night of Joy for three years in a row…I have never seen anything that would qualify as “children running rampant” through the Park during Night of Joy. At least nothing that you wouldn’t see on any other day in the Park.

    As someone who regularly attends Night of Joy, this smacks of Disney taking away options. Previous years you could buy a 2 night package which got you into the Magic Kingdom Friday and Saturday at 4PM and stayed open until after Midnight, plus all the concerts after 7PM for about $120. And if you purchased early, you got the two nights plus a day at the water parks. Now, I get to pay the same price, but I only get one entry into Magic Kingdom.

    I am sure some of this is weather driven, as each year the outdoor concerts have faced delays and safety concerns due to rain and thunderstorms. And being able to guarantee the concerts will take place on time is a benefit. But most of the “magic” of seeing these concerts inside the Magic Kingdom, in front of the castle, will now be stripped away. Most areas have similar Christian concert festivals that charge, much, much less. By moving the venue, taking away park access, and still charging the same amount, the value of the event is reduced significantly, mostly to the advantage of Disney.

    We will go this year, mainly because we already took the time off and booked our free dining package. But I will decide if we will continue to go based on this Fall’s experience. Could be our last time. Which is a shame.

  • Have always enjoyed N.O.J. Not sure what to make of the new venue. My biggest question is how they will handle transportation, could be a nightmare(?) I’ll reserve judgement until after the event.

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