Night of Joy (festival)

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Night of Joy was an annual contemporary Christian music festival that took place at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It started in 1983 and normally took place in the first or second week of September. The event was held at the Magic Kingdom until 2008, when it was moved to Disney's Hollywood Studios for two years. At Night of Joy 2009, it was announced during the MercyMe concert that the event will return to the Magic Kingdom due to popular demand. In 2016, the event was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Orlando Sentinel reported[1] on May 3, 2018 that Disney has permanently ended the Night of Joy.

Night of Joy was one of two Christian rock festivals held in the Orlando, Florida area each year. The other is Rock the Universe, which is held at Universal Studios Florida, typically on the same nights as Night of Joy. Formerly, Cornerstone Florida, a spinoff of the original Cornerstone Festival, was held in Orlando in May each year.

Recent events (2010-present)[edit]


The event returned at the ESPN Wide World of Sports and was scheduled to last two nights,[3] but the September 9 event was cancelled as a precautionary measure against Hurricane Irma. Park tickets for September 9 could either be honored on September 8 or obtain a full refund.[4]









The event returned to Magic Kingdom after two years of being held at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

History (1983-2009)[edit]


The official 2009 lineup was announced in March 2009. It featured more rock bands than usual and incorporated three acts common to both days of the performance, following "Conversations" with acts performing one of the two days. This is the final Night of Joy held at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


This is the first of two consecutive events held at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Previously, Night of Joy was held exclusively at the Magic Kingdom theme park.





Saturday, September 11:






Night of Joy 1985 is the only instance where an event occurred outside of September.


  1. ^ Bevil, Dewayne. "Disney World ends long-running Night of Joy event". Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  2. ^ "Night of Joy Schedule of Events for 2016 - Blog | Blog". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  3. ^ "Disney Night of Joy Christian Music Festival".
  4. ^ "Information on Hurricane Irma". Walt Disney World Resort. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Night of Joy Schedule of Events for 2016 - Blog | Blog". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  6. ^ "Night of Joy News".