Last weekend, September 6-7, 2013, Walt Disney World hosted the 31st annual Night of Joy. My first Night of Joy was the original in 1982-my freshman year of college and I was a regular attendee throughout the 1980s and early 1990s but it has been 17 years since my last Night of Joy and this one. My husband and I were so excited to attend Friday night’s festivities.
In case you don’t know what Night of Joy is…it is a hard ticketed event at The Magic Kingdom where there are concerts by all different kinds of Christian bands through out the evening. Add to that Disney rides and food and you have an awesome event for the whole family.
Friday Night’s Line-up
Castle Forecourt Stage
- 7:40pm Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman
- 9:50pm MercyMe
- 11:55pm Skillet
- 7:30 p.m. – Audio Adrenaline
- 8:50 p.m. – Audio Adrenaline
- 10:25 p.m. – Mandisa
- 12:10 a.m. – For King and Country
Rockettower Plaza Stage
- 8:15 p.m. – City Harbor
- 9:40 p.m. – We As Human
- 11:20 p.m. – Moriah Peters
We arrived in the park right at 7:00pm…in the rain. My husband wasn’t feeling well and needed some food so he went over to Cosmic Ray’s for dinner while I joined the crowd in front of Cinderella Castle knowing he would join me before concert time. Due to the rain slowing down set up, the Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman concert was delayed…quite a bit but the crowd didn’t seem to mind a bit.
The concert was AMAZING! They performed together and separately. They did a lot of their classic songs including Friends, Dive, I Will Be Here, Alleluia, and Cinderella as well as leading the crowd in a worship set that was just beautiful, especially with the backdrop of Cinderella Castle. The rain finally let up about 2/3 of the way through the concert. The only downside was that despite chants of “put down the umbrellas” most people kept them out throughout the show which made it difficult to see even the large LED screen on the stage.
Once the concert ended, I was getting hungry so we headed to Pecos Bills for dinner. Since there were no stages in the Frontierland-Liberty Square-Fantasyland areas of the park these areas were deserted! We walked on to Peter Pan’s Flight and Voyage of the Little Mermaid with no wait. Next we headed to Tomorrowland and walked right on to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin because everyone in Tomorrowland was at the Mandisa concert or watching the video relay of the concert on the screen at the Rockettower Plaza Stage. After the ride we headed over to Rockettower Plaza because I wanted to be in the front row for the Moriah Peters concert. I told you all about that in yesterday’s post Who Should Our Daughters Be Listening To? so you can hop over there to read about that concert. After Moriah’s concert we went to see a bit of her husband’s concert. This is the third time this year I’ve seen For King and Country,my boys even toured with them for two weeks this summer, so we stayed for three songs and then headed back to Cinderella Castle so my husband could catch part of the Skillet concert.
We had an awesome time at Night of Joy. I wish we had been able to attend Saturday night because I LOVE TobyMac and Building 429 and I would have enjoyed seeing them in concert. Have you ever been to Night of Joy? What Christian band would you like to hear at Night of Joy 2014? I am so excited because it has already been announced that Hillsong United will be there!
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Disclosure: We were guests of Walt Disney World at this event. We received no monetary compensation. I was not asked to post about this event. All opinions are 100% mine.