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Christian Music Legends Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith Co-star at 31st Night of Joy

posted on December 11th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Two legends of Contemporary Christian music – Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith – will team up for one spectacular set for the 31st Night of Joy at Walt Disney World Resort, September 6-7, 2013.

The pair, who have played stages individually at Magic Kingdom Park in past events will play together at the 2013 event for the first time. They have played Night of Joy a combined 18 times, amassed more than 90 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, and garnered eight Grammy Awards and countless other accolades.

Night of Joy Stalwarts MercyMe Return for Their Sixth Consecutive Event

Night of Joy stalwarts MercyMe also are back for their sixth consecutive Night of Joy (eight Night of Joy performances total); and 2012 Grammy Nominee TobyMac, Central Florida’s own Francesca Battistelli and rockers Skillet and Newsboys return this year to fill out headliners.

The line-up features five new artists to the event: Moriah Peters, We As Human, City Harbor, For King and Country and Jamie Grace.

The complete line-up includes:

  • Friday, September 6: Mercy Me, Steven Curtis Chapman & Michael W. Smith, Skillet, Mandisa, Matthew West, Audio Adrenaline, Moriah Peters, We As Human, City Harbor
  • Saturday, September 7: TobyMac, Francesca Batistelli, Newsboys, Britt Nicole, Group 1 Crew, Building 429, For King and Country, Jamie Grace

Night of Joy tickets go on sale in the Spring. For more information about the event, visit www.nightofjoy.com.

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Night of Joy 2012 Hits High Notes; Magic Kingdom Park Prepares for 2013

posted on September 14th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Well, another Night of Joy has come and gone. It was a whirlwind weekend at Magic Kingdom Park, but the rain held off (mostly).

On three stages throughout the park, 16 top Contemporary Christian artists played to huge crowds of Christian music fans. Lots of great concerts, fun and fellowship.
“MercyMe

We are already looking toward 2013, confirming dates for September 6-7, 2013 and MercyMe to be a part of next year’s event.

And, in case you couldn’t be there, our friends at Trinity Broadcasting Network were out in full force, taping some of the shows for future broadcast.
“Francesca

One of the most special moments of this year’s event came early Friday, when Word Records executives surprised Orlando native Francesca Battistelli with a gold record for her first album “My Paper Heart” – the first Contemporary Christian debut record to “go gold” since Night of Joy artist Casting Crowns’ debut in 2003. Francesca also stopped by Magic Kingdom Park on Saturday to have some fun with her family and grab a quick photo.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the event and we’ll see you next year!

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Disney’s Night of Joy 2012 Artist Profile: Royal Tailor

posted on September 5th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Just a few days until Night of Joy 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park – very exciting. FYI: I hear tickets are going pretty quickly; so you might want to get yours soon if you want to go. It’s a great time.

Today’s artist profile presents a great new group called Royal Tailor.

See Royal Tailor at Night of Joy 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park

The four-member band – made up of Tauren (lead singer), DJ (guitar), Blake (bass) and Jarrod (drums) – met while in school in Indianapolis and began to hone its sound while playing for churches and youth groups around the country. The guys call their sound a mixture of pop, rock, R&B, hip hop and worship, with hits like “Make a Move” and “Hold Me Together.” Though just one studio album into their career, they were nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Contemporary Christian Album for their debut record, Black or White.

The guys stopped by Magic Kingdom Park recently and even had time to challenge one of their favorite characters to a “dougie” dance-off.

In addition to Royal Tailor, Disney’s Night of Joy features 16 of Contemporary Christian and Contemporary Gospel’s top artists. Here is the stellar 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

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.

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Disney’s Night of Joy 2012 Artist Profile: Casting Crowns

posted on August 29th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Disney’s Night of Joy 2012 is just around the corner – less than two weeks away – and we are working fast and furious to make this year’s event the best ever. 2012 marks the event’s 30th year, and I’m thrilled to profile some of our fantastic talent.

Today’s post showcases Billboard Magazine’s top-selling Christian music act, Casting Crowns.
Casting Crowns, One of the Bands Performing at Night of Joy 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park

Casting Crowns’ roots are grounded in youth ministry, not the music industry. The band was started in 1999 by Mark Hall, as a part of his youth ministry in Daytona Beach, Florida. The members of the band are all still involved in youth ministry in various churches around McDonough, Georgia, molding their tour schedule to fit their ministry commitments.

The last year has been an explosive year for Casting Crowns, starting with the stunning launch of their latest record “Come to the Well,” which sold almost 100,000 copies its first week of release and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200. The record went on to win two Billboard Music Awards in 2012.

The band stopped by Magic Kingdom Park earlier this year to challenge label-mates and Night of Joy artists Royal Tailor to a ride on the Tomorrowland Speedway. More on Royal Tailor in our next Artist Profile.

In addition to Casting Crowns and Royal Tailor, Disney’s Night of Joy features 16 of Contemporary Christian and Contemporary Gospel’s top artists. Here is the stellar lineup:

  • Friday, Sept. 7, 2012: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, Disciple.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012: Lecrae, MercyMe, Third Day, Kutless, Chris August, Yolanda Adams, Thousand Foot Krutch and Dara Maclean.

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at NightofJoy.com.

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Night of Joy Musical Line-Up Announced for Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 17th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


I can’t believe Night of Joy 2012 is less than a month away. This is our 30th year of hosting the top Contemporary Christian and Gospel artists at Walt Disney World Resort, and this year’s lineup is one of the most exciting in our history. Magic Kingdom Park is getting ready, and so are our artists. Throughout the month, I’ll be showcasing some artists on the Disney Parks Blog. Today, we have a few shout-outs we’d like to share with you.

Also, 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.

Francesca Battistelli, One of the Artists Performing at Night of Joy 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park Red, One of the Bands Performing at Night of Joy 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park

Friday, September 7

Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage

  • 7:45 p.m. – NEEDTOBREATHE
  • 9:50 p.m. – Chris Tomlin
  • 11:55 p.m. – Casting Crowns

Galaxy Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
  • 8:50 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
  • 10:25 p.m. – Red
  • 12:10 a.m. – Brandon Heath

Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • 8:15 p.m. – Disciple
  • 9:40 p.m. – Disciple
  • 11:20 p.m. – Royal Tailor

Saturday, September 8

Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage

  • 7:35 p.m. – Gospel Music Association Winner Theresa Bailey
  • 7:55 p.m. – Lecrae
  • 9:55 p.m. – Third Day
  • 11:55 p.m. – MercyMe

Galaxy Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. – Kutless
  • 8:50 p.m. – Kutless
  • 10:25 p.m. – Thousand Foot Krutch
  • 12:10 a.m. – Yolanda Adams

Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • 8:15 p.m. – Chris August
  • 9:40 p.m. – Chris August
  • 11:20 p.m. – Dara Maclean

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.

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Night of Joy Tickets Are Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 1st, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Yolanda Adams and Minnie at Magic Kingdom Park

The countdown begins. We’re only five months away from this year’s Night of Joy at Magic Kingdom Park – our 30th year. So guess what? Tickets went on sale today!

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $52.95 plus tax per ticket and on the days of the event (if available) for $62.95 plus tax. They can be purchased by calling 407-W-DISNEY or at www.nightofjoy.com.

We’re so excited. Here’s the night-by-night Night of Joy 2012 lineup (entertainment and schedule subject to change):

  • 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.

Newcomers to Night of Joy, Royal Tailor and Dara Mclean, bring the 30-year roster of artists to 150 acts.

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.

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2011 American Music Award-Winners Casting Crowns Headline 30th Night of Joy at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 2nd, 2011 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


I have some very exciting news to share. 2012 will be the 30th year of Night of Joy at Walt Disney World Resort and this year’s lineup is super stellar!

2011 American Music Award-Winners Casting Crowns Headline 30th Night of Joy at Walt Disney World Resort

Casting Crowns – who just won the 2011 American Music Award® for Contemporary Inspirational Artist of the Year (its second such honor) – will headline the lineup for the 30th-year history of Disney’s Night of Joy Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, 2012, along with Christian music greats MercyMe, Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Kutless and needtobreathe. Filling Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort with the sound of contemporary Christian music will be more than a dozen artists with a 20-year legacy of accolades – including multiple GMA Dove Awards, GRAMMY® Awards and numerous other accomplishments.

Here’s the night-by-night Night of Joy 2012 lineup (entertainment, event times and schedule subject to change):

  • Friday, Sept. 7, 2012: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, needtobreathe, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, Disciple
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012: MercyMe, Third Day, Kutless, Chris August, Lecrae and Thousand Foot Krutch

Newcomers to Night of Joy include Royal Tailor, bringing the 30-year roster of artists to 150 acts.

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions also are available for guests. One- and two-night individual Night of Joy tickets will be put on sale in the spring. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.

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Take 5: Night of Joy 2011 at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 10th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


Night of Joy 2011

We’re in the middle of this year’s Night of Joy festival at Magic Kingdom Park and we wanted to give readers a quick look back at some of the top posts we’ve featured on the Disney Parks Blog about the 2011 talent and schedule. Who are you looking forward to seeing the most?

Take 5: Night of Joy 2011 at Magic Kingdom Park

  1. Disney’s Night of Joy Concert Schedules Released – In late August, we released the full schedule for the 2011 Night of Joy festival.

  2. Night of Joy Artist Spotlight: Kutless at Magic Kingdom Park – On the surface, the guys from Kutless look like your basic, average rockers; but they have been the impetus for some of the most soulful praise and worship music in recent years, selling more than two million records across the last decade or so. Take a look at their artist profile!

  3. Night of Joy Artist Spotlight: TobyMac – Check out this Night of Joy artist profile, which focuses on a virtual veteran of the Christian Music industry, Grammy-and-Dove-Award winner TobyMac.

  4. Night of Joy Artist Spotlight: Chris August – This artist profile is about a relative newcomer to the Christian Music scene, but he has scorched up the Contemporary Christian charts during his short career in the industry – even winning GMA Dove Awards this year for New Artist, Male Vocalist and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Album of the Year for his smash CD, “No Far Away.”

  5. Night of Joy Artist Profile: Disciple – Love Christian music that really rocks?! If so, check out our artist profile on Disciple!
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Night of Joy Artist Spotlight: Kutless at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 9th, 2011 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Today’s Night of Joy Artist Profile shines the spotlight on Kutless.

Night of Joy Artist Spotlight: Kutless

On the surface, the guys from Kutless look like your basic, average rockers; but they have been the impetus for some of the most soulful praise and worship music in recent years, selling more than two million records across the last decade or so.

Hailing from the Portland, Ore., area, Kutless has had a unique trajectory in the Christian Music industry. From hard-edged college band to mainstream worship artist has been a huge transition for them. For most of the band’s history, pounding guitars and power ballads were the norm, with traditional Christian radio stations picking up a song here and there – like title tracks from their second and third albums, Sea of Faces and Strong Tower and “Promise of a Lifetime” from 2006’s Hearts of the Innocent.

In 2009, they changed direction a bit, creating their first praise and worship record, It is Well. One can’t argue with the success. Fans of Christian radio have embraced It is Well wholeheartedly, with singles like “That’s What Faith Can Do” and “Everything I Need” even making the Adult Contemporary Christian and Inspirational charts. But that doesn’t mean the guys have lost any of their edge. When asked whether the project they are currently working on will be a “rock record” or a “worship record,” the answer is simply “Yes.”

2011 will bring the guys fourth appearance at Night of Joy. Guitarists James Mead and Nick DePartee stopped by the Magic Kingdom Park during a promo tour to chat about some of their past Night of Joy experiences and a just happen upon on special guest.

Kutless will be performing at Disney’s Night of Joy on Saturday, Sept. 10. Here’s the rest of the line-up:

  • Friday, Sept. 9, 2011: Skillet, newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, Francesca Battistelli, Group 1 Crew, Sidewalk Prophets and Disciple.
  • Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011: mercyme, Tobymac, Jars of Clay, Sanctus Real, Chris August, Marvin Sapp and Vashawn Mitchell.

Night of Joy is an after-hours event, held Sept. 9 and 10, 2011, at Magic Kingdom Park 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 Park 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 www.nightofjoy.com.



Here’s a look at more artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Night of Joy event:

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Night of Joy Artist Spotlight: TobyMac

posted on September 5th, 2011 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Today’s Night of Joy artist profile focuses on a virtual veteran of the Christian Music industry, Grammy-and-Dove-Award winner TobyMac. From his early days with the group dcTalk to his phenomenal success as a solo artist to the creation of his record label, Gotee Records, Toby has been a major force on the Christian Music scene for more than two decades.

TobyMac

Countless performers cite Toby as an influence on their music and their lives; and with each new record, including his newest smash “Tonight,” he continues a seemingly-endless quest to bring hip-hop, funk and soul to mainstream Christian Music. Together with the DiverseCity band, Toby transitions easily from high-energy hits like “Funky Jesus Music” to soulful ballads like the GMA-Dove-Award-Nominated “City On Our Knees.”

In his non-music life, Toby is an avid golfer and runner. He participates in various charity golf tournaments and has hosted a charity tournament with fellow Christian Music performer Michael W. Smith. Toby and wife Amanda have combined their love of running and their heart for others into an annual charity event where they host fans to pre-event race activities before the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville, with proceeds benefiting the New Hope Academy, a community school in Franklin, TN. This year, “Team TobyMac” raised more than $100,000 for the Academy.

On a break from touring earlier in the year, Toby stopped by the Magic Kingdom and talked with us about what the past year has been like for him and the DiverseCity crew and what fans can expect from their Night of Joy performance.

Toby will be performing at Disney’s Night of Joy on Saturday, Sept. 10. Here’s the rest of the line-up:

  • Friday, Sept. 9, 2011: Skillet, newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, Francesca Battistelli, Group 1 Crew, Sidewalk Prophets and Disciple.
  • Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011: mercyme, Jars of Clay, Sanctus Real, Kutless, Marvin Sapp, Chris August and Vashawn Mitchell.

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 www.nightofjoy.com.

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