After 35 years, Walt Disney World has announced that it will no longer be hosting the Night of Joy Christian music events which started at the resort in 1983.
- According to the Orlando Sentinel, a Disney spokesperson confirmed that, when it comes to Night of Joy, “Last year was our last event.” They added that the move was the result of them “continually changing our offerings.”
- The second night of the two-night event was actually canceled last year due to Hurricane Irma.
- While the majority of past Night of Joy events were held at Magic Kingdom, the festival was moved to ESPN Wide World of Sports in 2016.
- Incidentally, MercyMe — who performed at the final Night of Joy — was recently announced to be part of this year’s Eat to the Beat concert series at Epcot.
- Past Night of Joy performers include Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay, Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, and many more.
- A 2018 event line-up had not been announced.
ICYMI — Walt Disney World updates:
- Later this month, Walt Disney World will kick-off an Incredible Summer. The celebration includes an Incredibles Dance Party in Magic Kingdom, a new Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix show in Epcot (coming in June), Donald’s Dino-Bash at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and much more.
- This summer, Typhoon Lagoon will host a special hard-ticket event inspired by the Toy Story short “Partysaurus Rex.” Disney H2O Glow Nights start June 21st and will transform the water park with unique lighting effects. Buzz, Woody and Jessie will also be on hand to greet guests. Tickets are available here.
- Speaking of hard ticket events, Walt Disney World has announced dates for another round of Disney After Dark events at Magic Kingdom. This time, parties run as late as 1 a.m. on select nights, but all events give guests access to dozen of rides for three hours after park closing. Tickets are $119 per person and include admission to the park as early as 7 p.m.