Night of Joy at Walt Disney World will have three stages running simultaneously at ESPN Wide World of Sports when the event takes over on September 9 and 10. The main stage, located in Champion Stadium, will feature three acts each night from among the hottest performers on the Christian music scene. Here's who you can expect to see in the stadium:

September 9 Night of Joy Champion Stadium performers

Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns has been around since 1999, when the band was started by youth pastor Mark Hall, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Their Walt Disney World performance puts them in their home state, where they'll perform some of their biggest hits spanning from their early "Lifesong" days all the way up to "Thrive" and their recent hymn and live performance albums from 2015. They're veterans of this event dating back to its days in the Magic Kingdom. You can see them perform "If We Are the Body" in one of their past Night of Joy performances in the video below:

Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin juggles worship leader duties with his performances.

He started in music young, writing his first song at age 14, and today he's known for songs like "How Great is Our God" and "Jesus Messiah." He's no stranger to Night of Joy, having performed on the Cinderella Castle stage in years past, so he'll be right at home at ESPN Wide World of Sports. You can see him performing "Waterfall" at the Magic Kingdom in the video below:

Francesca Battistelli

Francesca Battistelli is also a Night of Joy veteran, and she's no stranger to Orlando.

Before she performed Christian music at Walt Disney World,she started out in the City Beautiful in the girl group "Bella" when she was 15-years-old. When that experience ended, she turned to playing and writing her own music and soon became a force to be reckoned with on the Christian music scene. Her best-known songs include "Write Your Story" and "He Knows My Name."

September 10 Night of Joy Champion Stadium performers


The Newsboys have been doing their high energy act since 1985, and they're regulars at Night of Joy.

They return to Walt Disney World to perform such favorites as "Live With Abandon" and "God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)." The latter song led to the band's appearance in the 2014 movie of the same name. You can hear them perform the song at the Magic Kingdom in the video below:

For King & Country

For King & Country keeps it all in the family. Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone focus on Christian music, but they credit such mainstream performers as The Beatles, U2, Switchfoot, and the Goo Goo Dolls as their inspirations. They'll rock Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports during Night of Joy with songs like "The Proof of Your Love" and "Fix My Eyes."

Hillsong Young & Free

Hillsong Young & Free comes from the Land Down Under, where they took their name from the place they got their start, Hillsong Church.

They're an offshoot of Hillsong United, and their latest album was released in early 2016, reaching number two on the U.S. Christian album chart. Fans will get to hear their music live at Walt Disney World during the second evening of Night of Joy.

If you'd like to be assured of getting good seats for these bands, Disney is selling premium seats for both evenings of Night of Joy. If you don't mind sitting farther back or plan to wander between the three ESPN Wide World of Sports venues, where bands will play simultaneously on both nights, you'll do fine with general admission.

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