Night of Joy returns to Walt Disney World on September 9 and 10, 2016, bigger and better than ever. The Christian music festival has outgrown its old home at the Magic Kingdom; this year it takes over the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Artists like Casting Crowns, MercyMe, The Newsboys, Matthew West, Tim Timmons, Switchfoot, and Red will play on three stages in the Disney sports complex.

18 Night of Joy bands take the stage

Both individual and group tickets are available for Night of Joy for one or both nights of the event.

The line-up includes the following artists playing in Champion Stadium, the HP Fieldhouse, and the Jostens Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Champion Stadium

  • Casting Crowns
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Francesca Battistelli

HP Fieldhouse

  • MercyMe
  • Matthew West
  • Crowder

Jostens Center

  • OBB
  • Stars Go Dim
  • Zealand Worship

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Champion Stadium

  • Newsboys
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Hillsong Young & Free

HP Field House

  • Switchfoot
  • Red
  • Thousand Foot Krutch

Jostens Center

  • Derek Minor
  • Tim Timmons

For an idea of what Night of Joy is like, check out the video below.

The video shows clips of the event from the Magic Kingdom. Its new home will make it much easier to park and get to the concerts, and the venues offer seating rather than the standing room of years past at Cinderella Castle and the Tomorrowland stages:

Night of Joy fans can still visit the Disney theme parks

The ESPN Wide World of Sports is conveniently located off Osceola Parkway, and it has its own large parking lot, plus ample restroom facilities and places to purchase food and drink.

Those who still want to combine a Walt Disney World theme park experience with Night of Joy can purchase a combination ticket good for the event and one day of separate park admission for the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or DIsney's Animal Kingdom.

While one night tickets are available for Night of Joy, the powerhouse line-up of Christian bands makes it hard to choose between Saturday or Sunday.

It's much easier to choose a two-night ticket, leaving you with one hard choice: which stages to visit and bands to see, since the performances run simultaneously.

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