September 8 – September 9, 2017
Night of Joy is a contemporary Christian music festival held each year on a Friday and Saturday in September. New for 2016, Night of Joy will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports and Night of Joy guests will get admission to the ESPN Wide World of Sports for fellowship and fun, as well as have the option to purchase a special ticket that includes access to one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. From 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. each night, enjoy fun and fellowship, as well as enjoy live performances by today’s top bands in contemporary Christian rock, pop and gospel. This event requires a special ticket.
The Night of Joy artists perform on several stages around ESPN Wide World of Sports, which means you can choose from different musical performances and locations throughout the festival. There is ample seating at indoor and outdoor venues and amazing performances will take place on multiple stages – Champion Stadium, HP Fieldhouse and Jostens Center.
Guests will also be able to participate in an expo with a variety of vendors, enjoy tasty food and beverage options – including Food Truck options, catch the Talent Spotlight Competition, and participate in the Family Activity Zone.
Venue doors open and activities (in the Jostens Center) begin at 5:00 p.m. each night. Please allow ample time to travel to the venue and get settled in your seat. In addition, there will be dedicated transportation provided so that guests can easily move to the Sports Complex.
Tickets went on sale in mid-April. There is a discount available for advance ticket purchases and for groups of 10 or more. Check here or watch the Night of Joy Facebook page for more info.
2016 Night of Joy Info
Additional 2017 information will be updated when released
For 2016, the 34th annual event includes favorite artists like MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin and Francesca Battistelli.
2016 Night of Joy Tickets are now on sale.
Friday, September 9
HP Field House
6:30-7:45 p.m. – Matthew West
8:30-10:00 p.m. – Crowder
11:00 p.m. -12:30 a.m. – MercyMe
7:30-8:30 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
9:15-10:45 p.m. – Chris Tomlin
11:30 p.m. -1:00 a.m. – Casting Crowns
6:00-7:00 p.m. – Stars Go Dim
7:45-8:15 p.m. – Zealand Worship
8:45-9:15 p.m. – Zealand Worship
10:00-10:30 p.m. – OBB
11:00-11:30 p.m. – OBB
Saturday, September 10
HP Field House
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Thousand Foot Krutch
8:00-9:15 p.m. – RED
10:15-11:45 p.m. – Switchfoot
7:00-8:00 p.m. – Hillsong YOUNG & FREE
8:45-10:00 p.m. – for KING & COUNTRY
10:45 p.m.-12:15 a.m. – Newsboys
5:30-6:15 p.m. – VERIDIA
9:15-9:35 p.m. – Tim Timmons
10:30-11:15 p.m. – Derek Minor
Do keep in mind that the artist lineup subject to change without notice.
New for 2016 will be the Fields of Joy where Guests can head to the complex’s sports fields and take part in sports challenges. Guests can do things like play a game of 4v4 soccer, clock your pitching arm, showcase your free throw skills and more.
Also new for 2016 will be FanFest at the Jostens Center. FanFest will include a fun, interactive area that includes video games, 60 second challenges, Imagination Playground and oversized versions of popular games such as foosball, connect four and chess. FanFest will also feature showcases from great Christian comedians.
Disney characters will also be on hand for meet and greet opportunities each night. You’ll be able to meet Mickey, Minnie, and some of their friends from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
On Saturday night only, FanFest will also include an opportunity for Guests to participate in multiple question and answers sessions with some of the top artists who will be appearing at Night of Joy. These stars may also be available for photo opportunities and potentially play games with Guests.
There will also be exclusive Night of Joy merchandise available for purchase.
2016 Individual Single-Night Tickets for Friday can be purchased in advance for $39.00 plus tax per ticket and on the day of the event (if available) for $45.00 plus tax.
2016 Individual Single-Night Ticket for Saturday, plus a ticket for one day at one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks can be purchased in advance for $99 plus tax, or $114 plus tax on the day of the event (if available). Guests will be able to visit the theme park of their choice beginning at 9:00 a.m. Theme park parking is not included. This ticket option is not available the day of event.
2016 Individual Two-Night Tickets can be purchased in advance for $119.00 plus tax per ticket; tickets include a 1-day admission to one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks.
In addition, for those who purchase the Two-Night Tickets before August 9, 2016, they will also receive one admission to either Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water parks from anywhere between September 6 through September 12, 2016.
Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 407-W-DISNEY, at Disney resorts including Swan & Dolphin hotels and Shades of Green, and at theme park ticket windows. The Night of Joy event is priced separately from one day admission to the Walt Disney World theme parks. Tickets are non-transferable and valid for event dates only.
A minimum of 10 event tickets must be purchased to qualify for the group rate. For every 10 tickets purchased, one identical free ticket for a Group Leader will be provided with the order. In addition to the special discount per ticket and a complimentary ticket for every 10 purchased, there are usually special benefits for groups of 10 or more, and additional perks when your group purchases two-night group tickets.
2016 Group Single-Night Tickets can be purchased for either Friday night or Saturday night in advance. The cost is $35.00 plus tax per ticket or for Premium Seating the cost is $55 plus tax per ticket for those wanting to attend on Friday night. For those attending on Saturday, tickets are $89.00 plus tax per ticket, or $109.00 plus tax per ticket for those wanting Premium Seating*.
2016 Group Two-Night Tickets can also be purchased in advance for $109.00 plus tax per ticket. For those purchasing the Premium Seating* in advance, the cost is $139.00 plus tax per ticket. Tickets include a 1-day admission to one of Disney’s two water parks or DisneyQuest if you purchase on or before August 28, 2015. These tickets are valid from 8-14. They are not available the day of event.
*Premium seating includes a reserved seat at Champion Stadium, commemorative lanyard, credential and pin.
Group tickets are available by advance purchase by calling (877) 648-3569 or by visiting Disney’s website. Groups looking to purchase tickets on the day of the event will not qualify for the free ticket offer.
Guests attending Night of Joy may enjoy transportation to ESPN Complex from the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Throughout the event, as well as at the conclusion of each night, transportation will be offered from ESPN Complex to all Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.
For those who are attending Night of Joy but staying off property, they will be able to travel directly to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.