[<< wikipedia] Night of Joy (festival)
Night of Joy was an annual contemporary Christian music festival that took place from 1983 to 2017 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The festival was normally hosted at the Magic Kingdom in early September. It was cancelled in 2018 and replaced with a mainstream Eat to the Beat concert series, with Christian pop rock artists MercyMe and Tauren Wells joining the lineup. Night of Joy inspired two other Christian rock festivals in the Orlando region: Cornerstone Florida, which ran in the month of May from 2003 to 2007, and Rock the Universe at Universal Studios Florida, in operation since 1998.


== Venues ==
Most concerts were held at the Magic Kingdom, in front of the Cinderella Castle. Other venues included:

Disney's Hollywood Studios for the 2008 and 2009 concerts
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the 2016 and 2017 concertsSix artists have performed at all three venues: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Newsboys, Red and tobyMac. Several other artists have performed at two of these venues.


== Recent events (2010-present) ==


=== 2017 ===

The event returned at the ESPN Wide World of Sports and was scheduled to last two nights, but the September 9 event was cancelled as a precautionary measure against Hurricane Irma. Park tickets for September 9 could either be honored on September 8 or returned for a full refund.


=== 2016 ===


=== 2015 ===


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=== 2014 ===


=== 2013 ===


=== 2012 ===


=== 2011 ===


=== 2010 ===

The event returned to Magic Kingdom after two years of being held at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


== History (1983-2009) ==


=== 2009 ===

The official 2009 lineup was announced in March 2009. It featured more rock bands than usual and incorporated three acts common to both days of the performance, following "Conversations" with acts performing one of the two days. This is the final Night of Joy held at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


=== 2008 ===

This is the first of two consecutive events held at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Previously, Night of Joy was held exclusively at the Magic Kingdom theme park.


=== 2007 ===


=== 2006 ===


=== 2005 ===


=== 2004 ===

Saturday, September 11:

Kirk Franklin
Jaci Velasquez
CeCe Winans
Salvador
Jump 5
Jeremy Camp
Joy Williams
12 Stones


=== 2003 ===


=== 2002 ===


=== 2001 ===


=== 1986 ===
Darrell Mansfield
Leon Patillo
Petra
Stryper
Russ Taff
Sheila Walsh
The Winans


=== 1985 ===

Night of Joy 1985 is the only instance where an event occurred outside of September.


== References ==