(CelebrityAccess News Service) — Walt Disney World Resort has unveiled plans for an unprecedented Night of Joy in September 9-11 that will showcase the biggest, most-decorated lineup of contemporary Christian music talent in the event's 22-year history. The marquee includes 24 acts spread across three consecutive evenings including a first-ever Thursday evening Night of Joy. The expansion to a third night follows early sellouts in recent years.
"The demand for wholesome family entertainment like that provided by Night of Joy increases every year," said Walt Disney World president Al Weiss. "So we are expanding our offerings, and we hope our guests will enjoy the result."
Night of Joy lineup:
September 9: Michael W. Smith, Avalon, Jars of Clay, Point of Grace, 4HIM, FFH, Mark Schultz and Across the Sky.
September 10: Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, Rebecca St. James, Skillet, Stryper, Sonicflood, downhere and Warren Barfield.
September 11: Kirk Franklin, Jaci Velasquez, CeCe Winans, 12 Stones, Salvador, Jeremy Camp, Joy Williams and Jump 5.
Performances will take place at several stage locations between 7:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. each evening (following regular Magic Kingdom closing). Popular attractions will also be available for guests to enjoy during Night of Joy hours. Advance tickets are priced at $36.95 (plus tax) for one night, $59.95 (plus tax) for two nights and $79.95 (plus tax) for three nights. One-day tickets on event days — if available — are $41.95. The event has been sold out in advance in recent years.
A total of 96 different acts have been showcased at Night of Joy since the event's inception in 1983. Rock, pop, alternative, gospel, urban and Latin styles are showcased. A combined audience of nearly 800,000 people has enjoyed the musical variety over the years. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner