Walt Disney World Announces 2017 Dates for Night of Joy

Night of Joy, Walt Disney World’s annual Christian-music festival, will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex again in 2017, the company has announced.

The event was held at the complex for the first time earlier this month. For most of its 33-year history, it was produced at Magic Kingdom, which required the theme park to close early for Night of Joy guests. The event also was held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for two years.

The dates for the 2017 edition of Night of Joy will be Sept. 8 and 9. Disney also announced that MercyMe, a multiplatinum-selling group, will be among the artists next year. The group performed at the event this year. It was its 11th appearance at Night of Joy.

Additional performers will be announced in the coming months.

Disney used three venues — Champions Stadium, the Jostens Center and the HP Fieldhouse — at the complex for concerts and transformed two of its athletic fields for additional activities such as a Wiffle ball home Run derby. A talent showcase featuring local Christian music talent was held in the ESPN Grill.

From the Orlando Sentinel

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Author: Ray

I am a lifelong fan of everything Disney. My first trip to a a Disney park was to Disneyland as a child in 1970, but didn't make to Walt Disney World until I went with my wife and first child in 1990. A year doesn't go by with out at least one trip to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World. My wife and I are Disney Vacation Club members and also Charter Members of D23.

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