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Night of Joy at Disney's Magic Kingdom 2014

Updated on April 1, 2014
Night of Joy is held in Magic Kingdom over two nights in September.
Night of Joy is held in Magic Kingdom over two nights in September. | Source

Night of Joy is a two night event at Magic Kingdom resort.

The event features Christian Contemporary bands performing all throughout the evening.

The park is open exclusively to Night of Joy attendees.

Find out what is in store for 2014 guests.

Dates for Night of Joy 2014

Dates for the two night, Night of Joy for 2014 are September 5th and 6th. Check back for more updates as information becomes available.

Event Times

The event runs from 7:30 to 1:00 AM with the concerts usually finishing up around midnight.

Those that purchased group tickets can get into the park starting at 4 PM. Typically, other guests with individual tickets can still get in thirty minutes to an hour ahead of official start times.

Look for the Night of Joy entrances at the front of Magic Kingdom.

Ticket Prices

Tickets prices are as follows:

Single Night: $59

Two Nights: $108

*Note that the two night ticket also includes next day admission to a Disney Water Park or Disney Quest.

Call 1-407-W-Disney to reserve your tickets. Tickets are limited.

Night of Joy brings together some of the best Christian Contemporary performers of all time.
Night of Joy brings together some of the best Christian Contemporary performers of all time. | Source

Group Ticket Perks must be used by the end of the day September 7th. In addition to admission to the event, each group ticket holder receives:

  • Choice of either Disney Quest, Disney's Blizzard Beach or Disney's Typhoon Lagoon.
  • Early park access beginning at 4 PM through 1 AM.
  • One free ticket for every ten tickets purchased.
  • Group rates at a Disney Hotel
  • Access to special fast passes for select rides.

Group rates are especially good for churches or youth groups who plan to attend Night of Joy.

Group packages must be purchased by August 30th to receive the discounts and perks.

Performers for Night of Joy 2014

Friday, September 5
Saturday September 6
Building 429
Casting Crowns
For King & Country
Colton Dixon
Hillsong United
Israel Houghton & New Breed
Matt Maher
Britt Nicole
Chris Tomlin
One Girl Nation
The Neverclaim
Matthew West
Rhett Walker
We As Human
Each Night of Joy is packed with some of the most important Christian Contemporary artists.

The schedule of performances for 2014 is not out yet. Here is a look at the 2013 schedule to give you an idea about the the event works and is staged.

Schedule of Performances 2013

Below is the 2013 schedule for Night of Joy. You won't be able to catch every performance of every group so you will need to pick and choose which performances you want to watch. Remember to pick up a schedule when you go in that gate to check for last minute changes.

Friday's Concert Line Up Night of Joy

Cinderella Castle Stage (Main Street, Castle)
Galaxy Stage (Tomorrowland)
Rockettower Plaza Stage (Tomorrowland)
7:40 p.m. – Steven Curtis Chapman/Michael W. Smith
7:30 p.m. – Audio Adrenaline
8:15 p.m. – City and Harbor
9:50 p.m. – MercyMe
8:50 p.m. – Audio Adrenaline
9:40 p.m. – We As Human
11:55 p.m. – Skillet
10:25 p.m. – Mandisa
11:20 p.m. – Moriah Peters
12:10 a.m. – For King and Country
Night of Joy Friday 2013

Saturday's Concert Line Up Night of Joy

Cinderella Castle Stage (Main Street, Castle)
Galaxy Stage (Tomorrowland)
Rockettower Plaza Stage (Tomorrowland)
7:40 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
7:30 p.m. – Matthew West
8:15 p.m. – Jamie Grace
9:30 p.m. – Gospel Music Association Winner Steven Musso
8:50 p.m. – Matthew West
9:40 p.m. – Jamie Grace
9:50 p.m. – TobyMac
10:25 p.m. – Group 1 Crew
11:20 p.m. – Plumb
11:55 p.m. – Newsboys
12:10 a.m. – Building 429
Night of Joy Saturday 2013
Matthew West and many others are scheduled to perform at Night of Joy 2013.
Matthew West and many others are scheduled to perform at Night of Joy 2013. | Source

Rides Open During Night of Joy

Several of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom are open during Night of Joy as well as merchandise venues and restaurants.

Typically, the rides that stay open during Night of Joy include:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Splash Mountain
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Groups that arrive early will have time to experience some of Magic Kingdom's other attractions before the park closes for the event.

Typically it's best to experience other attractions besides the ones listed as the lines for these popular rides will be almost non-existent during the Night of Joy.

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Best Places to Stay for Night of Joy

Staying at any Disney hotel will give you bus, monorail or boat access to the Magic Kingdom. Since the event runs late, it is very nice to have the option to take the Disney transportation and not have to worry about getting to the parking lot and driving back to your hotel.

Hotels on the monorail that runs directly to Magic Kingdom include:

  • Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Disney's Polynesian Resort
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Also, Disney's Wilderness Lodge is accessible via boat or bus. All other on-property hotels will require you to take a bus back to your room.

Some of the "good neighbor" hotels located near Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs) also have bus service but you will need to take the monorail or ferry to the Ticket and Transportation Center in order to take the bus. If you are staying off property, be sure to confirm with the hotel that late bus pick up will be available.

You can also take a taxi or drive your own vehicle to the park.

A Glorious Two-Day Event

Night of Joy has been a tradition at Magic Kingdom for two decades.

While the line-up and faces of Christian Contemporary stars have changed, the popularity of the event and the satisfaction of the guests shows why it continues to be anticipated, loved and remembered.


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