Night of Joy: 2015 Event Recap

Today we welcome WDW Magazine photographer Laurie Sapp1 with a very special blog recap of the 2015 Night of Joy event at Magic Kingdom! Take it away Laurie!

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event Recap

Night of Joy is a annual special event at Walt Disney World usually taking place in September and often to a sold out crowd. Currently the event takes place at Magic Kingdom (but there were a few years that Night of Joy was held at Disney s Hollywood Studios). During the event you can expect to hear numerous Christian artists singing on various stages throughout the park all while enjoying your favorite park attractions.

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event RecapNight of Joy 2015 Photo by Laurie Sapp.

Entertainers this past year included Toby Mac, Mandisa, Skillet, Lecrae, Rend Collective, Mercy Me, Jeremy Camp and others totaling 16 in all. In years past well known artists like Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman have graced the Cinderella Castle Stage. I first attended Night of Joy in the late 80 s when I was in youth group at our church.

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event RecapNight of Joy 2015 Photo by Laurie Sapp.

My first memories from Night of Joy include herds of people gathering at the Ticket and Transportation Center behind the gates, waiting to board the ferry or the monorail. In years past the Cast Members had to clear the Magic Kingdom before they would let the NOJ attendees into the park. I am glad that they now use the bands similar to Mickey s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey s Very Merry Christmas Party to distinguish special event guests from regular park guests. As with other special events NOJ guests are able to enter the park at 4pm.

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event RecapNight of Joy 2015 Photo by Laurie Sapp.

There are 3 stages throughout the park where concerts take place. The Main Stage is the one at Cinderella s Castle while the other two stages are in Tomorrowland. The more popular artists are usually the ones that play on the Main Stage and attract the largest crowds. The other 2 stages offer a more intimate setting and a more close up view of the artists.

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event RecapNight of Joy 2015 Photo by Laurie Sapp.

One thing that was pretty cool about this year and the Main Stage was the reconstruction of the Hub area. With the opening of new walkways and garden areas more people were able to see the stage and enjoy the show. In years past everyone was crammed into that center circle trying to see and hear what was going on. This year there was still the crowd that squeezed up front close to the stage, but if you didn t want to deal with all the people you could hang out in the outer walkways or grassy areas and still enjoy the show!

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event RecapNight of Joy 2015 Photo by Laurie Sapp.

If you have never attended Night of Joy it is definitely worth considering. The music is amazing and you certainly can t beat the venue! As a Christian, it is pretty awesome to hear some of my favorite music playing at the most magical place on earth!

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event RecapNight of Joy 2015 Photo by Laurie Sapp.

This year I was able to take my teenage son for his first time! Since we are Annual Passholders this event was something new and exciting for him to enjoy with many of his friends that don t normally visit the parks with us. His favorite band was Rend Collective. They are an Irish group with energetic and upbeat music that had the crowd jumping and dancing during the whole show.

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event RecapNight of Joy 2015 Photo by Laurie Sapp.

I loved that show but the artist I was most excited to see was Mandisa. She is someone I have followed for years and cheered for when she was a contestant on American Idol. In the last couple years she has been featured on Good Morning America with her hits OverComer and Good Morning .

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event RecapNight of Joy 2015 Photo by Laurie Sapp.

The last show of the night was Skillet and their show featured fireworks throughout the whole thing! Seeing fireworks during the show was pretty awesome since there was not a showing of Wishes that evening.

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event RecapNight of Joy 2015 Photo by Laurie Sapp.

When buying tickets for Night of Joy you have the option of a 1 night ticket that can be used for either Friday or Saturday night or you can purchase a 2 night ticket good for both nights. Sometimes there is a special offer to add a water park day with the purchase of the 2 day pass.

Night Of Joy: 2015 Event RecapNight of Joy 2015 Photo by Laurie Sapp.

One word of advice .Night of Joy regularly sells out at least a week in advance.

Make sure you plan ahead and get your ticket early!

Have you ever attended Night of Joy?

References

  1. ^ Laurie Sapp (www.facebook.com)

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