The 23rd Night of Joy 2005 will be held September 9 and 10 in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Christian music's most highly acclaimed artists such as MercyMe, Casting Crowns, and Steven Curtis Chapman, plus a dozen other Christian recording artists, will be joining in this event this year.
Exclusive elements have been added, doubling the excitement of the event:
- Some of the top Christian Music artists at the event will debut live performances of music inspired from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's upcoming blockbuster release of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
-Walt Disney World and the GMA (Gospel Music Association) will collaborate on two events this year. Walt Disney World Entertainment will provide judges for the GMA's 31st Annual "Music in the Rockies" event (July 31 - Aug. 6, 2005); and one of the over-all winners from the Rockies event's annual Spotlight talent competition will come to perform at Night of Joy.
-Night of Joy 2005 will also be a stage for the winner of another national Christian music talent search. Kellogg's Gospel Sing Off 2005 is a competition for youth church Gospel choirs -- groups with members' ages 10 to 20 -- from selected cities. Groups will perform during the Sing Off 2005 tour during July, with the winners being announced in August. Teen Gospel sensation Kierra "KiKi" Sheard, national spokewoman for the Gospel Sing Off, will also perform with the winner at Night of Joy.
Since 1983, Walt Disney World Resort has presented Night of Joy annually, having more than 100 Christian music artists perform before a combined audience of more than 800,000 people in the Magic Kingdom. The musically diverse performances during Night of Joy 2005 will hold ten acts each evening, from 7:30 p.m- 12:30 a.m. Genres will include pop, rock, urban, Gospel, and praise& worship.
Tickets go on sale March 25. Single-night tickets are $37.95 plus tax (in advance) and $42.95 plus tax (at the gate, if available). Two-night tickets are $61.95.
For more information or to purchase tickets for Night of Joy at Walt Disney World, guests can call 407-W-DISNEY or go online to check out http://www.disneyworld.com/nightofjoy