Published On: Sun, May 6th, 2018

Disney World ends Night of Joy, Christian concert night after three decades of events

There will be no Night of Joy event at Walt Disney World in 2018, and there are no plans for the series of Christian-music concerts to return to the resort in the future, a Disney World spokeswoman has confirmed.

“Last year was our last event,” the spokeswoman said Thursday.

The elimination of the Night of Joy event was part of the resort’s philosophy of “continually changing our offerings,” the Disney World spokeswoman said.

Christian artists MercyMe and Tauren Wells will be at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, each performing in early September over two nights as part of the Eat to the Beat concerts series.

Night of Joy began in 1983 at the Magic Kingdom, reoccurring there for most of the 35 years – there were two years at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and for the past two years, it had been held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

The second night of the 2017 event was called off because of the threat of Hurricane Irma.

Among the final performers last year were TobyMac and MercyMe. No lineup had been announced for a possible 2018 event.

That first event in 1983 featured David Meece, Benny Hester, Phil Keaggy, Petra and headliner Leon Patillo.

In 1998, Universal Studios started holding a two-night, extra-ticket event called Rock the Universe, featuring Christian artists. This event will continue, will be held Sept. 7-8 this year. Among its 12 acts will be Jesus Culture, TobyMac and Casting Crowns.

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