Disney To Hold Biggest Night Of Joy Ever

( [email protected] ) Aug 28, 2004 07:31 PM EDT

This year’s Night Of Joy at the Walt Disney World Resort will be the most extravagant in the 22 year history of the event. The event will be held from September 9th to 11th, adding an unprecedented third night in response to early sellouts in recent years.

"The demand for wholesome family entertainment like that provided by Night of Joy increases every year," comments Walt Disney World President Al Weiss. "So we are expanding our offerings — and we hope our guests will enjoy the result."

Performing on the three nights will be the largest and most impressive line up of CCM artists the event has ever assembled, with 24 acts that boast 174 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and 21 Grammy Awards. The list of artists, divided into performance nights, is as follows:

• Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, Avalon, Point of Grace, FFH, Mark Schultz, 4Him, and Across the Sky on Thursday, Sept. 9.

• Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Rebecca St. James, Warren Barfield, SONICFLOOd, Skillet, Stryper, and downhere on Friday, Sept. 10.

• Kirk Franklin, Jaci Velasquez, CeCe Winans, Jeremy Camp, Salvador, Jump5, Joy Williams, and 12 Stones on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Performances will take place at several stage locations between 7:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. each evening (following the regular closing of the Magic Kingdom). Popular attractions will also be available for guests to enjoy during Night of Joy hours.

One-, two- and three-night tickets are available. Advance tickets are $36.95 (plus tax) for one night, $59.95 (plus tax) for two nights and $79.95 (plus tax) for three nights. Tickets are available at Florida locations of Family Christian Stores. One-day tickets on event days (if still available) are $41.95. The event has been sold out in advance in recent years. Tickets can be purchased by calling 407-W-DISNEY or by visiting disneyworld.com/nightofjoy on the Internet.

In addition, guests attending the event are encouraged to bring canned and non-perishable food items to help aid victims of Hurricane Charley. Walt Disney World, which is the largest food bank supplier in Central Florida, through the Disney Harvest Plan, will be sending the donations to Second Harvest Food Bank