by Lisa Stith
Friends, Fun, and Faith is what my youth group discovered at Night of Joy. Disney’s Night of Joy is a special event that runs for two evenings each September, and features current popular Christian music artists who play in several areas of the Magic Kingdom. This year marked 30 years of the event. Early entry into the park begins at 4:00pm, and the event officially runs from 7:30pm to 1:00am. Night of Joy is a great time to gather with other people who enjoy contemporary Christian music and Disney magic. The evening is filled with teenagers, most of who come with a youth group. It’s always great to see other people singing songs of Praise, and enjoying the Magic Kingdom together.
There was also a Leader’s Lounge set up for the leaders of youth groups to hang out in. Mickey and Minnie were in there so the leaders could get their pictures taken with them. My husband and I took our youth group for the Friday evening event, and despite the dark clouds and eventual downpour of rain, everyone had a great time! One of my favorite things about Night of Joy is that the rides aren’t very crowded. We barely waited in line for any ride at all! Another neat thing is running into some of the featured singers. Our group ran into one of the bands while in line for Space Mountain, and they were excited to get a picture taken with them. They were really excited to see them in concert later that evening!
Although my family visits Disney World quite often, for several of our youth this was their first trip! We love introducing people to the Magic of Walt Disney World, and we think it’s even better when we can enjoy great Christian music along with it.
Lisa Stith and her husband are the youth pastors at their church. She is also the mother of 2 young kids, and is a 1st grade teacher. She has been going to Disney since she was 4 months old, and is known by all of her friends as a Disney fanatic. 🙂