Night of Joy 2013 Artist Profile at Magic Kingdom Park: Steven Curtis Chapman & Michael W. Smith





Well, it’s shaping up to be another stellar year for Disney’s Night of Joy.

Today’s blog post profiles two of the most decorated artists in Christian music: Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith.

After more than 60 combined years in the industry and more than 25 million records sold worldwide, the two are still going strong.

Steven’s new record – his first all-new studio record in seven years – “The Glorious Unfolding,” releases on September 30, 2013. And Michael has just written a new inspirational book called “The Power of an Ordinary Prayer.” Both also continue to provide rigorous support for charitable efforts including: Steven’s foundation, ShowHOPE, established to care for orphans by engaging the church and helping Christian families reduce the financial barriers to adoption; and Michael’s support for The Samaritan’s Purse, famous for their international holiday “shoebox” charity called Operation Christmas Child. Michael also is one of the founders of Rocketown, a nonprofit outreach for teens, providing opportunities in arts, music, action sports and mentoring programs.

They even toured together in 2008 and 2009.

Very familiar to guests of Disney’s Night of Joy, 2013 will mark the pair’s 20th combined performance. I can think of countless memories watching both performers as a guest of Nights of Joy past. The two titans of Christian music will be playing one integrated set at this year’s event – with the guys performing both together and separately.

2013 marks the 31st year for Disney’s Night of Joy, two nights where the best in Contemporary Christian music meets the fun and fantasy of Magic Kingdom Park. In addition to their favorite Christian artists, guests can enjoy beloved Magic Kingdom Park attractions like Space MountainSplash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain – along with New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history.


The complete line-up includes:

Friday, September 6: MercyMe, Steven Curtis Chapman & Michael W. Smith, Skillet, Mandisa, Audio Adrenaline, For King and Country, Moriah Peters, We As Human and City Harbor

Saturday, September 7: TobyMac, Francesca Batistelli, Newsboys, Matthew West, Group 1 Crew, Building 429, Plumb and Jamie Grace


One-day tickets to Disney’s Night of Joy are $55 plus tax in advance and $65 plus tax the night of the show (if available). Two-night tickets are $99 plus tax (advance purchase only) and group discounts are also available.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, visit

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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