After 34 years, Walt Disney World has decided to cancel the annual Christian event, Night of Joy.
Since it premiered more than three decades ago, the faith-based night has been a popular attraction for both Christian and non-Christian families.
“Last year was our last event,”Disney confirmed in a statement shared with the Orlando Sentinel.
The event, which has become a tradition for many families, will be missed by many.
The Night of Joy began in 1983, originating at the Magic Kingdom. The event would often sell out each year, partially due to the impressive Christian performers they would bring in for it.
In the past, performers ranged from Mandisa to Kirk Franklin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and many more.
The Disney World spokeswoman stated that they are ending the Night of Joy in order to “continually changing our offerings.”
It seems a bit odd, however, to be taking away something that has gone on for so long, and with so much success. One could argue that it is more of a tradition at this point than a simple “offering.”
Even though the theme park is canceling the Night of Joy, various Christian artists will be playing at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this fall. MercyMe and Tauren Wells are among those performing.
Universal Resort in Orlando will be hosting a similar Christian music festival this fall, titled Rock the Universe. If you are looking to attend a similar event to Night of Joy, this is the event for you.
Rock the Universe will take place September 7-8, and includes performers: Jesus Culture, TobyMac, Lauren Daigle, Red, Zach Williams and Trip Lee.
You can get tickets for their event on their website.