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Disney, Universal hosting large Christian music fests

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Christian music fans can get their praise on next weekend , Sept. 6-7, when two of Orlando’s most popular theme parks host Christian music festivals.

Now in its 30th year, Walt Disney World welcomes “Night of Joy” with 18 artists across the Christian musical spectrum including Mercy Me, Skillet, For King and Country, Toby Mac, Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith.

“This is our 31st year to host Disney’s Night of Joy at Walt Disney World,” said Charles Stovall, Disney’s public relations manager. “We continue to look for ways to exceed our guests’ expectations; and have put together a stellar lineup of Christian music and Disney fun for this year. ”

Over at neighboring theme park, Universal Orlando Resort will “Rock the Universe” for the 15th year, with a faith-filled weekend featuring 17 Christian rock bands such as Lecrae, Switchfoot, Casting Crowns and Jesus Culture.

“Night of Joy” will be held at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Steven Curtis Chapman, who has played Disney’s Night of Joy 10 years, said he and his family look forward to performing at the Magic Kingdom.

“My older kids suddenly show up when they know I’m going to Disney,” the Grammy winning singer said via a video interview. “Even if they’re out of the house, they show up with their bags and say, ‘Hey, come on, let’s go.’ I think my boys may be playing in my band that night. It’ll be a family affair.”

‘NIGHT OF JOY’

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

Sept. 7: Francesca Battistelli, Steven Musso, TobyMac, Newsboys, Matthew West, Group 1 Crew, Building 429, Jamie Grace, Plumb

When: 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight and Saturday

Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando

Tickets: $55; www.nightofjoy.com

‘ROCK THE UNIVERSE’

Sept. 6: Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Tenth Avenue North, Family Force 5, Colton Dixon, Kyle Sherman, Dara McClean, OBB, Love & The Outcome. Alma Vertical

Sept. 7: Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture, Lecrae, Relient K, Red, Everfound, Crave, Dara McClean, OBB, Love & The Outcome, Alma Vertical

When: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight and Saturday

Where: Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

Tickets: $49.99; www.rocktheuniverse.com

Other info: Both events are offering multi-day discounts, go to the websites for more information

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