2012 GMA Dove Award Winners Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE – with Casting Crowns, Third Day, MercyMe, Kutless – Headline Disney’s Night of Joy Sept. 7-8


2012 will celebrate the event’s 30th Year

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – 2012 GMA Dove Award Winners Chris Tomlin and NEEDTOBREATHE – along with Contemporary Christian megastars Casting Crowns, Third Day, MercyMe and Kutlesswill headline one of the most-decorated lineups in the 30-year history of Disney’s Night of Joy Sept. 7-8, 2012. Filling the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort with the sound of contemporary Christian music will be 16 artists with a legacy of accolades, personal triumphs and thrilling testimonies.

2012′s GMA Dove Awards saw NEEDTOBREATHE take home awards in three categories (“Group of the Year,” “Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year” and Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year); Hip-hop-Gospel artist Lecrae also receive awards for “Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year” and “Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year” and Chris Tomlin win for “Praise and Worship Album of the Year.” Members of Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Third Day and artists Chris Tomlin, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath and Lecrae also were recognized in the “Special Event Album of the Year” category for their contributions to “The Story,” an all-star CD and DVD project based on the Nativity.

Here’s the night-by-night Night of Joy 2012 lineup (entertainment subject to change):

  • Friday, September 7, 2012: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, Disciple.
  • Saturday, September 8, 2012: MercyMe, Third Day, Kutless, Chris August, Lecrae, Yolanda Adams, Thousand Foot Krutch and Dara Maclean.

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom attractions also are available for guests.

One- and two-night Night of Joy tickets are offered. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $52.95 plus tax per ticket and on the days of the event (if available) for $62.95 plus tax. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Guests can purchase tickets or learn more about the event by calling 407-W-DISNEY or at www.nightofjoy.com.