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Night of Joy 2018 and crowds at WDW

by Alicia
(Chicago IL)

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We are planning a trip in September, now I realize this is a long way out and the crowd calendars change multiple times before then. Even with that, if Night of Joy is the first weekend in September, would you say the amount of people in the parks will change from what you have on your calendars thus far?

We have been trying to decide between September 8th and 14th or September 15th through 21st.

A band playing at the Night of Joy Concert

The Night of Joy draws big crowds – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Alisha, we factor all this into the crowd calendars. I typically don’t change my crowd calendars from year to year, I’ll put them out and I pretty much don’t change them just because the patterns stay the same.

Night of Joy has been going on for years now, it really does not affect the crowds all that much. Especially now that they have moved it over to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex, it does not affect the park crowds. It just doesn’t. September, early September is a slow time of year, there’s just not any crowds.

Now, the one thing that might make me change my September crowd calendar is if this September the crowds are crazy, I mean, if this September, first time ever, there are heavy crowds, then I’ll probably change my September crowd calendar but I just don’t see it. It typically does not happen. September is a slow time.

Night of Joy, yes there’s a lot of kids over at the concert and it’s two days and some of them come for two days, some of them stay at Disney World but we’re talking about ten or twenty thousand people for the Night of Joy concert. In Disney terms, that’s not a lot of people. Ten or twenty thousand, that’s five thousand a park, that does not really change the crowd calendar. So, that wouldn’t move the crowd calendars.


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Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line is I don’t see the crowd calendar changing unless something goes crazy this September.


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Comments for

May 11, 2018 2018 Night of Joy
by: Anonymous

It’s official, no more Night of Joy. Just saw a posting on the Fox News App.

May 09, 2018 Night of Joy
by: Anonymous

They have officially cancelled the concert series.

Apr 23, 2018 Night of Joy 2018
by: Anonymous

I heard that Night of Joy will not be happening this year. I’m not happy about that. I did however see that Mercy Me will be playing the food and wine festival at EPCOT September 4th and 5th.

Mar 13, 2018 MK vs ESPN?
by: Anonymous

I thought about that, too, but I thought they moved Night of Joy to the ESPN center last year. Do you think it’s returning to MK?

Dad Answers

Nope just a brain cloud. Forgot they’d moved it.

Mar 12, 2018 NOJ 2018
by: Colleen

I just called Disney – they said dates not released yet and to ck back in April

Hanging onto hope all will be a go!

ESPN center complex has no conflict of events for usual date so again hanging onto hope and prayers

Mar 07, 2018 Sept 6-9
by: Steve

I noticed that MK has closing hours at 6:00 p.m. from Thursday – Sunday (Sept 6-9). The Thursday and Sunday are probably party nights. I wonder if the Night of Joy is taking place on Friday-Saturday. I imagine if true it would push crowds to other parks and increase crowds at MK significantly on the few late nights.

Dad Answers

It’s possible and even likely. That’s usually when Night of Joy happens.

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