Laurie’s brings us her take on her first Night of Joy. I need to write mine still. 🙂
Tabitha bought me a ticket to the first night of the WDW hard ticket event, Night of Joy. I am an old fashioned Fanny Crosby fan and was not expecting to be too happy in the Magic Kingdom. I was so wrong and am ready to discuss major issues plaguing the event as well as my happy thoughts.
The major issue was the concerts. There were no theaters such as Beauty and the Beast at Hollywood Studios to hold the fans who stood in line up to 4 hours. The day I was there was rough on the fans at the forecourt. Disabled guests waited in line for 2 hours only to find out that the forecourt area had not been emptied so nobody who came for the second show was let into the forecourt area. The three stages were relatively flats so that only a few guests could clearly see the stages. Thankfully I was one of the disabled who got a front row seat in Tommorowland in a backstage area.
Christian music fans are ardent fans who will wait hours to see their favorite band or musician. They get excited at the mere mention of certain names. The stages were not set up to handle 1000 fans let alone 300 fans. All stages were standing only unless you did not want to see a show. The schedule was such that most people could only see two shows at most by standing in line for hours. WDW staff needs to address the fact that these are diehard fans who want to see the bands.
WDW announced that in 2016, there will be a venue for music and a ticket for WDW. What made Night of Joy special was being able to sit far from a concert but still being able to hear the music. My boss and her son were along the ramp far by Sleepy Hollow waffle stand, they were quite happy there. I loved walking through the park with Christian music playing.
Now guests will have to spend 45 minutes each way to travel from the concerts to Magic Kingdom. The old way allowed guests to do Space Mountain then listen to the concert. I liked the old way, but the issue was the lack of decent theater venues. You could walk out of a bathroom or store and hear the concerts playing then hit a ride while waiting for your favorite band to go on stage.
The good news for concert goers, is that there are lots of venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports including indoor sites. It will be better for the musicians as they will have more room to set up. In theory, the biggest bands could have stadium seating for once. There are lots of places for food trucks and there is that awesome Grille for dining. World Wide of Sports has a long history of dealing with everything from tennis to cheerleader events. Next year fewer performances will be closed because of bad weather.
As a die hard Baptist who avoids Christian music, this was rather pleasant. I drove Tabitha nuts when I used my phone so she could hear the concert I was at. I believe it was Big Daddy Weave, just know he was awesome and gentle with the music so that the word of God was shared. Each song had a message just like my precious hymns. If I was financially well off I would do both days next year. It is not high priority, but I feel that it was well worth the money spent and I had a great time. I have an awesome boss and friend. Thank you for a great night and a great night of fellowship.