We were in Orlando the weekend before last for Night of Joy and I am so very very glad that we went. We had bought our tickets to the event several months ago and in light of the recent events we debated not going but decided it would be good to get out of the house. And it really was exactly what we needed. It was so nice to have a change of scenery, a reason to get dressed and put on make-up each day, etc.
Night of Joy is a huge Christian music concert that takes place at Magic Kingdom every year. This years headliners…David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Sidewalk Prophets, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Third Day, MercyMe…there were a ton more acts, but those were the bigger name bands. The concerts were from 7pm-1am on Friday and Saturday, and they even kept the entire park open the whole night! So you could listen to some music, ride a ride, listen to more music, etc. They also had a local Christian radio station playing over the speakers throughout the whole park. It was awesome!
(Except for the two newborns…I mean they seriously could have come straight from the hospital…that camped out right next to us during one of the concerts. That wasn’t my favorite moment of the weekend. Nor was the fact that every other billboard (almost literally) along a probably 200 mile stretch in Florida said “Are you pregnant” or “Pregnant? Your baby’s heart is already beating” etc. etc. I don’t know if there is a high rate of abortion in Florida or what but it really was crazy. I had noticed it before on previous Orlando or Miami trips but this time it was another constant reminder that I was NOT pregnant.)
Anyway, back to my story…I went into it thinking it would mostly be a cool concert, but it was such a worshipful experience! It was really a cool experience to be in a place like that with thousands of other believers worshipping our Lord! Here are some pictures of our well needed weekend away…
The picture everyone gets at Magic Kingdom, in front of Mickey! Decked out in our Bama gear for day #2!
One of the stages was right in front on the castle. It changed colors throughout the night. Beautiful in my opinion. :) The only thing that makes the Magic Kingdom better is going at Christmas time when there are white lights all over the castle and throughout the park!
In motion picture on Space Mountain…The first time we rode this ride I caught myself laughing and smiling really big on the ride and it felt almost wrong to be smiling and laughing and having fun, but it felt so good at the same time if that makes any sense.
By the way, they have recently renovated Space Mountain and they now have games you can play while waiting in line! It was very cool.
At the dolphin and whale show at Sea World. Our camera survived this one but almost bit the dust at the Shamu show. It got soaked…and will never be quite the same again, but at least it recovered enough to still function!
We will definitely be going to Night of Joy again! Anyone want to come with us next year?!?!