Universal and Disney bring Christian music back to their parks Sept. 9 and 10

On the weekend of Sept. 9 and 10, Christian music artists will be taking over two Orlando theme parks for special-ticket events. Rock the Universe returns to Universal Studios, featuring performances by 17 Christian music artists, guest speakers, candlelight ceremonies, and all-new fan zone, and Night of Joy returns to the Magic Kingdom with live performances by Christian Music stars in rock, pop and gospel all around the park.

The headlining performers for the Universal event are Switchfoot, Casting Crowns, Reliant K, Third Day, David Crowder Band, and anberlin. The full lineup includes:

                     ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2011 LINEUP                    

Friday, September 9

Saturday, September 10

Switchfoot Casting Crowns
David Crowder Band Third Day
anberlin Relient K
Grits RED
Family Force 5 Tenth Avenue North
Rhema Soul Brandon Heath
Hyland Live Fish

In addition to the musical performances, guests will have access to autograph sessions, band merchandise, and access to the New Artist’s Stage at the all-new fan zone area. The three emerging artists who will be performing there are Jason Castro of American Idol, For King and Country, and Dara Maclean.

At Universal, guests will also get the opportunity to hear from two survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks, in honor of the 10th Anniversary. Retired Navy Captain Tom Joyce survived the attacks on the Pentagon, and Sujo John worked on the 81st floor of the North Tower in New York City. Both will discuss how their faith helped them through that tragic time.

Universal has also added some Christian music to their hidden song list for the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster. Access all the hidden song choices Here.

Over at Walt Disney World, the headliners will be:

Friday, September 9:
Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage
7:45 p.m. – Jeremy Camp
9:50 p.m. – Newsboys
11:55 p.m. – Skillet

Galaxy Stage
7:30 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
9:25 p.m. – Group 1 Crew
11:25 p.m. – Matthew West

Rockettower Plaza Stage
7:45 p.m. – Disciple
9:15 p.m. – Disciple
10:50 p.m. – Sidewalk Prophets
12:15 a.m. – Sidewalk Prophets

Saturday, September 10:
Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage
7:45 p.m. – Jars of Clay
9:35 p.m. – Gospel Music Association Winner
9:55 p.m. – TobyMac
11:55 p.m. – MercyMe

Galaxy Stage
7:30 p.m. – Sanctus Real
8:35 p.m. – Disney Gospel Choir Fest Winner
9:45 p.m. – Kutless
11:50 p.m. – Marvin Sapp

Rockettower Plaza Stage
7:45 p.m. – Vashawn Mitchell
9:15 p.m. – Vashawn Mitchell
10:50 p.m. – Chris August
12:15 a.m. – Chris August

For more information and tickets for Rock the Universe, visit RocktheUniverse.com or call 1-866-RTU-INFO (1-866-788-4636).

For more information and tickets for  Night of Joy, visit disneyworld.com.


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  1. Also announced is this year they’ll be re-programming rip/ride/rockit with bands that will be appearing at rock the universe.