After nearly 20 years, Disney Channel is returning to Camp Waziyatah for a contemporary new installment of its popular unscripted docu-series “Bug Juice.” The new version will capture the authentic adventures of a group of kids age 10-12 as they head to summer camp, join in exciting and challenging outdoor activities, establish tight bonds with bunkmates and create unforgettable memories. Production is currently underway in Waterford, Maine, for a scheduled debut in early 2018.
Named after the juice drinks often served at summer camps, “Bug Juice” marked Disney Channel’s foray into original, unscripted television and was recognized for its relatable stories and genuine portrayal of the summer camp experience.
“‘Bug Juice’ took viewers on a journey of adventure and self-discovery. Now, nearly two decades later, we are thrilled to be back in Maine at Camp Waziyatah with the creative team from Evolution Media and many of the same crew members who produced the original series,” said Susette Hsiung, executive vice president, Production, Disney Channels Worldwide.
“Bug Juice” is produced by Evolution Media, which also created and produced the original version of series and has been at the helm of other popular unscripted kids content for Disney Channel, including “Movie Surfers,” “Totally in Tune” and “Totally Hoops.” It is executive produced by Douglas Ross, Alex Baskin, Tina Gazzero Clapp and Toni Gallagher. Ross, Clapp and Gallagher were all involved in the production of the original series, which premiered on February 28, 1998, and ran for three seasons.
The first season of the original “Bug Juice” took place at Camp Waziyatah; the second season was filmed at Camp Highlander in Horse Shoe, North Carolina; and the third season took place at Brush Ranch Camp in Tererro, New Mexico.