We’re going back to Waziyatah! Disney Channel is hopping on the reboot train, with newly announced plans to revive its late-’90s summer camp reality show Bug Juice. So if those adult summer camps aren’t enough to satiate your need to live in the woods with a group of new friends, this nostalgia-inducing news could be just what you need.
Bug Juice was the channel’s first foray into unscripted television and lasted for three seasons, from 1998 to 2001. It followed the lives of kids and their counselors at three different camps over the seasons, starting at Camp Waziyatah in Waterford, Maine, then moving to Camp Highlander in Horse Shoe, North Carolina, and ending at Brush Ranch Camp in Tererro, New Mexico.
The revival is currently in production at the OG campground in Maine and is expected to be on our screens in early 2018. According to Entertainment Weekly, the new series will “capture the authentic adventures of a group of kids ages 10 to 12 as they head to summer camp, join in exciting and challenging outdoor activities, establish tight bonds with bunkmates, and create unforgettable memories.”
While we anticipate some things have changed over the past 19 years, like the campers, the counselors, and their bowl cuts, there’s a similar group behind the reboot, with the original production company, Evolution Media, signed on, and three original team members, Douglas Ross, Tina Gazzero Clapp, and Toni Gallagher, serving as executive producers, along with newcomer Alex Baskin.
“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,” Susette Hsiung, executive vice president of production at Disney Channel Worldwide, said in a statement.
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(h/t Entertainment Weekly; photo via Disney Channel)