Disney Channel to Relaunch Bug Juice


Disney Channel has lined up a new, contemporary installment of its unscripted docuseries Bug Juice after nearly 20 years.

The new version of Bug Juice returns to Camp Waziyatah to capture the adventures of a group of kids aged 10 to 12 as they head to summer camp, partake in challenging outdoor activities and establish friendships with bunkmates. Production is currently underway in Waterford, Maine, with the debut scheduled for early 2018. Bug Juice was Disney Channel’s foray into original, unscripted TV when it first launched in February 1998.

Bug Juice is produced by Evolution Media, which also created and produced the original version of the series. The show 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 ran for three seasons. The first season of the original Bug Juice took place at Camp Waziyatah, the second was filmed at Camp Highlander in Horse Shoe, North Carolina, and the third season took place at Brush Ranch Camp in Tererro, New Mexico.

Bug Juice took viewers on a journey of adventure and self-discovery,” said Susette Hsiung, the executive VP of production at Disney Channels Worldwide. “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.”