Attention campers, it's time to pack your sunscreen and sleeping bag because according to E! Online, the Disney Channel is rebooting Bug Juice. Nearly 20 years after the series premiere in 1998, the beloved reality series is making a comeback just in time to give a you a major dose of '90s summer vacation feels. Whether you went to sleep-away camp or just enjoyed watching the adventures of the lucky kids who got to take part in Bug Juice, this news is sure to take you back to the good old days of parking yourself in front of the TV with Dunkaroos on lazy summer afternoons.
The revival is set to return to the Season 1 locale of Camp Waziyatah in Maine. Each episode will follow a group of kids, age 10-12 years old, as they make new friends, adjust to being away from home, and enjoy a modern day camp experience. Original fans, there's no way the new Bug Juice isn't going to make you feel old, so just embrace it. The feeling will totally be worth it to see what Camp Waziyatah looks like now, and the show may answer the eternal question of whether or not kids get to take their smartphones to camp with them.
Executive vice president of production at Disney Channels Worldwide, Susette Hsiung, told E! in a statement,
"'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."
That's a sentiment worth raising a glass of bug juice to.
Even though it only ran for three seasons, Bug Juice is truly one of the iconic kids shows of the '90s. The show captured the feeling of summer like nothing else. It also introduced a generation to reality TV. It was the show's commitment to not sugar-coating the camp experience that made it so much fun to watch. Not everyone got along, and some kids were hopelessly homesick, but that was part of the charm. Going to camp is a complex experience, and it marks the first time many kids spend a significant amount of time away from their parents. If everyone was all smiles, all the time, it wouldn't have felt honest.
Seeing another generation of children tackle such a major milestone should be rewarding for new and old fans alike. Bug Juice was always a down to earth reality show with a good heart. As long as the reboot stays true to the spirit of the original, Disney fans are in for a treat. (And if they keep the amazing theme song, all the better.)