Destination Fear is Back on the Road for Another Tour de Terror Through America’s Most Haunted Abandoned Locations
Dakota Laden was born in Burnsville, Minnesota, and started making amateur movies at the age of 7, with a home video camera his older sister Chelsea sold him! At age 12, he began sharing his videos on YouTube – which was primarily made up of comedy shorts and a few music, prank and experimental videos sprinkled in. It wasn’t until high school that Dakota realized that exploring scary and haunted locations was his true passion, and he began looking for exciting and scary new places to explore and film. In 2011, he made five YouTube videos to copy the style of his favorite TV show at the time, “Ghost Adventures,” which earned him an actual guest appearance on the show after he caught the eye of star Zak Bagans. In 2015, he made his paranormal documentary, “Trail to Terror,” with his sister Chelsea and best friend Tanner. Because of his interest in the paranormal and exceptional camera work, Dakota was invited by Bagans to become a part of the “Ghost Adventures” crew, which honed his paranormal investigating skills. Dakota’s YouTube channel currently contains 250 videos, with a combined 8 million views and 65,000 subscribers.
Chelsea Laden is currently an optometry student at Illinois College of Optometry. She was a Division I NCAA ice hockey starting goaltender for a top five nationally ranked team (Quinnipiac University ‘15). Upon graduating, she was the first goalie to sign in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League. In addition to playing in the NWHL, Chelsea also was part of the USA Women’s National Hockey Program. Chelsea has always been intrigued by, and excited to explore, abandoned and haunted locations. She loves the rush of being scared but also likes learning the history of the places she visits. Chelsea will always push herself to her limits but signing up for this experiment is one of the greatest challenges she has faced, both emotionally and physically.
Tanner Wiseman grew up with a passion for filming, comedy and Minnesota football. As a teenager, he created videos on YouTube with Dakota, and it was during this time he realized that his lifelong dream was to become a filmmaker and storyteller. Tanner attended Augsburg University in Minneapolis where he earned a degree in marketing and management while playing college football. Growing up, Tanner was intrigued by scary stories and abandoned locations, and would plan weekend trips with his friends to visit and explore haunted locations. Never one to turn away from danger, he jumped on the opportunity to once again join his childhood friends, Dakota and Chelsea, on this latest haunted trail, eager to face scarier stories and more terrifying haunts.
Alex Schroeder grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota. At a young age he had a passion for comedy, horror and filmmaking. Teaming up with Dakota and Tanner they created many short comedy videos over the years. In high school the passion for horror led him to explore haunted abandoned buildings throughout Minnesota, documenting alongside Dakota and his friends. Alex later attended college at North Dakota State University where he graduated with a degree in science for Emergency Management. After college he knew his passion didn’t lie within the world of Emergency Management, so he decided to pick up the camera once again to document the terrifying haunts and explorations of abandoned buildings.
"Twin Bridges Orphanage" - Begins Streaming Saturday, November 6
The foursome head to Twin Bridges Orphanage in Twin Bridges, Montana, an abandoned orphanage with a tragic and horrific history. The utter sadness and devastation of the orphanage’s children permeates every corner of the building with a deep, dark energy. Yet many claim this energy is not the children’s, but rather something much more ominous. While childish apparitions and sounds are frequently heard, many believe an evil entity is masquerading as the innocent. To connect with the dark energy here, Dakota has planned an experiment and novel approach for the team that will burst their preconceived notions about the paranormal. All four confront personal terrifying encounters, and Dakota finds himself communicating with someone – or something – that may not be what it seems.
“Old Nazareth Hospital” - Begins Streaming Premieres Saturday, November 13
The team rolls into Mineral Wells, Texas, to investigate one of the most haunted hospitals in America – the Old Nazareth Hospital. Chelsea is unhappy to discover a haunted doll room on the premises, and the team is not prepared when a wave of pent-up paranormal energy is unleashed upon them.
“Phelps Dodge Hospital” - Begins Streaming Saturday, November 20
The team digs deep as they mine their darkest fears at the Phelps Dodge Hospital, an abandoned hospital in Ajo, Arizona. Faced with a vicious entity that hates men, they get more evidence than they dared hope for. But hope turns to horror when one of them gets a ghostly death threat.
“Nevada State Prison” - Begins Streaming Saturday, November 27
Still reeling from a ghostly warning, Dakota and the team head to one of America’s deadliest prisons – Nevada State Prison, a place packed with tortured entities. True fear strikes their hearts when a spirit reaches out to the team for an unimaginable request.
“Old Adrian Hospital” - Begins Streaming Saturday, December 4
It’s Tanner’s turn to pick the next stop, and his plans for revenge take a truly dark turn at a deserted Pennsylvania hospital. Dark entities, doppelgangers and poltergeists lurk around every corner, but what the team hear is the most terrifying of all.
“Indiana State Sanatorium” - Begins Streaming Saturday, December 11
Alex pushes new fear boundaries with his pick for the next stop. Not only has the Indiana State Sanatorium never been explored, nobody in the world knows what lurks within its walls. This investigation will challenge the team unlike any other!
“Loftus Hall” - Begins Streaming Saturday, December 18
The team jumps out of their comfort zone and across the pond to the rugged and stormy coast of Ireland – and their first-ever international investigation together! They’re prepared to come face-to-face with poltergeists, ghostly nuns and maybe the devil himself inside Loftus Hall, a cursed 14th-century mansion. It’s a location that will test Dakota’s theory that the older and more ancient the entity, the more active and frightening it becomes.
SEASON FINALE: “Spike Island” - Begins Streaming Saturday, December 25
The second part of the team’s epic trip to Ireland takes them to Spike Island, one of Ireland’s most haunted and notorious prisons – also known as “Hell on Earth” and “Ireland’s Alcatraz.” The dark forces on the island are overwhelming, and terror hits Tanner like a ton of bricks. But something else lights up Dakota with a fear he’s never experienced before.