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.
SEASON PREMIERE: “Cresson Sanatorium and Prison, Part One” – Premieres Friday, November 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+
The team faces a trifecta of terror at a decaying sanatorium in rural Pennsylvania. If a ghostly mimic and child spirits aren’t enough to shake up the crew, Dakota Laden has a dark and twisted experiment up his sleeve to amp up the fear at this foreboding facility.
Episode 2 - “Cresson Sanatorium and Prison, Part Two” – Premieres Friday, December 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+
Dakota Laden’s diabolical dive into darkness continues when he blindsides the team with a double dose of terror at an abandoned Pennsylvania sanatorium. Can they handle a night in the cell block where one of America’s most horrific serial killers was housed?
Episode 3 - “Defiance Jr. High School” – Premieres Friday, December 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+
The team learns the true meaning of “school spirit” at a vacant junior high school in Ohio. From jangling keys luring them to a killer custodian’s lair to a mind-boggling encounter in the gym, Dakota Laden and crew are the victims of a non-stop haunted hazing.
Episode 4 - “Old Historic Harriman Hospital” – Premieres Friday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+
Tanner Wiseman may have found the G.O.A.T. of all haunted locations when he picks out a deserted Tennessee hospital for the next stop. Rumors of bizarre hauntings swirl around this eerie, unexplored facility, but nobody can explain why. Can the team unlock its disturbing secrets?
Episode 5 - “Winchester Mystery House” – Premieres Friday, December 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+
Chelsea Laden pulls the team out of the darkness and into the California sunshine … but only for a minute as she plunges them into the haunted madness of a legendary mansion. The crew takes a shot in the dark to see what energy is at play behind its walls.
Episode 6 - “Ashmore Estates” – Premieres Friday, December 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+
Alex Schroeder has a big surprise in store for Dakota Laden, Chelsea Laden and Tanner Wiseman when he takes them back to a decrepit Illinois poorhouse so scary that they swore never to return. But will tragic new information about this location force the team to re-evaluate the haunting?
Episode 7 - “Mid-Orange Correctional Facility” – Premieres Friday, January 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+
The team falls deeper into the darkness at a deteriorating juvenile detention center near a quiet New York village. Dakota Laden is eager to establish a close bond with the youthful spirits, but quickly discovers to be careful what you wish for in this nightmarish facility.
Episode 8 - “Norwich State Hospital” – Premieres Friday, January 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+
Dakota Laden saves the darkest, bleakest location for the last stop of one twisted road trip. This infamous psychiatric hospital in rural Connecticut is so diseased with dark history and demonic energy that it may be the final nail in the coffin for the “Destination Fear” team.