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: Episode 1 – “Waverly Hills Sanatorium” - Begins Streaming Saturday, July 24 on discovery+ // Saturday, July 24 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel
The team is back, and their first stop is straight out of a nightmare! They’ve feared Waverly Hills Sanatorium their entire lives, and for good reason. What they catch on video lives up to the location’s reputation as the most haunted in all of America.
Episode 2 – “Missouri State Penitentiary” - Begins Streaming Saturday, July 31 on discovery+ // Saturday, July 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel
Dakota blindsides the team when he decides to amp up the fear at what once was the bloodiest prison in America – Missouri State Penitentiary. Chelsea can barely hold it together when the ghost of a child kidnapper won’t stop trying to communicate with her.
Episode 3 – “Fort Knox” - Begins Streaming Saturday, August 7 on discovery+ // Premieres Saturday, August 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel
The team is left with less-than-warm feelings for Dakota when he hatches a chilling plan to communicate with the dead at an abandoned fort in Prospect, Maine. Things get even more heated when a ghostly caretaker threatens to throw them all out into the cold.
Episode 4 – “Ohio State Reformatory” - Begins Streaming Saturday, August 14 on discovery+ // Premieres Saturday, August 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel
All bets are off when Tanner picks one of America’s most depraved prisons to investigate – the Ohio State Reformatory, also known for its role in The Shawshank Redemption. He unveils a fear experiment so diabolical that the team is forced to decide whether to part ways or to continue on this road trip from hell together.
Episode 5 – “Greene County Almshouse” - Begins Streaming Saturday, August 21 on discovery+ // Premieres Saturday, August 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel
Fed up with Tanner’s and Dakota’s experiments, Chelsea picks a revenge location unlike any other. The dark, untapped energy of this Pennsylvania poorhouse is overwhelming, and it forces the team to make a stunning decision to save their sanity.
Episode 6 – “Odd Fellows Home” - Begins Streaming Saturday, August 28 on discovery+ // Premieres Saturday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel
Alex has a diabolical plan for revenge that quickly turns to regret once he realizes he has unleashed something terrifying on the team. His location, once home to a mysterious secret society that entombed skeletons in the walls of its buildings, will reveal things to the team about their fear threshold that they may wish they never knew.
Episode 7 – “Edinburgh Manor” - Begins Streaming Saturday, September 4 on discovery+ // Premieres Saturday, September 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel
Six years ago, Dakota and Alex attempted to explore Iowa’s menacing Edinburgh Manor, where it’s said that residents literally slit their own throats to escape the misery. Without a plan, they were chased away by something in the basement. Now they return with the entire team, armed with a new understanding of the paranormal. But they once again encounter something in the basement. Can Dakota turn the tables on the poltergeist known as The Joker?
Episode 8 – “Villisca Axe Murder House and Malvern Manor” - Begins Streaming Saturday, September 11 on discovery+ // Premieres Saturday, September 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel
In an unprecedented move, Dakota takes the team to not one, but two locations … at the same time! Combined, it will make for an exploration of one of the most gruesome events in American history. A family was brutally murdered in the now-infamous Villisca Axe Murder House, and many believe that a dark and nefarious entity haunts the home. But it’s the seemingly paranormal connection to a hotel 40 miles away that has intrigued Dakota, and he and the team are the first to explore it.