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Destination Fear

Destination Fear

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  • Premiered: 
    October 26, 2019
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  • Network: Travel
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Supernatural/Paranormal
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Zak Bagans, DESTINATION FEAR is a one-hour reality series that follows paranormal explorer and documentary filmmaker Dakota Laden, his sister Chelsea Laden, and best friend Tanner Wiseman, as they travel across America in an RV to spend the night in the most haunted abandoned locations in United States. Pursuing paranormal evidence, the team must first overcome fear itself. In each 60-minute episode, Dakota, Chelsea and Tanner travel to a different destination -- from asylums to prisons and more. The location remains a surprise to all but Dakota. Not knowing the haunted horrors that await them, it's a road trip driven by suspense and fueled by excitement. The team explores each haunted location together, zoning in on areas of reported paranormal activity and using scientific equipment to try and capture evidence. Then, the luck of the draw determines where each one will sleep overnight -- separated and alone. Armed with cameras and dread as their only companions, the team members will test the limits of their own fears in an effort to ultimately understand the paranormal. "My sister Chelsea and I grew up in a house with paranormal activity and it's gripped us, and my best friend Tanner, ever since," said Laden. "The three of us have always loved exploring haunted locations but began to realize how much our fears of the unknown affected us and held us back from getting answers. So we're hitting the road in a terrifying attempt to confront and overcome these fears head-on, night after night, as we sleep inside America's scariest abandoned buildings." Laden spent the last few years investigating the frightening unknown with the GHOST ADVENTURES crew.

The second season of DESTINATION FEAR premiered on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10pm ET/PT on Travel Channel. Brother and sister duo Dakota Laden and Chelsea Laden and best friend Tanner Wiseman, along with camera operator Alex Schroeder, confront their fears once again, as they pile into their RV and hit the road on a nail-biting cross-country journey to pursue paranormal evidence, spending the night inside America's most haunted abandoned buildings over six hour-long episodes in the second season. Lured by the unknown and with a greater understanding of fear, the crew explores a whole new set of abandoned locations with grim haunted histories and restless spirits lurking within. Only this time the destinations remain a surprise, not just to Chelsea and Tanner, but to Dakota as well, as they each take turns picking a haunted hot spot, challenging each other in unique ways. After exploring reports of paranormal activity, they separate to sleep alone in the dark ... and that's the moment when fear really takes over. In the season opener, "Nopeming Sanatorium," Dakota surprises Chelsea and Tanner by taking them back to where it all began: Nopeming Sanatorium in Duluth, Minnesota, a frightening location that loomed menacingly near their childhood homes. Dakota has been itching to investigate this 118-year-old building for years, but never had the courage to set foot inside. The site of 1,500 deaths, Nopeming's history runs rampant with murder, suicide and sinister spirits. Now, the team will finally confront their childhood fears as they explore and spend the night inside one of Minnesota's most paranormally active locations. What happens to the group during their overnight is an experience they will never forget, replete with poltergeist activity and a chilling encounter with the disturbed spirit of a former maintenance man. Later in the season, the team makes stops at the Yorktown Memorial Hospital in Yorktown, Texas; Old Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana; Hill View Manor in New Castle, Pennsylvania; Cambria County Jail in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania; and the Sheboygan County Insane Asylum in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where they will be the first paranormal team to spend the night inside a building that has never before been investigated on television.

Season 3 of DESTINATION FEAR premiered on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel and the same day on discovery+. Across this season's eight one-hour episodes, the fear-chasing foursome are driven to the edge of endurance. Exploring under the harshest conditions they've ever faced, and using sensory deprivation tactics to augment their paranormal experiment, this trip will test their mental, emotional and physical strength to the extreme. Venturing inside notoriously haunted locations such as Ohio State Reformatory, the Villisca Axe Murder House and Odd Fellows Home, the team confronts intense supernatural forces -- and they quickly learn these entities do more than go bump in the night. In the season opener, "Waverly Hills Sanatorium," Dakota takes the team to one of the most frightening and infamous places in America: Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. The death rate was so high at this former tuberculosis hospital that a "body chute" was created to hide the constant flow of deceased bodies from those who were living in the facility. Dakota, Chelsea, Tanner and Alex have dreamed of visiting this location for years, but they've always been too afraid to confront the sinister forces lurking within, until now. Facing a dark history of brutal deaths and paranormal violence, the team is taunted by several tortured souls still looming within the abandoned halls. Physical afflictions and ghostly apparitions put the group through the ultimate test of strength and endurance.
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New episodes of DESTINATION FEAR return beginning Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel and streaming the same day on discovery+. In this latest quest for answers about fear and the paranormal, the group tackles new frontiers -- literally, exploring in locales they have not gone before and buildings that have never been investigated, such as the Indiana State Sanatorium. Using sensory deprivation tactics to augment their fear experiment and investigating under the harshest conditions they've ever faced, the team is put to the test mentally, physically and emotionally. And in an epic excursion, Dakota, Chelsea, Tanner and Alex will head overseas to Ireland's stormy coast -- where they face ancient evils they've never seen before. It's a whole new level of fear inside Loftus Hall, a 14th century mansion that has been cursed since the beginning and Spike Island -- one of Ireland's most haunted and notorious prisons.

In the premiere episode, 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.

"Twin Bridges Orphanage" (Premieres Saturday, November 6 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel): The team finds themselves blinded by terror in an abandoned Montana orphanage. When Dakota attempts to tap into the dark energy that permeates the facility, he heaps fear upon the team and communicates with something that may not be what it seems.

"Old Nazareth Hospital" (Premieres Saturday, November 13 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel): 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" (Premieres Saturday, November 20 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel): 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" (Premieres Saturday, November 27 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel): 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" (Premieres Saturday, December 4 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel): 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" (Premieres Saturday, December 11 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel): 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" (Premieres Saturday, December 18 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel): 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.

"Spike Island" (Season Finale Premieres Saturday, December 25 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel): 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.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by My Entertainment