Me and my family went to Disneyland for the Christmas Season in 2008 - this was to be my first time there in 13 years and I had a blast. On a Saturday night, me, my wife and son were down by the Rivers of America and I decided that I wanted to watch the Fantasmic show. My wife being a travel agent who has been to Disneyland a lot, she knew the best place to stand. So off we went.
We got there and no one was around the area, so we snagged a spot right behind the light towers. We were standing there just enjoying the people watching when my son taps me. "Dad, who is that guy to your right over your shoulder?" So I look and at first, I could not place him, so me and him chat about it. My son eventually says is it that guy from SciFi that we watch and I am thinking “nah, we can’t be that lucky.”
So I lean over to my wife and tell her to look to tell me who it is he looks like and says she thinks it is Josh Gates. Then he starting chatting with the person he was with and at that point, my wife looks at me and says it is Josh! Me being the big fan I am decided to say something. So I turned around, looked right at him and asked "Mr. Gates?" He says yes, reaches out to shake my hand and I returned the gesture.
I asked him if I could get a autograph, and he said yes (the sad thing is, I cant find it now). My wife asked if we could get a picture together, and he was really cool about it. Then I left him alone to enjoy the show.
We had people asking me and my wife who he was and such, but no one had a clue who he was. I think he enjoyed that someone did know about “Destination Truth”.
After Fantasmic ended, I asked him when the series was returning, to which he said September and that they are headed out the first of January to film. He joked that he was at Disneyland to see what a Yeti looked like and smiled. He said thanks for being a fan and have a good night - and that was my encounter with Josh Gates.