Somebody will surely know more about his Disney connection than I do. Dave Omel, former Disneyland Executive passed away March 7. He suffered a heart attack while driving and slammed into a parked car. He was a friend of my father.
A little background from his business website:
<quote>Dave Omel, a native of Long Beach, California retired from The Walt Disney Company after 30 years of service. Dave held many positions throughout the Disney organization but was best known as the Director and General Manager of Disneyland Park. Dave's first car was a 1971 VW beetle, and since then has had many different VW models including his favorites: 1966 Sundial camper, 1966 double cab, and 1966 Deluxe bus. Currently, Dave enjoys driving his 36 horse-powered 1959 Ghia while his 1961 SO23 waits in line to be brought back to life. Aside from Eddy and Dave's Garage, Dave is the Vice President of VisionMaker, a company dedicated to building theme parks and resorts worldwide.</quote>