Disney’s vacation planner, David Eller, who has been the subject of much criticism for leaving his job at Disney World and pursuing his own personal projects, is now an employee of an independent, travel agency.
Eller’s firm, Eller Associates, was hired by Disney last year.
He had previously worked at Disney and as a consultant for hotels, resorts and airlines.
Eler’s hiring comes amid an investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which is looking into the possibility of fraud, waste, and abuse involving the vacation planning services of Walt Disney World Resort.
In an email sent to Eller employees, Disney spokesperson Kate DeWitt said the company is cooperating fully with the investigation.
Euler Associates will be used by Disney for its holiday sales, ticketing, and reservations, DeWits said.
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC.
Disney’s former vacation planning head, Eiler, left his job in 2015 to work as a travel planner at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the Disney Springs Resort.
He has since been a travel consultant at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and in the past has been hired by companies like Google, Airbnb, and Disney Cruise Line.
Eiler said that when he left Disney, he was told to do a number of things that he considered to be “not very good” and that he was encouraged to “put in some hard work.”
Disney said that it will “continue to work with Eller to provide the best vacation planning experience possible for guests.”
Eller said that he had hoped to continue working at Disney as a vacation planner and that it was “not a bad idea” to do so.
In the email, De Witt said Eller was “remaining with the company as an employee” until his retirement, which he said will be in 2021.
Eizer, who was hired as a Disney vacation planning consultant in 2013, said in an email that he felt that he “could have gone much farther” with his career if he had chosen to.
He said that Disney has always been supportive of travel planning and that, “while I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work at Disney, I am very proud of the way I handled myself.”
He said he plans to focus on working at an agency that offers “the best value and service.”
“We know the company can provide the highest value and value to our guests, and that includes vacation planning,” Eiler wrote.
He added, “We are proud to serve as Disney’s holiday sales and reservation agents, and our clients have enjoyed the value and convenience of their trips with us.”