Attention Disneyland Pin collectors... do you collect the Attraction Poster Pin series? My own pin collection is almost exclusively "attractions and adventures" and the Poster Pin offerings have been of unique fascination to me.
As with other Disneyland pins the Poster Pin set has always had the same high-gloss enamel finish and gleaming, mirror-like detail that have characterized all other pins. That is until the "American Journeys/Tomorrowland" pin was released late last year. This specific pin appeared to be nothing more than a miniaturized color-copy of the original Attraction Poster, laminated onto a pin backing. I thought, hopefully, this was a one-off anomaly.
Yet, on Sunday, February 6th, Disneyland released five additional entries to the Poster Pin series: Country Bear Jamboree, Art Corner/Tomorrowland, Dumbo, Enchanted Tiki Room and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. And, to my shock, except for the Dumbo elephant character in that particular pin, the entire series now appears to be color-copied laminates. The high-gloss enamel finish and precise detailing are gone. It appears, sadly, that craftsmanship has taken a back seat to a cut costs fetish.
What is odd and irksome is the further embarassment that these Attraction Poster reproductions are just plain BAD! For example, the lettering is fuzzy and blurry---on the Dumbo pin one cannot even make out the Disneyland logo; on the Country Bear pin the attraction motto is fairly unreadable; The Big Thunder Mountain pin is just a jumbled mess.
I am imploring... does ANYONE have any information about the decline of these Poster Pins? Can we contact someone? What can we ALL do?
These once glorious pins that celebrated the historic and magnificent artwork of Disneyland's original Attraction Posters must not be left to their present seediness.