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Carlsbad home's 'Toy Story' display still brings joy nearly 1 year later

Posted at 11:54 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 15:48:56-05

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) — It's a "Toy Story" that a pair of Carlsbad residents have been writing since last July.

What was supposed to be a weekend of fun, has stretched into almost a year of a display that's come to life because of joy owners Sue and Steve Stewart said it still brings to people.

"Whenever we walked by, we would always see if there's an update or anything like that. One of the really bright spots in our life," said their neighbor and City of Carlsbad librarian, Jenn Johnson. "We've been walking past it since last March."

Others have to drive by and some even check it out on their bike ride because it's become one of the stops for a bike club in Carlsbad.

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"We have people coming from all over so it's been really fun," described Sue.

Woody, Buzz, and the gang have been out everyday since March — rain or shine. And while they're getting ready for the next scene, an intermission sign is displayed just like you'd see at Disneyland.

"When it rained. Toy Story characters were in the gutter so we got a boat and they floated in the gutter," says Sue. "We were out there and someone said, 'How long are we in intermission, we're waiting.' I go, 'We're going as fast as we can.'"

Sue unveiled several new characters since we last saw her, including one playful addition that even caught the attention of police officers.

"I said, 'What did we do?' At the time, we had Toy Story characters with the help sign and somebody was worried which was very kind," Sue recalled.

Sue said this past year has been far from a fairy tale ending and if nothing else she wants people to continue walking away with one thing.

"The message is we're all here to take care of each other. The characters send that message loud and clear, we're all in this together," she added.