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Al's Toy Barn is a toy store first mentioned in Toy Story in a TV commercial advertising Buzz Lightyear toys while Woody and Buzz Lightyear are trapped in Sid's house, but first appears in Toy Story 2. It is owned by Al McWhiggin, an obsessive greedy toy collector who stole Woody at the beginning of Toy Story 2.

Locations within

  • Entrance: Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, and Slinky Dog enter the store by jumping onto a door sensor mat to trigger the door open. After they enter, Rex finds a manual to the Buzz Lightyear video game he has been playing earlier on a shelf next to the door. Later, when Buzz is exiting the store, he knocks over a stack of boxes next to the door onto the door sensor mat, unknowingly releasing an Evil Emperor Zurg action figure in the process.
  • Barbie aisle: This is where Hamm, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, and Slinky encounter a bunch of Barbie dolls having a party and meet one of them, Tour Guide Barbie, who volunteers to help the toys in their search.
  • Hot Wheels aisle: Tour Guide Barbie opens up the tour by taking the toys into this aisle. The bouncy balls machine that the toys crash into is located in this aisle.
  • Buzz Lightyear aisle: This is an aisle full of new Buzz Lightyear toys that Andy's Buzz encounters while on his search. Here, he gets into a fight with another Buzz Lightyear action figure, who behaves much like him in the first film. He mistakes the real Buzz for a rogue space ranger, ties him up into a box, and places him on the shelf with the other Buzz Lightyear action figures. Tour Guide Barbie takes the toys into this aisle where they pick up the newer Buzz (mistaking him for Andy's), leaving the real Buzz behind. Buzz manages to escape soon after and gives chase to the toys.
  • Al's Office: Al McWhiggin, the owner of Al's Toy Barn, maintains his office here. There is a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots playset on his desk.

Disney Parks

Al's Toy Barn served as a backdrop for a Toy Story meet and greet at Disney's Hollywood Studios that ran from 2000 to 2011.

Al's Toy Barn would later appear at Shanghai Disneyland as the gift shop for their version of Toy Story Land.

Trivia

  • When Etch-A-Sketch draws a map to Al's Toy Barn, the address displays 1001 West Cutting Boulevard. This is the address of Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California.
  • Just before the toys reach Al's Toy Barn, Hamm makes a joke parodying the riddle: "Why did the chicken cross the road?"
  • The shot of Andy's Buzz Lightyear climbing up the display only to encounter the new Buzz Lightyear standing tall resembles the one of Woody climbing up Andy's bed only to encounter the original Buzz standing tall in the first Toy Story.
  • Characters from A Bug's Life are visible as toys inside the store.
  • In the Can You Find the Difference Seek & See book, the sign outside "Big" in front of "Al's" making the sign now say "Big Al's Toy Barn".
  • One ball from Luxo, Jr. is visible immediately after entering the store. When leaving the store, a container of those balls can be seen to the left of the door (a sign on the container reads "Fresh Farm Balls"). A ball is also shown in the commercial for the store earlier in the film.
  • Barbie's dance steps are based on Ann-Margret's moves in Viva Las Vegas
  • One of the levels in Toy Story 2: The Video Game is a space-themed section of Al's Toy Barn called "Al's Space Land", where the majority of toys there are of Buzz Lightyear and Emperor Zurg. There's also an arcade with a claw machine and ball pit (similar to Pizza Planet). Oddly enough, the Aliens from Pizza Planet are being sold there as well.
  • In Toy Story 3: The Video Game, tokens are used at Al's Toy Barn on the game board to buy new toys that can be used in Woody's Roundup.
  • At one point, while the toys are in Al's Toy Barn, Mr. Potato Head views Rex chasing after the car in a rearview side mirror. This parodies Jurassic Park, when the T-Rex chases after the crew in a jeep.
    • Additionally, the phrase made famous in Jurassic Park, "Objects in mirrors are closer than they appear," is also visible on the mirror of the car that the toys drive in the store.
  • Buckets of toy soldiers (like the one in Andy's room) are seen when Hamm, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head and Rex bump into them while driving in the car.
  • The pink bear from the first film is being sold in the store.
  • In Monopoly: Disney/Pixar Edition, players can use Al's Toy Barn currency to rent due to it being Pixar-themed. 
  • In Disney Crossy Road for the mobile app, Al's Toy Barn is a playable environment featured in Toy Story 2.
  • Al's Toy Barn also makes a cameo outside Pixar. It is featured in the Megas XLR episode "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Coop".

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Films and Television: Toy StoryToy Story 2Toy Story 3Toy Story 4Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandBuzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure BeginsBuzz Lightyear: Mission LogsToy Story TreatsToy Story ToonsHawaiian VacationSmall FryPartysaurus RexToy Story of Terror!Toy Story That Time ForgotVideo

Music: Toy StoryToy Story 2Toy Story 3The Legacy Collection: Toy Story
Video Games: Toy Story: The Video GameToy Story 2: The Video GameToy Story 3: The Video GameToy Story: Animated StorybookToy Story: Activity CenterToy Story 2: Activity CenterToy Story RacerToy Story Mania!Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney INFINITYDisney Crossy RoadKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden Book

Disney Parks
Toy Story Land (Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Florida) • Toy Story HotelBuzz Lightyear Astro BlastersDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsGames of Pixar PierIt's a Small WorldJessie's Critter CarouselRC RacerSlinky Dog DashSlinky Dog Zigzag SpinStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseToy Soldier Parachute DropToy Story Midway Mania!Woody's Round-UpWoody's Roundup Village

Entertainment: Disney's Showtime SpectacularFantasmic!Horseshoe RoundupMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”Pixar Playtime PalsThe Golden MickeysToy Story: The Musical
Restaurants: Alien Pizza PlanetToy Box CafeToy Story Pizza Planet ArcadeWoody’s Lunch BoxPoultry Palace (Disney California Adventure)
Shops: Al's Toy BarnAndy's EngineAndy's Toy BoxBuzz's Star CommandLittle Green Men Store CommandSlinky Dog's Gift TrolleyToy Story Playland Boutique
Parade: Block Party BashDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Mickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Storybook ExpressMickey's WaterWorksPaint The Night ParadePixar Play ParadePixar Water Play Street Party!Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Celebrate the MagicCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandHappily Ever AfterThe Magic, the Memories and YouTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularWorld of Color
Halloween: The Nightmare Experiment
Christmas: A Totally Tomorrowland ChristmasDisney Christmas StoriesDisney Dreams! of ChristmasDisney Gifts of ChristmasLa Parade de Noël DisneyMickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Characters
Toys: WoodyBuzz LightyearBo PeepBo Peep's SheepSargeGreen Army MenBarrel of MonkeysHamm LennyLittle Green MenEtch A SketchMr. Potato HeadMr. SharkRCRexRocky GibraltarMr. MikeSee 'n SaySlinky DogTroikasBabyfaceMutant ToysZurg BotsMrs. Potato HeadWheezyBullseyeJessieStinky PeteTour Guide BarbieBarbieUtility Belt BuzzEmperor ZurgChatter TelephoneChunkBig BabyMonkeyJack-in-the-BoxLotsoTwitchKenBookwormSparksStretchMr. PricklepantsButtercupPeas-in-a-PodTotoroTrixieChucklesDollyFun Meal Buzz LightyearFun Meal Emperor ZurgDiscarded Fun Meal ToysCombat CarlAngel KittyThe ClericReptillus MaximusForkyDucky and Bunny

Humans: Andy DavisMolly DavisMrs. DavisSid PhillipsHannah PhillipsAl McWhigginGeriEmilyAmyBonnie AndersonMrs. AndersonDaisyRonald TompkinsMason
Animals: ScudBusterMr. Jones

Locations
Andy's HouseSid's HouseDinocoPizza PlanetAl's Toy BarnAl's PenthouseTri-County International AirportSunnyside DaycareButterfly RoomCaterpillar RoomKen's Dream HouseVending MachineBonnie's HouseTri-County SanitationTri-County LandfillIncineratorPoultry PalaceSleep Well
Objects
A113Pixar BallPizza Planet truckEggman Movers vanThe Claw
Songs
Films: You've Got a Friend in MeStrange ThingsI Will Go Sailing No MoreWoody's RoundupWhen She Loved MeWe Belong TogetherDream WeaverLe Freak
Deleted: The FoolPlastic Spaceman
See Also
Black Friday reelToy Story 2 (original storyline)Toy Story 3 (Circle 7 Screenplay)
Other
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