- “Welcome to Sunnyside, folks!”
- ―Lotso greets Andy's toys
- “Sunnyside is a place of ruin and despair, ruled by an evil bear who smells of strawberries!”
- ―Mr. Pricklepants
Sunnyside Daycare was once a great place for toys to be played with until Lotso arrived after being replaced by his original owner, Daisy. He took over Sunnyside, turning it into a place where only some toys got the privilege of being played with by nicer kids in the Butterfly Room while the rest, such as Andy's toys, were subjected to being chewed, kicked, and drooled on by untamed toddlers in the Caterpillar Room. He only let toys that he thought were special into the better part of Sunnyside, which was almost a paradise for toys. He also established his gang of toys who would patrol around Sunnyside to ensure that all toys assigned to the Caterpillar Room wouldn't escape. Finally, Andy's toys, led by the wise cowboy doll Woody, proved to be the first to breach the guards and escape. Sometime after Lotso was done away with, Barbie and Ken revolutionized Sunnyside and became its new leaders. They restored the daycare to its original greatness, and warmly welcomed toys such as Emperor Zurg and Sarge and the Army Men to their happy home.
Sunnyside was a bright building with a rainbow in the doorway that was made up of many different rooms, dividing the different aged kids. The Butterfly Room was where the older kids being taken care of. They were civilized and knew how to play peacefully with their toys. This is where most donated toys were dropped off originally. The Butterfly Room had boxes full of scraps and spare parts in case any toys were broken and was also the room where Ken's Dream House was. Younger children and toddlers who did not know how to play with toys properly were kept in the Caterpillar Room, and this is where Lotso and his gang brought new toys so they themselves wouldn't have to be mishandled by the toddlers. There was also a Vending Machine down the hall from the Caterpillar Room where Lotso and his gang would have secret meetings at night and gamble. Sunnyside Daycare was complete with a playground, a sandbox, and a garden, as well as a garbage chute that led to a dumpster outside of the facility.
The daycare staff, at least in the Caterpillar Room, does not seem to be in control of the children, as seen in the scene where the toddlers rampage through and abuse the toys. A staff member can be seen briefly in the scene, but she is not at all stopping their destructive behavior. They also are shown to leave toys and messes at the end of the day.
- “Daycare is a sad, lonely place for washed up old toys who have no owners.”
Sunnyside is home to hundreds of toys. Some of the most prominent are named below.
- Lotso (former leader and resident, excluded)
- Barbie (new resident, Ken's girlfriend and co-leader)
- Ken (Barbie's boyfriend and co-leader, formerly Lotso's right hand man)
- Big Baby (formerly Lotso's chief enforcer)
- Twitch (formerly Lotso's henchman)
- Chunk (formerly Lotso's henchman)
- Sparks (formerly Lotso's henchman)
- Stretch (formerly Lotso's henchwoman)
- Woody (temporarily)
- Buzz Lightyear (temporarily)
- Jessie (temporarily)
- Rex (temporarily)
- Hamm (temporarily)
- Slinky Dog (temporarily)
- Bullseye (temporarily)
- Mr. Potato Head (temporarily)
- Mrs. Potato Head (temporarily)
- Aliens (temporarily)
- Chatter Telephone
- Bookworm (formerly Lotso's henchman and "librarian")
- The Monkey (formerly Lotso's security guard)
- Emperor Zurg (new arrival)
- Sarge and his two paratroopers (new arrivals)
Along with the toys above, there have been many more toys in Sunnyside. All of these toys are very minor characters.
- Lotso's Dump Truck
- Fast Food Items (Hamburger, Fries & Soda Drink)
- School Bus
- Red Robot
- Blue and Yellow Robot
- Dolphin from Finding Nemo
- A stingray, similar to Mr. Ray from Finding Nemo
- Two crabs from Finding Nemo
- Blue Cat
- Blue Dinosaur
- Magic 8-Ball (donated by Molly)
- Green Dog
- Brown teddy bear
- Cell Phone
- Red Apple Toy
- Green Pterodactyl
- 2-D Dinosaur
- Toy Police Cars (seen in Toy Story 3: The Video Game)
- Cube-Like Animals
- Vegetable Patch
- Stuffed Elephant
- Boy Doll
- Girl Doll
- Lots of LEGO Minifigures
- Several original Little People figures
- Green Truck
- Billy's toys
- A nonsentient toy version of a Tractor from Cars
- A firetruck, similar to Red the Firetruck from Cars
- A wooden car, similar in design to Lightning McQueen from Cars
- Yellow rabbit
- Farm Animals (Horses and Cows)
- 2 Bulldozers
- Bone Dinosaur
- Fisher Price Little People
- Dog Figurine
- Humanoid Eagle
- Vintage See 'n Say
- Van Truck
- Broken Train (Formerly)
- A Hopping Toy, similar to Flik from A Bug's Life
- Plush lion
- A toy version of Mr. Ray from Finding Nemo appears.
- Some of the toys from Tin Toy cower under a table as the children storm through the door.
- There's a Lightning McQueen toy made out of wood.
- A kid in the daycare has a T-shirt with a "95" on it. This is the year the original Toy Story movie came out (1995) and Lightning McQueen's number.
- A Luxo Ball appears on a tile outside.
- A Green Army Men bucket can be seen (long before Sarge and his soldiers arrive during the credits) while Lotso shows Andy's toys around the daycare
- Lee Unkrich, the director of Toy Story 3, does the voice of a jack in the box. The jack in the box has only one line ("New toys!"; stated twice).
- A girl who resembles an older Boo (from Monsters, Inc.) is seen in the Butterfly Room.
- There is a tractor toy in the daycare that looks like the tractor from Cars.
- One of the cars in Cars is sponsored by Re-Volting. The toys at Sunnyside were gambling with Re-Volting batteries.
- In the credits, a Luxo Ball can be seen being bounced by the toys during a party in the sandbox.
- Having smaller kids in the Caterpillar Room and bigger kids in the Butterfly Room is a reference to how caterpillars turn to butterflies. When small kids get older, they become big kids. When caterpillars get older, they become butterflies.
- The toy fire truck resembles Red.
- The "weaving" of the cubby bins in the Caterpillar Room resemble prison bars.
- In Inside Out, one of Riley's Memory Orbs contains a playground that resembles that of Sunnyside's.
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