Cast Member Spotlight on Mandy from 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Have you ever eaten in a restaurant where your server scolded you for having your elbows on the table, made you set your own place settings, and told you to get off your cell phone…referring to it as a walkie talkie, but said all these things with a smile?

These are normal occurrences at 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You better mind your manners or you’ll leave wearing a Dunce Cap made out of a paper place mat.  If you don’t like vegetables, don’t order any! Or you will be forced to eat them as your sever does the airplane with them into your mouth.  And if you don’t heed the warnings to keep your elbows off the table, you may find that a line of katsup will be drawn on the table in front of you as a reminder.

Meet Mandy…

Mandy...Our Server at 50's Prime Time Cafe

Mandy...Our Server at 50's Prime Time Cafe

Last week I met up with pals John and Suzannah at 50’s Prime Time Cafe and Mandy was our server. Isn’t she a doll?  (I swear I’m not being partial because we share the same name =P) Being the nosy blogger that I am, I poked and prodded Mandy about aspects of her job and being a cast member.  She was delightful and kept us entertained throughout our meal.  But that is not why I wanted to write this post.  I wanted to write about Mandy’s hair. Hair?  I know, but stay with me on this one…

Wigs for Kids

When I complemented Mandy on her hairdo she let me know that she had just had it cut and that it used to be down to her shoulders.  She then went on to tell me that she had donated her hair to an organization that provides hairpieces for children who have lost their hair due to disease or disease treatment.  I immediately said, “Locks of Love”…and Mandy said, “No…Wigs for Kids“.  Wow…I had never heard of Wigs for Kids.  Mandy went on to tell me that Locks of Love actually charges recipients for hairpieces and that Wigs for Kids gives the hairpieces to children for FREE.

This my friends, is what makes my Walt Disney World experience so very rich, Cast Members like Mandy. Not only are they exceptional at their roles as Cast Members in this phenomenal show “on stage” for all Disney guests to see, they are also amazing individuals “off stage” in their everyday lives.

To find out more information about donating money or hair please visit And a big thanks goes out to Mandy for brightening our day and that of a child in need!

  • dsiind

    Love that you higlighted her donation to Wigs for Kids! My niece has now done this twice. What a great way to give to others!

  • I am so glad I learned about Wigs for Kids. I have a friend that donates regularly to Locks of Love and I am going to point her in the direction of Wigs for Kids instead. Kudos to your niece. Such a fantastic act of kindness!

  • TheAngelForever

    It's funny, when I saw the picture on AJ's blog (with your elbows on the table) I asked if Mandy got you! Lots of fun there over the years when we have visited. Of course, I know not to get anything served with peas 😉 I donated to Lock of Love over the years (before I had heard of Wigs for Kids). IF I ever donate again I know I will be switching to them. Just not sure if I have the patience to grow my hair out again.

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  • James (Disneynorth)

    After reading about Cast Member's like Mandy, I'm thinking either Disney needs to start a website or maybe even a fan needs to start a website that highlight the best of the best Disney Cast Members. Hmmm… Maybe I'm on to something here…..

  • Laura

    I've always believed it takes a special kind of individual to be a Disney Cast Member, especially one who you can tell really enjoys what they do. This is such a great story!

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  • Go for it James. That sounds like a great idea!

  • Thanks Laura. I agree with you there. Cast members are special

  • Christina Casey

    Wow, I donate my hair quite a bit to Locks of Love – I had no idea they charged their recipients! I'm going to start donating to Wigs for Kids now!

  • Yay Christina! Thank you for making a difference! You rock GIRL!

  • Yay Christina! Thank you for making a difference! You rock GIRL!

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