Big Retro Slide Show Extravaganza

Orleans Hotel Showroom
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV

Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from the pages of his latest book, Addicted to Americana.

This is a marvelous mashup of mid-century of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore all in glorious Kodachorme COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!

NOTE: each show is different. Check Event schedule for show times.



Live Performance Celebrating the Original Disneyland Park in the 50s & 60s

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
Walt Disney World
4401 Floridian Way
Orlando, FL

Be prepared for your Disney lovin’ spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a fun-filled, time-travel adventure to the granddaddy of all theme parks, when it was new.

With his unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, Charles shares the backstories as he shares glorious vintage color images captured by tourists visiting Disneyland in the 50s and 60s –

Experience the early days of Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and original Tomorrowland, when it was promoted as “The World of 1986.” Revisit long-gone attractions including the Skyway, Flying Saucers, Indian Village, Stage Coaches, People Mover, Carousel of Progress, House of the Future and more.

Charles also shares the flaming beginnings of Disneyland’s iconic monorail, takes you inside of the legendary, House of the Future and transports you to outer space on the iconic TWA “Rocket to the Moon” and much more.

DETAILS: Shows runs 80 min, all seats general admission. A limited number of tickets may also be available at the door. Show is appropriate for all ages. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Children 3 and under do not require tickets. Refunds will only be issued should the show be canceled.

Select the Breakfast ticket option for the 11am show and join Charles from 9-10:30am for a traditional breakfast buffet (plus Mickey waffles!) in the Grand Floridian Conference Center before your show. See for more info



Live Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating SoCal's Enchanted Island!

Avalon Casino Theatre
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704

Catalina Island Museum presents … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at the iconic Casino’s spectacular 1929 Art Deco movie palace.

Be prepared for your Catalina loving’ spirit to SOAR when Charles sweeps us away on a time-travel storytelling and retro slide show adventure extravaganza exploring the island’s classic landmarks, legends and lore.

Experience the backstories and glories of the S.S. Avalon, glass bottom boat, flying fish, Bird Park, Catalina Pottery, vintage souvenirs, Casino, Wrigley family, the mysterious Catalina-shaped swimming pool, and much more.

Charles also shares his vintage guide to today’s Catalina sightseeing, shopping, dining, and where to find the Island’s hidden treasures, time warps, and what not to miss as you discover Catalina as a great big theme park!

The performance is two-acts with an intermission. Festive dress is encouraged but not expected.

Aftershow Cake & Book Signing Party

You are invited to meet Charles following the performance at the Catalina Island Museum. Copies of his latest book, Addicted to Americana, will be available for purchase.



Laid Back Frosty

The bottom layer cracked and our Frosty the Cheeseball Man kept falling over. We ended up putting a chop stick down through to keep him vertical. Once the heat started he just laid over on his back in his pool of Rotel. I kept the heat low and he smiled up at us throughout the party, so happy we were devouring him!


Frosty the Cheeseball ManI brought Frosty the Cheeseball Man to a party this weekend and he was a big hit! I added a little wine to the pan and peppered his belly. Yum!


Señor Nacho Had No Idea What Was Coming.

Senor Nacho

Señor Nacho had no idea what was coming.

He had gone through his short life smiling and combing his bushy mustache with his phantom limbs. Until the unthinkable happened. His creator became his DESTROYER. Confusion abounded. Merriment was all around, but he didn’t feel happy. He felt hot. Very hot! With happy people standing around each with a glimpses of hunger in their eyes and corn chips in their bowls – Señor Nacho became no mas!


Frosty Gaga Cheeseball Lady

Our Lady Gaga cheeseball is decorated with fresh veggies from our garden. Her hat is made with zucchini, eggplant, jalapeno, basil and parsley. Her glasses are made of eggplant and jalapeno. With celery arms and nose, jalapeno lips, a belt and skirt of zucchini; our Gaga Cheeseball added a new tradition to our Christmas festivities! I’m already making plans for next year! Thanks for



Since I needed to make dip for an upcoming party, I thought it would be fun to try this first since I could reheat it later. I did this at my parents’ since I don’t own an electric skillet. They loved it. My mom thinks my head melted in a much better direction than the one in the video. I also tried to make a “rotel” belly, which I don’t recommend. If you want rotel, added after the melt.