Leslie Harvey, Frequent Flyer TravelingMom

Leslie Harvey, Frequent Flyer TravelingMom

Leslie Harvey is a former attorney from the San Francisco Bay Area and mom of two kids, ages 7 and 2. She blogs about the joys and challenges of travel with little ones at Trips With Tykes. She has a passion for all things air travel related (well, everything except the TSA) and is also a lifelong Disney geek. She saves money on her family’s travels by maximizing the benefits of airline frequent flyer programs.


10 Things to Do in San Francisco with Kids

San Francisco is one of the world’s top tourist destinations and a city that travelers with kids visit often. Get a local’s perspective on the city hosting Super Bowl 50 and learn what are can’t-miss attractions for travelers with kids of any age. San Francisco, California, is playing host to the 2016 Super Bowl. While the game is officially taking place in Santa Clara, a suburb of San Jose to the south, the entire Bay Area is expected to be filled to capacity for the 50th anniversary of the big game. If you are planning to come to the...

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What Every Parent Needs to Know Before Skiing with Young Kids

Considering skiing with a toddler or preschooler? Many kids may be ready to hit the slopes at a young age, but planning and executing a ski vacation with little ones can sometimes be quite the challenge for parents. Here’s what you need to know before taking your younger children for a ski vacation. My fearless redheaded daughter was on the slopes for the first time at 23 months old. She could barely speak in sentences but she adored sliding down the hill on her little matchstick skis. She’s now approaching her seventh birthday, and my family has skied in...

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12 Most Important Things to Know about Disney’s MagicBands

At Walt Disney World, it may seem like magic that a little plastic wristband can do so much. Disney’s MagicBands, introduced a few years ago, are still a novelty to many visitors who don’t visit Disney often. Here we answer 12 frequently asked questions about MagicBands and all the conveniences they offer. If you haven’t been on a Disney vacation in the past few years, then you may not be familiar with Disney’s MagicBands. These bands were introduced in 2013 as part of a major overhaul to the technology behind the guest experience at Walt Disney World called MyMagic+....

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Airport Style Security at Disney: Metal Detectors Arrive at Disney and Other Theme Parks

Breaking news: Increased security has been put in place at a number of theme parks, including Disneyland and Walt Disney World as of December 17, 2015. Find out what you need to know for your upcoming vacations. Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld are ramping up security at their theme parks. Metal detectors are now being used at Walt Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld in Orlando as well as at Disneyland and Universal Hollywood in California. Weapons, as always, are prohibited at all theme parks. Disney now also will ban toy guns and will stop selling them in Disney stores. Costumes...

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21 Brilliant Ideas for Saving Money at Disney

Is it really possible to do Disney on a budget? With a little research and some preparation, there are lots of ways to save serious cash on your next Walt Disney World or Disneyland trip. Let TravelingMom show you how! Disney vacations can be expensive for families. Airfare, park tickets, dining, hotels, souvenirs, and everything else can really add up. You don’t have to wreck your family’s budget simply because you want to take your kids to meet Mickey. I travel to Disney parks several times a year and use all sorts of tricks to save money along the...

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Comparing San Francisco Airports: Three Ways to the Bay

Planning a trip to the city by the bay? Did you know that you can potentially save a lot of money on your air travels by utilizing one of the alternate San Francisco airports? A Bay Area local details the transportation options and pros and cons of traveling to and from SFO, OAK, or SJC when headed to the San Francisco area. San Francisco is one of the top U.S. travel destinations and is an especially good fit for family travelers. The city itself can be expensive, so it is especially important to get a good deal on airfare to...

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10 Reasons Disneyland is Better than Disney World

It’s one of the most controversial debates in the Disney universe: what Disney theme park is better? Two TravelingMom writers who both happen to be huge Disney fans decided to settle the question once and for all. Leslie Harvey offers up her thoughts on why Disneyland in Anaheim, California is the better park. And don’t miss the other side of the debate from Disney World fan Karyn Locke. Like most TravelingMoms, I love all things Disney. But let’s get real: I love some things Disney a little more than other things Disney. We all do. Some restaurants, some attractions,...

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Is Fastpass+ Coming to Disneyland?: Recent Tests Have the Rumor Mill Buzzing

Video out of Disneyland today suggests that some big changes could be coming to Fastpass at Disneyland. Testing appears to be underway on some potentially new Fastpass technology in Anaheim. What could this mean for your next Disneyland vacation? Over the summer, several Disney news sites reported that Disney would soon begin testing Fastpass+ at Disneyland. On October 19, 2015, Disneyland visitors saw the very first potential evidence that Fastpass changes might be coming Anaheim. The regular Fastpass queue for Space Mountain at Disneyland was outfitted with two bar code readers, as captured in this YouTube video from Disney fan...

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Southwest’s Big Sale is Back for Winter Off-Peak Travel!

TravelingMom has named Southwest Airlines as one of its favorite airlines for family travel, but traveling with Southwest is even better when you can get a serious discount too! Southwest just announced a nationwide fare sale today, October 13, 2015, for travel during off-peak times this winter. You need to act quickly, as the sale ends on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Look for fares as low as $49 each way. The Southwest fare sale includes deals for U.S. travel December 2 through December 16, 2015, and January 5 through February 10, 2016. (Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico is valid December...

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Disneyland Hotel Review: Where History Meets Modern Disney Magic

The oldest hotel at Disneyland, the Disneyland Hotel, offers guests an impressive combination of modern amenities mixed with classic Disney history. The hotel has a little something for everyone, from adventure seekers looking for the best water slide to Disney geeks wanting to walk in Walt’s footsteps. TravelingMom has the very best tips to make the most of any kind of stay at the Disneyland Hotel. The year 2015 has been a milestone for Disneyland. While the resort continues to celebrate its 60th Diamond Anniversary, a smaller anniversary of sorts was recently marked just down the street at the...

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