We're going to DC on Saturday and can't wait! I've seen conflicting reports as to what time they actually open the gates. The official park hours are 8-5. Some blogs are saying they allow people in earlier, anyone know for sure? Is the new Freshwater pool open yet? We're not springing for cabanas as we don't have a little one who naps, no one old enough to want to hang out there for any length of time, etc. So where's the best place to drop our stuff and hang out when not doing other stuff? Can we take our own cups in for sodas and such (obviously not alcoholic beverages, I know)?