Closed for the Winter -- Both Disney water parks are refurbished annually on a rotating basis. That means if you're traveling in fall or winter, it is likely that one of the parks will be closed for a month or more. So if a water park is on your itinerary, ask in advance about closings.

Water Park Dos & Don'ts

1. Go in the afternoons, about 2pm, even in summer, if you can stand the heat that long and want to avoid crowds. The early birds usually are gone by then.

2. Go early in the week, when most of the weeklong guests are filling the lines at the theme parks.

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3. Kids can get lost just as easily at a water park as at the other parks, and the consequences can be tragic. All Disney parks have lifeguards, usually wearing bright red suits, but, to be safe, make sure you are the first line of safety for the kids in your crew.

4. Women should remember the one-piece bathing-suit rule. And all bathers should remember the "wedgie" rule on the more extreme rides, such as Summit Plummet (at Blizzard Beach). What's the "wedgie" rule? It's a principle of physics that causes you to start out wearing baggies and end up in a thong.

5. Use a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and drink plenty of fluids. Despite all that water, it's easy to get dehydrated in summer.

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.