We were at WDW Contemporary during 2004 Hurricane Frances. I can’t imagine a better place to be if you have to be in a hurricane. It was disappointing in the days before the arrival of the storm as our dining reservations were cancelled one by one (Contemporary was great in informing us on the status WDW operations). Though confined to our rooms for much of the hurricane, as were other guests throughout WDW. We had a “bird’s eye” view of the storm from our room as it passed over Orilando. The blackbirds were literally flying backwards. The hotel provided huge “box meals” during the hurricane. Even the monorail trains took refuge in the huge Contemporary expanse. It was heart-warming to interact with the other guests and staff, everyone supported each other.
After the storm passed, but before the parks reopened the Contemporary and staff did an incredible job in providing diversions and options for the guests who stayed during Frances. Disney characters appeared at various times on the fourth floor to enchant the kiddies (and adults); the hotel’s various restaurants would open in the evening first-come-first-served if you prefrerred a hot meal. The cast members and their families (and family pets) were also discretly housed on the resort property during Frances. The mood amoung the guests and staff was incredible–no complaining or whining from anyone-guests or staff, just a team spirit to see it through. The staff at the Contemporary did an exceptional job at keeping everyone/everything on as even keel throughout as Frances. passed by.
Advice: #1 Don’t be anywhere near a hurricane when it passes. #2 If you have to be in a hurricane the Contemporary Tower is the place to be.