Hammacher Schlemmer opens an exhibit at Disney's Innoventions pavilion at Epcot Theme Park. The pavilion is focused on technological advancements and their practical applications in everyday life. That same year, Hammacher introduces an annual contest called the Search for Invention, designed to recognize struggling inventors in the United States. Providing inventors with an opportunity to present items that are the only one of their kind, items found nowhere else, and items that solve problems as no other can - the typical Hammacher Schlemmer staple - winners have included an Electric Powered Adjustable Wrench, a Solar Oven, and a Free-Standing Adjustable Ladder.
On June 15, the classic film, The Lion King, is released in theaters, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1994. The movie becomes the highest-grossing hand-drawn film in history, garnering two Academy Awards for its achievement in music and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
In the same year Hammacher Schlemmer introduces the first Integrated Caller ID And Answering Machine, The Four-Person Hovercraft makes its appearance in our catalog. Traveling over water and land at up to 40 mph on an eight-inch cushion of air, the 12-foot long craft holds two adults and two children. It sells for $14,995, or in a two-person model that sells for $9,995.
The cover of our Fall catalog features The 3-D Stereoscopic Cypermaxx Home Virtual Reality, a video gaming accessory that "completely involves you in the game play...once monotonous games become astonishing as the 3-D, stereoscopic graphics jump out at you with dazzling, high-intensity color and realism." The lightweight headset sells for $799.00.