ABOUT LumenEssence

LumenEssence is a Professional Electrical Engineering firm providing strategic planning, systems solutions, and multidisciplinary systems incorporating audio, video, film, laser, and control elements.


LumenEssence has played a major role in domestic and international projects and installations for theme parks, entertainment arenas and museum exhibits.


Under the leadership of Principal and Owner David Crater, LumenEssence provides product and project oriented design and marketing services, excelling where multi-disciplinary skills are needed to address the requirements of complex systems.


Because of Mr. Crater’s training, experience, and proven accomplishments in both engineering and marketing, LumenEssence is highly effective when dealing with any of the many participants in complex systems: Customers, Clients, Contractors, Creative Services, and Engineers.


Balancing the needs and desires of this disparate group of contributors, LumenEssence builds success.

LumenEssence Thea Award Participation


Pirates of the Caribbean; Battle for the Sunken Treasure, Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai Disney Resort, China) – Attraction (LumenEssence contracted to WDI)
Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai Disney Resort, China) – Theme Park  (LumenEssence contracted to WDI)


Enchanted Tales with Belle, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando (USA) (LumenEssence contracted to WDI)
Mystic Manor, Hong Kong Disneyland (LumenEssence contracted to WDI)


Radiator Springs Racers, Disney California Adventure Park – Anaheim, USA (LumenEssence contracted to WDI)


The Ghost of the Castle at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol (Limited Budget)
(LumenEssence contracted to BRC Imagination Arts, Inc.)


Battle Stations 21, US Navy (LumenEssence contracted to BRC Imagination Arts, Inc.)


Toy Story Midway Mania, Disney California Adventure and Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World (LumenEssence contracted to WDI)


Images of Singapore at Sentosa Island, Singapore (LumenEssence contracted to BRC Imagination Arts, Inc.)
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Springfield, Illinois (LumenEssence contracted to BRC Imagination Arts, Inc.)


Mission: SPACE, Walt Disney World, Orlando LumenEssence contracted to WDI)


Soarin’ Over California, Disney California Adventure (LumenEssence contracted to WDI)
Star of Destiny Theater, Texas State History Museum (LumenEssence contracted to BRC Imagination Arts, Inc.)
Tokyo DisneySea & Entertainment Program (LumenEssence contracted to WDI)


Trial by Fire, National Museum of the Civil War Soldier (LumenEssence contracted to BRC Imagination Arts, Inc.)
Test Track Presented by GM, EPCOT (LumenEssence contracted to BRC Imagination Arts, Inc. [Assembly Experience Postshow] (LumenEssence contracted to WDI [Onboard Audio/Video]) (LumenEssence contracted to HB Stubbs [Reveals Postshow)


Mystery Lodge, Knott’s Berry Farm (LumenEssence contracted to Electrosonic, Inc.)


Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World (LumenEssence contracted to WDI)

What is a Thea award?

According to its website “The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is the international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences – worldwide.”


The Thea Awards were created to bring recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. From a modest beginning in 1994, the Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence.


The objective of the Thea Awards is simple: To find excellence and celebrate it. It is not a judgment of winners and losers. The achievements selected for awards are chosen because they represent the excellence found throughout the themed entertainment industry. Awarded to the owners of the projects, all participants in the projects share in the award designation.


Themed Entertainment Association

150 E. Olive Avenue
Suite 306
Burbank, CA 91502

Phone:  +1 818 843-8497

LumenEssence TEAM

David Crater

Program management and engineering design for complex multi-disciplinary systems in entertainment venues. Addressing all aspects of Show Control, Ride Control, Audio, Video, Projection, Pyrotechnics, and Special Effects systems, from single effects to facility-wide.

Nancy Crater

As Chief Financial Officer, Nancy manages all aspects of finance –taxes, accounts receivables, accounts payables–contracts and human resources.


Design and management, across the full development cycle, of systems that integrate and control show and ride disciplines essential to attractions.


Concept * Schematic * Detail Design * Fabrication * Installation *  Programming * Commissioning * Forensics

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Oversight of the creative, design and execution phases to ensure technical disciplines effectively implement the creative vision.

Owner’s representation and vendor supervision for technical disciplines.

Hazard Analysis and Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) in support of design processes and regulatory compliance.

Detail design of controls and systems with support through fabrication and test.

Programming of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Show Controllers.

Management of the fabrication, test, installation, commissioning and turnover of complex, multi-disciplinary systems for shows, attractions and parkwide.



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  • Experiences
  • Museum Exhibits
  • Theme Parks



Awarded projects since 1991


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THEA Awards Participation