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John Richard Wardley (born 6 June 1950 in Harrow, Greater London) is a British developer for theme parks in the UK and Europe: an innovator of special effects, dark rides and roller coasters in the themed attraction industry.
John Richard Wardley
6 June 1950
|Known for||Chessington World of Adventures, Prof. Burp's Bubble Works, The Vampire, The Haunted House, Nemesis, Oblivion, Air|
Wardley started his career as a stage manager at Windsor's Theatre Royal, then moved on to the film industry creating special effects. This included effect designs for five of the James Bond movies. He was later hired by the Tussauds Group due to his experience in designing animated figures and rides for amusement parks. His first project was the creation of the animated show "60 Glorious Years" for Tussauds' Royalty and Empire'ñ exhibition at Windsor. This led him to meet Elizabeth II.
After this he was employed by the Tussauds Group to transform the declining Chessington Zoo in London to become the Chessington World of Adventures theme park. There, Wardley oversaw the production of attractions including The Vampire suspended coaster, constructed by Arrow Dynamics and Dragon River (now "Tiger Rock") log flume. In 1990, Wardley collaborated with influential attraction designer Keith Sparks to produce the popular Prof. Burp's Bubble Works dark ride at Chessington World of Adventures, which ran for 15 years. Following this, he worked again with Sparks to produce a second large dark ride, The Haunted House at Alton Towers, in 1992.
Working for the Tussauds Group, John went on to produce famous attractions such as Nemesis, Oblivion and Air (now "Galactica") roller coasters. He also produced several of the developments at Thorpe Park from its acquisition by Tussauds in 1998.
Wardley also worked with Chris Sawyer and Frontier Developments for RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, a game about amusement park management. His name is also a secret cheat code in the game - when visitor's title is named after him all height restrictions are removed, alluding to the severe height restrictions that his most well-known work at Alton Towers was required to comply with.
From 2000 to 2007, when the Tussauds Group was owned by Charterhouse and DIC, Wardley went into semi-retirement. However, in May 2007 Merlin Entertainments took over the company and he was asked to become actively involved in the group's theme park developments. He was employed as a technical design consultant for rollercoaster projects, such as SAW - The Ride at Thorpe Park, TH13TEEN at Alton Towers, Raptor at Gardaland, The Swarm at Thorpe Park and The Smiler at Alton Towers.
On 22 January 2013, Wardley announced his retirement. In April 2013 he published an autobiography entitled Creating My Own Nemesis, in print and as an audiobook.
- RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 - consultation
- NoLimits Coaster 2 - technical adviser
- Creating My Own Nemesis - print edition (April 2013) - author
- Creating My Own Nemesis - audiobook (December 2017) - author & narrator
Attractions designed by John WardleyEdit
|c.1975||Uncle Frankenstein's Scream Machine (Barry Island)||Production||Dark ride|
|c.1978||Wacky Gold Mine (Barry Island)||Production||Dark ride|
|1984||Royalty & Empire||Consultancy||Exhibition|
|1987||Dragon River||Design||Log flume|
|1987||Runaway Train||Design||Roller coaster|
|1987||The 5th Dimension||Design (ride system)||Dark Ride|
|1990||Prof. Burp's Bubble Works||Production||Water dark ride|
|1990||The Vampire||Design||Roller coaster|
|1992||Runaway Mine Train||Design||Roller coaster|
|1992||The Haunted House||Production||Dark ride|
|1993||The Spirit of London||Consultancy||Dark ride|
|1995||Dragon Khan||Design||Roller coaster|
|2000||Hex – The Legend of the Towers||Consultancy||Dark ride|
|2009||Saw - The Ride||Consultancy||Roller coaster|
|2012||The Swarm||Consultancy||Roller coaster|
|2013||The Smiler||Consultancy||Roller coaster|
|2014||Flug der Dämonen||Consultancy||Roller coaster|
|2018||Wicker Man||Consultancy||Roller coaster|
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