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Virtual reality amusement park opens in Youngsville

A virtual reality amusement park in Youngsville recently opened its doors.

Planet VR has the largest assortment of virtual reality rides and equipment in the country.

Some may wonder of all places, why Youngsville? But for the two brothers who own the place, it was a no-brainer.

“I wanted to bring something that people can be immersed in it could be something for all ages.”

Combine that with his love for computers and co-owner Phillip Suire had the vision of Planet VR.

Suire says, “Planet VR is a virtual reality amusement park that has the ranges of virtual roller coaster rides. virtual reality slides, virtual reality arcades, virtual reality games and virtual reality tours you can take around the world.”

All you have to do is sit back and throw a head set on and in just seconds you’re in a whole new world and Planet VR made it all happen in Youngsville.

Suire says, “We’re also from here, we’re born and raised. I graduated from Erath High school so this has always been an area that I’m familiar with. I’ve seen this area grow exponentially over the last few years. We want to see this grow and in five years I see this being a bustling municipality that would rival something like Austin and that’s what attracted us to this area.”

Proving there’s more to Lafayette Parish than meets the eye.

Ben Powers, owner and founder of Developing Lafayette says it does change the perception of Youngsville. “We were just known for our food, just for our culture which is great, that’s the core but with technology especially with CGI and other places coming to downtown Lafayette, Lafayette Parish in general is looking like a technology hub.”

While to some it looks like another new technology trend co-owner Brant Suire says to others with disabilites or who may be older, it can mean so much more.

“There’s nothing that warms my heart more than seeing somebody that hasn’t been on something in so long because of a disability leaving here saying ‘Man, I’m coming back.'”

Planet VR says next week they’re planning to meet with local nursing homes to turn trips to their virtual reality amusement park a weekly activity for residential seniors.