Michael Phelps Is Going to Disney World!

Minnie Mouse and Michael Phelps, in 2004

Preston Mack/Walt Disney World

updated 08/28/2008 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 08/28/2008 AT 3:45 PM ET

It looks like Michael Phelps is as fast on land as he is in the water.

Fresh from his Wednesday with Tiger Woods in Manhattan – at an EA Sports-sponsored party for the golfing champ’s new video game – the “Baltimore Bullet” is zipping off to Orlando to rub his broad shoulders with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

On Friday, Phelps, 23, will receive a hero’s welcome at Walt Disney World during a special “America’s Homecoming Parade,” which a theme-park spokesperson describes as “a star-spangled salute amidst confetti and thousands of flag-waving fans.”

No word yet on whether Splash Mountain will be re-named for him.

After Florida, the whirlwind pace continues – with Phelps looking to get into the swim of things Sept. 7 at the MTV Video Music Awards, alongside Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan.

After that, he’ll dive into some comedic work when he hosts the season opener of Saturday Night Live Sept. 13.


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