Been going to Disneyland since I can remember, several times, but as you all know, Disneyland never fails to surprise you, and sometimes your eye doesn't catch things that were apparently in existence the whole time!
Some of the things I have only recently discovered in 20 years of almost yearly visits are:
-Golden Horseshoe - don't make fun of me, I really didn't know what it was before, never went into the building, wasn't interested. Went into it two times ago and had a blast, such a fun little show in there with extremely talented actors/musicians. It's a very nice place to sit and relax on your down time from running in every direction.
-Aladdin show: what a spectacular show! I felt like an idiot after seeing this show and having not known what that giant building in DCA was all along I happened to see the show during the time of the actual flying carpet, and I was astounded. great special effects, funny jokes, wonderful show overall, worth seeing.
-I don't know what it's called :/ but that show that takes place maybe outside the Golden Horseshoe, and when I saw it they were trying to marry off a man dressed as a woman? Idk the name, was hilarious though, and again, I never even knew about it this whole time.
-Storybook canal boats- while I may have rode these when I was little, I have no recollection of that. I only recall never riding them until two years ago, when I decided to give it a try. It makes for a very romantic and cute little boat ride, and the lights are beautiful when they twinkle in the night sky.
Part of my reason for not experiencing these things before is because, quite frankly, I was one of "those" people who only want to ride the big fast rides and don't care about Disneyland or any other part of it. Hey, I was a kid, what can I say. I've since learned to greatly appreciate the magic kingdom and all it encompasses; shows, rides, and all.
So...what did you miss out on that you recently discovered?
Also, I encourage you to nudge your kids in the direction of some of the lesser known things, they'll appreciate it in the end even though they will grumble when you try and urge them to