McDonald's is making big changes to its late-night menu — and fast food fans are mad

The move will reportedly allow people to get their orders faster.
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By Erica Chayes Wida

The folks at McDonald's probably didn't think its customers would care that much about being able to order a Filet-O-Fish or Spicy McChicken at 3 a.m.

But a recent announcement about an upcoming change to the menu is causing a minor uproar among some fast food-loving night owls.

On Thursday, McDonald's announced that it will be removing several of its everyday items from the late-night menu in order to serve the staples "as fast as possible" from midnight to 5 a.m.

Fans of the chain, however, aren't buying that reasoning.

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Not having full access to all of Mickey D's eats (even just for five hours) is really freaking some people out.

"Thanks a lot," another customer tweeted with an apparent tone of sarcasm.

The flurry of outrage across Twitter comes down to the number of nighttime munchies that will reportedly be available.

The company listed eight late-night "items," many of which are actually menu categories, not just single items, that will be available. Besides the Big Mac, Quarter Pounders and McNuggets, other fare that passed the late-night test includes All Day Breakfast (though it's unlikely that 14 items will be available), fries, desserts, Happy Meals and all coffees and beverages.

"Signature Crafted Recipes, Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwiches, Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, Filet-O-Fish and premium salads will only be available before midnight," a spokesperson confirmed to TODAY. Snack Wraps, which are available in select regions, and bagel sandwiches also won't be available late at night.

This late-night slim down, which goes into effect April 30 at locations currently open after midnight, isn't the only big change happening to McDonald's menus.

Customized menu displays will show different menu options based on time of day, weather, current restaurant traffic and trending menu items, ultimately creating a simpler experience for customers and crew.

On March 25, the chain announced its acquisition of a "personalization and decision logic technology" (read: artificial intelligence) company that will transform drive-thru menu boards to adapt to the weather and make personalized suggestions based on what customers order. For example, if it's hot and sunny outside, the board might prompt customers to order ice cream or iced coffee. It can also suggest popular dishes or easier-to-make items (that would ideally be ready faster) during peak hours.

The new digital menus will begin rolling out at restaurants across the U.S. later this year. The future of food has officially arrived — but if you're craving a spicy McChicken after midnight, you'll just have to wait 'til lunchtime.