The only way you can get a Ding fare that I know of is to download the program. Is there any reason you don’t want to download it? Some people on another board talked about acessing it through a back door, but I have no idea what the benifit of that would be? Besides, the instructions were very complex!
The bus from SOG to TTC was not a pain at all, in fact it was a little more convient than regular disney busses because you knew when they were leaving, every 15 minutes! Getting to MGM and AK took a little more planning because the direct bus from SOG only ran once per hour. But you can get a ride on the shady shuttle to the end of the property then cross the street to the poly and use the monrail or buss from there.